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May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014
We really know each other here. Everybody knows somebody from somewhere else in Arkansas no matter where you are in the state.
“Where you from?” the question goes.
“Oh, I’m from Dumas,” is one answer.
“Really? You know [fill in the blank]?”
“Sure I do!”
“Yeah, he ‘n I played ball together in college. He was sump’em else, I tellya.”
All of us who grew up here or have lived in Arkansas for very long at all have this conversation regularly. It’s our version of “How about this weather?” as a conversation starter.
Vilonia and Mayflower and the rural parts of Pulaski County and Central Arkansas – these are not just towns and areas of a region of a state. They are like our boroughs – our Bronxes or our Staten Islands. Arkansas isn’t just a state. It’s like a big town, and we’re all neighbors here.
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