Monday, June 08, 2015

I Moved...Now Where Am I?

One of the last tasks of my move was registering our home alarm with the city. I went online, filled out the application, and submitted it.

Five minutes later, an email came in. It was from the City of Gallatin.

"Are you in the city?" she asked.

Two months ago, that question would have confused me. Having lived here for a month, though, I'm familiar with the "city" thing. We're on a peninsula...

Which means we aren't "in the city."



Four miles up the road is a grocery store the size of a megamall. A couple of miles from that is a Starbucks. Yet we aren't within city limits because we're on a peninsula.

Does that mean I'm in the country now?



I moved here from Nashville...30 minutes away. We had Nashville electric and Nashville water. It took me two days to straighten out where our utilities were here. We're on Nashville electric, Gallatin gas, and White House water. White House is a random city about 25 minutes away.



We had to pay someone to pick up our trash. A private trash picker-upper. Because we're "not in Gallatin." Yet our mailing address is Gallatin, Tennessee.


It's all very foreign to me! But I do know one thing...Gallatin Gas and White House Water are the nicest people you'll ever call. And the postal workers act like they actually like their lives. In Nashville, every employee we encountered seemed suicidal.



So maybe "country living" isn't so bad after all. Especially if there's a Starbucks and about a billion restaurants within a ten-minute drive!

57 comments:

  1. Zoning is wild, isn't it? And the closer to the South you are, the less it makes sense.
    At least you get to deal with nice people now.
    I just pulled it up on a map. Cumberland River, state parks, and civilization just down the road. You have the best of all worlds.

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    1. We're surrounded by it. And apparently there's all kinds of interesting wildlife around. Turtles crossing the street, deer everywhere... I keep joking we're in the country, but we're closer to useful things like grocery stores and restaurants than when we lived in Nashville!

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  2. We lived in a township when I was growing up. It was weird even then to have private trash pick up. My mom would have to run out there when she heard the trucks to pay them. Hopefully, your guys bill you!

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    1. They do! Quarterly. And they pick up recycling, too...although only what we can fit into a tiny storage tub. I shop online too much--I usually have it filled with cardboard halfway through the week!

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  3. I'd rather be in the country then! Whenever I visit up North, I almost ALWAYS run into people who seem like life can't get any worse and "what the hell are you looking at anyway?" Um, something really, really SAD.

    It's so positive to be around and listen to folks who are happy with their lives! Congrats, Stephanie.

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    1. I don't get grouchy people. Do you suppose somehow being grumpy makes them happy? Why go through life that way? I don't get it.

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    2. I think they think it gives them personality. To me it only drains my own energy, therefore I stay far away! :)

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  4. I never understood zoning... not even a 10 monute walk from my house is central Halifax... I'm considered a suburb of Halifax... Haifax is a peninsula... I'm just on the cusp... it's a little crazy... xox

    I'm happy to hear the postal workers like their job more there ♡

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    1. School zones can be crazy. I met someone who moved to the school zone our house is in because the schools are really good here. The next year, they rezoned her for the bad schools...she'd just bought a house. That would SUCK!

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  5. I kinda like the name Gallatin... kinda sounds like some epic city :)

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    1. Epic! I like it! Well...for some reason there's a large area between my hometown (next town over) and Gallatin that is really good...and everything to the left and right of it is bad. We were going to buy in my hometown but it's gotten so run down, we came this way!

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  6. Sounds like you're settling in and finding all the positives. Good stuff! :)

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  7. I think smaller cities are better to live in. Especially if you live nearby a bigger city that's an easy drive for the fun things only they host.

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  8. Makes me glad to live in country where there are (I think) only 2 electric companies in the whole state, we take our own trash to the dump or hire a small private company, ie, some guy with a pick up, and unless you live right in town, you get your water from your well. Glad you like your new digs :)

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    1. I didn't know there were places where you still got water from the well!

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  9. A total minefield, I hope to never have to move house again nor for that matter to have to change gas/electricity suppliers.

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    1. That is the worst part, for sure...I'm still trying to deal with it. Now I'm having to go through the hassle of getting auto-pay working, since none of them seem to have been able to figure out how to do that when I signed up!

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  10. Can be annoying, all the zoning crap, but dealing with nice employees beats suicidal ones any day.

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    1. When I worked in government, some of them seemed more like robots. Just going through the day, trying not to actually think.

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  11. I would love to live in the country versus the city. It more peaceful and the people seem friendlier.

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    1. As long as grocery stores and restaurants are nearby, I agree!

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  12. Living on an island is the best--you know where you are and when you leave you have to cross a bridge!

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    1. I could see how that would be the case...but I'm not too fond of driving across bridges.

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  13. That can be REALLY confusing. Here in St. Louis, there's St. Louis CITY and St. Louis County. There's been talk of finally uniting the two, but both sides are not willing to negotiate. The City has had some big financial problems, not to mention high crime rates. But they've been working hard to revitalize.
    The County is just stuck up.

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    1. That is confusing! Yes, I've heard that about St. Louis. Both sides of my family are from Missouri, so we always passed through there on our way to visit relatives...I've never spent real time in St. Louis but I've seen those arches from the interstate many, many times!

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  14. here in the country, we have co-op electric, municipal district water (thank goodness, no well!), our own septic tank for waste, we have to pay for trash pick-up, those who use gas have to have the huge tanks in their yards. our address doesn't match our physical location either but it's the only town in this area with a post office, so we all 'share' it. :)

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  15. (and you had asked how the cardinal had gotten into our house - i had had the front door open on a nice spring day and she flew right in.)

