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In my adult life, I’ve lived in five different Midwestern college towns. That makes five episodes of moving and getting to know a new community: finding doctors and car mechanics, learning the street and campus layouts, locating shopping districts, meeting neighbors, and making friends. I’ve moved a sixth time to become a citizen of a new Midwestern city — Scottsbluff, Nebraska (which I abbreviate as “SCB”). This last move is a bit different from my previous moves for two main reasons.
First, I am now a homeowner, not a renter. I plan to live in Scottsbluff indefinitely, to put down deep tap roots in the community and make it my home.
Second, the culture of Scottsbluff is unlike anywhere I have lived. Scottsbluff is not a university town; it is primarily an economic hub for the surrounding farms and ranches. Located on the high plains west of the 100th meridian, it has a distinctly western vibe.
It’s an interesting place, Scottsbluff. Some people might think I’m kidding, since I’ve traveled the world a bit. (Really? You’ve been to _____, and you think small-town, rural Nebraska is interesting??) But — just like Tilcara, Argentina, or Drumnadrochit, Scotland, or St. Lucia, South Africa — Scottsbluff has its own unique foods, ways of doing things, points of pride, wildlife, scenery, history, and “survival knowledge” (is there a German word for that?).
Like I said, Scottsbluff is different from the places I’ve known, and is therefore interesting. As I get to know my new locale, I’ll share my experiences here.