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Old 06-16-2009, 07:16 AM
 
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I think it is a compliment to a city to be associated with King Of The Hill. All the regular characters on that show are fundamentally decent (cartoon) "people".
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:48 AM
 
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Also from the wikipedia article...

In early 1995, after the successful run of Beavis and Butt-head on MTV, Mike Judge co-created King of the Hill with former Simpsons writer Greg Daniels. [2] Judge was a former resident of Garland, a suburb of Dallas, Texas considered the basis for the setting of the series, the fictional Arlen.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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The show does not seem to accurately portray Richardson to me. I would say it is more like Garland or Mesquite.
Mesquite maybe, Garland NOT. I live close to North East Garland and it is now where close to that. Garland is a great place to live, like all cities there is good and not so desirable areas.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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Arlen looks like Granbury, Sherman or Waxahachie, definately not Richardson. But if that's where Judge says his inspiration came from, who are we the argue.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Why are people trying to compare the cities of today with 'Arlen'? Shouldn't they first try to compare Garland & Austin when Mike Judge lived there to Arlen, and see if that's a good approximation?
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:47 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I'm trying to figure out how some believe that one sharing a beer with their neighbor(s) is considered so bad, uneducated, redneckish, etc? So the good folks that live in the Dallas area or even Texas are a friendly bunch and don't mind sitting outside talking with their neighbors. On one thread we are busted for being "rude and pretentious" and then we get labeled some rather unclassy terms because we don't mind sitting outside shooting the breeze with our neighbors. WOW! Guess you just can't make everyone happy. So in that case............. I'm gonna make it a point to sit outside everyday with my friends and neighbors and have a drink Cheers, and pull up a lawn chair neighbors.


Oh, and I heard the guy that wrote KOTH lived in Garland but he consistently says that it was not based off of that. This has been debated a million times on here and outside of a forum. I'm thinking that is part of his plan. Keep the people guessing so that they will continue to watch his show and draw others in to see if they can guess what locale it was based off of.

FYI, my last name is VERY SIMPLE! For some reason the overseas solicitors can not pronounce it to save their lives. It is rather humorous to us but gets old after awhile. My maiden name is just as simple. Two small common words conjoined and it has astounded me how the worst culprits to not be able to say it were college English professors, that were not from Texas or the south, btw.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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I'm simply stating that standing outside at a neighbor's backyard with a can of (presumably down market) American beer after work is not part of the culture of a largely upper-middle class suburb like Richardson. That's just not an element of the social dynamics in a city where the majority of the population hold a college degree and are employed in professional jobs.

In Richardson, I'd expect the residents to meet up at a nice restaurant or bar after work, while enjoying appetizers and a glass of wine or a bottle of imported beer. That's my perception of Richardson, and I was simply stating that the perception of the folks on King of the Hill does not fit the image I've personally seen of the city.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I'm simply stating that standing outside at a neighbor's backyard with a can of (presumably down market) American beer after work is not part of the culture of a largely upper-middle class suburb like Richardson. That's just not an element of the social dynamics in a city where the majority of the population hold a college degree and are employed in professional jobs.

In Richardson, I'd expect the residents to meet up at a nice restaurant or bar after work, while enjoying appetizers and a glass of wine or a bottle of imported beer. That's my perception of Richardson, and I was simply stating that the perception of the folks on King of the Hill does not fit the image I've personally seen of the city.
WHAT?!?!?! Seriously, you expect neighbors to ALWAYS meet in a nice restaurant or bar to socialize? SERIOUSLY?!?!? WOW! BTW, many good friends grew up in Richardson and have professional jobs and they ALL have a fridge IN the garage w/ beer and sit around the backyard or garage talking to friends and neighbors DRINKING BEER!

Most people have kids and busy lives. They don't have time to stop everything, get babysitters and go meet somewhere to have a drink to socialize. We CAN do it in our yards/garage and the kids can play with each other. It might be as quick has 15 minutes to stop and chat and have a drink or an all day BBQ or whatever. And it DOES happen IN Richardson as well as every other city/suburb around here. I've been there enough to know be it at my own house or friends in every single city around here including Richardson, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Parker, etc.

So in your mind there IS something wrong w/ people/neighbors stopping and being neighborly and having a beer while chatting/visiting with each other?
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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Why must you take an opinion expressed on a forum so personally? Point out anywhere in my posts where I said I have a problem with neighbors sharing a beer.

I stand by my comments that the imagery evident amongst 'Arlenians' is not consistant with the overriding culture of Richardson.

Now I realize that there are more working class/poorer parts of Richardson, but the vibe I get in watching King of the Hill still seems more consistant with places like Lubbock, Midland, or Lufkin.

That's my opinion and I'm free to hold it. And please, take a chill pill.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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I find this tread to be quite funny. Seems some folks find it offensive to drink beer and shoot the breeze with the neighbors. Richardson is not made up of the wine and cheese crowd. They are not beyond drinking a American beer. Arlen could be a neighborhood in 90% of the DFW. Folks have really brainwashed themselves into believing they are beyond this kind of socializing.
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