The vernacular, or dialect we see assigned to various members of the cast stem from Bob’s own experiences and his exposure to friends and acquaintances in his own life. Raised in rural Santa Clara County during the great depression and the ‘Dust Bowl’ phenomenon in the Midwest, he saw the migration of southern and southwestern families to the promising fields of California and was impressed by their manner of speech. To hire ranch hands, Bob’s father had only to visit the local railroad depot, select one or two of the most promising ‘tramps’ that had alighted from the freight trains passing through, and put them to work. Some of these folks stayed on the ranch for years, some took more promising jobs in the area, and some moved on, but their persona he put to work in his story.