You Know You Live In New England When…

I stole this list from a friend’s Facebook page, who herself stole it from Jeff Foxworthy and some of his comments about, “You know you live in New England.” I edited the list from the Facebook page to provide the ones I think are most true about us quirky New Englanders.

The reason this is making my Peace Corps blog is that it has been my experience that apparently New Englanders are easily mocked targets by other volunteers! Who knew!? New Englanders out there, did you know that people in the rest of the country joke about us quite frequently? I didn’t! It’s all in jest of course, but it has certainly been an interesting year hearing all the different perceptions (real or joking) people have about New Englanders. Here is Jeff Foxworthy’s take:

  • If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in New England.
  • If ‘Vacation’ means going anywhere south of New York City for the weekend, you live in New England .
  • If you measure distance in hours, you live in New England .
  • If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in New England.
  • If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you live in New England .
  • If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in New England.
  • If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you live in New England .
  • If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in New England .
  • If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in New England .
  • If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you, you live in New England .
  • If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in New England.
  • If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in New England .
  • If you find 10 degrees ‘a little chilly’, you live in New England .
  • If there’s a Dunkin Donuts on every corner, you live in New England .
  • If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your New England friends & others, you live or have lived in New England .

So there you have it fellow New Englanders and non-New Englanders.  I truly feel that the above are absolutely true about New Englanders and I know I laughed at them.  It’s fun to laugh at yourself 🙂

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  1. Jan

    I definitely recognize these fine Yankee characteristics (and I’m not talking about baseball). We’re having a delightful spell of mild weather here in Boston, but I’ve lived here long enough (17 yrs) to know that it’s much too soon to put away my snow boots and down coat. We also have DST starting (or ending, I never know which it is. “Spring forward”) this weekend so I won’t be driving home from work in the dark at 5 PM like in the dead of winter. And opening day at Fenway (4/4 vs Yankees) and the Boston Marathon (4/19) are coming up soon — sorry if I’ve made you homesick!

  2. Kim

    like this one