You know you are from Pennsylvania when…

1.”Hey you guys” is your standard greeting, and it’s politically correct for all sexes.
2. The first day of buck season and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
3. You know exactly what to do when your mother tells you to “red” up your room.
4. You own only three spices “salt, pepper and Heinz ‘ketchup’.”
5. Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
6. You find 20 degrees just a little chilly.
7. You can recite the four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and construction.
8. Words like “hoagie”, “crick”, “chipped ham”, and “pop” actually mean something to you.
9. You can use the phrase “fire hall wedding reception” and not even bat an eye.
10. You think very little of an Amish buggy on the road.
11. You constantly refer to Pennsylvania as “PA” (pronounced Pee-ay). How many other states do that?
12. You can go 2 weeks in winter without sunshine and think this is normal.
13. You know that Bird-in-Hand, Paradise, Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns.
14. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
15. You measure distance in hours.
16. You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
17. You often switch from “Heat” to “A/C” in the same day.
18. You see people wearing hunting clothes at social events.
19. You install security lights on your house and garage and then leave both unlocked.
20. You think of the major food groups as deer meat, fish, and berries.
21. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend or wife knows how to use them.
22. There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at the Sheetz mini-mart at any given time.
23. You can actually eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same. Those from NY find this “barbaric.”
24. You know what Birch Beer is.
25. At least 5 people on your block have electric “candles” in all or most of their windows all year long.
26. You know several places to purchase or that serve Scrapple, Summer Sausage (Lebanon Bologna), and Hot Bacon Dressing.
27. Live for summer, when street fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
28. You know what REAL potpie is.
29. You ask the waitress for “dippy eggs” for breakfast.
30. Your turkey has “stuffing,” and most certainly not “dressing.”
31. You consider Erie to be “out west,” and you know the fastest way to Philly is the Turnpike.
32. You call barbecue “sloppy joes.”
33. When it snows, they put cinders on the roads instead of sand.
34. You refer to fear as being “scared spitless.”
35. You actually understand these jokes.

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9 thoughts on “You know you are from Pennsylvania when…

  1. Patricia

    This is very enlightening and proves that I am NOT from Pennsylvania! LOL! What a beautiful photograph in your header!Blessings!Patricia

  2. rachel

    Oh yes,I know all about these…a fun read.My husband was born in Reading. He has family all over P-A. :o)I remember my first Thanksgiving at my husband’s uncle’s restaurant in Morgantown. I always look forward to stuffing, but alas, I was served “filling”. (What is that stuff, anyway?) Ha!

  3. Teeny Tiny cabin

    I really enjoyed reading this. My husband and I have spent many happy hours in Pennsylvania and know it almost as well as New York State! In fact, we used to live only a 1/2 mile (as the crow flys) from the “west”? border. We still live close-Go to Warren PA, Sugar Grove, Erie and Corry all the time! Everything you’ve mentioned is so true, true, true!Loved my visit! Glad your able to get home for a visit with family!Praying for you always!-Claudia O.

  4. Maggie Ann

    That is so fun to read! Talk to you by and by I hope. We are going to go visit J. all next week. I’m having some arthritus troubles this week and am taking it easy after a trip to the ER on the 4th. My Mother warned me not to get ‘old’! smile…

  5. Bekah

    The one about dippy eggs was funny since I said that to Erin the other day day and she didn’t know what I was talking about at first.

  6. Janice

    Hey, I found you through another blog. we are from good ol’ PA near Hershey but my husband pastored in Philly for 21 years and near there for over 9. We are in SC now and serve in a church, semi retired. We also represent a Mission board for the national pastors in the 10/40. Our director is headed for Bangladesh and Pakistan next month. I MISS the Amish country and all that good food.

  7. Janice

    Hey, I found you through another blog. we are from good ol’ PA near Hershey but my husband pastored in Philly for 21 years and near there for over 9. We are in SC now and serve in a church, semi retired. We also represent a Mission board for the national pastors in the 10/40. Our director is headed for Bangladesh and Pakistan next month. I MISS the Amish country and all that good food.

  8. Janice

    Hey, I found you through another blog. we are from good ol’ PA near Hershey but my husband pastored in Philly for 21 years and near there for over 9. We are in SC now and serve in a church, semi retired. We also represent a Mission board for the national pastors in the 10/40. Our director is headed for Bangladesh and Pakistan next month. I MISS the Amish country and all that good food.

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