Entitled hillbillies in the boondocks

Opinion

I grew up in the boondocks in Kingsville, Texas. In fact, where I lived with my wise old grandmother was considered the “wrong side of the tracks.” Just like Billy Jo Royal sang back in 1965.

After going off to college in 1973 at Texas A&M University, I swore that I would never live in the boondocks again. So where did I move 33 days ago? Yep. The boondocks. The east San Diego County boondocks.

I do like a lot of things about the boondocks: It’s quiet, both during the day and at night. There is more wildlife than you can shake a stick at—ground squirrels, rabbits, fence lizards, birds of every kind. No pink flamingos, though. Sad.

I do have a little friend who comes by every morning to eat, although it looks more like s/he is storing food in those cheeks instead of actually eating it.

Ground squirrel in the boondocks

Generally, it’s the people in the boondocks that I don’t really care for. About 80% of them are Regressives and Twitler supporters. They think liberals, progressives, and Democrats believe themselves to be entitled, yet out here in the boondocks, I find that the Regressives think themselves to be entitled. They seem to be out for themselves, and screw everyone else, including some of their one.

This morning I drove a mile down the road and had six near accidents. These boondocks hillbillies don’t care if there are other people on the roads.

Stop sign? “Honey, what’s that big red thing thar?”

Speed limit 35? “Honey, someone smeared that 8 so it looks like a 3.”

Traffic signal? “Honey, why’s everyone stopped? What are they looking at?”

Parking spaces? “Oh, look, honey. They made the parking lot into somethin’ artsy fartsy.”

I haven’t been carrying my camera for the last 33 days because I need both hands to carry boxes and things, but beginning tomorrow, consider my Canon to be surgically attached to my hand. The boondocks are going to provide some great pictures of these entitled hillbillies….

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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28 thoughts on “Entitled hillbillies in the boondocks

  1. Anny

    So funny you would post “Down in the Boondocks. “. Last weekend I was driving outside La Grange singing that song to myself as I drove deeper into the countryside. I remembered most of the words but now you’ve helped me remember the rest. 😊

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I could not find out what La Grange you are/were near, but when I went off to college at Texas A&M University, La Grange, Texas, was making international news when the city was trying to close “the best little whorehouse in Texas.” Ultimately they succeeded, which upset a lot of college students in Texas.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      We’re 19 miles from downtown San Diego. There are boondocks in every city, including San Diego, but the real boondocks are in “unincorporated areas” of the County. Although our mailing address is El Cajon, population 104,000, we actually live in an unincorporated area called Winter Gardens, a Census Designated Place of 20,631 people in 4.4 square miles, 99.98% land and .02% water. I haven’t found the water yet.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Jim & I have thought about getting a second cat but I think we’ll let Zoey the Cool Cat live out her life being queen, especially now that she seems to happy, entertained, and invigorated by all the wildlife outside. Next go round I think we’ll rescue two at the same time.

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  2. jolynnpowers

    Oh my honey you are in for some interesting days ahead…. but to clarify Hillbillies are only located in the Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern Side of the US so what you have their are possibly Rednecks, Hicks, country bumpkins, or some other group of county loving folks…. Hope the transition gets easier… I know i felt culture shock when I moved from a town of 210,000 to the one I live in now, population 4,200.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      And the Ozarks! Don’t forget the Ozarks! Although in today’s world, hillbilly often refers to any person living in rural mountainous areas. Well, that’s where I am, a rural mountainous area.

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  3. houstonphotojourney

    Laughing as when I lived in Katy, Texas in the late ’70’s and early 80’s I felt much the same vibe. You’d never feel that way now though as it’s grown so much and brought a lot more diversity. You always make me smile 🙂 …Twitlers 🙂

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