< Upheaval: Where are y'all from?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Where are y'all from?

There has been recent debate on some other sites regarding the uniqueness and importance of various states within the United States, specifically Texas, versus some other state up North. Here is my contribution. Does your state have such interesting defining characteristics?

You're from Texas if...

1. You can properly pronounce Corsicana, Palestine, Decatur, Wichita Falls, San Antonio, Mexia, Waco, and Amarillo.

Pshaw! Try "Nacogdoches"!

2. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.

3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel cloud.

Why else would they blow that horn?

4. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.

Every day on the way to school!

5. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

6. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.

7. Stores don't have bags, they have sacks.

8. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.

9. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

10. You measure distance in minutes.

11. Little Smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.

Like funerals, where you wear your overalls.

12. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.

13. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.

Who DOESN'T do this???

14. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.

Okay, okay! He was a high school coach.

15. You have known someone who has had one belt buckle bigger than your fist.

16. A bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.

17. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.

And apparently, after this weekend's experience, baby cribs, also.

18. Your "place at the lake" has wheels under it.

19. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4x4 is.

20. You know everything goes better with Ranch.

21. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.

22. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin'" to send them to your friends.

Why don't other people say fixin' to, too??? It really does make sense, y'all!

23. You are 100% Texan if you have ever heard/had this conversation:
"You wanna coke?"
"What kind?"

Mmmkay, I don't do this, but I know people who do!


Blogger quycksilver said...

I don't check the weather--don't have to. Weather in Los Angeles is always the same--sunny, cool in the mornings and evenings . . . it gets warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter, but it's very gradual.

Ture value of parking spaces is determined by how wide your door will open.

Here, Mercedes Benz's mean nothing because every car is a mercedes, a bmw, a jaguar, an expedition, a rolls royce, a prius, a porsche, a lexus, a limo or a ferrari. . . I, on the other hand, drive a 10yr old honda civic.

traffic jams=5 lanes of solid cars sitting on the freeway, each direction. Ya gotta love it when it takes over an hour to go 5 miles.

5:34 PM  
Blogger jes said...

heehee! this was cute! i didn't get the "wind" thing though. shouldn't that be on a list for Chicago?

i always watch to the weather forecast before getting dressed. in fact, it is physically impossible for me to dress without watching the weather forecast for the morning, afternoon, and evening, as well as the rest of the week, including other random "getaway" cities and international weather.

just in case during some part of my day, i need to know what the weather is doing in Belgium.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I completely get the thing about the Coke. ALL softdrinks are Cokes here in Arkansas, too.

And fixin'? Oh, yeah, no matter where I end up living and how hard I try to rid myself of my Southern accent, I will never lose the fixin' from my vocabulary!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

Texans have truly unique ways...and I like it!

Dallas is technically windier than Chicago. I just think Chicago is windier all the time. I had many a Marilyn Monroe skirt moments when I lived in Big D.

Alas, my husband's grandfather is the one behind the wheel of a tractor in the town the size of a spitball. Of course, he's driving the tractor to the bar down the road cuz he doesn't have a driver's license. But that's another story.

I haven't seen bib overalls at funerals but I've seen work boots with attempted clean up and country girls wearing city nightclub clothes to a funeral.

Its all a sight fer sore eyes!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

You're from Minnesota if you don't get the jokes and you aren't "fixin" to do anything about it... cause were are SO way more cooler than Tehhhkkkssannsss.


2:13 PM  
Blogger jes said...

two weekends ago, when i was in boston, i asked some women in a store, "do yall know where the chopsticks are?"

of course, if you know me, you know that i don't have a texas accent. but i do say "yall".

they looked at me, surprised, and said, "you're not from around here, are you?"

4:12 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

And did you say..."No ma'am...but its shapin' up to be a mighty fine eve'nin, dontcha think?" and spit onto the floor?

I woulda.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Classic - the sad thing is that I can relate to all of those, each and every one - and I've been to all the cities that you have to know how to pronounce.

Also Jes uhh did you not notice the sheer velocity of the wind at my house. Hello it comes over the pasture land like it was from a hurricane.

2:15 PM  

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