I Blame the Dutch (mpoetess) wrote,
I Blame the Dutch

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Stolen from grifyn, because hee!

The game being:

1) go to google.com and type in "You know you're from (your state here) if..."
2) pick out whichever list strikes your fancy and bold the ones that apply to you.
3) post it in an entry. Duh.

I even as expected, annotated it. I answer mostly for where I grew up, which was northwest Indiana, not for where I live now, which is The Big City. Snerk.

You know you're from Indiana if...

1. You know several people who have hit a deer.

Does anyone anywhere in the midwest not know several people who have hit a deer?

2. You've never met any celebrities.

Bzznehhhhh! I met Bozo the Clown when I was nine, beeyotch! Uh, and some Dr. Who and Buffy people later, at cons. But! Bozo! (I was not, sadly, on the The Bozo Show, which was called Bozo's Circus when I was growing up. A boy I went to school with was, though. He even got called up for the Grand Prize Game. He made it to Bucket Number Six, then missed, if I remember right. Just smile and nod, you uninitiated. It's a very complicated Olympic level sport where you stand behind a line and throw ping pong balls into six buckets stretched out in a row, #6 being the furthest away from you. If you made Bucket #6, you got a Schwinn bike!)

3. You've seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular.

Uh. No. Only because I've never seen all the biggest bands. Though I suppose seeing Randy Travis in 1994 counts, so. Possibly.

4. Down south to you means Kentucky.

Yes, but it's not a fair one, because down south to me means Terre Haute, too.

5. You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Terre Haute"

Shut UP!

6. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.

Very seldom. Snow, yes, though even then it had to be blizzardish, by the time I hit high school. This was because they'd instituted a deal where students MUST attend school a certain number of days per year, and though there was a cushion of a few days, if there were too many snow days, the end of the school year would have to be extended into the summer.

7. Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

Nope. Fog, once, though. That would have been middle school.

8. You know what the phrase "Knee-high by the Fourth of July" means.

How high the corn should be. I'm sure I heard it at some point.

9. You've heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are the master of Euchre.

I have played Euchre. I don't remember how to play it. I don't remember how to play Pinochle, either, and that, unlike Euchre, I heard of long before going to college in southern Indiana.

10. You've seen a running car, with nobody in it, in the parking lot of the grocery store no matter what time of year it is.

Uh? Maybe when I was five... Nowadays? Yeah, right.

11. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at? or "If you go to the mall I wanna go with"

Shut UP! Although I don't and never did say "Where's my coat at." Just the "Go with" thing. Because it's regional slang for "Go along," not because we add unnecessary prepositions to everything.

12. Detassling was your first job. Bailing hay, your second. Or you could stack hay, swim in the pond to clean off, and then have the strength to play a couple of games of hoops all in the same day.

Ahhahaha-- no. I have detasseled, but it was not a job, it was a "Do this now because I said so" thing. (Also a fun thing, because it meant corn for dinner. We had a novelty half-acre garden, not a farm.) And it was most certainly not the first "Do this now because I said so" thing I ever did. My first job was babysitting, and I have never baled (not bailed) hay.

13. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day OR "Stoke the fire" and "fling open the windows" for the older version.

Hell yeah. I do that every year. Then again, I did the 'older version' in England, so it's hardly an Indiana thing.

14. You say things like "catty-wumpus" and "kitty-corner".

Catty-corner, actually.

15. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

Fuck no, and neither does nor would anybody I grew up with.

16. You carry jumper cables in your car regularly.

Fuck yes. Especially with our current blown circuit that runs the "You left the headlights on" dinger-bell. But also for always. Dude, no matter where you are, it is stupid not to.

17. You drink "pop".

I order soda or soft drinks unless I'm actually in my home county, because everybody understands 'soda' while 'pop' is more regional. There are parts of Indiana that don't say pop. We also have those areas that use "Coke" to mean "any carbonated beverage" which has always been bzuh?? to me.

8. You know what "cow tipping" is.

I have never done it, however.

19. You know that Bailin' wire was the predecessor to Duct tape.

Baling wire. And no, it wasn't. Duct tape rules. Wire droolz.

20. You know that strangers are the only ones that come to your "front" door.

Sort of true. Depended on the (architectural) style of your house, and who ran it.

21. Kids and dogs ride in the passenger seats of cars and the backs of pickups.

Well, yeah. Though the pickup thing is unsafe as hell, and when I see people doing it in town (and I mean in Indianapolis) at traffic-speeds, I think they're morons.

22. You think nothing of it in spring and fall to be stuck behind a farm implement driving on the roads.

Depends which road.

23. High school basketball game draws a bigger crowd on the weekend nights than movie theaters.

Nope. Rural-suburban. Chicago suburban. Lots of moviegoers.

24. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

Hee! But no. I mean, yes, the potholes are filled with snow, but that does not actually make driving better.

25. The local paper covers national and international headlines on 1 page, but requires 6 for local sports.

No. The local paper covers Indiana news on 1 page, but requires 6 for the Illinois gubernatorial election.

I exaggerate. Possibly.

26. Can repeat the scores of the last 8 IU games, but unless the MVP is a Hoosier, you are not sure who he is.

Have I ever mentioned I hate sports? But growing up, I was more likely to be able to name every major league sporting team in Chicago than tell you the name of the IU basketball team. (That would be the Hoosiers.)

