Ok, so normally I am the first to defend the victims of stereotypical comments concerning those of us who live in the Southern States…but these people take “redneck” to a whole new level. And I actually mean that in a good way. I had heard of the show “Duck Dynasty” and veered away from it thinking it was the same old same old…southern people being portrayed as less intelligent, less wealthy, and filthier than our neighbors to the north, and Lord knows we don’t need anymore of that….but wow, this show has changed my way of thinking.
The family involved in Duck Dynasty may be hairier (their motto seems to be the longer the beard, the manlier the man), and definitely a tad bit crazier than most, but they are also intelligent, witty, and downright funny! The Uncle steals the show for me, but they’re all in their own right, very entertaining.
From what I’ve heard and read on the always correct internet is that the Dad invented a duck call that hunters use when…well, hunting duck! He started his business back in 1972 (excellent year if I do say so myself) and made these duck calls, by hand, carved from wood, for years. Mom and Dad were raising 4 sons when the oldest went to a Louisiana college, where he was the quarterback if the story is correct, and obtained his business degree. Between Dad and business savvy oldest son, they built the empire now known as Duck Command. This is said to be worth millions and millions of dollars, but the family along with a few hired hands, now make the duck calls in a warehouse near the family. Yes, they’re all still made by hand.
The funniest parts are when the group head out for an adventure or field trip and stir up some redneck fun. The most entertaining “Uncle Si” can be seen in the middle of all ordeals and will relate any situation to his days in Vietnam. And the best shows have explosions, redneck water parks, and visiting alligators…all this while one of the sons keeps violating his homeowner’s agreement with burning leaves, chasing chickens, and gutting deer. Ewww.
Here is a description of the show from IMBD:
Series introduces the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. Ask anyone in Louisiana and they’ll tell you that the bayou state’s favorite first family doesn’t live in the governor’s mansion but in the backwoods, where the Robertsons’ rags-to-riches story is still unfolding. A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood. This newly minted multimillionaire family is kept in line by business-savvy Willie, who runs Duck Commander with the help of his brother Jase, their respective wives Korie and Missy, patriarch and founder of the company, Phil, and uncle Si. Together they run a booming business that employs half their neighborhood, but at the end of the day, you can find the whole family around matriarch Miss Kay’s dinner table.
If you haven’t seen this show (or do not get it in your part of the world) you can watch the episodes through YouTube. If you have seen it, let me know what you think!
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!!
I have the best, most brilliant virtual friends/followers/fellow bloggers around, so I decided to reward your unfailing dedication with a bonus blog. It is almost Friday, after all…the least I can do for ya’ll, right? This was actually first posted in January and I got such a kick out of it…well, let’s just say I hope you do, as well.
Here it goes…
No, I’m not a music critic, but I have noticed every time I sit down to write for the blog I lean towards music. Chalk it up as a mood and since I’m trying to create a following (sounds like a cult, doesn’t it?), I’m attempting to start things off fun and light. We’ll get serious later, but I want to make sure when I tick people off they’re not the only two who follow my well-written, humorous, and witty creations. Haha…are you hooked yet? If not, read on… I’m actually going to discuss a commercial today.
This commercial has stuck with me for quite some time. No, I’m not referring to Mayhem, although he does sneak into my mind every time I’m driving and look over my shoulder to change lanes…I hear a whispered “you’re good” and get chills. Actually, I’m referring to the very cute Volkswagen commercial where the Elton John song “Rocket Man” gets absolutely slaughtered.
It opens with the guy stocking shelves in a grocery store singing “I’m burning up this useless telephone” and it goes downhill from there. The shower guy is hilarious and looks a bit like Zack Galifianakis from the Hangover movies, but I have to admit my favorite is the barista with “burning up the room with cheap cologne”.
Side note: Elton, I know you’re reading this, so a little advice here…you may want to think about that line in your next song. Trust me on this one. You are still writing, right? Singing? Hey, are you still alive?
