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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.

Who?

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.

Eww.

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.)


miggy

2004-06-19 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

The lists don't work well for me, as there is Boise and not-Boise when it comes to Idaho, and it's like night and day. (Make that night on Pluto and day on Mercury.) Unsurprisingly, the lists went for the 95% of the state not covered by the Boise MSA.

However, I stumbled across this and giggled muchly.

There are exceptions, of course. In France, my host family had never heard of Idaho, so I told them it's in the West. This prompted the question: "Are you a cowboy?" I had failed to recognize the cachet that image could have provided and they were quite disappointed that I did not ride a horse to school. To avoid the pointless explanations, now I tell foreigners Idaho is near California, which is only technically true but generally met with wide-eyed nods of approval. Then they ask if I'm a drug dealer.

ailise

2004-06-19 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Snerk. Had a similar experience about the cowboy thing (though a large part of my family lives in Inkom (south of Pocatello), so...) but I was mostly disturbed by the fact that the FRENCH knew where Idaho was and that it might be reasonable to associate cowboys with it, but AMERICANS will frequently ask things like, "So you grow a lot of corn? Is it very humid?" Which lets me know that they are thinking of Iowa or Ohio or something. It clears up when I talk about potatoes, but they still need to be told that it is near Washington State.

But I have a couple. You know you are from Boise if...

Being a Californian is good at a party and bad at a job interview.

Fixing potholes on residential streets involves covering the whole street with gravel, soaking it w/ tar and posting signs to drive slowly. (This is what came to mind when I read the chip-and-seal thing for Indiana, but I could be wrong.)

Simplot and Albertson's were thought of by your grandparents in the light of local royalty.

The bench is a geological formation with persistent (but no longer entirely valid) cultural implications.

A good summer activity is tubing through downtown.

miggy

2004-06-19 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Being a Californian is good at a party and bad at a job interview.

*dies*

Oh, that's so much better than the lists floating out there. There does really need to be a whole separate list for Boise.

mpoetess

2004-06-19 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heee!

Yeah, a lot of the Indiana stuff (obviously) doesn't apply to me either. (Though I didn't go looking for an Illinois list to see if that worked better for my little birth-island of northwest Indiana.)

miggy

2004-06-19 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Looking more, I found this gem:

Can correctly pronounce Basque names such as Egusquiza or Acarregui, but never gets the chance to show off said talent upon leaving the West.

Now THAT is true.

elke_tanzer

2004-06-19 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!

*hides from the flashbacks*

(and yeah, my parents moved to the south side of Indy when I was three, and I didn't escape until college)

mpoetess

2004-06-19 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think part of the fun (or horror) of these is that despite how many of them aren't really unique to the area we grew up in, they're accurate for the area we grew up in, which if you're now living someplace different, makes you go "Oh yeah, there's somebody who gets it."

zortified

2004-06-19 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)

The thing about these so-called regional lists is that they apply to regions all over the country. It's like the whole "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" thing. People act like their town/county/state is unique in having changable weather. Morons.

Also? #25 about the 6 pages of local sports and one page of international news? The Atlanta newspaper does this. A major, huge city, 4 million people plus, focuses more on state-wide local high school football, than it does on world news.

Which is why I read London papers over the web.

mpoetess

2004-06-19 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

/me nods. In fact a lot of them apply to regions all over the world. England is a lot like a milder version of Indiana, weather and geography-wise. There's a few obviously local jokes that work, but the rest are things that while they *apply*, aren't exactly unique.

cousncarla

2004-06-19 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

I did it for Florida, but it doesn't really apply because I'm from Miami and you all know Miami is pretty much a different COUNTRY. Funny enough, some of the ones you got applied to florida too.

mpoetess

2004-06-19 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yup -- I'm seeing a lot of that phenomenon: people living in a part of a state that doesn't follow the rest of the statewide stereotypes. (And the thing where a lot of these aren't particular to a single state.)

dodyskin

2004-06-19 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Hee. I think this is an American thing.

