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Monday, September 12, 2005

You Know You're From or In Pennsylvania If . . .

A friend sent these to me - since I wasn't born here, not all apply to me. However, I do understand them all ~ and that's scary!

  1. You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but "Philly." And New Jersey has always been "Jersey."
  2. You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA" (pronounced Peeay).
  3. You know what "Punxsutawney Phil" ( a Ground Hog ) is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
  4. The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
  5. You can use the phrase "fire hall wedding reception" and not even bat an eye.
  6. You can't go to a wedding without hearing the "Chicken Dance," at least one Polka and either an Italian song (sung in Italian,) or "Hava Nagila."
  7. At least five people on your block have electric "candles" in all or most of their windows all year long.
  8. You know what a distelfink and a hex sign are.
  9. You know what a "State Store" is, and your out-of-state friends find it incredulous that you can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.
  10. You own only three condiments: salt, pepper and Heinz ketchup.
  11. Words like "hoagie", "chipped ham", "sticky buns", "shoo-fly pie", "pierogies" and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you.
  12. You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same.
  13. You not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you know it comes in several colors: Red, White, Brown, Gold.
  14. You know several places to purchase or that serve Scrapple, Summer Sausage (Lebanon Bologna), and Hot Bacon Dressing.
  15. You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor without fear and enjoy it.
  16. You know the difference between a cheesesteak & a pizza steak sandwich and a Primanti's, and know that you can't get a really good one outside PA. Also, it's not a Philly Cheesesteak, it's just a Cheesesteak.
  17. You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnelcake season.
  18. Customers ask the waitress for "dippy eggs" for breakfast.
  19. You know that Moon, Paradise, Intercourse, Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns.
  20. You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is.
  21. You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.
  22. A traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn buggy on the highway in Lancaster County. Also, the sound of clip-clops does not bring you running to the window.
  23. You know several people who have hit deer more than once. (I haven't hit a deer, even once, but have seen plenty of dead deer along the road)
  24. You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
  25. You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snow brush in your trunk, even if you moved to the south.
  26. Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  27. As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were.
  28. Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, & Italian names.
  29. "You guys" and "ynz" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.
  30. You know how to respond to the question "Djeetyet?" (Didyoueatyet?)
  31. You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, Conshohocken, and Monongahela.
  32. You know what a "Mummer" is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.
  33. One of the highlights of your life was a field trip to Penn's Cave and Horseshoe Curve.
  34. You know exactly what to do when your mother tells you to "red up" your room.
  35. You don't think people from Philly or Pittsburgh talk funny. (i.e., in Philly, Coke is "soda" and in Pittsburgh it's "pop")
  36. You have an uncontrollable urge to buy bread and milk when you hear the word "snow."
  37. You can stop along the road to buy fruits, vegetables, or crafts on the "honor system."
  38. You live within two miles of a plant that makes potato chips, corn chips, pretzels, candy, or ice cream, or that packages turkeys, beans, or bologna. (York County Factory Tours)
  39. You say things like, "Outen the lights," "I'm calling off today," and "They're calling for snow."
  40. School closings due to snow take the radio and television stations a half an hour to finish, because just about every town has its own school district. And if you leave the room, you might miss your district and have to listen to the whole list again. (This is TRUE! Thank goodness for the internet, it makes it much quicker to find out if our school has closed)
  41. Elect pro-life Democrats and pro-choice Republicans for Governor.


At 3:26 PM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

What a neat list!

My son went to school in PA! And I know about PP,the groundhog. Otherwise, I must confess that most of those facts about Pennsylvania were unknown to me! Now, if you want to talk about the City Hall in Phily or the Liberty Bell or the Museum of Art, I can have a small discussion.

Have a good day!!

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Not all of those are exclusively Pennsylvanian, although they probably all exclude Southern Californians.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...


At 4:22 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

Yeah. Good ol' Pennsyltucky!

At 4:24 PM, Blogger mireille said...

all the German stuff makes me homesick for Michigan -- but I checked out that Primanti sandwich and my God. They put an egg on there, too! Coleslaw, french fries AND AN EGG. xoxo

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I lived in Philly for eight months.
The electric candles thing is something I guess that makes houses look like they're back in the olden, non-electricity days.
I'm all for funnelcakes!

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I get most of it. But, what the heck is a distelfink ?


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