Meet Bucky’s Family member, Colby Mills!
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“I have no regrets. I’ve never lived a moment that I wish I could take back.” There isn’t a better way to summarize Colby Mills, a junior at Beaverton High. Colby is equally as easygoing as he is charismatic and tends to live his life in the moment. The self-described “Redneck” enjoys his time adventuring and exploring in the great outdoors.
Colby is incredibly versed in the ways of the backwoods-folk. If he could, he’d spend any spare moments hunting, fishing, or four-wheeling. He is especially fond of hunting, which is an important tradition in his family. “There’s not a lot in this world that compares to the excitement of tracking down an animal, and waiting for the perfect time to shoot.” Colby wants it to be known that his family eats everything that they shoot. One of his favorite memories is shooting his first buck, whose antlers he proudly displays on his bedroom wall. Besides hunting and fishing, Colby is also an incredible snowboarder; making it to State during his first season on the team.
Colby’s all-time favorite memory, however, is the time he was bit by an otter. About two years back, Colby was spending the weekend at his cabin on Lake Merwin, just outside of Battle Ground, Washington. He and his best friend Chandler were inner tubing on his boat, when they decided to put the tubes near shore so they could wake surf. Colby and Chandler swam the tubes to a nearby log and began to secure the ropes around it. He remembers feeling a gentle tug on his leg, then a throbbing pain. Colby touched his leg and pulled a blood-stained hand out of the water. “I’ve never screamed so loud in my life. I swear to God I was basically walking on water trying to get to the tubes.” Chandler, unaware of the situation, thought Colby was trying to scare him until he saw an otter pop its head out of the water. He also joined in on the screaming, and got to the raft as quick as he could. Colby’s dad pulled the boat to them and immediately rushed him to the ER. Colby was given many rabies shots over the next few months, and still has a massive scar on his leg as proof. “I’m now immune to all otter attacks,” he says. “It was by far the scariest, yet funniest moment of my life. It was definitely the raddest thing anyone has ever encountered.” Surprisingly enough, Colby plans on one day owning a pet Otter. He is also now known as “Otterboy,” and gladly accepts it.
Colby is also involved in the Automotive Tech program at Aloha High, which teaches him how to repair cars and motorcycles. He says he and his “fellow Rednecks” work on their trucks and show off their new modifications, such as the LED lights that Colby just recently installed himself. Colby is very fond of his 2002 Chevy S10 pickup truck, and brags that he is the only one in the Junior class with a flatbed. Betsy, which he named her because “every Redneck needs to name their car,” boasts both a Blue Lives Matter flag and an American flag on the back windshield. Colby’s next project is mounting a massive Blue Lives Matter flag on the back of his truck. Betsy is well-known for her impressive drifting abilities, and ear-shattering subwoofer that he installed.
Colby accredits his adventurous spirit to his father, who taught him everything he knows about being a Redneck. “I love my dad more than anything, he’s my best friend.” Together, the two frequently work in their garage fixing up old dirt bikes and quads, then selling them on Craigslist. When Colby graduates high school, he plans on immediately following his father’s footsteps and becoming an elevator technician. “I know it’s specific, but it’s a great job and I love repairing machines. I don’t plan on going to college because my dad has been in the business for about 30 years, and he can teach me everything there is to know.” Above all, his biggest inspiration is Larry Enticer, an internet-famous Redneck known for his crazy backyard stunts and signature catchphrase “Send It.” “What isn’t there to love about him? He just sends it, and that’s it. Larry Enticer is my spirit animal.”