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Posted by Torque Mag on December 10, 2021 at 10:33 am
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In this monthly column, Brian Gardner explores the challenges of operating a WordPress-based business and shares insight into servicing and refueling the human soul. A few summers ago, our family road tripped to Waco, Texas, to cross an item off our Bucket List. We are huge Fixer Upper fans (Chip and Jo!) and had dreamt of visiting Magnolia Market. As we were driving through Checotah, Oklahoma, my wife shouted, “Oh my goodness, we’re driving through the town that Carrie Underwood grew up in.” I questioned how she knew such a random thing, but something about Checotah sounded familiar. Then, a few minutes later, it hit me. I had heard that name before. The last song on Carrie’s debut album is called “I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore.”  According to the US Census Bureau, a mere 3,142 folks claimed the 74426 zip code of Checotah, Oklahoma, as their hometown. And directly from Carrie’s mouth, it is a small town: Where sixty-nine meets forty There’s a single-stoplight town And back when I was really young A part of that burned down. You might be wondering, “Why does any of this matter?” At age 21, Carrie left everything behind and auditioned in St. Louis,…

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