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    1. Yikes. I'm better about putting birdseed in our feeder this week...I finally figured out they eat it in about four days if it's full! This is the second place I've lived where trash pick-up wasn't provided by the city as part of your water bill, so it's odd! But both places were filled with private companies offering to pick it up for you for a fee. (Most of the time those "companies" involved one guy and his pickup truck!) I've never been somewhere where it wasn't offered at all.

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  16. The folks around these parts are super nice, the city workers seem to enjoy their jobs too:) and we have to hire trash picker uppers. This concept was new to me when we moved here to Hannibal, small town America. I LOVE small, country or upscale, grocery stores!

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  17. Awww, glad you're enjoying the new town! Moving is so stressful, but it looks like you're focusing on the positives. Awesome!!

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  18. That is interesting that you aren't considered "in the city". It is always fun to try to figure out what utility companies especially if there are more than one that service an area. I remember having to deal with that with a water company at one of the places we lived. Three different water companies for a small span of land. Didn't quite make sense :) Glad you got everything sorted out and it seems like you are enjoying your new home, wherevere it may be :)

    betty

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  19. None of this make sense does it? No it doesn't. Oh well, you've got nice people to deal with and you like where you are. It's all good.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  20. There's a lot to be said about country living, especially if a Tim Hortons, sorry, wrong country, a Starbucks, is nearby. I moved from the big city to a small town named Leek, mostly because I wanted to live in a place named after an onion.

    Gary

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  21. Ahh this brings back memories. I grew up in the country so we paid the taxes to one, our phone # was for another town and our address was for a 3rd town. No one took claim to ploughing the roads when it snowed though

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  22. You make moving to the country a fun experience. I'm laughing. Country life has its perks. I live two miles outside a town of population 6,000. Not in the city limits, just recently got city water, which is nice. Been here for 30 plus years. I like it. Glad you'll enjoying your new home too.

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  23. It sounds like once you sort out all the random zoning issues, you're going to really enjoy your new location!

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  24. That sounds incredibly confusing. But I'm glad you're enjoying the new location. All the best!

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  25. Goodness, how confusing. You have to register home security? Helpful people to deal with is amazing though. And rare.

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  26. Wow, that must have been so hard to deal with! And extremely confusing.
    Congratulations on the move! I feel the same way about where we live. It's very country and mountain like, yet, just a few miles away are tons of incredible restaurants and a Shoprite that is more like a mega Wegmans. It even has an oyster and Sports bar inside, lol.
    Sorry I have been M.I.A. My post today explains everything. I am glad to be back.

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  27. I tend to live in busy areas, but one day I'd like to live somewhere quieter that's close to busy spots. My mail and bills aren't too confusing--city I live in, county, state.

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  28. We used to live in the country but the city expanded it's boundaries and now we live in the city limit. It's still feel like we live in the country but are minutes from the airport, and all the city major shopping centres, hospital, universities etc. Our area is nice and quiet, just the way I like. It's a great place to live and I like it here. I guess we only have floods to worry about but they don't always happen.

    Hugs,
    JB

    Hugs,
    JB

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  29. Sounds confusing. But I'm less than a mile from two different cities myself, so I kind of understand where you're coming from.

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  30. You may be able to write a guidebook now to assist those who follow your footsteps and move from Nashvegas to one of the outlying areas.

    Our area is definitely non-urban, and the mailing address versus the physical address is very confusing. All the mailing addresses are the college town, but many people live nowhere near it--despite what the post office says.

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  31. Delightful post. When we moved to a town 50 miles away in 1970, we encountered private garbage services (3, I think) all run by the Mafia and ended up hauling our and several neighbors' trash to the dumps in our '52 Dodge pickup truck. Now we have efficient county utilities and things are just fine, except for the post office which deals in approximations over exact addresses. But things could be worse --we recently had a Starbuck's built in the parking lot of another Starbuck's. You just have to find the humor sometimes.

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  32. I once lived "outside" the city even though it was a seven minute drive. I totally get it. It took me weeks to figure it all out. The mail carriers weren't so nice, though.

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  33. i think nashville is considered country anyway, isn't it? ha!
    glad you're getting settled - and living outside the city is usually a good thing, to be away from it all, yet close enough for the conveniences!

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  34. I'm "in the county" and my neighbor and I are zoned different. I'm full on agriculture, ha ha. I used to walk my goats (about 15 of them) to the mailbox just to freak them out.

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  35. Wow, that sounds super confusing! Hopefully you enjoy and thrive in your new home.

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  36. Ahahahaha! Talk about address identity crisis! I remember having similar problems growing up... We were technically outside city limits, but had a city address, which wasn't the city we were closest to, but actually the city on the other side of the city we were closest to, which was actually closer to an indian reservation than anything else... *whew*... I don't know what those post peeps were thinkin'... HA!

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  37. Sounds like my kind of country living! :) Glad you've managed to get that all sorted out--it doesn't sounds like it was easy! Hope you're enjoying your new place!

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  38. ha! sounds like the place to me.I always say my grandparents live in the country (upstate but not far upstate NY) because it takes them more than twenty minutes to get into town to buy food, etc lol

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  39. Doesn't sound so bad. But certainly proves the point, the grass isn't always green on the other side of the fence. Because no matter where you go to get away from your problems, you'll discover a new set of problems to deal with.

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  40. Hope you come to really love your new home -- even if it isn't in the city!

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