Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You Know You're From Colorado if:

A winter statistic:


You're from Colorado if You'll eat ice cream in the winter.

When the weather report says it's going to be 65 degrees, you shave your legs and wear a skirt.

It snows 5 inches and you don't expect school to be cancelled.

You'll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.

You have no accent at all, but can hear other people's. And then you make fun of them.

'Humid' is over 25%.

Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.

You say 'the interstate' and everybody knows which one.

You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.

You buy your flowers to set out on Mother's day, but try and hold off planting them until just before Father's day.

You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat.

You know what the Continental Divide is.

You don't think Coors beer is that big a deal.

You went to Casa Bonita as a kid, and as an adult.

You've gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities. (Um, raising hand here.)

You always know the elevation of where you are.

You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it's going to snow tomorrow.

**You don't care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High**

Every movie theater has military and student discounts.

Everybody wears jeans to church.

You actually know that ** South Park ** is a real place not just a show on TV.

You know what a 'trust fund hippy' is, and you know its natural habitat is Boulder .

You know you're talking to a fellow Coloradoan when they call it Elitches, not Six Flags.

A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you.

Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the crap out of the Raiders. (We're on BFL girls!)

When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.

You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels 'sticky' and you notice the sky is no longer blue.

N'uff Said!

Is there a way to know that you're from where you're from? Does anyone have something to add to this list? (Kelly? Sam? Mom or Dad?) Play along in the comments!

A special shout out to my sister-in-law "Alice" for sending this to me. I love it, I love her, and it's too bad that a few states separate us. Hope to see you guys soon!

Headless Mom


Anonymous said...

OMG, this made me homesick and I LIVE here!

Funny thing is I am off to Breckenridge for 5 days and 60's sounds balmy.

You've skated on an outdoor lake.

You know the difference between the sound of an Elk and someone being raped in the woods.

You drive better on icy windy roads.

You've driven to see the Aspens change.

You know Mary Jane isn't a person. It's where the cutest boys hang out.

You can ski backwards.

OK, that's all I've got for now!

Colorado misses you Headless!

I can't find my blog said...

OMG Kel-you nailed it! Skating outdoors, Mary Jane (and the cute boys!), skiing backwards...blog fodder for a year!

Ruralmama said...

Strangely enough, most of the weather related highlights of this list (not the location ones though) apply to us here in MN too. We too plant in June rather than May and plan Halloween costumes around our coats (and sometimes have to plant the decorations in 6 inches of snow!).

What cracks me up is when folks from warmer climates asks us why we have long post-thingies attached to our fire hydrants....um, that'd be so we can FIND them in the Winter? Yeah....

Good list, love it! I drive better on icy windy roads and have skated outdoors too(who doesn't?..oh, those people in Florida! ROTFLOL).

headless girl :] said...

"You know the difference between the sound of an Elk and someone being raped in the woods."

i think this is the funniest thing ive ever read in my life

Anonymous said...

The Pacific Northwest According To Jeff Foxworthy

1. You know the state flower (Mildew). It's really the Rhododendron...but mildew is more prevelant!

2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

3. Use the statement 'sun break' and really know what it means.

4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the 'WALK' signal.

8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it's not a real mountain.

9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.

10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.

11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.

12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.

14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.

15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

16. You are not fazed by 'Today's forecast: showers followed by rain,' and 'Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers.'

17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.

19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

20. You notice, 'The mountain is out' when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.

23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.

26. You measure distance in hours.

27. You often switch from 'heat' to 'a/c' in the same day.

28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).

Sam said...

I was going to say the proper name for "Trust Fund Hippy" is "Trustafarian". :)

Oh, and Casa Bonita I'd change to this: "You went to Casa Bonita as a kid, and as an adult with your kids." 'cause there's no good reason to go there as an adult. Unless you watch South Park (but I've never seen that episode).

It's also the first place I heard the saying "Don't like the weather? Wait 5 minutes...it'll change." And it does. :)

I'd personally rather drive on icy roads than in the pouring rain, but that's just because the two places I've lived the most have been Colorado (high desert) and southern Cal (desert). I have more practice driving in the snow, much to my wife's chagrin. :)

Anonymous said...

I so can relate to all those....

Anonymous said...

My best friend moved to Monument a few years ago, and this sounds exactly like a lot of what I hear from her.

You know you're from Southern California when it's 70 degrees outside in December, you grab your heavy coat, and say "Dang, it's gonna be a cold winter."

Connie said...

you have made me completely homesick!

Tracey said...

This is great...I'm going to steal your idea and do one of these lists for New Mexico! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Colorado is a lot like Michigan! You know you're from Michigan when people ask you where you live, and you hold up your right hand and point to the spot on your hand that matches your location on the State map. You also know you're from Michigan if you know what a Pasty is (and no, it's not the thing that strippers paste over their nipples).

Keetha Broyles said...

I guess a lot of my students right here in central Indiana MUST be from Colorado - - - at least they wear flip flops all winter and various other things you have on this list!!!

Unknown said...

This is really funny : )! Nice list!