27. You can see at least 2 basketball hoops from your yard.

Growing up? Probably. Now? No.

28. You can name every one of Bob Knight's "exploits" over the last few years.

To my shame.

29. You shop at Marsh.

Actually I shop at Kroger, because it's closer than Marsh. But neither exists in my hometown. I shopped at Jewel and Strack & Van Til's.

30. Damon Bailey was your childhood hero.


31. The biggest question of your youth was "IU or Purdue".

Bzzzt. The biggest question of my youth (in this context) was "Where can I get enough financial aid so I don't have to go to IU or Purdue?"

32. Indianapolis is the "big city".

No, Chicago is the "big city." Indianapolis is "That place down there where the governor lives. What's his name."

33. "Getting caught by a train" is a legitimate excuse for being late to school.

The hell it was. (Also there were no train tracks between home and school.)

34. The Wabash River is the "biggest body of water" near your house.

No, Lake Michigan was.

35. You know several different definitions as to what a Hoosier really is.

And none of them are right. This has more to do with working state government than being a plain old Indiana citizen, though.

36. People at your high school chewed tobacco.

No. People at my high school smoked.

37. Everyone knows who the town cop is, where he lives, & whether he is at home or on duty.

No, we had a police force. Several, really, since I lived in a tri-town area.

38. To get to school you had to drive on a gravel road, a road with several right-angle turns in it, or if you were really lucky, over a covered bridge.

Nope. My high school is smack dab on US 41.

39. People in your neighborhood, really, REALLY like Nascar.

Growing up, people in my neighborhood really, really liked Cubs baseball. Given that I live in The Big City now, and actually used to live right near the speedway, again no. People in that neighborhood really REALLY like IRL.

40. You actually know what the CART vs IRL debate is about & have taken a side.

Yes, the side of "You're all morons. This is not a sport, it's an expensive, boring way to play Russian Roulette. Oh good, yes, raise your children in the family business. The world needs a Pavement Smear Junior, when you leave us to become a smoking, sainted heap of twisted metal and gristle."

41. To you, a raccoon is simply a "coon".

Er, no. To my grandfather, probably.

42. The vehicle of choice in your area is not a car, but a pickup.

Nah. Not by majority.

43. You are a BIG John Mellencamp fan.

Nope. I'm a "Yeah, he's kind of ok but not really my style of music" fan.

44. You've been to the Covered Bridge Festival.

My mother lives in the middle of it. My cousin's birthday falls in the middle of it. And I'm the one who's always nominated to pick up mom for the party. In Terre Haute.

45. You took backroads to get there--why sit in traffic?

In my hometown, this is very true. In Indianapolis, it's more like "I took backroads to get there because my car is a piece of crap and can't deal with highway speeds for very long."

46. To you, a tenderloin is not an expensive cut of beef, but a big, salty, breaded piece of pork served on a bun with pickles.


47. You call a green bell pepper a "mango".

The fuck? No, I call them "poison" since I'm allergic to them when cooked, but mostly I call them "green peppers." Mango? WTF?

48. Sometimes, you call the toilet the "commode" or the "stool".

My grandfather did.

49. In the fall, one of your favorite pranks was corning cars.

I... no.

50. You know what corning is.

I really hope not.

51. Wal-mart is the most exciting place in your hometown.

My hometown didn't have a Wal-Mart until my junior year of high school. Didn't have a Target until after I was in college. We had Venture, K-Mart, and Zayre's, though. None of which were the most exciting place in my hometown. That was Sauzer's Kiddie-land!

52. Technically, you don't even live in a town.

Shut UP! It's an Unincorporated Area!

53. You know what FFA and 4H stand for.

Yes, but we didn't have FFA (Future Farmers of America) at my school. And I had to look up the 4th H. (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.) I wasn't a member.

54. A typical party at your high school consisted of a bunch of people driving trucks into the woods or an empty field, lighting a bonfire, and staring at it while drinking a few beers.

Probably. I didn't go to any typical parties at my high school.

55. It is a 30 minute drive from your house to the grocery store.

Ten. Or if you count Jensen's Country Store which was garnazically overpriced but had good penny candy, 5 minutes walk.

56. You have all the same teachers in high school that your parents had.

No, but my mom's high school Latin teacher was my 5th grade gym teacher. And I had the same high school librarian. (Who was tragically un-Giles-like. Being a woman and all. And not British.)

57. You know what chip-and-seal is, and your high school was located on just such a road.

Er? No.

58. You think that Notre Dame is a college in South Bend, and not a cathedral in France.

It's a floor wax and a dessert topping!

59. You know people who own belt buckles with their initials on them. These buckles are the size of a dinner plate.

Yes on the dinner plates, no on the initials.

60. You go the county fair every night of its week-long duration.

Nah; about three or four days out of nine, usually. Shut UP. They have cotton candy! And PONIES!

I should do one for northwest Indiana, since I couldn't google any up.

You know you're from Northwest Indiana if...

You can name the mayor of Chicago, but are unsure of what the Indiana State Bird might be. (Hint - it's the same as the Illinois State Bird.)

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