Wednesday, December 27, 2006

To be a Yooper

Saying for the Day: Once a Yooper always a Yooper.

I saw this thing by Jeff Foxworthy on Cindy's blog and realised that it could be adjusted to fit Yoopers, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. So here is

What it means to be a Yooper.

1. If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in the Upper Peninsula .

2. If the ice cream stand is closed from October through May, you might live in the UP

3. If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live, bundled up, in Upper Michigan

4. If someone in a the hardware store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in the UP. (doesn't everyone do this?)

5.If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving a round the middle of his forehead, you might live in the UP.

6.If you have worn shorts and a parka on the same day, you might live n the UP.

7. If you have had a lengthy phone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in the UP . (usually they're people from the south when this happens and they are so much fun to chat with- even if you don't know them)


"Vacation" means going South to Green Bay for the weekend.

You measure distance in hours. (we are one hour from Marquette, almost 3 hours from Green Bay almost 5 from Duluth...)

You know several people who have hit a deer more than once. (just about everyone I know)

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again. (mostly in our vehicles)

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching. (blizzard? You call that a blizzard?)

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. (yup)

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend/wife knows how to use them.(we know how to change oil and tires, too)

You have taken a sauna and rolled in the snow or jumped in an icy lake

You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit. (just about every year)

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow. (for certain)

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter,

You can identify a southern or eastern accent. (ya sure!)

Down South to you means Milwaukee.

Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new shed ! (this includes the new shop on the farm)

You go out for a fish fry every Friday. (just about)

Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost. (due to snow one year)

You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

You find 10 degrees "a little chilly."

You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to
All your Yooper friends and to those who used to live
here and left. --(chickens!)

News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my garage where the trains still run and life goes on as normal– Mrs. Trumble got a certified letter from the ACLU today demanding that the manger scene in front of the town hall be removed. Clutching “Dragon Slayer” she said “ Let them try to remove it”. Look out ACLU Mrs. Trumble is coming and she fights dragons without hesitation.
Eino has gone over and over the tape from the break in at the garage when the hermit statue was stolen and he still doesn’t have a clue as to how they did it. The closet door was broken from the inside, only one person was seen on the tape and he was leaving . More than that he wasn’t dragging any statue . It just makes no sense.
Mrs. Schmidt is coming home tomorrow. All her kids are coming for a big New Year’s party to make up for missing Christmas. She has a million pictures from Hawaii to share and can hardly wait. The only thing as good as a vacation is sharing it with others even if they don’t want it to be shared.
The Fly Inn is getting ready for its annual New Year’s bash. It will be the biggest party in town. They are even bringing in a first class band from Madison, the Dorothy Heralds. It will be a night to remember.
Petrovich is going on a retreat to study the old Russian driblets to see where he went wrong. It could just be a matter of date. He is still convinced that Pigeon Falls is coming to its end. But it sure looks as if he is wrong. The government is even paying to keep the trains running for the next two years which sure makes it look like Pigeon Falls will be around for a few years anyway.

Today's link-Serenity Quest- Remember to put the words Dr. John in the comment to get those Sexy JCPOINTS. Check HERE for your total.
Today we went looking for a new doctor. We have a meet the Dr. appointment for next Tuesday at a health center just about a mile from here. Then we went shopping . We bought some figures for the next lay out. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger QuillDancer said...

Good morning! I am here first? Wow!

5:18 AM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...

Matt will be glad to hear they have a gig New Year's Eve.

Petrovich needs to research his lineage to see if he isnt related to Avakum Petrovich --- or maybe someone in Pigeon Falls needs to do that for him.

I just read that that Buddha boy who sat under a tree and ate nothing for 10 months just returned from the jungles of Nepal. Just about the same time as the statue left the garage.
Coincidence? I think not.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I was just about to decide that southwestern Pennsylvania had separated from the UP back when plate techtonics were having a field day....then I got to the part of the list about how to know you're a TRUE Yooper. Still, about half of those apply to PA. Especially the part about the winter driving being better because the potholes are full of snow. Makes you wonder.

Glad to hear you had a wonderful Christmas.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Tisha! said...

Dr. John, I'm afraid to ask but what are Sexy JCPOINTS?

Happy Holidays!


6:12 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Loved the Yooper. I understand even tho I'm from the part of Texas that rarely sees one flake of snow. LOL

8:19 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Dr. John, I'm honored!

9:55 AM  
Blogger butterflies said...

I hope that your sister had a great bday..even if it was at Xmas time!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

I had to laugh long and hard about the one, Do you have a long conversation with a wrong number. Can't tell you how many times that has happened, and yes, I now live in the South. I think it just means, we are very friendly, and don't have a lot going on in our life. haha

4:31 PM  

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