If a person wants to know about a town/city read its phonebook.  Yellow pages tell someone what kind of place it is by the type and number of businesses; and the white pages tell one a lot about the people.  The combination of the two plus some additional information can tell much of the story.

The white pages tell what kind of ethnic background lives there by the names of the people.  The number of the same name tells how many of that ethnic group lives there.  Cellphones have made this hard and deceptive because they are not listed in phonebooks — yet.  Phonebooks don’t reveal what the people do for a living or recreation but sometimes the yellow pages will do that.

Yellow pages not only tells one what kind of business is important to the community by the number of business in that type of business;  but also about what type of community lives in the area.  This is more so the more rural it is.  Areas “in the middle of no where” will list more than just it’s city businesses.  Being in the middle of no where means local businesses are most likely employing local people.  The opposite is more likely if the town is near a larger city.  Many people make a daily work-day trip to the cities near where they live.  Smaller town life still has appeal for many humans working in cities.

While both yellow and white pages tell a lot about the town/city, it doesn’t say much about the actual people.  If one knows about different ethnic groups, one might be able to guess at the atmosphere of a community.  By knowing rural areas tend to be friendlier with some caution and even superstition of “city folk” while city people are much harder to participate in conversations of much substance beyond weather and maybe directions to somewhere.  Things that are readily available in cities are not as commonly accessible to “town” or rural areas.  Some things are either not available, or accessible by other means or are on list for infrequent visits to the city.  An unusal source may supply the needed item or mail takes its place.  I.E.  Video rental stores not in the rural town and the library has a large volume of videos and audio books (books on CD’s) plus a strong theater program.  Might be interesting to see if the insides of local homes have a volume of personal videos in shelves.  If they don’t support mail order movie companies like Nexflix or Blockbuster, maybe they would be interested in forming a group that “rent-shares” swapping movie videos,  hmmm?

Note: This is a “Friday’s Writing” and took about 25-30 minutes to write.  It is another of the writing exercise examples.

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