You might live in Upstate New York if…
The speed limit is 55mph, you’re going 80 – and everybody is passing you.
You have to switch from heat to AC and back again in the same day.
If the local ice cream stand is closed from September the the end of May.
You install security lights to your house and garage, but leave both unlocked.
Someone in Home Depot offers you assistance – and they don’t even work there.
You can drive 75mph through 2 ft. of snow – without flinching. (My dad taught me this)
You have worn shorts and a parka at the same time. (no joke – as I was writing this post, a guy walked by in the park with – shorts and a parka!)
If you have a lengthy telephone conversation with a person who dialed the wrong number.
If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere south of Albany for the weekend.
If you measure distance in hours. (so true! roads are so twisty, always rambling around hills and lakes – you never measure a straight line)
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
You carry jumper cables in your car -and your wife knows how to use them.
If driving is better in the winter because the pot holes are filled with snow. (sad but true – the driveway is soooo much better with a good snow pack!)
If you know all four seasons – winter, winter, still winter, and road construction. (this is ridiculously close to actuality! I could add one more – the season of mud)
If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
If you find 10 degrees a “little chilly” (and today, with 70 degrees, we are complaining of being hot!)
The friend who e-mailed this to me was one of our first friends when we moved to N.Y. She knows I can relate to this! I’ll never forget the drive to their house for Thanksgiving our first winter here…I think the normal 45 min. drive stretched to 2 hours as we plowed our way through a half foot of snow on abandoned back road through state land. Any of our readers who live in N.Y. will get a chuckle, I am sure. Those who don’t – well, they think we’re weird already….
Olivia Joy says
Welcome Kelerr!!!! We're very glad to hear from you!!
Thought I'd come out of my lurkerdom (though I did send book selections back in October) to say how much I enjoyed this! I found your blog via the S&S message boards a while back and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since!
As a fellow New Yorker – born and raised in Brooklyn – I loved reading this. It inspired me to find the NYC version and post it on my own blog (hymelick.blogspot.com if you want to see it)! However, I had to disspell a few things cause I don't think they're all true!
Thinking and praying for you Natalie!!
Aw shucks, we all know Florida is just a hunk of New York that broke off and floated down 😀 (And yes people really do say that.) Still, even hotter than Alabama….hat's off to you Trina. You seem able to live anywhere.
Also, I'd really appreciate your prayers for the next few days. There's a chance I conceived this time around, but I won't know until later this week. I don't want to get my hopes up, but…You understand I suppose.
Olivia Joy says
That sounds really nice, Natalie 🙂
those were funny, Natalie – thanks for sharing a glimpse into another world. 🙂
Actually, I do know what it's like to live in the south – first 6 years of my life were spent in forida. no snow at all there!
I can totally relate to some of those. I reckon people are people no matter where you go.
However here's a few from Alabama.
You might live in Alabama if:
Your dad goes water skiing in January (like mine).
Ice cream is a 12 month treat
1/2in of snow on the highway makes everyone "cautious" (and late for work).
The slightest hint of snow makes bread and milk spontaneously vanish from grocery stores.
You wear flip-flops year round.
You know your seasons -almost summer, summer, still summer, Christmas.
You know the difference between a "pee can" and a "pecan."
Lol. This gave me such a laugh, Trina! I like the part about leaving your doors unlocked. =)
I read the "you measure distance in hours" one and it made me realize I never measure anything in miles! It is always so and so minutes or hours away…
tante antje says
Having been to visit you a couple of times, I can totally relate. The winding roads, having to go around the lakes to get anywhere. I been stranded with you mom enough times to know she knows how to use jumper cables, but you forgot to add – having an extra battery in the trunk!
ROFL! This was hysterical as well as accurate 🙂
My favorite is driving 75mph through 2ft. of snow WITHOUT flinching 🙂 lol, it's great. Before I got to the bottom I thought you had made it up.
I had a really cute picture to post for WIFD….but do to my amazing (not) computer skills…..I can't figure out how to do it 🙁 sorry, you'll just have to use your imagination.