Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Redneck Ingenuity

Redneck....it is a word with so many connotations. And, those connotations rage from really bad, to quite good. It all started in Scotland in the 1640's. People who rejected rule by bishops wore red cloths around their necks to signify their position. This term has also been used to denote poor white farmers in the South who had a political faction inside the Democratic Party, in the early 1900's. Also known as the, "wool hat boys", because they opposed rich men who wore expensive suits. 

Yes, it has been an historically derogatory term. Most folks identify it with unsavory individuals with poor manners, low social position, and....well....indelicate behavior. I'll just put it that way. 

However, these days it has taken on whole new view. With comedians and actors alike showcasing life in the South, it has come to mean individuals who do the best they can with what they have. They live life independently with strong opinions and equally strong religious beliefs. 



So, today I would like to salute what it means to do the best you can with what you have.  I give you, the lowly clothes hanger.  Curved into my own creative tool, it has unclogged drains, cleaned out the lint trap on the clothes dryer, and removed a large bird nest from a house vent.  

Bless their feathered hearts....I had to do it. 



The clothes hanger comes in first by only an incredibly slim margin.  I mean, let us not overlook the obvious redneck uses of duct tape.  A little piece of chewed gum and some duct tape have saved me from a large pool hose leak, until I could make the 25-minute trip to, "town". 

You do what you have when you live out on a farmette....redneck or not.  


33 comments:

  1. OH I live in Redneck territory. Mixed emotions about how I fit into that term! LOVE the words you used...."indelicate behavior" as my children sometimes behave that way! LAUGHING!

    Along with the use of clothes hangers, duct tape and chewing gum may I add my PERSONAL favorite? Jute String! I would be LOST without it!

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  2. Great tribute to one of the handiest tools around - the wire clothes hangar!

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  3. I love a "good Redneck" and it is spoken in our house often. Cute post

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  4. We had these neighbors that fenced in a pasture (for a horse) with yarn once and Paul and I laughed and laughed. Needless to say, it didn't work out so well.

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  5. Love this post. Who knew that the Occupy Wall Street crowd, really began in the south in the early 1900's.

    Oh yes, the clothes hanger and all of it's versatility. I haven't used it to clean my dryer lint trap but I will now. xo

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  6. Michelle...help! I lost my music through playlist. Did you? How can we get our music back?

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  7. so funny! i am prone to use old garden and soaker hoses as rope gates to keep horses and cattle where they're supposed to be! :)

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  8. Nice post. It's only 7.52am here and I've already learned something today!

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  9. Oh yes we absolutely are rednecks. Duct tape and a lot of wire hangers. Love it! And I sweep down nests at our house. Sorry birds for me too.

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  10. definately rednecks here in Texas...actually right under my roof..lol...love duct tape...

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  11. I like the thought of being creative anywhere...

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  12. Duct tape is a favorite of my husbands!! I always thought the term redneck came from the red neck farmer's got from working in the field and the town people didn't have them...I guess I learned something today!! have a great afternoon!!

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  13. I always wondered where that term came from... I figured it was the lack of knowledge of sun screen... And toothbrushes.
    LOVE your use of the multi talented wire coat hanger! Marvelous little invention, no?!
    and good for you!

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  14. Thank you for teaching me something that I did not know.

    Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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  15. Careful with the posts! I resemble that classification. ;-}

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  16. Is "ingenious" or "cheap" the same thing as redneck? I know lots of preppy folks with Ivy League degrees and Volvos who are pretty good with duct tape.

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  17. Oh, the mighty wire clothes hanger- so many uses...HAHA

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  18. I don't even have a baler, but I still have half a spool of baling wire in the barn... for those days when I can't find anything but one of those dang plastic hangers...

    Dann in Ohio

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  19. I like your definition better. Yes, to a good old fashioned wire hanger. Don't see many of those any more.

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  20. speaking of duck tape (or is it duct tape?) while living in missouri, our walmart was famous for selling more duck tape than any other walmart, anywhere, true story lol

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  21. What a cute post...I love it!

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  22. We have all sorts of 'redneck contraptions' around here. In fact, my fiance recently made me a swiffer sweeper, since I lost my purchased one in our move.

    The components? A shaft of an old hoe, and an old license plate duct taped to the base, with holes drilled into it so I can fit my dishcloths in it for mopping the floor.

    It's amazing what people come up with. :)

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  23. Typical of us Brits (well the Scottish to be exact) have to make the name for a group of people... I can see how the term 'redneck' can class people differently depending on where in the world you come from.
    Shaun
    Valleys ShutterBug

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  24. I always wondered what redneck meant and where it first came from. Very interesting. It's not a bad thing to use what you have. Some people call it "recycling". Your feathered friends have plenty of nice places to feather nests rather than your house vent. Putting a piece of screen over a vent can work well.

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  25. amazing how...simple household items can fix just about anything! especially DUCT TAPE...can fix so many things!! at least according to my husband. ha!

    i live in redneck territory too...it took some getting used to...but after 20 years here...i think i can finally say i really do appreciate the many quick fixes! haha!!

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  26. Haha!!! Hey, you do what you have to do. We are swimming in a sea of redneck aroung here. I can usually tolerate it (after all, I am born and bred small, southern town) but my daughter usually cannot stand anything with even a hint of it (even though she, too, is born and bred small town). LOL

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  27. A great post and How True It Is! And so right ... duct tape and a coat hanger should be on the list of essential tools. Sure enjoy your blog.

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  28. So true! Coat hangers, bits of blutack, wood glue (glues just about everything ;) ) and using all sorts of things to fix, sort or deal with problems. Thats the redneck way or hillbilly way? I would prefer to be called a Hill William thankyou in deference to my colonial heritage in Australia ;)

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  29. A really funny, creative and interesting post!

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  30. I always heard the story of "redneck" coming from the coal miners when they striked backed in the early 1900's. They wore red bandana's around their necks to distinguish their selves from authorities. I probably heard this version because I am so close to the Appalachia's, haha.

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  31. I remember the total AWE I felt when I saw my daddy untwist a wire coathanger and fashion it into the most amazing tool that was able to slide between my car window and the car door...and when he held his mouth JUST SO...and turned it just right while pulling it gently upwards...he unlocked my car.

    And then he reached in, got my car keys OUT of the car, and lectured me for a good 30 minutes.

    ...and then...
    ...Knowing his daughter well...
    ...He sighed...

    And taught me how to do that trick myself.
    (which btw, was really smart of him, since that was not the last time that I locked my keys in my car lol)

    Hurray for Daddy's and for
    Redneck Ingenuity!

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