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On Coloradoans...

I gakked this from FB (I bolded the ones which are especially true):

You know you're from Colorado if:

You eat ice cream in the winter.

It snows 10 inches (25 cm) and you don't expect school to be cancelled. You'll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature. You have no accent at all, but can hear other people's, and then you make fun of them. "Humid" is over 25%. Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.

You say "the interstate" and everybody knows which one. You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard. You buy your flowers to set out on Mother's day, but try and hold off planting them until just before Father's day.

You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat. You know what the Continental Divide is. You went to Casa Bonita as a kid, AND as an adult, and know not to eat the food. You've gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities [I've done this too many times to count]. You always know the elevation of where you are [Not only is this completely true, but DH announces it on a regular basis, so the kiddos know too!].

You wake up to a beautiful, 80-degree (26 C) day and you wonder if it's going to snow later. You don't care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High Stadium!!! You actually know that ** South Park ** is a real place, not just a show on TV. You know you're talking to a fellow Coloradan when they call it "Elitches," not ""Six Flags."

A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you. Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the crap out of the Raiders [This is definitely true of DH]. When people back East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh. You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels "sticky" and you notice the sky is no longer blue.

You can never figure out why your out-of-town guests faint from altitude sickness on a picnic to the mountains. You've gone snow skiing in July and played golf in January and in the same year. You switch from "Heat" to A/C in one day. You know what the "Peoples Republic of Boulder" means. You're able to drive 65 miles (104 kilometers) per hour through 13 feet (4 meters) of snow during a raging blizzard without even flinching. You carry skies in your car, "just in case." April showers bring May blizzards.

'Timberline' is someplace you have actually been many times. SPF 90 is not out of the question. People from other states breathe 5 times as often as you do. You are 82 years old and take up snowboarding. You get depressed after one day of cloudy weather [Okay, this is sad but soooo true]. Your bridal registry is at REI. You have stood on solid ground and looked down on an airplane in flight.

This totally cracked me up -- the bolded ones are so true of us, and I've met others who fit the rest of them. Does your state have something like this, and if so, is it true for you?

Comments

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olmue
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Lol, that's great! There's an Idaho one that my MIL sent me last winter--I'll post it on my blog.
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robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know -- these are hilarious!
olmue
Dec. 3rd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hee--your California one was most entertaining!
robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
What's so interesting about these is how true they are -- how much all of us seem to identify with various aspects of our state homes and provide our own identity.
christine444
Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
We eat ice cream year-round in SoCal, too, of course. :>)

Lately, I'm forever seeing guys in shorts, no matter how cold or rainy it is. Crazy!

The other day, in the newspaper, some guy said he and his friend love CA because they went surfing in the morning, then snowboarding in the mountains in the afternoon.
robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
LOL -- of course, we don't consider those 'hills' mountains (unless they're talking about Tahoe) ;) The thing about CA which makes it unique is that you'd need at least two different ones for southern and northern, no?
christine444
Dec. 3rd, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they're almost like 2 separate states. Politicians have talked about splitting it up for years, but it would be too much trouble.

I'm not crazy about heights, so our "hills" seem awfully steep to me whenever I drive up to Arrowhead or Big Bear. ;>)
robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
I actually don't like heights much either...but I'm okay as long as the slope is gentle (which some are and some aren't).
beachdog
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)

You know you're from Massachusetts if...

