Thanks, I have been following you on Twitter for a month or so and just stumbled across you here on Medium. I like this form a lot better than following the twitter thread.
Started off my career as a field engineer, and worked every industry of every small town in Missouri, Southern 2/3 of Illinois, part of Indiana & part of Kentucky. Knew every little small town like you are documenting. Put a lot of windshield time in, and one of my favorite things was to get to know locals as well as I could in the time I was there. Some places, like Sikeston, Thomas Hill, Cape, Metropolis, Paducah, Calvert City and others were places I worked in a lot over the years and got to know people well.