Living in Michigan

It’s cold this morning. VERY cold. Like 19 degrees F cold. Brrrrr. The two cold bluebirds in the picture did not like the weather here last Thanksgiving. Hope they have flown south for this Thanksgiving! We have had snow already!

That’s Michigan. Where are YOU from? Is it cold there? Darilyn lives in Hawaii, and yesterday on her blog she posted that “We’re melting a little. It’s right around 85F and 50% humidity.”

I’ll take some of that heat. You can keep your humidity, though!

Ever wonder what it’s like in Michigan? Here’s a little joke thing that’s traveling the Internet. Funny, but far too true.

You Know You’re From Michigan When…

  • You define summer as three months of bad sledding.
  • You think Alkaline batteries were named for a Tiger outfielder.
  • You can identify an Ohio accent.
  • Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six pack and a bucket of smelt.
  • Owning a Japanese car is a hanging offense in your hometown.
  • You know how to play (and pronounce) Euchre.
  • The Big Mac is something that you drive across.
  • You believe that “down south” means Toledo.
  • You bake with soda and drink pop.
  • You drive 75 on the highway and you pass on the right.
  • Your Little League baseball game was snowed out.
  • You learned how to drive a boat before you learned how to ride a bike.
  • You know how to pronounce “Mackinac”. (Clue to non-Michiganders: The “nac” is pronounced “naw”
  • The word “thumb” has a geographical rather than ananatomical s ignificance.
  • You have experienced frostbite and sunburn in the sameweek.
  • You expect Vernor’s when you order ginger ale.
  • You know that Kalamazoo not only exists, but that it isn’t far from Hell.
  • Your favorite holidays are Christmas, Thanksgiving,the opening of deer season and Devil’s Night.
  • Your snowmobile, lawn mower and fishing boat all have big block Chevy engines.
  • At least one person in your family disowns you for the week of the Michigan/Michigan State football game.
  • You know what a millage is.
  • Traveling coast to coast means driving from Port Huron to Muskegon.
  • Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.
  • You show people where you grew up by pointing to a spot on your left hand.
  • You know what a “Yooper” is.
  • You know what a “Troll” is.
  • Your car rusts out before you need the brakes done.
  • Half the people you know say they are from Detroit… yet you don’t personally know anyone who actually lives in Detroit.
  • “Up North” means north of Clare.
  • You know what a pastie is.
  • You occasionally cheer “Go Lions- and take the Tigers with you.”
  • Snow tires come standard on all your cars.
  • At least 25% of your relatives work for the auto industry.
  • You don’t understand what the big deal about Chicago is.
  • Octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hotdogs and baseball.
  • You know more about chill factors and lake effect than you’d EVER like to know!
  • You measure distance in time rather than miles.
  • Your snowblower has more miles on it than your car.
  • Shoveling the driveway constitutes a great upper body workout.
  • When giving directions, you refer to “A Michigan Left.”
  • You know when it has rained because of the smell of worms.
  • You never watch the Weather Channel – you can just assume they’re wrong .
  • The snowmen you make in your front yard actually freeze. Solid.
  • The snow freezes so hard that you can actually walk across it and not break it or leave any marks.
  • All your shoes are called “tennis shoes”, even though no one here plays tennis anyway.
  • Your major school field trip includes camping and cross-country skiing.
  • Half your friends have a perfect sledding hill right in their own backyard.
  • You laugh when people call 50 degrees F cold.
  • The idea of a Christmas without snow is just sacreligious.

Now… if you don’t get these then, well, you’re not really from Michigan.

What’s it like where you are?

6 thoughts on “Living in Michigan

  1. I feel for you Caron – that is cold – I remember that kind of cold I grew up in Wisconsin – but now I live in Arkansas where I woke up to an unnatural 25 degrees this morning. We are having a cold spell that will last all of 2 days – will be around 45 today and tomorrow and 22 to 25 last night and tonight — I can’t wait for it to get back into the 50’s like it normally is about now and high 30’s at night. I haven’t looked out on the porch but I have a feeling my Boston ferns have finally bit the dust!Karen


  2. I know there are many others, but here is the one I think of right away . . . “One knows you are from the northwest when it takes you more that three words to order your coffee.”


  3. OMG! I loved your Michigan facts. I’ve seen some of these of course but not all. I got a chuckle out of these. I live in the Anchor Bay area (Chesterfield Twp.) Howdy neighbor!Diana


  4. New Mexico here……………way south of you and a bit west. But I also live at 7000 feet elevation and it is pretty darned cold here too! Running the fireplace to keep the house warm.You are surrounded by water…………we have none! We are surrounded by cacti, rattlesnakes and rocks. Did I mention that I love it here!!


  5. Gingerale…being Verners, funny, we had friends come to the cottage this summer and guess what he drank, yep Verners, but I had never heard of it. Our Loblaws which has PChoice products sells gingerale and he swore it was Verners.So cold and yes I read the Hawaii blog, told her to stop complaining, I would rather be there than here, wouldn’t you?Thanks for nice blog.


  6. What a fun post this is, Caron – love that shot with the bluebirds on the wooden fence!I grew up in the tropics where temperature is 90-100 all year round with 80-100% humidity, including Christmas!Thanks for visiting – it’s lovely to hear from you again. If we don’t chat again before Thanksgiving, you have a good one!


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