And I like it that way. If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that, I... well... I'd have a lot of nickels! Often, in my opinion, it is stretching the truth a little. Who am I to judge? Calling one's self country is a state of mind I guess. Growing up 7 miles from a town of 140 people doesn't give me the right to claim a patent on being from the country. (remember that last sentence, i will reference it later)
I have held many jobs that wouldn't be associated with being from the country, and lived in cities larger than I will expand on here. When mingling with the truly citified, you get the feeling that they look down on you a little. That never bothered me. Being around city folks who claim they are "more" country than others, bothers me a lot! So, what started this little tirade today? It was something I heard on the radio.
While listening to a scanner app on my Android phone (some of us hicks have these), I heard a conversation between 2 turkey hunters on their CB radios (I'm a high tech redneck). It went something like this:
"We'll get 'em next time", "Yeah, not a good week", "It was worth it to get out of the city though", "Lucky I'm from the country, I hunt 5 blocks from my subdivision". What?!? I don't need to tell you rural residents what was wrong with that last transmission. So I came up with a little Foxworthian test to tell if you are a "I'm from the country" poser. You may not be quite as country as you think you are if you...
- Call your buddies to make sure you wear the same color cowboy hats to the bar.
- Use "I used to be a moto-cross rider, but now I'm a cowboy" to pick up chicks.
- Spend extra money to camo anything, then buy the latest chrome wheels for it.
- Don't realize "hunting camp" is a working farm the rest of the year.
- Say "blocks", not yards or miles, when referencing distance from your house.
- Think a rodeo is a great place to see a horse.
- Don't realize land beside a gravel road is private property
- Get too involved in cell phone calls while driving to wave at other drivers.
- Think farmers don't understand animal welfare or environmental issues.
- Never cleaned something off your shoes to attend a social event.
About once every couple months, I have to get something off my chest. That should do for a while. I need to go check my cows anyway. They are spread over 30 blocks right now.