March 01, 2003

Talking-to-Myself Saturday

Well, it's Saturday morning and all the happy bloggers are taking the day off. So, I have been informed that the Goose Creek Drivel Prevention Unit will be lowering the Boredom Risk Level at Fragments to fushia... actually the risk remains unchanged, only the potential victims will likely be staying out of yawn's way on a low-visit Saturday. So what odd bits of inanity will I fling from the keyboard this morning, knowing there is a low risk of causing an outbreak of strabismus.

I have eaten not wisely but too well. After three days of cooking for myself (crackers and cheese, coffee ice cream, cereal... all from the healthful "C" food group) whilst Ann stayed put at work during the snowstorm, we met an old friend (as if he were one of many...THE old friend) at the local Greasy Spoon last night and pigged out on a high-LDL meal and split a pitcher of beer (well mostly I split it). Then we wandered downtown to the Floyd Country Store for the Friday Night Jamboree looking for a musician friend who was supposed to be in town last night. Failing that, the only thing we could do was go eat some more... pie ala mode and DeCaf at Oddfellows Cantina. How much can an old heart stand? Also wonder about the liver and other giblets. And note-to-self: pick up some Mylanta. Soon.

Cartoon seen: Viagra Falls Use your imagination.

Oh goodie. Look at all the maps hole-punched and folded up neatly in the Floyd County Comprehensive Plan. This one's interesting: Housing Density. The entire county (383 square miles) is divided into 1-mile squares. Each square is color-coded by density per square mile. Nine are white: no people. The next two levels are 1-8 and 9-18 people per square. In our part of Floyd County there are 21 contiguous squares with 18 or fewer people, and there are actually more low-density squares than that you can't see because the Floyd map ends at the county line only about two miles north of us.

Folks around here (and the county in general) are few and spread out. And yet, the County Administrator told me there are over two million people living within a 75 mile radius of 'downtown' Floyd. I don't know about you, but for me, this seems like the best of both worlds. If we want to rub shoulders with 'civilization' we can get to it (with some considerable effort, especially in a winter like this one... then we can retreat to the sticks!) It would be easy to take for granted our 'alone-ness' and the profound peace of this place... this little square mile that the map tells me we share with no more than 8 other folks and an unstated number of critters and at least a million trees.

Posted by fred1st at March 1, 2003 07:51 AM | TrackBack

It's kind of like that here in New Hampshire, though our total population is just around 1.2 million. Most of them are in three southern counties near the border with the People's Republic of Taxachusetts. The other seven counties are rather sparsely populated.

There are a few communities with somewhat larger numbers of residents, but most of those are college towns.

Where I presenly live, the year round residents number about 11,000 (that's pretty big for New Hampshire), but it's spread out along the shores of of Lake Winnipesaukee and up in some of the surrounding hillsides. The summer population swells to well over 35,000, so it gets a might crowded around here.

But I won't be dealing with this much longer. I'll be leaving Belknap County for Grafton County and the small town of Alexandria, population 823. It has a population density of ~27 people per square mile in the town. Of course, Alexandria does have its own summer population boom when the summer folk show up, but the extra folks only bring the total up to about 1300, and most of them are in one small section of the town along the shore of Newfound Lake. A lot of them are folks from elsewhere in New Hampshire, so they don't have the usual 'summer folk' attitudes.

All in all, there's plenty of room up this way, not much different from Floyd, I'm guessing. We've got the blessings of both worlds without the bother of too darn many people around to muck it all up.

Posted by: DCE at March 1, 2003 11:59 AM

There are about 3.5 million people in Oklahoma, but more than half of them live in metropolitan Oklahoma City or Tulsa; the rest are scattered among five dozen counties, quite a few of which have fewer than ten thousand people.

Not every part of the US looks like BosWash, or is about to.

Posted by: CGHill at March 1, 2003 12:43 PM

As long as you have duct tape, though, you're set to withstand the lull, right?

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at March 1, 2003 02:20 PM

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