Back to the commercial – Then of course the gentleman who is smart enough to drive the Volkswagen is the only one who actually knew the correct lyric is “burning out his fuse up here alone”. To be perfectly honest, I thought that was BS too, but just researched the actual lyrics and there it is. “Burning out his fuse up here alone”. Wow.
Guess I won’t be allowed to buy a Volkswagen anytime soon.
Hello favorite bloggers…I know I’ve been gone more than usual lately, and I apologize, but I’ve been tasked with a very special project at work that seems to be taking the majority of my waking hours. Although it is a very interesting project, I do find myself missing the blog and my outlet of writing. I will be busy with the project for the next four months or so, but I promise to get out here as often as I can. School is still another time stealer, but I’m on my last year in the MBA program and have to get it completed. All these items will be worth it so please continue to check on this blog every now and then and I promise to make some time to either make you laugh, spit your coffee, or learn something. At least, that’s my goal.
Now, for the topic…brace yourself….it’s a doozy……………ready? Ok, ok….it’s (drumroll please)……….READER’S DIGEST. Yep, I said it. The magazine you thought only your Grandma read or maybe you thought it was no longer in production? Well, wrong. I love this magazine more than any Oprah Winfrey or Rachel Ray can drum up, and although I guess I’m TECHNICALLY old enough to be a Grandma – I’M NOT! (let’s all say a prayer that it’ll be many….many….many more years before I become one!) Reader’s Digest is informative on topics such as medicine, shopping, and education, has family stories that will make you smile through the tears, and a cartoon section that will keep you chucklin’. I have a subscription on my Ipad (yes, I’m a dork) and have bookmarked their website on my desktop. Because, and here’s the fun part, there are things on the website that aren’t in the magazine, and vice versa…those witty bid’ness folks!
Here’s an example of the funny and intriguing articles: (access the website here…and we should start a petition…Hey Reader’s Digest, yooooouuuu-wwwhhhhooooo, if your website is inundated with visitor’s from this blog I get a lifetime subscription for free, right? DEAL…and don’t try to take it back, we pinky swore in my mind.)
24 Funniest Town Names in America
Andy Simmons, the humor editor at Reader’s Digest, was sent on a cross-country trip (why didn’t I look into this kind of job? Hey kids…I take back everything I said about med school! How does one major in humor?) to find the town names that were…well, funny! Here’s a few of what he found and as usual, the comments italicized under the photos are my words and my sarcasm and should not be held against those angels at Reader’s Digest…happy bloggin’ everyone!
No map required, just ask any teenager…apparently, they are all born knowing where this is! And as we get older, we try diligently to get back to it.
I don’t want to live here! That’s waaay too much pressure, how’s the market in ”just under average”??
This town, located between high cholesterol and diabetes, has its cake and eats it, too! And they’d BETTER not be skinny!
Mr. Smith renamed this city after his 8th divorce…he just can’t stop lovin’ the ladies….the next city on highway 1? Exwife #4′s city….
What were we thinking?…population 8 and will probably be 9 in a few more weeks.
It couldn’t be more obvious that a man named this city. Didn’t they have to vote or something? Oh, I get it…that was when women weren’t allowed to vote, right?
I can hear them now:
Stranger to a married couple: Where do ya’ll live? (yes, I’m from the south so figured this was from my culture)
Man from married couple says with a smile: Sweeeet Lipssss…mmmm…mmmmmmm (as if by living in a place so luciously named means he’s enjoying a life of sin)
The woman turns to the stranger: It’s real name is Beer Gut Reality with 10 Children and No Angelina so Get a Job Already
I absolutely love some of the status postings in facebook. There are times when it is as if the author truly feels Shakespeare is speaking through them…uhmm…we shall let thou thinkest that. And maybe you’ve got some witty comeback but the author is your Mom’s 98 year old Aunt and you’re afraid to hurt her feelings? Well, now we get to answer all those her and Aunty Peggy will never know… Check this out, my responses are italicized…feel free to provide your favorite facebook post or respond to these….
