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Hillbilly Stereotypes And Nutty Buckeyes

Having spent a lot of my youth in the Kentucky hills I grew up hearing and seeing all the stereotypes associated with “hillbillies” and country folk. While people have different ways of speaking and doing things in different parts of the world most of the stereotypes are greatly exaggerated and some aren’t even close.
These days the cultural differences among people from different parts of the US are growing smaller and smaller. It is as though the world is getting smaller. 30 years ago you might have to drive 25 miles of narrow, curving roads through the steep hills to get to a major store. Today the same person can just get on the “new” four lane highway and be there in less than 15 minutes as they drive in excess of 55 mph.
Cable and satellite television, free or low cost nationwide telephone calls and the Internet have also made the world, for all practical intents, a smaller place. Children are growing up with television and the world wide web and even those who live in the “boonies” are exposed to a much larger culture than were previous generations.
When I was a child we had 4 television channels including PBS. We received our signal from a network of antenna wire that was strung through the trees and up into the tops of the hills. I recall many times walking through those hills following that line looking for breaks, fallen tree limbs and other problems that caused us to lose our TV. Naturally this happened more in bad weather and especially in the winter months.
We had family up in Ohio so we often visited. I was always amused by what my cousins thought of Kentucky and the people. To them it was almost as if we were living in a different country. They believed television programs like the Beverly Hillbillies accurately depicted those living “south of the river”. Sometimes I played on their ignorance and exaggerated my accent and mentioned things like ‘possum stew. Recently I was in Brooklyn and was asked if it were true that some people in Kentucky ate ‘possum. I told the guy that yeah, everybody down there eats ‘possum but not more than two or three times a week. I never told him any different.
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Everyone But Me Is Crazy I Tell You!

What is it that makes one person crazy and another one not? Why is it that it is always other people who are crazy? When I say that I am the one who is sane and everyone else in the world is crazy am I crazy? It is in search of answers to these questions I begin this post.

Naturally I would expect the answers to these questions to be crazy, and in truth I think that all of us are crazy. If you don’t think you are crazy then you’re crazy!

What makes someone crazy? That is, what is it about someone that would cause you to call them crazy? Generally speaking if someone else has viewpoints and practices that are much different than your own they are crazy. I know of a man who talked to the birds, rocks and trees. I suppose that isn’t a bad thing, we all talk to our pets and even our plants. I even talk to my computer when it acts up and usually not very politely! But the thing about this guy was that the birds, rocks and trees told him secrets about the people who lived in the area. Was he crazy?

Have you ever noticed that people, even you, will say something like, “… that man/woman is crazy!”? Think again, how often have you heard someone say, “… I am crazy …”? Now you see what I mean, it is always someone else who is crazy while we ourselves are completely rational.

My judgment here is that each and every one of us is crazy. There are definitely some out there who are crazier than others, but how do we decide who they are? T shirts and bumper stickers should be issued!

Conclusion? There are two distinct classes of humans; the crazy and the crazier.

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Crappy Dollar Store Gifts For The Holidays

Why do some people buy loads of cheap presents instead of just one or two good ones? Do you do that or do you know someone who does?
Somewhere along the way it seems that a lot of people have gotten the idea that to make Christmas good you have to have lots and lots of presents. I think that gifts are great but I have to admit that I am disturbed by the concept that it is the presents that makes a holiday good.
When we raise our children we should be careful about the values and concepts that we pass on to them. In our house we stress family and togetherness and not the gifts. In fact I bought only two gifts for each of my daughters. No, I am not stingy nor is it because we cannot afford more. I just want for my family to value Christmas for something other than getting a lot of presents.
How many of us have seen a child open up a present and then toss it aside to open another and so on. Many times the child has so many gifts that it is hardly possible for them to really appreciate them.
One example is a person I know who bought a child in our family 25 $1.00 items from the Dollar Store. She spent $25 for a bunch of presents that were in truth crap; the kid got to open up a lot of colorful presents from his aunt but he didn’t like any of them or even want to play with them. In that case his mother decided to take all 25 back to the Dollar Store and exchange then for one good gift that he would actually want and enjoy.
This Christmas, and any other holidays coming up, think about getting a quality gift that the receiver will truly want and enjoy. Don’t get stuck on the idea that more is better and that you have to have a ton of gifts to make an occasion a happy one. The gifts should be nothing more than icing on the cake and not the reason for joy. Children need to realize that friends and family are the important things on any day and they cannot do that if the parents focus too much on the presents during the holidays. Gifts are great, but they should never be the primary reason for anticipating a special day like Christmas.
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Those Dang Gas Prices!

So, we just got back from a trip out of state. The gas prices were unbelievably low, at least relatively speaking. We spent $35 on gasoline, when we made the same trip just a few months back the same gas would have been about $90!

30 years ago gas was right around a buck a gallon, yes I have actually seen the gallons roll by on the pump faster than the dollars,  but just a few months ago we were paying over $4 per gallon.

All in all $1.65 or so seems cheap for gasoline. When gas prices get ridiculous like $3 people start thinking more about miles per dollar than miles per gallon, I know I was.

The Christmas holiday is coming up now and I just wonder, will they jack the prices back up so they can make more profits this season?