A Convoy of Redneck Rigs Saves the Sea-Born Tesla

Video and photos provided by Brent Rossig

Local mechanic and extrication aficionado Mike Astry and a convoy of trail rigs successfully removed the soggy Tesla-X from Centerville Beach west of Ferndale today. (See here for earlier story.)

Astry told us last night he and a friend drove their Jeeps to the site of the water-logged Tesla and were able to successfully drag it about 20 feet up the beach. They left the rest of the extrication to the next day.

The Tesla in the Pacific Ocean.

The Tesla in the Pacific Ocean.

This morning, Astry and company rolled deep onto the sands of Centerville beach with a cavalcade of Jeeps and trucks rigged out with winches ready to save the floundering electric car.

Using the combined strength of all of the winches, the Tesla slowly came free from the soft, deep sands and Astry was able to bring the vehicle upon his car trailer removing the car-of-the-future from the timeless sands of the North Coast.

The driver of the Tesla told Astry that he is from the Bay Area and “he drives on the beach down there all the time.”

Astry told him, “[The sand’s] a lot softer up here.”

The Tesla loaded and ready for hauling.

The Tesla loaded and ready for hauling.

Astry drove the Tesla owner to his hotel and as of this morning, the owner has flown back to his Bay Area home.

Astry estimated the Tesla weighed 10,000 pounds from all the water and sand it had taken on having been awash in the surf. He added the mechanics of electric cars make them specifically difficult to extricate because they stay in gear.

Astry estimated this year he has towed approximately 60-70 vehicles from North Coast beaches saying, “A lot of people go out there and get stuck.”

Local towing companies like Pacific Towing do not have tow trucks that can go out on the beach so they reach out to Astry and company for aid. He assists the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office from time to time when they have extrication needs.

The Tesla being hauled onto the main road.

The Tesla being hauled onto the main road.

Astry said his work extricating vehicles from local beaches is a side gig and a passion. “I make a little money here or there. Sometimes drivers give me money.” He said, ultimately, he does not want to see beaches polluted and vehicles abandoned. “If vehicles start getting stuck on the beach, they’ll close down all the beaches,” he added.

For anyone interested in taking their vehicle onto local beaches, Astry reminds them that “all wheel drives do not always mean all-wheel drive.” He said it would be beneficial to drop your tires’ air pressure, have bigger tires, and a lighter vehicle.

If you ever find yourself and your vehicle succumbing to the sticky sands of the North Coast, consider calling Mike Astry at (707)468-6664 to save you.

Earlier: The Car of Urban Cool Meets Humboldt’s Savage Seas- It Does Not Go Well

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peace,love,coffee
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peace,love,coffee
1 year ago

Let me get this straight….. if you drive a Jeep or Truck that makes you a “Red Neck”. If you drive a Tesla that makes you “Urban Cool”? Really???

How about “unfortunate out of town visitor assisted by kind locals”

Sorry, just sick of stereotypes.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago

Ah heck, both Matt and I, possibly erroneously, consider ourselves rednecks, hill folks, country people and consider it, for the most part, a stereotype of the kind of folks who get things done.

Smoking
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Smoking
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

That’s a lot of cars getting stuck in one year. Does this tend to happen on some specific beaches? I saw a few in Manila over the years in the surf. Most likely stolen.

ILoveplants
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ILoveplants
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Couldn’t resist 😂

Sunset
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Sunset
1 year ago
Reply to  ILoveplants

Don’t blame me I voted for Trump

Industrial Disease
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Industrial Disease
1 year ago
Reply to  Sunset

Trump lost to Biden because he was a useless shithead. Thanks Obama!

magaz
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magaz
1 year ago

Trump won the election.

Just wait till all the vote audits are done.

TRUMP IS COMING BACK!!

Jsnet
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Jsnet
1 year ago
Reply to  magaz

Hahahaha

Yep
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Yep
1 year ago
Reply to  magaz

Wow are u serious?

thetallone
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thetallone
1 year ago
Reply to  magaz

RRRight………

chopsolutely
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chopsolutely
1 year ago
Reply to  magaz

found the fascist.

JOEMMA EANNI
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JOEMMA EANNI
1 year ago
Reply to  magaz

God Bless You and all our Patriots, that know the truth♥️

Sunset
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Sunset
1 year ago

Have any buyers remorse yet 🤣 Beijing Biden

Dangerous Dave
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Dangerous Dave
1 year ago

Trump lost because of epstein. They busted him out of prison and became bill Clintons bond holder. Trust me i found out and was tortured directly after.

Lost Croat Outburst
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Lost Croat Outburst
1 year ago
Reply to  Sunset

I blame Trumpers for a lot, or Am I being too sensitive like Peace, Love, Coffee? Redneck was obviously a humorous reference to country folks who get things done (a country boy(gal) will survive). Was that Waylon? Uh oh, I’m timing out! I’m melting, I’m me . . . . . .

