Jan 15, 2006

You know you have grown up in Missouri when:

1. You have attended, or personally held, a "Beer-B-Que"
2. Everyone you know has been on a "Float Trip"
3. You've been to Silver Dollar City, White Water, Worlds of Fun, and Six Flags multiple times.
4. You've seen all the biggest bands ten years AFTER they were popular.
5. You measure distance in minutes rather than miles. For example, "Well, Webb City's only 20 minutes away."
6. You know if another Missourian is from the Boot-heel, Ozarks, Eastern, Middle or Western Missouri soon as they open their mouth.
7. The phrase "I'm going to the Lake this weekend" only means one thing.
8. You have been labeled a Yankee, even though Missouri is in the middle of the country.
9. You think Missouri is spelled with an "ah" at the end.
10. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
11. Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
12. You know what "Party Cove" is.
13. You instinctively ask someone "what High School did you go to?", even if they don't live in the same city as you.
14. You've had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
15. You think a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor, or an Amish buggy.
16. You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it, no matter what time of day.
17. You know in your heart that Mizzou can beat Nebraska in football.
18. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?"
19. You failed World Geography in school because you thought Cuba, Versailles, California, Nevada, Houston, Cabool, Louisiana, Springfield, and Mexico were cities in Missouri.
(And they are!)
20. You install security lights on your house, but always leave it unlocked.
21. You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
22. You learned to drink in high school on a "30 pack of Stones".
23. You went to skating parties as a kid.
24. You only own three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
25. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
26. The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page, but requires six pages for sports.
27. You know what "HOME OF THE THROWED ROLL" means.
28. You'll pay for your kids to go to college, unless it's to KU.
29. In some areas, you think that opening day of deer season is a National Holiday.
30. You know that Concordia is halfway between Kansas City and Columbia, and Columbia is halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, and the Warrenton Outlet Mall is halfway between Columbia and St. Louis.
31. You can't think of anything better than sitting on the porch in the middle of the summer during a thunderstorm.
32. You're crazy enough to stand out in the middle of your yard to watch for an impending tornado.
33. You've said, "it's not the heat, it's the humidity."
34. You know that Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney, Mark Twain, (and most importantly Brad Pitt) are all from Missouri.
35. You, to no surprise, meet a large majority of the criteria on this list.

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