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Crib notes: You know you’re in EDH update

By From page A5 | May 10, 2017

It’s been fun hearing from readers since the last Crib Notes was published, adding things to the You know you’re in EDH if…list. If you recall, I couldn’t help starting a list since we moved here more than 14 years ago because so many things are unique to El Dorado Hills alone. I appreciate your honesty, and your humor, but even if we roast our town a little bit, I think we all realize we couldn’t live in a better place to raise our families. In fact, there’s something else I need to add to the list besides the fact that EDH can’t be called a city and it’s not even technically a town. It’s that every child grows up with community service a part of his/her life. Here’s what else readers added to the growing list since last time…

You know you’re in El Dorado Hills if

*There’s a waterfall that is often full of soap suds.
* You wear $100 work-out pants to the gym.
* Every birthday invitation your child receives has a gate code included.
* Rattlesnakes have their own season.
* You can ask for a gluten free menu.
* High schoolers are driving brand new cars.
* You meet someone and add them on Facebook immediately because you know for sure you have many Facebook friends in common.
* The stay-at-home moms are educated professionals who gave up careers for family.
* Looking good and capability go hand in hand.
* There is a disproportionate number of fire stations and firemen.
* There is a sports sticker from Oak Ridge or competitive soccer on the SUVs.
* Parents think the grade B stands for bad.
* Family vacation spots are the same places many adults go for honeymoons.

Still others continued to differentiate between being in EDH and being from EDH.

You’re an EDH original if you remember
*The Cellar Café at the Village Center (usually called the Embarcadero). It is now El Dorado Saloon, but has also been the Snooty Frog, Michelle’s American Bistro and a wine bar.
* Bubba’s Burgers.
* The Pizza Factory.
* The post office was in a rented building in the Business Park.
* The only gas station was the ’76 station at the EDH Boulevard exit off of Highway 50.
* At the current location of Walgreen’s, there was Tom Thumb Market. When Raley’s opened, Tom Thumb couldn’t compete.
* The Tom Thumb building was converted to an office building, where EDH’s first dentist, Dr. Jim Cope, housed his dental practice before moving it to the Business Park.
* The short stretch of Silva Valley Road, before it was Silva Valley Parkway.
* The only lighted traffic signal in town was at Green Valley Road and EDH Boulevard. Everything else had only stop signs.
* There were numerous cattle skeletons found in the area now known as Highland View.
* Fortune Garden was originally a New Orleans style restaurant.
* You know that William Brooks Elementary was first names Park Village Elementary but was renamed after the school’s principal, William N. Brooks, was killed in a car crash on EDH Boulevard in 1968.
* The current Taz and Sierra Sharks swim teams were originally one team before splitting once the team got too big. The Taz name is after the Tazmanian Devil cartoon character, which was chosen as the team mascot while the team was still called the El Dorado Hills Swim Team.
* St. Stephens was the only church in town.
* You either attended Jackson Elementary or Brooks Elementary because there weren’t any other elementary schools open.

Is the list able to grow? What would you add to it?

Julie Samrick is an El Dorado Hills mother of four children. She can be reached at [email protected]

 

Julie Samrick

Discussion | 3 comments

  • techguruMay 12, 2017 - 7:58 am

    You know you are in EDH because everyone is driving 5 miles per hour under the speed limit for fear of being outed on NextDoor as a crazy driving.

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  • nolonger in EDHMay 15, 2017 - 7:06 am

    You know you are in EDH because you keep getting nasty emails from the Serrano HOA because your garage door is open too long. Or the Serrano Country Club is a bad neighbor by telling the HOA not to warn residents about fireworks for an upcoming wedding and the HOA agrees not to warn residents.

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  • Love EDHMay 15, 2017 - 4:58 pm

    Or you're tired of hearing Serrano people whining constantly about their first world problems from living in the nicest community around

    Reply

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