Non-Native
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Non-Native
1 year ago

Hank Jr.

robash141
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robash141
1 year ago
Reply to  Non-Native

You mean the wealthy, privileged son and namesake of a world famous country music icon. A guy who has literally traded on Daddy’ s name for is entire career. Yeah he ” ain’t askin’ nobody fer nothin’ if cain’t git it on his own” because he’s not a real redneck he’s a fucking rich boy poser who’s always had it made just like Trump.

thetallone
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thetallone
1 year ago
Reply to  robash141

I don’t like his music much, but if he sucked, nobody would have bought his records or gone to his concerts. Most famous musicians have kids, and it’s rare that they have successful music careers. BTW your lyric quote is Charlie Daniels.

robash141
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robash141
1 year ago
Reply to  thetallone

The lyric is from Hank Jr. . Look at how much Trump sucked. and he became President ? Just shows how any shitty , well connected rich guy can “make it” in America

robash141
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robash141
1 year ago
Reply to  robash141

Actually I got my inbreds confused Charlie Daniels is not the pampered rich boy . He’s the one who wrote a bunch of jingoistic war mongering hits but refused to put on a uniform himself. He was another disgusting, rancid hypocrite..Fuck them both.

thetallone
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thetallone
1 year ago
Reply to  robash141

That would be necrophilia in the case of Daniels, since he is dead.

Chicken little
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Chicken little
1 year ago

😁

The Real Brian
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The Real Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Chicken little

Rednecks knew the name of Paradise when it was on fire.

Rednecks know to not drink bleach.

Rednecks know how to drive, change tires, haul trailers and do shit.

Donald…..is not a redneck.

Mile
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Mile
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Being a liberal progressive redneck would make you the rarest breed of all. Someone should tell Wikipedia that that is a thing. They might want to make a wax statue. Just hope it doesn’t get torn down…

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

Like Trae Crowder? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHsQd-vRXK1bp4vpifl6yA

Actually, I think Crowder hates the redneck part of himself. I find that a bit hard to watch often. Me? I love rednecks. Maybe I only count as the daughter of one. But for me redneck is a term of affection and admiration–hard workers, hard players, folks who pitch in and get stuff done.

This is what I wrote about my dad, the very best of the rednecks. https://kymkemp.com/2013/06/02/praise-working-man-neil-kemp/

Here’s to the working men with their strong shoulders and wild hearts. Here’s to the men with callused hands who quiet their rough side enough to raise families and build roads but who tell true stories with wicked grins about their younger selves…and last weekend.

Here’s to the ab divers, the deer hunters, the horseshoe pitching crowd. Here’s to those who brush their sawdust covered shoulders off at the end of a long, hot working day, smooch their wives, crack open a cold one, load up the inner tubes, and take all the neighborhood kids to the river swimming til after dark.

Here’s to the ones who give piggyback rides and teach kids to fish. Here’s to the men who take their families (and half the neighborhood kids) camping, hunting, and playing catch.

laurie jensen
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laurie jensen
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Love and Hugs Kym I guess Im a “Red-neck-country girl” myself. My hats off to the folks who keep our beaches clear of vehicles stuck on them. Due to medical, and financial reasons Im stuck and having to live in the city limits of South Eureka. Spending 30 years up off of HWY 36 and around Ruth Lake is where I still belong. Saying goes, you can take the country life away from a person, but you cant take it out of their heart/soul I was taught as a little girl how to live off the land, walk softly in nature and never leave a trace I was ever there!!!

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  laurie jensen

Hugs, right back at you, Laurie.

Chris
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Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Rednecks? We prefer to be called Little People thank you. 😁
We Miss Humboldt. Mainly good friends there. But any time I start truly missing it, I take a trip to the local comments section of various news outlets, read the Trump hate and vile hatred towards anything conservative and remember again why we pulled our businesses out of California and fled in exile.

robash141
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robash141
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass…

Mile
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Mile
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Feel free to google the definition yourself, ab diving isn’t part of it, neither is almost everything else you said. Me I’m a virgin, but I have a couple of biological children through intercourse, because to me a virgin is a term of affection.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

So if you know the definition, how do you explain so many commenters being proud of being rednecks. Nothing about language being fluid rings a bell? That language is contextual? That language is local?

Now, I’m pretty sure no one I know thinks virgin means you can have a couple of biological children but maybe in whatever area of the world you grew up in that works.

But I grew up here among the Rednecks, hill folk, and country people of SoHum. And, here redneck was a term of pride and meant you could change a tire in the mud, tow a truck that was stuck, ride a horse, shoot a gun, dive for abs, work til 8 and dance til two. Not that everyone was all of those things just that like layers on the onion, the more hands-on-tough-stuff, you did, the more you claimed redneck.

Mile
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Mile
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Rednecks are poor White conservative uneducated labors typically from the south. You are closer to being Elon musk than a redneck. Liberals have also recently added racist and bigoted to the definition. I’m not saying you aren’t country or a hillbilly or a good person, you are using the wrong word In redneck. Go to Oklahoma and hang out with some, they will tell you “to take your (edit) liberal California bullshit and get the (edit) off their property. I know this because that’s what my in laws who live there would tell you. Redneck has their ideology attached to it, and it is the polar opposite of yours, believe me, I’m too liberal for actual rednecks. What youre doing is essentially cultural appropriation of a group of people who you don’t understand. They think gays are going to hell, abortion is a mortal sin, if you don’t drive american your a commie, unless it has a SAS swap, then you might be ok, they think the wrong side won in the civil war and would love a rematch, they think climate change is a hoax, does this sound like you at all? I’m born and raised rural sohum, and The only rednecks I’ve met here moved here from the south. I’ve met countless people claiming it, but then again everyone who has 3 acres here says they have a farm also. Oh and if you support gun control in any way or shape a redneck will run you off his property. How do I explain so many people.l calling themselves redneck? The same way I explain people misusing the word fascist for four years, they hear a word and it suits what they think it means, not what it actually means

cutomorrow
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cutomorrow
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

long live Oklahoma !

