Saturday, March 30, 2013
Where Oh Where Would I Be? ... reflecting about Habersham County, Georgia
I first moved to Habersham County, Georgia in 1977. Beautiful rural area, but, nonetheless, a poster child for "middle of nowhere." The whole county (not "city" but "COUNTY") boasted a population of less than 5000. You had to throw a rock really hard to hit our neighbor's house. I was one year into college trying to figure out "what am I going to do with my life?" in a place where there was no McDonald's, no movie theater, no bowling alley, no nothing! What a transition! Up to then, I'd lived here and there across the USA in well populated places. I lived the previous four years -- my high school years -- on an Air Force base where a bowling alley, a movie theater, a library, a gym, etc were all within walking distance not counting other such places in town off the base. Habersham county was a place where there was a good chance my family was related, in some way, to every other family in the county. Gossip traveled fast! Just let someone see your car parked in a large empty parking lot, and everyone will know about it by noon the next day. I was a fish out of water. On top of that, I was gay -- a 19 year old gay -- and a 100% virgin.