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You know you're from Buffalo when... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
You know you're from Buffalo when...
Variation gakked from several people:

Google the phrase "You know you're from (your home state) if..." Bold the ones that are true.

Since my home state was New York, I got a lot of New York City stuff, which may as well be Mars. And for some reason, almost none of the Massachusetts stuff worked, probably because I'm from Boston and don't spend much time in the rest of the state. So I went with the city I was born in, and that defines Western New York culture. My list comes from here.

You are probably a Buffalonian "IF":

When speaking, "the" precedes the number or name of any highway (The Scajaquada, The 33, The 290)

Snow tires come standard on your car. (I don't have a car)

You can identify an "Alden" accent.

You have gotton frost bitten and sunburned in the same weekend. Only because I'm not big on outdoor sports myself.

"Down south" means Gowanda

You bake with "soda" and drink "pop". --But now that I'm from Massachusetts instead, I'm trying to break the habit. Though Lord help me, I'll never get used to calling fizzy drinks "tonics."

Stop/Slow/Yield Signs..are suggestions.

You can hold an entire conversation on the best place to go for wings, a fishfry or pizza. A favorite conversation, at that. Though a brief one on the question of wings... heaven's sake, who doesn't know that The Anchor has the best wings on the planet? They invented the things. They have pretty good beef-on-weck, too. Pizza is a neverending debate. The Buffalo News ran a flabbergasted article when Dominoes said that Buffalo wasn't a pizza town, since they (Dominoes) didn't get many delivery calls. Well, duh. There's a real pizzeria on every block--why call the generic guys? "Next thing you know," the News chided, "they'll say we're not a wing town."

You see nothing wrong with watching fireworks downtown on July 2nd.

You not only know what the terms "snowbelt" and "lake effect" mean - you use them on a daily basis.

You save the Genny Cream Ale for special occasions.

You live within 1 mile of a bowling alley.

Not only do you know what it is..but you look forward to "Dingus Day" Well, sort of. I know what it is, anyway. I don't care about it.

You never put your winter jacket away for the summer.

You like to order beef on "weck" and are always surprised when someone doesn't know what "weck" is. Bless this meme for going around... In the course of looking for a list, I FOUND A WECK RECIPE. It's an acquired taste, beef-on-weck (which is pronounced "wick")--a hot roast beef sandwich with a touch of horseradish on a kimmelweck roll, which is a hardroll with pretzel salt and caraway seeds--but as local hot sandwiches go, I'll take it over the Philly cheesesteak any day. I'm totally craving a beef-on-weck now.

You drive over 70mph on the Thruway and pass on the right. Not bolded only because I don't drive.

You leave your ski lift tickets on your jacket year round.

You know how to pronouce Scajaquada, Cheektowaga and Depew. And laugh at newbie outsiders who stumble over them. ETA: My mom's friend, still in the area, has a variation on this--"You know that it's pronounced ska-JACK-wid-da, but spelled 1-9-8."

The rest of the country is snowbound in the worst blizzard of the century, but you still have to walk your kids to the corner to catch the school bus. And joke about what wusses they all are.

You think nothing of crossing an international border for Chinese Food. (At least not when I'm physically in Buffalo; here, it would be kind of a hassle.)

The acid rain is clearer than your drinking water.

When you stop and ask for directions..you expect to get them.

You give directions.... by saying "turn left" or "at the first light" - instead of "head north" or "go east".

You don't think Canada is to the north... you know it's to the West. This one takes some time to break!

You keep the snowplow on the front of the truck year round.

You have a favorite Greek restaurant. The Towne.

When someone says they are from "the City" - you ask "Which one?"

You think Jimmy Griffin is a "real" politician

You can compute a wind chill "factor"

You eat Orange Chocolate.

You can go to Allentown, Kaisertown..but you can't go Uptown.

You don't have to attend the Friendship Festival to Hear IT!

You know the difference between Imported and Real Canadian Beer.

You think of Football, not "mail" when someone mentions "bills".

It doesn't faze you that there is no "East Seneca", "West Aurora" or "South Tonawanda" Unless, of course, you're strapped for conversation pieces.

You have not been on the "Maid of the Mist"- Unless you had out of town company!

When in another city - you threaten the chef with "false advertising" after trying something called "Buffalo Wings".

You've dined at "Theodore's on the Lake".

You immediatley change the channel - when you hear "Hi! this is Goldie Gardner...".

The winter carnival gets rained out.

You call them "Pilot Field" and the "Aud" -no matter what the signs say.

You define summer as three months of bed sledding.

Your kids have watched Sesame Street - in French and Spanish.

You don't get a coughing fit from one sip of Vernors.

You know what Vernor's is!

"Gridlock" means driving home from a football game.

You wince when someone uses the abbreviation "OJ" .

"Rapid Transit" means hitting all the green lights.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 19th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, sweet. Following links around while getting a link to explain Dingus Day to those who don't know what it is, I came across Online Buffalo, which linked me to a Buffalo Live Cam (looking out on a sidewalk I went up every day for the better part of three years as I went from the bus stop up to work), and then over to a Niagara Falls LiveCam, which also let me listen to the Falls.

