One of the things I like most about this profession is providing a convenience and service to people. Especially to those who live in remote areas.
Several weeks ago I did a closing way out on the eastern plains. It was like going back in time. And I definitely felt out of place wearing a suit and tie. They had chickens, goats, and pigs. They make their own bacon, elk jerkey, and more. Occasionally a wild animal will make its way onto their property. It too can become part of the menu. What they don't have, they get from the few neighbors they have. Everybody out there specializes in something, or has something unique to offer. They're almost totally self-sufficient. The borrower told me he had enough food to last six months. He's using part of the loan money to install a well. They wouldn't want to live any other way.
I always try to see the positive side of everything, so I was sure to bring my digital camera so that I could capture an image of just how far out these people lived. The photo doesn't really show just how remote the location is. I took it as I was approaching the few houses that are on that road. But for miles and miles you could see absolutely nothing but the plains.
After the closing I spoke with the borrower for a long time. It was a Sunday afternoon and I didn't have any other closings scheduled. As I was leaving, he thanked me for coming all the way out there. I told him, "It's my pleasure." It really was.