Guest 62
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Guest 62
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

Wow you must the liberal redneck definition expert ! Good job ! not! Just quit sounding like a text book whining liberal. And okies are your Oklahoma family . Okies are definitely from Oklahoma genius. Kym can say she’s a redneck especially since liberals try and call them self Americans. Rednecks are country types who mostly work outside I’d say. It’s not a narrow classification to classify as one.

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

“I’m born and raised rural sohum”

Haha. Dude… Seriously.. According to many urbanites who haven’t traveled much outside of cities.. you my friend, are a redneck by definition. A rose by any other name.

Actually, the word has many meanings and some of them reflect more about the person using it than any wider group of people.

No woke
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No woke
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

The liberal cult that you seem to follow is literally trying to rub those tough man types out of existence & replacing em with “thems” & all the other self proclaimed woke identities their coming up with. They are making this country vulnerable to attack. Eventually who will be left to defend this country???

thetallone
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thetallone
1 year ago
Reply to  No woke

Don’t worry, it’s all going to robots and drones anyway.

JOEMMA EANNI
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JOEMMA EANNI
1 year ago
Reply to  No woke

God Bless You and all our Patriots, that know the truth♥️

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Nope, my dad was a proud redneck who drove heavy equipment. I didn’t know about where the term originated when I was growing up. I just knew we were redneck and city slickers weren’t. (Now city slicker, that was a term slung in derision.)

Now, as an old lady I know that some folks use redneck as a term of derision but I don’t like that any more than I like terms like “basket of deplorables.” I do think country folk talking mostly to country folk here know that redneck is a term of admiration and respect.

And, for the most part I’d say those pro using the term redneck are life long locals who are proud of making do and doing much with their hands. And those who don’t like me using the term “redneck” are folks who are generally critical of things I do anyway. So ce’ la vie. Can’t please them anyway.

The Real Brian
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The Real Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Throw everyone a curve ball.

Next time spell it “Rednex”.

Foul play
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Foul play
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Not even close. Red neck has nothing to do with miners. It’s the people who work outside in nature, be it farmers, ranchers, construction, etc. It means you work outside with your hands enough that the sun gives the back of your neck a nice reddish tan. Hence…redneck.

Mile
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Mile
1 year ago
Reply to  Foul play

He is right, before that it was a term in England. Everything has a origin.

Marc
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Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

It has had many meanings in the U.S. and was used even before the coal strikes of the 1920s.

From https://daily.jstor.org/redneck-a-brief-history/

Rednecks, Back in the Day
In America, the word redneck dates back to the 1800s, and in different parts of the country at different times, its meaning has shifted. Over the course of nearly 200 years, it has stood for the following:

– poor, Southern whites
– a name “applied by the better class of people to the poorer [white] inhabitants of the rural districts”
– a word used “to denigrate [white] farmers within their party who supported populist reforms”
– white Presbyterians living in North Carolina (specific rednecks!)
– Communists
– a term black southerners used—alongside poor white trash, cracker, and peckerwood—to poke fun at poor white country folks
– white coal miners who belonged to labor unions (in West – – Virginia, eastern Kentucky, western Pennsylvania, and southern Illinois and Indiana)
– any white racist, regardless of his or her class position or birthplace

Randi Fisher
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Well said!!

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

You oughta watch the show “Letterkenny”. Screamingly funny show where the hicks are shown to he the smart ones.

Mr. Bear
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Mr. Bear
1 year ago
Reply to  No Joke

You’re just a degen from up north

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Bear

Pitter patter.

Mile
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Mile
1 year ago
Reply to  No Joke

Let’s get at ER.

Danimale Dave
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Danimale Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

It could make you a plantation owner communist. No one ever realized the old south was communist. The whole idea was to become smart and dark skinned.

chopsolutely
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chopsolutely
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

historically, rednecks were anarchists and commies. union types.

battle of blair mountain? that was rednecks vs. the rich bosses and their government attack dogs.

Ullr Rover
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Ullr Rover
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

“Redneck” is a compliment in my book. Especially when some city dolt attempts to use it as an insult.

My long hair doesn’t cover my red neck.

Tim
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Tim
1 year ago
Reply to  Ullr Rover

That’s why the mullet was invented. 😛

Jeffersonian
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Jeffersonian
1 year ago

Well you have to be a city slicker to think you can just barge out on centerville beach in a Tesla. You have to be careful on that beach even in a properly equipped 4wd. I have had to let tires down to very low levels to be able to drive in that sand and never stop without being pointed downhill. The sand there is very grainy and does not pack. Same at the mattole and big lagoon. And table bluff area and mad river too although not as bad. Beach is steep too.

robash141
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robash141
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

A good old down- home country boy with impeccable manners like Donald Trump would never make that kind of mistake ..

Juanita
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Juanita
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeffersonian

4 wheel drive vehicles get stuck WAY more often you know. That’s why those jeeps are so willing to jump in and help. ☺
And for the record I’m a long haired heavily tattooed liberal redneck my own self.
Changed a tire in the mud, put on chains in the rain to make it up a mud slick hill and in the snow just to stay on the road, pulled many an errant city slicker out of a ditch. (Once rescued a Dodge 4×4 on it’s roof with a tow chain and my Toyota Celica. My clutch didn’t go out til 2 weeks later 😂😂😂)

Nick
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Nick
1 year ago

She’s not stupid! 72 comments and counting on this divi$ive headline.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Nick

Nick,

What I might be is a little provincial… I tend to think folks around here are like the folks I grew up with but…sadly or not, depending on your point of view…that isn’t really true any more.