When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.
It took me so long trying to figure out what you were saying, I forgot what it was I wanted.
Be the one who everyone wants, not the one who everyone’s had.
The one everyone’s had is too busy to be reading facebook.
People tellin me I changed, that’s exactly what I’m gettin so I’ll never be the same.
Well, uhm…good for you!?
Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Whatever. Failure is failure….why do we try and sugar coat crap? You don’t “dare” to fail…go ahead, I dare you…no, that doesn’t work. It happens. And the only ones who fail great can ever achieve greatly? Wrong. There are some idiots who just get lucky!
Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently.
And there are some idiots who just get lucky!
People wait until they have enough time to do what they dream. It is 99% sure it will still be a dream at the end of the life.
So, I should quit my job, pack up the fam, and hit the road hoping to join the circus? Dreams are called dreams for a reason, otherwise they’d be called reality. (Oh my…I think that last sentence should be the next popular facebook status!)
The best nicknames are the ones people don’t know they have. T
hat’s actually not a nickname, it’s slander.
Chocolate makes everything better. Except obesity
Nope…I’m pretty sure even chocolate makes that better.
Smile, it’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.
Is that a line? I just got an image of Joey Tribbiani from Friends, “hey…how YOU doin? Smile…” ewwww, gross.
I thinks my neighbor just caught me stealing his Wifi internet.
Wi-fi is in the air…how can you technically steal air?
Press the star below and watch it glow..
The next thing you’ll say is pull my finger and I’m not doing that either.
You miss 100 percent of the shots u never take.
Wow…that’s deep. Slow down!
Yes, I know how to shut up. I just don’t know when.
Best friends listen to what you don’t say..
I thought that was dogs?
Dance like no one’s going to put it on youtube.
That won’t get me my fifteen minutes like everyone else?!
Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes.
I don’t believe that is the only resemblance of toilet paper and life…
Rumors are like fires. No one admits to starting them and before you know it, they`re out of control.
And the best ones are HOT!
In 2013 I’m going to sit back, watch the movie 2012 and laugh..
There’s a movie called 2012??
Take my advice, I don’t use it anyway.
If you don’t use it, it must not be good.
FACEBOOK WORK QUOTES…
An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.
Yeah, because the employee can’t think or feel anything on their own.
Closing all the internet windows by the time your boss gets to your desk is like getting the keys into the door before the killer gets you.
That’s just hilarious.
The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.
I miss my job days…
When boss is away, work becomes a holyday.
Holyday? I’d rather call it a holiday, but maybe I’m missing something here. I pray more when the boss is in…
The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them.
Yeah, since we don’t have any motivation without being whipped.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
So, let me get this straight…the leader leads, and the boss bosses? I like that better than drives…I’m not a car.
A good manager is a man who is not worried abt his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.
I bet a manager wrote that one! There’s not a boss in the world this saintly, come on…if he wasn’t worried about his career he wouldn’t have made it to manager…right?
The way to find the real boss is to find out who hires the lawyers.
Nope, the real boss is the one who hires the janitors. You’ll find that out the day you tell those lawyers to take out their own trash or clean the bathrooms.
Monday is a lame way to spend 1/7 of your life.
Out of that 7, only one or two aren’t lame…which makes YOU a very lame person.
The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
That’s what he tells you so he doesn’t have to do any “real” work…boy, oh boy, you bought it!!??
Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.
If you’re at a level where you are playing golf with the boss, you shouldn’t have to fake it…he should know by then you both suck at it!
In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker
One smart boss…
If you think your boss is stupid, remember You wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter…
Unless he wasn’t the one who hired you…
The speed of the boss is the speed of the team…
hope he’s feeling sloooow today!
Happy Bloggin’ peeps….