Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Guns and Booze
The three of us have been in Lincoln for the last week almost because our roof is being replaced. We decided it would be a good time to come check out some houses. My parents graciously are letting us stay in their AWESOME home, after some of the stuff we have seen it rocks! Sadly, they haven't been here and we have missed them a ton. I haven't lived in Nebraska for 12 years, so in getting ready to come back I am making some cultural observations along the way. We have looked at 10 houses in the last few days and we are exhausted, and haven't found 'the house' yet. What I have found out in being in 10 homes is that Guns and Booze are a centerpiece in many of these homes. Gun cabinets, gun racks, bows and arrows, and other hunting gear. Whole basements dedicated to a 'man caves'. The guns don't come alone. In most of these homes next to or near the guns are large amounts of hard liquor. That seems like a bad combination to me. I am not anti-alcohol, or guns (well sort of... you can have them, I just don't want to know about it). It was shocking to me for some reason. I grew up here, but this just seemed so foreign to me. Then I realized that I am not really a true Nebraskan. My parents are from Oklahoma and though I was raised here, as my husband stated it, I am a hybrid Nebraskan. I have lots to learn about this culture and the people we will be working with. A few years from now my guess is, you'll be more likely to see me wearing red than holding a rifle and taking a shot.