Thursday, July 30, 2009

You Know You're From

One day, many years ago, when my best friend (who I will call C because that is her initial) and I lived in a 5th floor walk-up on the Upper East Side, she was on the phone with her then-boyfriend, now-husband, and he asked how I was. "How's my roommate?" she repeated, looking at me across the room. "My roommate is wearing diamond earrings with a sweatshirt. Because she is from Connecticut." She knew the signs, see, because she was from Connecticut herself.

Back when those lists of "You know you're from X Place When..." were the big thing, I read some of the Connecticut ones. I never related to them. Though admittedly that could have been because I wasn't, strictly speaking, from Connecticut. But since moving back here, I've been thinking of them more and more. So here are some of my own, starting with C's observation of years ago.

You Know You're From CT When:

1) You wear diamond earrings with a sweatshirt.
2) You drive east and call it north.
3) You have both a MetroCard and a Charlie Card in your wallet.
4) You haven't pronounced a consonant at the end of a word in years.
5) You think noticeable makeup and styled hair are the height of trashy.
6) You don't slow down or move over for vehicles stopped in the breakdown lane. [Update: CT has since imported this annoying law, unfortunately.]
7) When the Yankees play the Red Sox, you feel like you live in the Balkans.
8) You know that Mohegan Sun is nicer than Foxwoods.
9) You panic when you go to a state that doesn't have Dunkin' Donuts.
10) You leave your bag unattended in your shopping cart while you walk around the Stop & Shop.
11) You got that bag at the Coach outlet at Clinton Crossing.
12) You know the story of the Charter Oak and actually secretly think it's kind of cool.
13) You have CL&P's emergency number programmed into your phone.
14) You have, while living in another state or country, said "You can take the girl out of Connecticut, but you can't take the Connecticut out of the girl."
15) You said the above because someone discovered you owned more than one L.L. Bean Boat & Tote bag.
16) You think it's weird that supermarkets in other places don't cover their beer with a little curtain on Sundays. [Update: CT has since gotten rid of this silly law, fortunately.]
17) You have either climbed over, fallen off of, or injured yourself on, a stone wall.
18) You think sand consists of rocks, broken shells, and seaweed.
19) You pack three coats of various weights for a weekend trip.
20) When someone from Massachusetts says Connecticut isn't really New England, you get offended and splutter "Hey, Masshole...we were the Provisions State!"
21) You know how to pronounce Coventry and Berlin correctly, but you don't, because you're not from Coventry or Berlin.
22) You think county sheriffs are something they made up for old Westerns.
23) You remember having dark blue license plates, stopping for tolls at the New York border, being "full of surprises," and the days when the Danbury Fair Mall was just the Danbury Fair.
24) It does not strike you as strange when people consider towns 20 minutes away from their home to be essentially unexplored foreign lands.
25) When you were little you couldn't understand how Canada could have a Yukon too.

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