Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Ain't nothing but a country girl

Every once in a while, I fancy myself as a big city girl. That is, until I go into the city. Those are the moments when I'm singing Thank God I'm a Country Boy to myself.

I'm not made for the high rises or the traffic. I went to Houston a few weeks ago and went to a commercial real estate media luncheon (yes, I know, rub down the goosebumps) in downtown Houston. I was instructed to park in a garage and follow the tunnel to the bank tower where the luncheon was. I'm thinking, no problem. In Dallas or Fort Worth, the tunnel usually connects directly to the tower from the garage. Not so in Houston. It has its own city down there. I got lost not once, but twice. Both times, I wound up having to go street level, where I walked down the streets crying and vowing to myself that I will never go into the city again. El Capitan had text messaged me about the possibility of me popping in to say hi and I thought, briefly, about texting him to come find me and help me find my car. It was pretty pathetic.

I felt similiarly the week before when I took my mom to the Dallas Public Library in downtown. I hate driving in Dallas. Fort Worth just doesn't seem that bad to me.

Regardless, this week, I've been driving Hot Rod to soccer camp each day in McKinney and what little country has not been devoured and developed with tract homes (not that I'm bitter or anything) has been refreshing. His soccer fields are surrounded on all three sides by country. One side is a big hay field, one side has horses, the other side has llamas (be careful, they spit) and across the street is cattle. Occasionally, the breeze doesn't bring pleasant smells, but it is comforting in a smelly sort of way.

Hi, I'm AoM and I'm a hillbilly.


  • At 11:53 PM, August 07, 2007, Blogger Terri said…

    Hello there Redneck Woman lol!
    I'm a country girl myself..the city can be nice to visit..but i get lost too lol(talk about panic! lol) your not alone!
    I have recently started blogging on blogger and ran into ElCapt's blog loved it and checked out some of the bloggers he knows..I saw your story and thought it was funny and would just say HI!
    have a great day, and be careful of the Llama spit, it stinks! lol.
    There is nothing like "fresh country air" is there? lol

  • At 7:51 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AoM -
    Took my daughter & grandson to the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth on Sunday afternoon & all I could say was the drivers in Ft. Worth are so much nicer than Dallas. I had to merge from one highway to another to get to my exit & didn't have a lot of "road" to do it & people slowed down & let me get over. In Dallas they speed up & stay next to you so you can't get over for miles. Thanks for confirming my opinion!
    (down the road on the other side of LV lake!)

  • At 1:19 PM, August 09, 2007, Blogger Scully's Moulder said…

    I just love country folk, being one myself. Born and raised in a small town in Arkansas, population about 10,000. I enlisted almost right out of high school, went to boot in San Antonio, PCSed to Monterrey, then to Omaha, after which I got out and moved to Ft. Meade to get married to my lovely wife, who is 2 months into a 12 month deployment. Talk about culture shock, driving around in all those big cities.

    I have shared that experience in Houston. And downtown Houston is HORRIBLE. The thing I hated most was their placement of the traffic lights right next to the bus stop for public transportation. Soooo, if a bus is stopped loading or unloading, you can't see the light and try to nose through the intersection without getting killed!

    Best of luck to you and stay kuntree!


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