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How To Tell If You're From Massachusetts  
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 23
Posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Another one from my e-mail archieves; this one focuses on my previous home state. Note that some of the references predate the Red Sox winning the World Series last October.

Feel free to add a few more.

How to tell if you're from Massachusetts.........

1) The person driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you are
cursing him for going too slow.

2) The fact that Route 128 and I-95 are pretty much the same thing
doesn't confuse you.

3) When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke...not quinine water.

4) You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.

5) You almost feel disappointed when someone doesn't flip you the bird
when you cut them off or steal their parking space.

6) You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester,
Billerica, Haverhill, Barre and Cochituate.

7) You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday in order to get beer.

8) You know that there are two Bulger brothers, and that they're both crooks.

9) You know what they sell at a packie.

10) You knew that there was no chance in hell that the Patriots would
move to Hartford.

11) You laugh at all the other states in New England.

12) You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink
after last call.

13) You can actually find your way around Boston.

14) You have gone to at least one party at UMass.

15) The curse of the Bambino is taught in public schools.

16) You refer to the New York Yankees as the Devil's spawn, or
something worse.

17) Colleges are used as landmarks for directions, i.e., Go past MIT
until you hit Harvard. Take a right and go past Lesley. Keep going
until you get to Tufts (actual directions).

18) Doug Flutie is the greatest athlete ever.

19) Evacuation Day is a recognized holiday.

20) You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud or Seamus.

21) You think the rest of the country owes you for Thanksgiving and
Independence Day.

22) You laughed at the kids down south who never got snow days.

23) You feel that the rest of the world needs to drive more like you.

24) You know The Beanpot is a hockey tournament, not a serving
container.

25) You have never been to Cheers.

26) You can recognize a girl from Revere simply by her hair.

27) You remember exactly where you were when the ball rolled through
Buckner's legs.

28) You know that there is a bigger difference between Roxbury and West
Roxbury than just a compass direction.

29) Somebody calls UMass "ZooMass" and you take it as a compliment.

30) When the words "WICKED" and "GOOD" go together.

31) When you pray for the Red Sox to win the World Series not this
season, but in your lifetime. We now have to cross this one off the list.

33) When you know how to make a frappe.

34) When you know that "Big Dig" is also a kind of ice cream you can
get at Brigham's.

35) When you actually know how to merge from 6 lanes of traffic down to one.

36) When you know what "Southie" is. And how it is different from the
South End.

37) When you are proud to drink Sam Adams and think that the rest of
the country owes Bostonians a big thank you.

38) When St. Patrick's Day is your favorite holiday.

39) When you never go to "Cape Cod", you go "down the Cape".

40) If you cried when Boston Garden was torn down.

41) When you think that Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter are
more evil than Whitey Bulger.

42) You went to Old Sturbridge Village, Plimouth Plantation, or both,
on a field trip in grammar school.

43) You're aware that there is a town, somewhere in Massachusetts,
named Brimfield where they have the biggest outdoor antique market in the
world.

44) You can drive to the mountains and the ocean all in one day.
(But who'd want to?)

45) You have a special place in your heart for the Worcester
firefighters.

46) If you live in Charlton City, most likely 99% of your family does
as well.

47) You know that the Mass Pike is some sort of strange weather
dividing line.

48) You know that P Town isn't the name of a new rap group.

49) You know that Ludlow is 90% Portuguese and that Fall River is 90%
Lebanese.

And, the final and most important way to know that you are from
Massachusetts...

50) You do not recognize the letter "R" as a part of the English
language.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10350 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Yeah, I've got about 39 of those that apply to me. But hey, I went to college in California.

I'd also say:

51.) That you know of a holiday called Patriots Day.

But I don't actually know how much of the country has that - I just know that no one at school had heard of it.

EDIT: 52.) They increased the max speed in the state from 55 to 65, and you still drive 80

~Vik

[Edited 2005-01-04 01:58:43]


How can I be an admiral without my cap??!
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

19) Evacuation Day is a recognized holiday

Which is also known as St. Patrick's Day. Of all the cities in the country, they don't think of it that way...instead it's known as Evacuation Day, when the Brits left town during the Revolutionary War era.


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

53. You nominate a BS candidate from your state and cry when he doesn't win  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

54. You pak the cah in the yad.

-Delta767300ER

BTW, I love the Mass. accent and I am in no way picking on them!


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

1a - You flip the bird to someone who doesn't know proper traffic rules and goes 5 under the speed limit (I flipped the bird to a person like this about 10 times, and honked at him a few times as well).

And of course, driving today on the freeway, I was getting disgruntled when someone was clogging up the highway (and by clogging up the highway, I mean going 75...I wasn't alone on this count too).

Jeff


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Well there's one good thing we can take from those Mass. people...I do drive well over the speed limit, and get pissed when someone feels the need to go the actual limit  Pissed I mean, who does that anymore?

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineAAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I will not be able to contribute to how to tell but I will contribute to how you know you've been there and that is that you have eaten at Legal Seafood....

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

You're only half-right about Doug Flutie.

Not only is he the greatest athlete ever, he's also the cutest athlete ever.


User currently offlineBoeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

You can go to a Red Sox-Devil Rays game in Fenway, and still get a good "Yankees Suck" cheer going

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

51.) That you know of a holiday called Patriots Day.

But I don't actually know how much of the country has that - I just know that no one at school had heard of it.


It's a holiday that is observed only in Massachusetts; the third Monday in the month of April... the same day that the Boston Marathon is run.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

50a. The 'r' is observed in places where it shouldn't. Example: "The weatha down in Florider is nice this time of yeah." The idea is that when one word ends with a vowel sound and the following word begins with a vowel sound you need what's called a "linking r" to bring the two sounds together as we're too lazy to actually pronounce each individual sound.

LH423



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

55. You can legally marry your life partner, regardless of their gender.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

55) Your other Senator, allegedly drunk, couldn't rescue Mary Jo Kopechne from drowning..........supposedly.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1376 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

LH423,

Actually any non-Rhotic accent (that is an accent where they don't pronounce 'r's) will put Rs in between two vowels. We do it in New Yawk too.

Although not from Mass, I can add one more to the list.

You can name at least one song that Jonathan Richman wrote other than 'Roadrunner'



I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

56. You actually think James Taylor is masculine.
57. You are a Kennedy cousin.



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlinePalm90 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

58. You mourn the loss of local stores like Zayres, Lechmere, and Bradlees.

59. You pronounce the cities of Worcester "Wooster" and Medford "Medfud".

60. You remember where you where and what you were doing on February 8-9, 1978.

61. You know that Rte 128 is known as "America's Technology Highway".

62. You know that "big hair country" refers to the cities of Braintree, Quincy, and Revere.



We're through the looking glass here, people. White is black and black is white.
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

59. You pronounce the cities of Worcester "Wooster" and Medford "Medfud".

Actually, Worcester residents pronounce their city as "Wister".

63. You pronounce the town of Leicester as "Lester".





"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlinePalm90 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

64. You refer to the City of Cambridge as "The People's Republic of Cambridge" and the Town of Milton as "Toasterville" (think Kellogg's Pop-Tarts)


We're through the looking glass here, people. White is black and black is white.
User currently offlineBravo7e7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

65. When Ted Kennedy is your conservative senator.

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