In the culture of the community I grew up in “redneck” was a word we thought was for strong, get ‘er done types who grew up in the country and weren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty.

Things that make you go hmm...
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Things that make you go hmm...
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

I guess I’m a Red neck girl with ya then, Kym ❣️ I grew up with a hard working, sawdust smelling, piggy back giving, take the belt off and then never use it kinda daddy. And I have never respected anyone else more in my life! I miss him more than words can explain.
Humboldt born and raised, and proud of it!

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago

Hugs!

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

There’s nothing wrong with it, Kym, when it’s a term being used affectionately by members of the redneck or redneck-adjascent community. When it’s trotted out by white non-rednecks to distance themselves from the ignorant or racist remarks made by other white non-rednecks is one of the instances when it becomes a problem.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  No Joke

Absolutely true. Context is everything.

stuber
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stuber
1 year ago

Kym is right. Redneck is a way of thinking to solve problems, and get things done. I learned far more from the rednecks up here than I did from the weirdo college people down south. Redneck thought, a superior way.

SayWhat?!
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1 year ago

Yas!

CB
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CB
1 year ago

Rednecks are cool! Mountain people have manners, help those that need it. True mountain people. And if you get your Tesla stuck in the pacific, we can call you whatever we want. In good spirit of course.

The Real Brian
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The Real Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  CB

Agreed

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  CB

You might be surprised at how good of manners the urban poor have, along the same lines as mountain people. When you have large numbers of people living close together, manners are essential to prevent conflict.

The ones we most often think of as entitled, rude, and elitist aren’t actually raised in big cities, they’re from suburbs.

FogDog
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FogDog
1 year ago

That guy driving the tesla on the beach…..oof, facepalm. I’m sure all that saltwater in an electric car will be just fine. 😬

luke
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luke
1 year ago

Wow! You say you can drive on the beach somewhere in the Bay Area? That is just really really hard to believe.

Jennifer
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Jennifer
1 year ago
Reply to  luke

I don’t believe it’s legal to drive on any beaches in the Bay Area. I may be mistaken, but I don’t believe so. The only beach I’m aware you can drive on in central California is in Pismo.

cu2morrow
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cu2morrow
1 year ago
Reply to  Jennifer

your not mistaken, he’s lying.

NoBody
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NoBody
1 year ago

I’m sure these guys helped just for the challenge of it, but I hope the owner bought them all a case of beer at the least. A tow truck would have cost a small fortune.

For sure
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For sure
1 year ago

What’s the difference between Redneck, Country & Hillbilly? And if you aren’t sure which one you really are, which one does that make you? (Like in poker…if you can’t tell who’s the chump, it’s you). And the pre-fix of Hippie goes for all three catagories. Me, a Happy HippieHillbilly! (Mammy Yokum, with a corn cob pipe, haha)

SayWhat?!
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1 year ago
Reply to  For sure

Hee hee hee!!!

justsayin
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justsayin
1 year ago

Ummmmmm…. Love your site and your reporting Kym but this doesn’t seem right. Why do you categorize these people as “Rednecks”? Seems like a derogatory label for people who did the right thing and helped. If you categorized any other group of people based on their belief and way of life that would be Bigotry.

Proud Redneck
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Proud Redneck
1 year ago
Reply to  justsayin

It’s okay to use the term “redneck”. Thick skin and some dignity come with term.

No woke
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No woke
1 year ago
Reply to  Proud Redneck

It’s because rednecks do have thick skin & don’t let stupid shit like that bother them. Turn the table though & accidentally call a snowflake lib by the wrong pronoun & they will verbally attack you & spit in your face… Especially if you wear a maga hat. But ultimately the “rednecks” are the true heros that are going to step up & save the ship(our country) when the over privileged woke dipshits disrespect it & bring it down.

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  No woke

Lol if you even *mention* the word “pronouns” to certain types of people, they get triggered and start screaming and flailing – that’s conservatives and reactionaries.

If you accidentally call someone by the wrong pronouns, you quite simply apologize and move on just as if you called them Jake instead of John. It’s called being respectful and having manners.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  justsayin

Well, I consider myself a redneck who married a hippie kid. I can shoot a gun, had a horse as a kid, can drive a manual pickup, and have towed a few vehicles myself.

I don’t consider redneck (or hippie) a pejorative.

Rednecks and hippies are frequently hill folk around here and if you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit partial to the kind of folks who step in and help get stuff done. And to my mind…Rednecks and hippies are those kind of folks.

Bushytails
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Bushytails
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

I got yelled at on another thread about a month ago for not thinking redneck was a racist term, both applying to only one race and signifying the person being called a redneck was racist… I had never considered it one, but apparently it is, at least to some.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Bushytails

Well, at this point, I’m not too worried.

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

*really* not cool to try to pretend that “redneck” is on par with the n word.

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  No Joke

Reading comprehension.. try reading that again.

robash141
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robash141
1 year ago
Reply to  No Joke

Yeah” just like the N word” but without the kidnapping, enslavement, beatings and centuries of second class citizenship attached . Otherwise, exactly the same..

