I’m 100 miles from where I grew up in the Bay Area, but in the 14 years since we started our family in El Dorado Hills I’ve thought a lot about what makes where a person lives unique. For me it was things like hiking Mt. Diablo, water skiing in the Delta and living near a major concert venue (the Concord Pavilion). I went to more concerts as a child than I’ve been to in all of my adult years combined, but it didn’t seem extraordinary to me at the time; it was my normal. Since my children only know El Dorado Hills as home, it has me thinking about the things that make it distinct so I’ve slowly been building a list:
You know you’re from El Dorado Hills if …
- You are summoned to jury duty every two years and while at the courthouse you see at least one other potential juror you know.
- Your kids learn to ride bikes a little later than kids in other parts of the state. Or you have to travel to Folsom to let them practice. It’s not called El Dorado Hills for nothing!
- The kids you know with small animals understand that hawks are a real threat.
- Your family owns at least one Pioneer outfit for the many Gold Rush-era activities in schools.
- You pass the same roadkill on main streets for days, if not weeks.
- You’re originally from the Bay Area, but even more likely, San Jose.
I solicited responses from my local friends and they took my You know you’re from El Dorado Hills list to a whole new level, chiming in with:
- You call El Dorado Hills “EDH.”
- You know the difference between Upper and Lower Serrano.
- You know painting on the rocks is legal and even promoted.
- The Santa Run and fireworks at Town Center are part of your annual traditions.
- You belong to a gym or some other work-out facility.
- You say you are “going up the hill.”
- They know what The Purple Place is.
- You spend your entire weekend at sporting events for your children.
- You have been in Village Life’s People Talk section not once, but multiple times.
- You have two kids, but feel the need to drive a vehicle that seats eight.
- You feel the need to wear make-up to go to the gym.
- You have over-scheduled kids and spend an hour packing their lunches, bento style, with all organic ingredients complete with handwritten calligraphy notes.
- Women dress like their teenage daughters.
- The Blue and Gold ORHS auction has enough support to raise $100,000 in one night.
- Where nobody works yet everybody has money.
- When there’s a traffic back-up at a stop sign because everyone is so polite.
- Your carwash has a clothing boutique inside.
- You give a blank look if someone says they are from Cameron Park.
- The women wear yoga pants and the men wear flip-flops with everything.
- You can raise kids, pets, garden and kill a rattlesnake without spilling your wine.
EDH originals chimed in too, making a clear distinction of those who are truly, actually from EDH …
- You went to Market Deli on a Friday night to find out what was going on around town.
- You caught frogs at the old golf course for Brooks’ frog jumping contest.
- You know what Dead Man’s Trail is.
- You remember EDH before Serrano existed.
- You remember the “Cow Plop Bingo” contest at ORHS during Homecoming week.
- You know where the CSD pool, Raley’s and “the rock” used to be.
What would you add to the list?
Julie Samrick is an El Dorado Hills mother of four children. She can be reached at [email protected]