My Grumpy Day
Let's subtitle that "why country folk live longer that city folk".
Today was another dentist's appointment. That is, he said "come back Friday for the final impressions". So, a one hour walk, a one hour bus ride, a 10 minute cab ride and he's not there. I am told "He will be in the afternoon. We tried to call you but we don't have your phone number."
So, I got reminded that I live in Nicaragua. That time is unimportant. That having your business hours posted on your door (8-12AM, 2-6PM) doesn't matter. And, while you have an email address on your business card and you have my email address, that would not be a solution. Now, I hate telephones as much as I hate accounting but, still, it would seem that if you only had one communications option, you would use it.
I went on to explain that I am there in the morning because that's when I can be based on when buses run. She said "I don't know when you can come back". I said I didn't either.
So, why do country folk live longer? Things that come to mind are clean air, more likely to walk than travel in an exercise-free manner, diet with less/much less meat and lack of easy access to traditional medical care. The last is my opinion and will surely conflict with that of some but let's take just the dental part. You start out with a healthier lifestyle and then if your tooth rots off, no matter, you have lots of others. You don't travel to the city, wait in lines and, in general, get filled with chemicals and jerked around.
Unfortunately, I was a city person for 50 years so I didn't walk enough, ate too much crap, filled my body with air pollution and my teeth with city-like dental work with a limited lifespan. It my next life, maybe I will be luckier.