Auntie Ovine
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Auntie Ovine
1 year ago
Reply to  robash141

Just the contempt… the point was of course not finding equivalence with racism but pointing out that using pejorative words is not excused because the attacked use it in self defense. Because it is likely that any online SJW has used redneck as an insult towards anyone from an individual to a whole town in our area.

onrust
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onrust
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

As I recall, the term “redneck” arose because poor, dirt farmers often worked wearing just their T-shirts. All my family both males and females had rednecks caused by working in the sun and the term originated from that fact. Here’s a link to a good website if’n ya’ll is interested.

https://daily.jstor.org/redneck-a-brief-history/

NoBody
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NoBody
1 year ago
Reply to  onrust

If they “worked wearing just their T-shirts” then I’m sure that not only would their neck be red but a lot more of them would be red too! 😳

onrust
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onrust
1 year ago
Reply to  NoBody

The thing about rednecks was that they kept most everything else covered. Even wearing a hat did not protect the neck all that much and just one time of sunburned penis was enough for even the most hard core of us. It only took two words for most folks to take us seriously. If you called me an Okie, your nose was bloody as you hit the ground. If you called me a redneck, you would wonder for days whether or not your balls would ever be usable again. It usually only took one session of training for most folks.

Things that make you go hmm...
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Things that make you go hmm...
1 year ago
Reply to  onrust

Actually, the term Redneck came from the late 1800s when the young men tied red bandanas around their necks, in solidarity.
https://www.wvpublic.org/news/2015-05-18/do-you-know-where-the-word-redneck-comes-from-mine-wars-museum-opens-revives-lost-labor-history

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  Bushytails

Every county in this entire country has it’s own dialect. Slightly different meanings, pauses and phrases. Different expectations. In crowded places on the east coast, like coastal Massachusetts, sometimes each town has it’s own dialect and the dialects are very pronounced. In some big cities each neighborhood has it’s own dialect. So many problems when people assume everyone thinks or means the same things as they do.

In some urban areas there are tons of people who think “redneck” is synonymous with racist. Usually people who haven’t spent any time whatsoever in country areas.

Humboldt and central/northern Mendocino county have the highest percentage of hybrid hippy-rednecks (hipnecks? (..rippies?- just kidding)) I have ever seen anywhere. Rednecks here are nothing like rednecks from, say, Utah or Florida. The word redneck when used in Humboldt or northern Mendo doesn’t seem to have the same derogatory flavors or confrontational message it might have in other places.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Lynn H

Maybe that’s it. The folks I grew up with are proud to be rednecks.

Certainly language, as said elsewhere, is changing and it is subject to context. For me, the context of this story is obviously praising the folks who came out and saved the day so voila’…the term is obviously being used in a positive way. So even if your context for the word is negative, you should be able to grok that it is meant in a positive way.

For me, the word Bitch is a negative slur. BUT if a friend of mine refers to a fellow woman saying admiringly, “That bitch is tough” I should be able to use context to see that “bitch” isn’t a slur here. I like to think most of my readers are capable of this kind of flexible thinking.

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Yeah, primary recognition of motive or intentions is a mark of social sophistication.

I grew up in a bilingual community and was of the first generation that didn’t speak French. Every generation before me spoke French before English and some didn’t speak English. I’ve lived in several Mexican neighborhoods and I don’t speak Spanish. Have had lively positive conversations and relationships with people from so many countries and backgrounds while living in SF. It’s not about the language- it’s all about the intentions. Many times PC misses that to the point it’s very very annoying to people who are used to communicating and relating cross culturally. Then again, sometimes it’s completely necessary. Everything is just situational. Personal respect goes a long way. Or it should..

Redneck is just another culture (s). It’s pretty neutral on it’s own without personal and sometimes regional context.

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Bushytails

White people don’t suffer racism from other white people calling them “rednecks”, so no, it’s not a racist term, but it can be used as a classist, elitist term – it’s used as shorthand for “poor” and especially “uneducated/ignorant”. Proud rednecks take pride in the “git er done” and “hillbilly engineering” skills born of poverty and struggle. They can and should take pride in being smart despite maybe not having been able to go to college, or complete high school, or afford lots of books. Nobody should ever take pride in ignorance and close-mindedness, whether they’re a redneck or a blue blood.

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FTcattle
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

You are the queen of the mountains. I grew up on Thomas road. Known of you most of my life their is no kinder person than you.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  FTcattle

Aww! Were you one of my kids in school? If so, a huge hug. If not, a hug anyway for the kind words.

No woke
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No woke
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Remember the redneck vs. hippie days? I always had friends from both sides & never considered myself one or the other. The wilderness was always #1 to me though. Always held strong to values from both sides. It’s super hard to identify with anything coming from the woke hippycrites of today tho. Victim this & victim that. Get out of mom’s basement & go save a redwood or something.

Hey what do y’all think about G Floyd’s mural getting struck by lightning right on his mug? Was it an act of God?

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  No woke

Well, the lightning was an act of God about as much as Donald Trump was an act of God—bad things sometimes just happen. God, if there is one, doesn’t likely have much time to use one or the other to punish us for our sins.

No woke
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No woke
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

Well congrats on zombie Biden… Frickin tales from the crypt. He’s doing such great things for the country. I’m sure you’re very Proud that MS13 is free to come right through the border with mega supplies of meth, heroin & fentanyl. The sex trafficking is wonderful too. So liberating! Let the criminals run free! Keep your doors open too.. give them a safe space to rest in between their crime sprees. So beautiful.. now pat yourself on the back.

Matt Lafever
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1 year ago
Reply to  justsayin

Redneck should be said with pride. Hardworking, resilient, problem solving.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Lafever

Amen

Guest
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

If you total your recently restored classic car or truck on your way to town on a Friday or Saturday night, swerving to not miss, but to hit, a possum, you might be a redneck.

