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Year End Reflection...

          During my childhood, my home town proudly announced its population of 1540 on a sign near the highway. The rest of the nation might characterize a city of 1540 as a "small town" but we, the ones who called it home, were content with its size. It was plenty big for all of us.

          Typical to a "small town" stereotype, everybody knew everyone else, knew their business, their finances, their foibles, fortunes and misfortunes. But, it was a trusting community. No one locked their homes. There was no need to; a "break-in" consisted of a neighbor entering an unguarded house to drop off a plate of fresh-baked cookies.

          Once a year, it was necessary to lock the car doors.. That was when the zucchinis ripened in the neighborhood gardens all over town. If a person forgot to lock the car doors during zucchini season, well-meaning gardeners would soon fill up the car's back seat with the summer squash. After all, a person can only eat so much zucchini.

          Today, my home town has nearly doubled in population. Several of the four-way stops have been replaced by stop lights. Now, national franchise hamburger restaurants line the highways leading into town. A big discount store opened near the new grocery store. Internet, cable, cellular technology; folks are justifiable proud of their progress. But, my guess is that the rest of the nation would still characterize a city of nearly 3000 as a "small town".

          As the year 2002 draws to a close, I reflect on the progress of this web site. 2002 marks the first full year for Dr-Fix-It.Com. Like my home town, Dr-Fix-It's size and traffic has easily doubled but, I am sure the rest of the Internet web masters would characterize this site as "small". Probably as a reflection of my "small town" rural roots, I think Dr-Fix-It.Com has developed with the feel of an open and trusting community. I hope you will notice that there are almost no "locked doors" here.

          I want to express my sincere thanks to the folks who volunteer responses to the questions on the Message Board. If you are so inclined, please feel free to contribute some of your expertise. And, my thanks to you for simply dropping by Dr-Fix-It.Com. Your patronage is appreciated. I hope you like what you see and come back again real soon.

          In the coming new year, I wish you peace, prosperity and a bountiful zucchini harvest.

2002.12.28






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