Your search - "you know you're from lancashire if" - did not match any documents.

mpoetess

2004-06-19 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah - like zortified said, we tend to think (because there's so much spread out geographical space with varying climates) that each state has its own little peculiarities, so these lists crop up. Really, though, not so much -- there's a few, but for the most part it's stuff that's common to much bigger regions.

valancy

2004-06-19 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)

*g* a lot of these were familiar - and the first one nearly killed me. ah, home...

mpoetess

2004-06-19 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah. I've almost hit a deer, and really the only thing that prevented it was that the guy in front of me hit it instead...

valancy

2004-06-20 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

My college roomie did. uuuuuuuuuugh. Poor thing - she didn't remember hitting anything (the impact was intense - she was going 45, the deer was HUGE), just woke up and there was blood everywhere - until they found the deer, she was hysterical, thinking she'd hit someone.

chicken_cem

2004-06-19 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)

The sad truth about states in the Midwest being similar in many ways ...

When I was googling for a Colorado list, I accidentally started reading an Indiana list and had to read down through ten or more items before I went "wait, this is not a Colorado list"!

mpoetess

2004-06-19 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hell, a lot of the ones on hernewshoes' list for New Mexico applied to Indiana, too.

gypsy_curse

2004-06-19 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ahh the good ole Midwest.
LOL, I'm from Illinois so I recognized many of these. But I live in the Chicago suburbs so a lot of them don't really apply to me. I did this on my lj, with Chicago instead of IL, and got even more matches. :)
I actually have read an article somewhere saying that "Chicago is *not* the midwest." Completely different feel, different values, lifestlye, etc. Which I tend to agree with. But I think that living in the suburbs gives you a taste of both of these.

mpoetess

2004-06-19 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Absolutely. Northwest Indiana isn't Indiana, either. It's Chicago, with a sprinkle of Gary for flavor. We get (got, as I live in Indy now) all Chicago tv stations except for one PBS station out of Gary. There's a local newspaper but half the news is from Illinois, and it's always right next to the Chicgao Trib and the Sun-Times. Etc.

moon_custafer

2004-06-20 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

You know you're from New Brunswick if...the phrase "you know you're from new brunswick if" turns up nothing on Google. My brother wrote a skit once called "New Brunswick, The Forgotten Province." It began with a new student arriving at an Ontario school:
-So where'd you use to live?
- New Brunswick.
-Really? So what's it like in Nova Scotia?

Incidentally, my brother ran into a deer once; as did my parents, a few months later.

mpoetess

2004-06-21 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Hee! *looks at map so as not to appear stupider than actuality* Well, you're sort of out there near Nova Scotia...

Also, according to my map, you're orange. *nods safgely*

I have never hit a deer, though I'm sure many members of my family have. I was once driving down the highway, however, and watched two deer run across the road, one of which made it, and the other of which leaped into the *back* of the truck directly ahead of me, and was killed by the impact. I'm still not sure how that worked - it was a flatbed pickup truck, and the deer actually landed on the bed.

mpoetess

2004-06-21 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

*cough* sagely

lasayla

2004-06-22 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

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

They do that here, (40 minutes out of Boston) and I still haven't got used to it. They don't lock the door to the house when they leave, the car sits unlocked in parking lots, they don't even own locks for the bicycles...

"Essy, why are you locking the car door?"
"Because... because it's what you do!"

mpoetess

2004-06-23 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)

I am... afraid. Or possibly I want to move there.

I wrote my own...

okelle

2004-06-23 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

I can't say I've done absolutely EVERYTHING on the list, but I have witnessed all of them. And I AM a Cantabridgian...

http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=okelle

Re: I wrote my own...

mpoetess

2004-06-23 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

You pay exhorbitant rent to live in a house that is 200 years old with faulty plumbing and dangerous wiring

substitute "mortgage" for rent and "100" for 200, and you have my own abode of delights...