- Apr 28, 2016
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Perhaps "hilljack" is a regional thing. I use the term more than I use "hillbilly". I've lived in Greater Cincy for 40 years, and grew up on the very eastside.
I also wanted to throw out a thought pertaining to Appalachia. (Pike County would be included.) It is very common for Appalachian people to have a strong dislike for "Big Brother". While the community where the Rhodens live seems very close knit, and everyone knows everyone, that doesn't necessarily mean that folks are willing to talk to the police. I can hear some of you saying, "But this is different. If I lived there, and I knew something, I would be knocking down the sheriff's door to tell him." I assure you, if you feel this way, then you don't have a strong dislike of authority/government/"johnny law". The strong dislike is very real and the feelings are deep-seated.
Many Appalachian families have an arsenal that would prepare them for the Zombie Apocalypse. The mindset is akin to "This is MY land, MY family, and I will handle things MY way. I don't need, or want, an outsider digging around in MY business."
For those who do not live in that culture it may sound a bit paranoid. But it is reality. I remember being in line at a store in an Appalachian area just east of where I live and a man refusing to give his billing zip-code to the cashier because it was "none of her business". After a few minutes of arguing with her, he left the store without his cart full of groceries that were already bagged and ready to go. While I thought that was a bit strange, as I began to encounter more folks from out "east" through work and social relationships, the reality of the "Big Brother" culture truly sank in.
I hope no one takes any of this as negative, it is merely a statement on the culture of the area. If you would like to say something chastising me, please respond to this:
I like my chili on spaghetti, and so do other people where I live.:slap:
I hadn't heard the term, maybe because my hillbilly and redneck family and friends come from areas 1) south -- but definitely hillbilly, and that's what they call themselves and 2) Southwest. Ranching area and mountain towns. I grew up with mostly redneck family, though some I might describe as more "country" than redneck. At any rate, I'm really familiar with that mindset. Both my side of the family and my partner's moved back out as soon as they could. Like, 30 minutes from ANYwhere out. They want to be left alone and mind their own business, too. My partner's dad is also the prepper type. He's also from a long line of do-it-yourselfers and try to keep out the law and outsiders if at all possible. Oh--and I totally believe that zip code story! My dad and father in law are the EXACT SAME WAY. And I understand it, because I grew up with it.
So I know where you're coming from. HOWEVER, I will indeed take issue with whatever the heck you're calling "chili." Chili is beans, hot sauce, spices, onions, and ground beef. Maybe some tomatoes. It can go with crackers or cornbread. Never have I ever heard of noodles and chili :thinking: !! "Chile" is something else entirely, that hardly anyone outside my area can understand.