As part of account verification, the site asks for evidence of actual awareness of a physical aspect of Brattleboro. It’s a unique way to prove not only that a would-be contributor is not a robot, but there is in fact some identification with the town that is the locus of the site.
[What can you tell us about Brattleboro? (required) ~~ Can you tell us something that only someone with a genuine connection to our area would know?]
When I signed up, kicking the question around in mind, it was interesting how many instances presented itself to memory as characteristics of living here. I’d venture to say a list would be pretty much infinite, if you account for personal signposts and geographical nooks and crannies. I’m going to include my entry as well as a few others that came to mind. I’d be curious to hear from other people in this vein. Idiosyncratic observations of the hometown.
-Backing out of Vermont Country Deli when sandwiched between cars, there’s a very particular subtle inching involved, and then a choice whether to go completely around the building or make a more adventuresome move (Conversely, when driving by there, one must always anticipate a car rolling blindly and blithely into the flow)
-When stepping onto Retreat meadows in the window of early ice skating, usually there is a board in place, a makeshift bridge to avoid the pooling of water before solid ice.
-At a certain time each year the flowers grow too tall on the island on Western Ave, blocking the vision of eastbound drivers of westbound traffic, for those- not in trucks- attempting to turn left onto the highway heading north.
-Askew steps to the Municipal Center- (at least they used to be, not sure current condition)
-The five way check-in (or in some cases, game of chicken) at the bottom of Union Hill