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onrust
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Lafever

My family of rednecks took pride in working hard, figuring things out, we were all mechanics and welders and machinists and such. In a sense, we were some of the original back-to-the-land folks in Humboldt County. We could plant a garden and produce food from it. We always had a pantry of home canned food so we could survive the hard times. And has Hank, Jr. suggested run a trot line, skin a deer, find a way to survive. My mother made sheets and pillow cases out of flour sacks. She recycled old denim and khaki and made pants and shirts and quilts for her three boys. She was better at cutting up a deer than all of us. Some of us became pretty closed-minded and racist. Some us kept our minds open and thought that the only differences amongst folks were those who worked hard to better themselves and those who didn’t. We never killed for fun, only to protect what we had and to provide for our families. A person that swerves to hit a living animal is not a redneck, they are a psychopath. My father’s personal motto was, “It ain’t what you do with what you have that counts, it what you do with what you ain’t got that matters.”

No woke
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No woke
1 year ago
Reply to  onrust

“If you kill it, you eat it” that’s what I was always told. One day, as a kid I kinda killed a blue jay with my bb gun.. I ate it & was proud of it. Onrust… Thats how I was raised too. I really miss those kinds of people. My mother was so resourceful about everything. Nothing ever went to waste. Now days I see these spoonfed little woke snowflakes that throw half a meal away & then call everyone out on their “white privilege”. I had to be the man of the house at age 11 & used cut & stack a cord of firewood a day. I always liked the term country boy or hillbilly. Good ol boys is a good one too. “I got a shotgun a rifle & a four wheel drive & a country boy can survive!”

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1 year ago
Reply to  No woke

Onrust and No woke,

It’s a joke.

It might be a bad one,
but it’s just a joke.

Plus, I never said they didn’t eat it. You made that up.

Maybe I should have said Gator instead of Possum.

And something about at least they ended up with some new boots and a full freezer.

No woke
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No woke
1 year ago
Reply to  Guest

I know your joking man.. I dig the humor. The chaos these days has put me on edge. I was responding to onrust because I relate to those good ol kind of folks. Wholesome homesteaders.

SayWhat?!
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1 year ago
Reply to  justsayin

Good call, and realization of these facts!

Guest 62
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Guest 62
1 year ago
Reply to  justsayin

Rednecks aren’t complaining cry baby’s like many other or should I say most other groups of people in the current modern days. Rednecks know that’s what they are and damn proud of it! They won’t try and get someone fired from there job on tv for saying it or try and sue the company they work for saying it either . More groups of people should follow there lead.

VMG
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VMG
1 year ago

Hooray for the hicks in Jeep’s!

Marketing Girl
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Marketing Girl
1 year ago

First of all I think they would wear that Badge of “Redneck” proudly. My cousin is one of the ones that helped get this vehicle out; they are proud rednecks and are probably laughing at everybody worrying if somebody is politically correct.

Nappy Gilmore
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Nappy Gilmore
1 year ago

What beaches can you drive on in the bay area? I’m calling bullsh*t. Stay in the bay yuppie

Cindy M Collard
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Cindy M Collard
1 year ago

Rednecks aren’t as sensitive as many or care if they are politically correct or not ~ just good ole rednecks is awesome 🙂

Will
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Will
1 year ago

I was stuck out there awhile ago and I think he came out and COULD NOT get us out. He was charging us $350, he says “makes ‘a little ‘ money”? $350 × 60 is alot! I’m not sure if this is the same guy, but looks familiar, we got someone else to get us out with a huge F150 like truck and we were out no problem (costed me $300).

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1 year ago
Reply to  Will

Always keep a low pressure tire guage in your Vehicle. a regular one won’t work. Get one designed for 4wheeler atv type tires. At the first hint of getting stuck, before you bury it, let all 4 tire pressure down to ten pounds.
If you bury it first, you will be F-ed

That can get you out of a bind. Just make sure you don’t get any sand in the tire valve or they will go flat and you’ll be F-ed.

Also don’t lose the valve stem caps, and carefully replace them. Having a little air pump helps once your back out of the sand.

Saved me more than once. If the tide is coming in, you have to act fast.

And easy on the throttle as you can, you don’t want to nock the tire off the bead. Once you get going, don’t let off the throttle til you get where your going.

onrust
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onrust
1 year ago
Reply to  Guest

Now that’s the kind of information you get from a real redneck. Here’s what you do to not get stuck again. Usually for the $300 you get that lecture for free. Do it again and it’s $600 without the lecture.
Rednecks know that stupid is expensive. And we know that people often have more money than common sense.

Ed Voice
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Ed Voice
1 year ago
Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Ed Voice

I laughed a bit but it was too mean. Not to say rednecks don’t have a downside but the upside is way way up compared to the down.

Rednecks are....... really farmers.
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Rednecks are....... really farmers.
1 year ago

I’m a redneck. And I spent thousands of hours sitting on a TD-16 in the hot sun pulling every kind of rice farming equipment in the hot sun without wearing a large sombrero. My neck was red from March to September. I’m a real Redneck.

dude
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dude
1 year ago

The title should be ” Bunch of ‘git er done, mountain and survivor folks’, save ‘city pedialyte just off the turnip truck bro “‘

Kärin
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Kärin
1 year ago

Finders keepers?? 👀🤔🧐

onlooker
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onlooker
1 year ago

Maybe keep your rig off the beach. It doesn’t matter what kind you drive; that’s what roads are for.

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Dave Kirby
1 year ago
Reply to  onlooker

These kind of outcomes have more to do with the driver’s savvy than what he/she is driving. Up here in Pville it used to be steelhead fishers that got stuck on the gravel bars ’cause they spun their wheels.

