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Old 07-19-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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Perhaps you, a former city slicker turned small towner, can explain to me, a backwoods hillbilly turned small-towner, why slickers consider "shuck some corn" or "husk some corn" an insult. It's a fact of life in the summer time around here, hardly something to use as an insult. Do slickers not understand where corn comes from? And that the husk must be shucked to eat it? Please enlighten a dumb ole country boy.
Perhaps you missed his point.
( I realize not much corn grown in your area)

In real corn growing areas, corn was husked and picked by hand.
Ever hear the term------" bang board" ?

Yup, wagons were used that had " bang boards", huskers used a husking pin and it was a rural honor to be the fastest husker.

They still have corn husking championships in real corn growing country.

I doubt someone who grows a couple rows of sweetcorn a year has any knowledge of " bang boards" or " hudking pins"

A good corn husker could keep an ear of corn in the air at all times.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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actually , calling ozarksboy a " corn husker" is an insult.

( an insult to the people in real corn growing country who have done it )
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:04 AM
 
Location: NY in body, Mayberry in spirit.
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Ah, so much irony in this thread. New York Joe is in effect endorsing small-town values, is regretting that they have to a great extent gone away, and he gets slammed for it, not by big city folks, but by those whose values he is endorsing. But Joe, you are partly (largely?) to blame for this because your post quoted above has a hard edge to it, a hostile edge, an insulting edge, even though most of the points (if you take away the edge) are correct. This insulting hostility is very un-Mayberry-like! (Thick irony!)

Escort, since you seem to basically get it, I would refer you to Ozarkboys' first response to my OP. He starts off by feeling he needs to explain the meaning of the word fiction to me. Rather patronizing, don't you think? He proceeds to tell me why I, who he calls a city slicker(insulting, right?), would not belong in his small town since I don't want or will not do the things that make a small town a good place to live. That assumes a helluva lot about someone he doesn't know! He finishes by calling HIMSELF a cranky old hillbilly, leading to my last, semi humorous line.

As you stated, I STARTED the darn thread!!!! Maybe small towns would not be dying off if locals viewed new arrivals not as outsiders or city slickers, but as new neighbors who might just help the town survive and prosper. Might be too much to ask for.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:07 AM
 
Location: southern california
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yes its called batesville ms. you know-- where all the caskets come from.

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Old 07-20-2010, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Rolla, Phelps County, Ozarks, Missouri
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Perhaps you missed his point.
( I realize not much corn grown in your area)

In real corn growing areas, corn was husked and picked by hand.
Ever hear the term------" bang board" ?

Yup, wagons were used that had " bang boards", huskers used a husking pin and it was a rural honor to be the fastest husker.

They still have corn husking championships in real corn growing country.

I doubt someone who grows a couple rows of sweetcorn a year has any knowledge of " bang boards" or " hudking pins"

A good corn husker could keep an ear of corn in the air at all times.
OK, marmac, thanks for the info, but I'm still confused about why slickers use the phrase "husk some corn" as an insult or a derisive comment. Is their point that it is foolish to want that rural honor of being the fastest husker? Is this just another way to look down on rural people for having simple lives? Sorry I'm so stupid; you seem to understand his mindset better than I, yet even after your explanation, I fail to see why NYJoe and other slickers find joy in telling rural people to "husk some corn."
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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Why you Small Town-Backwoods Hillbilly, Did you not know that corn, both the yellow and white varietys comes in both cans and plastic bags.....after opening and placing in suitable container, one should microwave until soft and mushy..
Only a hillbilly or a fisherman would ever think of soaking this thing called a husk and placing on grill, (oh my god that's charcoal your cooking with) until golden and crisp......
.............Get with the Times Man....................

??????????

Seems you're a " city slicker" if you think the term is applied to sweet corn.

I'll bet nearly every supermarket in NYC or any big California city sell corn on the cob.


You missed the point.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:27 AM
 
Location: the sticks
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Ive seen many topics vaporize for far less than the 'pi$$in match' on this vanilla forum. But to the original topic, I think the last pge or two define one of the problems with today and 'Mayberry'.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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Mayberry------great TV show that made some actors famous.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Maybe you could change some of your choices, before you give up? How about participating with your community? If you cannot bear to send your kids to the local schools (?), then invite some neighborhood kids (and their parents) to a party. Reserve a space at your local park, if you don't want to immediately open your home to strangers. Start planning neighborhood events. Start participating in local events: town council, neighborhood clean ups, sports events -- whatever. Maybe just send an invitation out to the extended neighborhood to hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss changes you would like to see. It could be that many of them feel the same way you do.

Reach out before turning your back.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Personally, I would never call anyone a 'corn husker' or 'hillbilly' or 'redneck' or any other term meant to hurt or divide us...and at the same time, I do not enjoy being called a 'city slicker.' Names can hurt in both directions, can they not? Let's be neighbors.
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