I was mesmerized by a History Channel show on the "hillbillies" the other night. This show was narrated by Billy Ray Cyrus, now best-known as Miley's dad. I had no clue that the primary ancestry of "hillbillies" was Scots Irish, i.e. similarly to my own, on the non-Jewish side. Now, it seems as though the early Scots Irish settlers of Appalachia, who had the clan structure and nature of their contentious, tough forebears, came a little bit later than my Scots Irish ancestor came to Nova Scotia (1610) - but I know the type. It seems that Squire Doak set up a whiskey trading post in Doaktown, and the "hillbillies" started with native rum, moved quickly to whiskey and then to moonshine.
I always thought "hillbillies" were cool and I could relate to their reputed hot tempers and sense of right, wrong and independent natures. Now I know why - and I truly did not know that was the underlying history of the "hillbilly" before watching this show.
I've given some consideration for a number of years to purchasing a gun in addition to my fishing gear and so-on. I had a .22 as a young person. I typically used a pellet gun, because I didn't like the type of bruises one gets from a shotgun, or when you're a kid, even a small rifle. My grandfather, who was the Constable (Sheriff) in Redlands, taught me about the various types of weapons and I used to go hunting with him - those are some of my fondest memories. They have all these short-barrel .38's that are supposed to be "ladies guns." One of the Taurus .38 short barrels even has a pink pearl grip. I also thought about a lady's shotgun. This was supposed to be the best defensive weapon, my grandfather always said (not lady's shotgun, just plain shotgun). It's not like you're not going to pay later if you use a shotgun, but it's also darn hard to miss. One of my favorite stories was when Serena Powers told me about going out in the alley and scaring the creeps away that were harassing them in Santa Ana before they moved out of the area (Santa Ana got really bad for a while - it's not that bad these days but sure was for a while there).
So here I was watching this "hillbilly" show and thinking - "You're a hillbilly!" Through and through.