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BonnieBlue
1 year ago
Reply to  onlooker

Finally! Some sense.

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Quinn Barri
1 year ago

Awesome story saved local dudes that get it done. My family’s been pulling stuck cars and trucks off that beach since 1950. Grandpa charged $100 to pull you out with his CAT D2. Side note what “beach” in the Bay Area allows vehicle on it?! None

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Hipneck n Proud
1 year ago

my kids grew up into gainfully employed HipNecks in LA and Bay area!!
They are well known amongst their more urban roots friends for taking action in situations where they can! They never watch stuff happen if they see they can add a good hand! Like most people given an example and a chance to do good things will!

Casey
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Casey
1 year ago

Back in the 90’s USCG (coast guard) told you if the tide reached your stuck vehicle it was a 20 grand fine. Consider the owner lucky, and yes I’m a big red neck boy. Proud of it and came from Siskiyou.

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
1 year ago
Reply to  Casey

20 grand? That’s only half of one Bitcoin. That car itself cost about 1 1/2 Bitcoin. Point of reference, one can buy a Tesla with crypto currency now.

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Gottabeatrruuuuck
1 year ago

Gotta give props to the hutzpah of the Tesla driver. *snorts a line and passes bottle of tequila* “Do you even know how many packs I move?” *accelerates into the ocean while screaming America*

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLLb5_YN3j4
True Romance Elliot Cocaine Scene

Country by the grace of jah
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Country by the grace of jah
1 year ago

You might be a redneck…if you are not offended whatsoever by use of the word.

Yeah yeah, the word’s origins may start in the redneck of a slave overseer. “Ozarks” on Netflix prefers the term hillbilly.

Language is fluid, subjective, and contextual. Enjoy the ride.

Sam
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Sam
1 year ago

It there anyone in Humboldt certified to work on Tesla cars? Maybe he will have to pay to have a flat back drive to the Bay.

NoBody
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NoBody
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

That’s the definition of totaled. It’s junk now, scrap metal.

ILoveplants
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ILoveplants
1 year ago
Reply to  NoBody

More like toxic waste. The lithium in those batteries is killing the planet, specifically the Amazon rain forest. The “green” Tesla is not so green. Currently only one company in Switzerland is recycling the lithium 😪

sandy
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sandy
1 year ago

where in the bay area do teslas drive on the beach? ah, no where

Shawn Cherry
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Shawn Cherry
1 year ago

The batteries are still good! Hahahaha

Greg Movsesyan
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Greg Movsesyan
1 year ago

The dictionary definition of the word “redneck” is a member of a white, southern working class, or someone who acts or believes as they do, and is considered somewhat-to-very-disparaging. Of course, people are free to define themselves however they want to, but in public discourse to a wide audience, it’s probably best not to describe oneself that way, especially as a point of pride.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago

Depends on what dictionary you are using, Greg. And what time period and place you are speaking from.

But I think you might want to read this piece before totally making up your mind. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/14/redneck-pride-west-virginia-protests-strikes “So call us rednecks. We wear that red bandanna with pride.”

I’m writing from SoHum to readers in my area who, if they grew up here, probably don’t think redneck is a pejorative.

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

That’s interesting. There was a site somewhere in West Virginia that was a very early entirely voluntary tri-racial community ( I forget where exactly- have it somewhere in my notes in my shed). The other settlers and slave owners supposedly destroyed it, but probably not, entirely. Also, some rednecks with some histories in some parts of the country wear or used to wear red bandanas as a quiet solidarity with Native peoples. Or to indicate mixed families. More publicly after the second wounded knee. It wasn’t always convenient or rewarding to do so from any side..

There were quite a few bi and tri-racial communities in North America which history conveniently “forgets”.

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Lynn H

I know which community you’re talking about and can’t for the life of me remember the name either, but I do remember that when they were “rediscovered” in the 1920s or so the eugenecists at the time were FURIOUS about the existence of people who had mixed white, black, and native ancestry.

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  No Joke

There were actually quite a few of them, more in Canada than the US, but still quite a few in the US. In the 1860s-1870s the families and members of the last of those who were able to either went to reservations or “whited up” (in public at the least) in order to not get murdered/massacred or have their lands taken from them or both. Some communities survive to this day but are usually a little quiet about who they are. Each side for different reasons. I’ve met a lot of folks of all colors from Louisiana in particular who low key identify as a multi-fauceted community to this day. They always pass to the left 😉

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robash141
1 year ago

Besides, it’s not some ” city slicker in a Tesla ” thing
there’s been a few Gomers around here who have lost their big ol’ lifted rigs to the ocean in the the exact same way.

Nan
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Nan
1 year ago

The article was beautifully tongue in cheek.
I especially loved the poetic reference to the sea we all love:

” removing the car-of-the-future from the timeless sands of the North Coast.”

Thanks for putting a little humor into the article.
From the comments, it looks like some folks needed that… ‘Rednecks,’ or, Not.
Good reporting, and, enjoyable reading… as usual.

Dogbiter
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Dogbiter
1 year ago

Will you rednecks call yourselves Okie with the same amount of pride?

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

My family was Okie. They were part of the fruit pickers that came to California to escape the dust bowl. They were tough and smart.

Sparky
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

The dust bowl created by bad farming practices ? Hummm.

Perhaps you will not win that battle as to why Okie and Redneck is acceptable slang for people.

And yes very ironic I commented about Floyd and the election a day before the wall in his memory was hit by lightning. But that was deleted from the comments before it could sink in.

