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Lil’ Ole Auburn

So I’ve been on a bit of an Auburn high recently.  Especially since we made US News and World Report’s “Top 10 Best Places to Live in America” list last month.  Although I moved here kicking and screaming a few years (read: almost FIVE!!!) ago and was pretty sure that when I moved here I was killing the small semblance of a social life I had amassed in my brief stint in our nation’s capitol (I even threw a “Katie’s Moving to Ala-freakin’-bama” party with my friends in DC). For the most part I was right . . . for about 6 months.  And then, slowly but surely I managed to amass some of the most incredible friends, found an amazing church (that is also keen on making a few top ten lists of their own), and fell in love with my profession.  I’m also learning that there are a lot more people out there than I thought that also think our little corner of the world is pretty special.  Just this weekend I went to a rain barrel work shop (more on that later) and learned that the Southeastern watershed is the #3 place in the world for aquatic biodiversity.  We’re second to the Amazon and the Mekong delta.  Who knew?

Anyway, all of that is to say, I really LOVE living here AND I NEVER thought I would say that.

So, why you ask, do I love living in one of the most underwhelmingly unique places on this continent? Well, the longer I live here, the more I realize how special this place really is, and more specifically, how special this place is to me.  Given all of the self-validating statements of why living here in Alabama is pleasant, truth is, I just like it here.

I like it because I feel like I can either walk or ride my bike anywhere I want to go.

I like it because I was able to go to a rain barrel workshop this weekend with 25 people in an arboretum and got to sit beside a retired peach farmer’s wife.

I like it because one of the newer restaurants in town is called “Ahi” and their sign boasts “Asian and American Cuisines and Barbecue.”

I like it because the phrase “just lay it in the sun or spit on it and that usually does the trick” is not an uncommon phrase.

We’re Southern here.  We like fried chicken and sweet tea.  AND if you live in Auburn, you’ll discover that we REALLY like fried chicken FINGERS.  Lots and lots of them.

We’re also friendly.  Really, really friendly.  Not many dark and brooding types here (although we do have some).

I also love our local festivals.  Like the Loachapoka Syrup Sop on October 20nd (and that’s not a typo, it’s what the sign says.  Scout’s Honor.) where you can get a syrup soppin’ smile for absolutely free!  Another is the Old 280 Boogie where the town of Waverly celebrates being bypassed.  It’s as fabulous as it sounds.  Really, it is.

So, you see, this place is pretty great.  Although I moved to DC in 2003 to “find myself” in the city, I think I actually have discovered more of what I’m made of here in lil’ ole Auburn.  So come-on over now and we’ll have ourselves a whole heap a’ fun!

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