I'm from Michigan, and grew up in Traverse City, (northern MI) but now live in Jackson.
You know you're from Northern MI when...
You can tell a person is a 'fudge' regardless of whether they have fudge in their possion.
sooo true. LOL I can pick 'em out
Tourists make you late all summer but snow doesn't slow you down at all
It's completely understandable to have an umbrella, snow shovel and swimsuit in your vehicle all on the same day.
You know you're from Michigan when...
You can identify an Ohio accent.
The Big Mac is something that you drive across.
You bake with soda and drink pop.
You know how to pronounce "Mackinac".
The word "thumb" has a geographical rather than an anatomical significance.
so true... and you point out where you live to people by using the back of your left hand
At least one person in your family disowns you for the week of the Michigan/Michigan State football game.
Well in my family, if you aren't rooting for U of M... well, then you better not be around during that game
Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.
You show people where you grew up by pointing to a spot on your left hand.
You know what a "Yooper" is.
Your car rusts out before you need the brakes done
Half the people you know say they are from Detroit... yet you don't personally know anyone who actually lives in Detroit
"Up North" means north of Clare.
You know what a pastie is.
You occasionally cheer "Go Lions- and take the Tigers with you."
You know more about chill factors and lake effect than you'd EVER like to know!
- thats so true! Especially growing up in TC!
When giving directions, you refer to "A Michigan Left."
You never watch the Weather Channel - you can just assume they're wrong.
The snowmen you make in your front yard actually freeze. Solid.
The snow freezes so hard that you can actually walk across it and not break it or leave any marks.
All your shoes are called "tennis shoes", even though no one here plays tennis anyway.
They could've written the Canadian coins one for NH as well. In fact, NH vending machines are specially designed to NOT take those suckers. I pawned them all off on VA machines when we moved down here. LOL!
You laugh when people from anywhere north of TN tries to say or spell "y'all"
It's a plural people!!!
Sales tax is 9.5%.
ARGGHH, sad but true
It's "Knox-vull" not "Knox-ville"
A tabogan is a hat, not a sled.
Doesn't everybody wear a tabogan when it's cold (i.e. less than 50F)?
You don't drive in Knoxville on game-day. EVER.
I worked at a restaurant in Kville a couple of blocks from the stadium. On game days we would have a 5-6 HOUR wait and no one minded because they'd just be sitting in traffic if they tried to go somewhere else anyway.
This is a lot of fun -- but I just realized the most fascinating thing isn't looking at and chuckling about the ones from your own state(s) but seeing how absolutely foreign sounding some of the things from other states sound!! Amazing how diverse we still are in this country -- I love it!
The Michigan left hand turn is the craziest thing I have ever seen (I just chekced out your link), but I was brought up in Mass - a "Rotary" is our claim to driving fame!"
"When you approach a rotary (traffic circle), you must yield the right-of-way to any vehicles already in the rotary. If traffic is heavy in the circle, stop at the edge of the rotary and wait until you can safely enter. Only a few states in the U.S. have traffic rotaries, and as a result, many drivers are not familiar with the right-of-way rules. Be especially careful and generous when extending the right-of-way to other drivers." In practice, older cars in worse condition than yours, and other drivers who fail to make eye contact, always have the right of way in a rotary." I kid you not - that quote is from the website!!
Others from Massachusetts...............
You say bubbler instead of water fountain.
You live on a "private road" that is unpaved and more rutted than roads in rural Dominan Republic. Oh yeah - the town/city doesn't plow them either!
You think of $280,000 as cheap for a house.
You know what a Fisher Cat is.
Your school classes were canceled because of frozen and burst pipes.
You know how to say Shrewsbury (shoes-bree), Worcester (Wusta), Marlborough (Marl-Bro), Leicester (lester), Leomenster (lemon-ster).
The mention of Bill Buckner makes you cry.
You think nothing of commuting two hours each way to work.
You think 70 degrees is hot and a perfectly fine time to go to the beach or pool.
Stuff that is open until ten is "late" and staying out until eleven is a "late night out."
Long Term Goal: by End of 2008
Wow, that rotary thing sounds confusing! lol There are a few traffic circles here and there, but I always avoid them!
I hadn't actually used a Michigan left until I moved to Grand Rapids 2 years ago. So they were kind of confusing at first, but once I was used to them, I loved them! Where I live now, they don't have any either. It makes turning left so much easier, and not having to wait for a green arrow.
The MI left looks similar to VA Beach, but here, they do have a left turn lane at the lights. Problem is, there aren't enough lights to cover everything and it's all divided highways. So they have left turn lanes interspersed throughout the roads and you have to make a U-turn to get to where you want to go on the other side of the road.
I had a very hard time trying to keep from laughing out loud one time with my boss. She and I were headed to D.C. and she got "stuck" in a traffic circle. She couldn't figure out how to get to the outside lane to take her turnoff because she was afraid of the other cars in that lane. We went around that sucker half a dozen times!