I really loved the card that @buddyesd made about his hometown, so I decided to do one of my own! @danidee has a great Collection of weird hometown stories. You should check it out!
We're like... famous
Sort of. If that bank looks familiar to you at all, that's because it was featured in The Town (with Ben Affleck). Knight & Day also shot a few scenes on the Fellsway.
I usually tell people I grew up in Boston, because it's true. But when I think of 'hometown' I think of Melrose. The step-dad of my ex-boyfriend grew up nearby and called it SMELLrose, and I sort of picked it up. Truth be told, I didn't love my hometown, but it's one of those places that you have this sort of pride about. Like yeah, I lived there. No, I SURVIVED living there.
It rains a lot there.
Enough that someone made a documentary about that one time it rained a lot. FEMA showed up. The middle and high schools are directly across the street from a pond that floods pretty much all the time. Regular schools get snow days. We got flood days.
We have a sordid history with dynamite.
In 1904, a street car hit a box of dynamite, resulting in six fatalities. Over 100 years later, the Middle School was being rebuilt, and workers found a stick of dynamite in the foundation. Oops?
We are the Spiders Georg of Dunkin Donuts.
"America runs on Dunkin" factoid actualy just statistical error. average person drinks 0 Dunkin' Donuts coffees per year. Melrose Massachusetts, which has several Dunkin Donuts despite being a very small town, is an outlier adn should not have been counted”
And if you get me drunk enough, I'll have an accent.
If you've ever seen The Departed, Good Will Hunting, or The Fighter, you kind of know what it sounds like. Fun fact: The Fighter is a true story. My mom is in the book.
I got hit by a car outside this church.
It's getting kind of... gentrified?
It feels inappropriate to use that word, since Melrose is a predominantly white town. Statistically, it looks like we're doing pretty well financially too- but that's a recent development. Melrose developed as an alternative to living in the city. Easy to commute to work, far enough away that it's quieter and cheaper.
Except now the cheapo supermarket is a Whole Foods.
Making this card is giving me weird nostalgia...
So I'll stop here. I love this idea though! I definitely want to hear from other people, what makes your hometown super weird?