It’s true that life moves much slower in the country.
Most of the time, this is a good thing, but sometimes it can be well, downright annoying, like when you need a product or service.
Most rural companies provide it on what we like to call here, “Mountain Time.”
We first noticed this before we moved here. We had not yet had our well dug and we were still buying from the waterman.
If any of you have had a water tank, it is sometimes hard to judge just when you might need it again.
Of course, you don’t want to have it come in too early or you pay for a full load when you’re only receiving half of a tank. As well, we didn’t like the idea of a huge tanker making extra trips, increasing our footprint on our beautiful environment.
It was sometimes especially difficult to judge when we were only here part time and one weekend, we realized we would need it on a Sunday.
I learned promptly that most small businesses do not conduct business on Sunday, water needed or not.
Since that time, our patience has been tried with builders.
I know some fellow journalists thought I had went stark raving mad during a press trip in 2008.
My patience had finally reached its limit when construction on The Belle Writer’s Studio had ground to a halt and was running some 45 days behind schedule because the dry wall guy had not shown up.
Dale took off work to meet him while I was on the trip. Of course, the guy didn’t show again.
While on a cell phone on a bus full of colleagues in the Smoky Mountains, I finally threatened the general contractor with hiring the job finished ourselves (I wanted to be in the studio by winter) if the dry wall wasn’t completed by the time I returned to Our Little House.
Retailers are the same. Even when they have a potential for sales and to make money, they drag their feet. It once took about a year for a thrift store owner to find printer’s blocks in his shed he had purchased when the town newspaper closed (I wanted them for my vintage printers drawer in the studio) and it’s taken 4 months and counting for a local jewelry store owner to bead two bracelets for me I ordered at a spring craft show (she promises they will be done next week).
Of course, I’m still waiting for the local antique storeowner to locate his mother’s Revere Ware.
All on Mountain Time.
Do you find goods and services are slow in coming in rural communities?