It's time for a visit back, I think.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: June 19th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Gridlock is traffic here too, and post-football is an excellent example. Or pre-football when they insist on scheduling the game for a major rivalry in the same time and place as the State Fair. Groan.

You give directions.... by saying "turn left" or "at the first light" - instead of "head north" or "go east".

I should darned well hope so. Procedural directions are much easier. Who does the other and actually expects to get to a specific street address?

...On the other hand, I think Piscataway is presently Unplottable, and am trying to guess where the wizarding school is. I was there recently. Everybody got lost, including the people who live there.

You see nothing wrong with watching fireworks downtown on July 2nd.

Am mystified as to why anyone would. Then again, I am still vaguely distressed by the fact that my hometown has better fireworks at Halloween than for the Fourth of July. No, I have no idea why, unless it's that people are willing to spend more time standing around and setting things on fire when it's cooler.
sreya From: sreya Date: June 20th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)


Piscataway, NJ? That's not the only unplottable point in New Jersey!

Though a brief one on the question of wings... heaven's sake, who doesn't know that The Anchor has the best wings on the planet? They invented the things.

So that's why they're called Buffalo Wings! I'd always wondered. It's such a strange name to give chicken wings.

BTW, Fern, I finally broke down and started a livejournal, and you're going straight into my friends list. :) I figured I spend enough time reading through LJs, I might as well join in.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 20th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unplottables

So that's why they're called Buffalo Wings! I'd always wondered. It's such a strange name to give chicken wings.

Heh, yeah, that's the great secret. Western New Yorkers generally just call them "wings"... after all, how else would you cook chicken wings, other than deep fried and in tabasco sauce?

I'm going to pick up ingredients this afternoon and make beef-on-weck tonight. Yay!

Yes, having an LJ account (and a friends list) definitely helps keep track! I'll friend you back.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: June 20th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know you're from Colorado if...

-You know several people who have hit a deer. Though my parents have three close calls a month...
-You've never met any celebrities.I nearly met Avi, but he didn't bother to show up at his own damned book-signing.
-You've seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular.
-Down south to you means Kentucky.
-You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Terre Haute".More due to taking French than to residing in Colorado.
-Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
-Your school classes were canceled because of heat. They've started starting term in August, and no class has been canceled yet. Though it might as well have been for the attention the kids pay in August.
-You know what the phrase "Knee-high by the Fourth of July" means.
-You've heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are a master of Euchre.
-You've seen a running car, with nobody in it, in the parking lot of the grocery store no matter what time of year it is.
-You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?" Lots of people do.
-Detassling was your first job. Bailing hay, your second. Or you could bale and stack hay, swim in the pond to clean off, and then have the strength to play a couple of games of hoops all in the same barn lot on the same day.
-You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day OR "Stoke the fire" and "fling open the windows" (for the older version).
-You say things like "catty-wumpus" and "catty-corner".
-You install security lights on your house and garage, and leave both unlocked.
-You carry jumper cables in your car regularly.
-You drink "coke" (meaning all carbonated fountain drinks). We're not particular about what term we use.. but TONIC?! Really.
-You know what "cow tipping" is.
-You know that strangers are the only ones that come to your "front" door.
-Kids and dogs ride in the passenger seats of cars and the backs of pickups.
-You think nothing of it in spring and fall to be stuck behind a farm implement driving on the roads. You should see my dad, though... when he drives he would make the Newark list really easily.
-High school basketball game draws a bigger crowd on the weekend nights than movie theaters.
-Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
-The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page, but requires 6 for local sports.
-You can repeat the scores of the last 8 IU games, but unless the MVP is a Hoosier, you are not sure who he is.
-You can see at least 2 basketball hoops from your yard.
-You can name every one of Bob Knight's "exploits" over the last few years. Who?
-You shop at Marsh.
-Damon Bailey was your childhood hero.
-The biggest question of your youth was "IU or Purdue".
-Indianapolis is the "big city".
-"Getting caught by a train" is a legitimate excuse for being late to school.
-Everyone knows who the town cop is, where he lives & whether he is at home or on duty.
-To get to school you had to drive on a gravel road, a road with several right-angle turns in it, or if you were really lucky, over a covered bridge.
-To you, a raccoon is simply a "coon."
-The vehicle of choice in your area is not a car, but a pickup.
-You are a BIG John Mellencamp fan (but still call him Johnny Cougar).
-You've been to the Covered Bridge Festival.
-You took backroads to get there. Why sit in traffic?Why skimp on all the scenery you could wish for? Especially the south fork of the South Platte... why go to Yosemite when you can just drive ten miles?
-To you, a tenderloin is not an expensive cut of beef, but a big, salty, breaded piece of pork served on a bun with pickles and mustard.
-You call a green pepper a "mango".
-In the fall, one of your favorite pranks was corning cars.
-You know what corning is.
-Wal-Mart is the most exciting place in your hometown.That would be Safeway.
-Technically, you don't even live in a town.
-You know what FFA stands for.</b>And I support them heartily!
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