You Know You’re From Philadelphia If……

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  • You’ve never referred to Philadelphia as anything but “Philly.” And New Jersey has always been “Jersey.”
  • You refer to Pennsylvania as “PA” (pronounced Peeay).How many other states do that?
  • You know what “Punxsutawney Phil” ( A Ground Hog ) is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
  • The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
  • You can use the phrase “fire hall wedding reception” and not even bat an eye.
  • You can’t go to a wedding without hearing the “Chicken Dance,” at least 1 Polka and either an Italian song (sung in Italian,) or “Hava Nagila.”
  • At least 5 people on your block have electric “candles” in all or most of their windows all year long.
  • You know what a “Hex sign” is.
  • You know what a “State Store” is, and your out of state friends find it incredulous that you can’t purchase liquor at the mini-mart.
  • You own only three condiments “salt, pepper and Heinz ketchup”.
  • Words like “hoagie”, “crick”, “chipped ham”, “sticky buns”, “shoo-fly pie”, “pierogies” and “pocketbook” actually mean something to you.
  • You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same. (Those from NY find this “barbaric”.)
  • You not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you know it comes in several colors: Red, White, Brown, Gold.
  • you know several places to purchase or that serve Scrapple, Summer Sausage (Lebanon Bologna), and Hot Bacon Dressing.
  • You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor without fear and enjoy it.
  • You know the difference between a cheese steak & a pizza steak sandwich and a Primanti’s, and know that you can’t get a really good one outside PA.
  • You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
  • Customers ask the waitress for “dippy eggs” for breakfast.
  • You know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Moon, Virginville, Paradise, Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns.
  • You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is.
  • You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, Ohio,or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.
  • A traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County.
  • You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
  • You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
  • You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snow brush in your trunk, even if you live in the south.
  • Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  • As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were.
  • Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, & Italian names.
  • “You guys” and “ynz” is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.
  • You know how to respond to the question “Djeetyet?” (Didyoueatyet?)
  • You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, Conshohocken, and Monongahela.
  • You know what a “Mummer” is, and are disappointed if you can’t catch at least highlights of the parade.
  • (http://www.emmitsburg.net/humor/archives/ykyf/ykyf_3.htm#You%20know%20you%20are%20from%20Philadelphia%20when…)
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