* Khakis are something you start the car with
* You think crosswalks are for wimps
* You think if someone's nice to you, they either want something or they are from out of town and probably lost
* You know how to cross 4 lanes of traffic in 5 seconds
* You are amazed when traveling out of town that people who work at McDonald's actually speak English
* You think it's not actually tailgating unless your bumper is touching the car in front of you
* You know that a yellow light means at least 5 more cars can get through ... and that a red light means 2 more can
* A Crown Victoria = Undercover Cop
* The transportation system is known as the "T"
* Subway is a fast food place
* You could own a small town in Iowa for the cost of your house
* There are 24 Dunkin Donuts shops within 15 minutes of your house
* When people talk about the "curse of the Bambino," you know exactly what they are talking about, and you believe in it, too
* You think of Rhode Island as the "deep South"
* Anything past Worcester is "the middle of nowhere" (if you live in Boston)
* You believe using a turn signal gives away your plan to the enemy
* If you stay on the same road long enough, it will eventually have 3 or more different names
* Someone has honked at you because you didn't peel out the second the light turned green
* You've honked at someone because they didn't peel out the second the light turned green
* All the potholes just add excitement to your driving experience
* Stop signs mean slow down a little, but only if you feel like it
* Six inches of snow is considered a "dusting"
* Three days of 90+ heat is definitely a "heat wave" ... and 63° ocean water is "on the warm side"
* $15 to park is a bargain
* You cringe every time you hear some actor/actress imitate the "Boston accent" on TV or in a movie.
If you don't have it, you're never going to get it right ... even if you were born here
* At the ice cream shop, you call chocolate sprinkles "Jimmies"
* You can go from one side of your hometown to the other in less than 15 minutes and see at least 15 losers you graduated with doing the same exact same thing they were doing the last time you saw them
robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
LOL! I'm going to have to save this for my aunt and uncle (actually DH's); they live in Hull (and you probably know right where that is, unlike me -- another thing they should've added to CO's list: anything east of Denver is like another country, and we can't find it on a map; whereas, everything west is like our hometown).
beachdog
Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hull is right on the water ... nice area ... visit some time 0' altitude lol
robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
We're hoping to visit them one of these days. The kids (and I) have never been out east (um, any further than the Ohio airport, that is), and we'd love to experience something new.
boreal_owl
Dec. 3rd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Fun! We eat ice cream in the winter (with special flavours such as Baskin Robbins's Winter White Chocolate) and plan Halloween costumes around our coats, too.

Edited at 2011-12-03 02:49 pm (UTC)
robinellen
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
We have open ice cream in the freezer right now (and it's 22 degrees today) ;) I thought the Halloween one was pretty funny, since that's exactly what I did (and what I do now with the kiddos)! Of course, even though I didn't register at REI, my first present from DH was a backpack and a sleeping bag ;)
lizjonesbooks
Dec. 4th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I would be gasping away, I'm sure! Fun stuff!
robinellen
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Does PA have anything similar? We do tend to giggle a bit when we meet those who are panting while here -- however, anytime we go to sea level for any length of time, the tables are turned when we come home!
lizjonesbooks
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Similar as in list of You might be in PA when...?

hmm.

You hit a patch of ice while driving and tell your passenger,"Wanna see something? Here, hold my coffee cup a sec"

The first day of deer season is a state holiday.

Not only do you know what scrapple and shoefly pie are, you can probably make your own.

Cow tipping and corning are as much rites of passage as climbing the water tower to protect your sister's honor.

Mossy oak isn't just for camo; it's a fashion statement.

Your first driving lesson was about age 4, and you had your own small ATV. By 8 you graduated to driving a golf cart which your dad gave you, because he had the one with the souped up engine and ziparound vinyl cab.

Garden tractor pulls are a major event in your community

You have been to a tractor square dance, in which grizzled old farmers pair up with their grizzled pals in dancing with giant machines. Some are missing limbs, but do the intricate steering with prostheses. Half of them are wearing their wives sundresses, so each pair of tractors has a "lady" for the caller to instruct.

Oh, I could go on and on...
robinellen
Dec. 4th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh, my gosh -- those are hysterical!! Thanks for sharing them :)
shaelise
Dec. 6th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
I miss Colorado! I laughed out loud about Casa Bonita. This was so fun to read.
robinellen
Dec. 6th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Does Utah have something like this list?

When I read Melodye's for S. CA, it was pretty familiar and funny too ;)
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