Did you hear that my town is the best small town in America, according to CNN Money, for the FOURTH year in a row? I'm sure you did.
I mean, why wouldn't you all regularly read CNN for news of the place that I live?
Anyway, here at home it feels like both a victory and sort of a joke. It was fantastic the first year, cool the second, awesome the third, and now sort of feels like it's rigged. We are a good town, but better than every other place? Really?
Last night some of Crockett's old friends came up to hang out, and we went to down to Main Street.
We were greeted by name in both restaurants we visited, despite having been MIA for nearly six weeks. One of the owners at our second stop called me out for not ordering my favorite dish (calamari salad for the win). The drink special was a cocktail named after the mayor's wife. There were folks sitting on the street sipping local beers. There was a line of families and couples standing outside the ice cream shop.
I grew up in Boulder County. You know those things you say all the time to people who have never heard you say them before? The things that your friends and lovers get tired of and roll their eyes at? One of my things is 'I've never lived more than 20 miles from where I live now'. (I think Crockett wants to mime gagging himself with a spoon when he hears me say it, and we've only been together two and a half years. I take pride in being a local, y'all.) So yeah, I grew up here. I love it here, but I don't have a lot of experience with other places.
Maybe this is the best place in America. I can't say for sure.
I can say it's a pretty good place.
That's probably all I can ask for.