I have heard enough. Keep hiding in so. hum. , grow your pot and claim to make a difference. While you obviously support Biden and Fauci.

Keep swimming , your head is almost underwater .

How ever it’s only opinion right ??

Kids Happy Faces Matter !

No Joke
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No Joke
1 year ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

Funny you should mention that:

“Okie use’ ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you’re a dirty son-of-a-bitch. Okie means you’re scum. Don’t mean nothing itself, *it’s the way they say it*.”

John Steinbeck; “The Grapes of Wrath”

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

Of course not. I’m a sort of hip-neck originally from the woods of New Hampshire. And Massachusetts. Why on earth would I do that?

Do you think all rednecks originate in Oklahoma? Or that they are all the same? Or have the same histories? Or even the same values?

Martin
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Martin
1 year ago

No problem. The owner or thief of the Tesla was worried is would self-ignite, so putting it in the ocean was their genius idea. Thanks to everyone that used their rigs to get that piece of junk out of the water and off the beach.

Things that make you go hmm...
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Things that make you go hmm...
1 year ago

Actually, the term Redneck came from the late 1800s when the young men tied red bandanas around their necks, in solidarity.
https://www.wvpublic.org/news/2015-05-18/do-you-know-where-the-word-redneck-comes-from-mine-wars-museum-opens-revives-lost-labor-history

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peace,love,coffee
1 year ago

Great dialogue here!

Just for the record, I grew up on a farm, my Mother’s people came from the Oklahoma reservation, I can drive anything with a motor, shoot a gun, drive a jeep and would never own an electric car.

My original comment was about the fact that the jeep drivers were labeled in a term that could be seen as derogatory where as the Tesla driver was “Urban Cool”, you know hip and woke, even though perhaps a bit unwise.

That was it.

PS: I love living in Humboldt and I think there are incredible, talented, strong, good hearted people here. Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂

burblestein
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burblestein
1 year ago

As one who was raised in the racially segregated South, I have a different viewpoint of the use of “redneck”. In that time and place, a redneck was a blatant racist…a thug and bully who harassed not just people of color, but anyone who sympathized with them. In today’s context, you will find many of them tucked under MAGA hats.

On the other hand, some of us were raised to be hillbillies without being racists. We identified with the capable self-sufficiency of country people, regardless of skin color. So if you want to call me a hillbilly, that’s fine. Just don’t call me a redneck. The only racial opinion I have is, we’re all homo sapiens.

Dogbiter
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Dogbiter
1 year ago

The story of Okie. My parents and all their family came from south eastern Ok. When they got here in the late 30’s, my father and uncle stooped by a walnut orchard to ask the farmer if they could pick up the culls on the ground for the kids.
Farmer: You might as well- you goddamned okies will just come back tonight an steal em anyhow!
My father told him he wouldn’t touch one of them if he was starving.
Welcome to the San Joaquin valley!

Eric
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Eric
1 year ago

Is it safe to say the Tesla owner thought he/she (depending upon their personal preference of pronouns-that’s progressive redneck), may have thought they/he/she/it were being a little bit…redneck…or even country? Hats off to the rednecks putting everything to the side when it comes to lending a helping hand…When libs and pubs can come together…truly beautiful….

Lynn H
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Lynn H
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric

No. They probley thought they were “saving” the ocean.

Eyeball Kid
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1 year ago

It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.

Mile
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Mile
1 year ago

Liberals do know rednecks overwhelming supported trump right? The same people you called racist and ignorant? I think TDS left some amnesia. If this wasn’t so ridiculous it would be good satire. I could scroll back a couple of days and find comments from the same folks bashing unvaccinated population for thei ignorance, guess what, that’s the redneck states.

The Real Brian
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The Real Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

I’m a vaccinated redneck.

Theory crusher.

Kym Kemp
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1 year ago
Reply to  Mile

I know rednecks with the vaccination and those without.

I know “woke” folk who refuse to get vaccinated.

Just because people don’t get vaccinated doesn’t mean I’ll think they are dumb. People have blind spots.

Squirrel gravy
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Squirrel gravy
1 year ago

My long hair just cant cover up my redneck!

I don’t need some Turkey telling me that I ain’t country..

I like stars
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I like stars
1 year ago

The word redneck is a slur just like the word nigger and the word fag. Some gay folks use the word fag amongst themselves. Some black folks use the word nigger amongst themselves. Some white folks use the word redneck amongst themselves. All are still slurs.

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Jim Dogger
1 year ago

I made the mistake of obsessing on this article overnight on Saturday, and, in turn, obsessing over the limitations of my gasoline powered “all-wheel drive” luxury SUV. Long story short, I got it stuck in the sand at Blues Beach (Chadbourne Gulch) yesterday, and who was it that saved me and my vehicles asses? A guy with Trump stickers all over his car. I didn’t and would never vote for Trump, but it just goes to show, political differences aside, people are good and will help you when you need it. He didn’t care that I was wearing a bunch of tie-dye stuff and looked like a total slacker burnout. We hung out and shot the shit for like 45 minutes after. MOST PEOPLE ARE INHERENTLY GOOD. One love from an ex misanthrope

Jen
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Jen
1 year ago

That’s beautiful, thank you for sharing!
And thank you Kym for the respect you show to all of us.

Sam
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Sam
1 year ago

By your definition I’m a local redneck and I drive a Tesla; and I live on a dirt road. Great AWD similar to Audi, but I’m not an idiot they weigh too much to make a great sand rig. Operator error, he should have never let off the accelerator, after making that bad decision.

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