Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Update from the road: Dorchester

Story and photo by Patrick Breen

June 15, 2009, Dorchester, Neb: Collyn Brummett, 6, climbs a railing at a Dorchester softball game on Monday night as his friends, Austin Seeman and Ridge Hoffmin sit along the back of the railing.

I'm growing accustomed to this trailer, these guys and missing home.

I am sitting in the trailer trying to come up with something insightful and witty, but seem to just fade back into wondering, "Did I eat two lunches yesterday?" I think the answer is yes.

Our days in Dorchester have been better than anything I could describe in words. Everyone here greets us with a big smile and a few stories. Yesterday, Kyle and I went into the local Dorchester Grocery to see what he had to say.

His name was John Bruha and he owned the store for three years as of today. He had a lot to say about the economy, but most of it was focused around Walmart. One of the things that small communities do well is support each other. Or at least that is what we were finding in other towns. The only difference here in Dorchester was that there was a Walmart nearby in Crete.

He said, people would drive the extra time and use about $5 in gas, which might make-up the difference in their bill.

He is right. Walmart brings down small businesses like his. He said that times are tough, but he hopes it gets better.

And so do we.

Story and photo by Kyle Bruggeman

June 15, 2009, Dorchester, Neb: Jordan Inderlied, 18, shoots a game of pool while adults sit at the bar and watch the College World Series in Joe's Place in Dorchester Nebraska. Small town bars have a much different attitude than those of larger cities. In Lincoln, for example, one must usually wait in a line just to get in. Once you've finally made it to the bar your battling another line of people to get a drink.

Joe's Place is not anything like the situation described above. Here you can get in easily and the bartender asks you if you need anything before you get to the counter. It's a friendly place where the entire family is welcome and price of a cold beer on tap is only a dollar. A great price during these economic times. The lyrics to the old television show Cheers describes it best: where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came.

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