Thursday, October 13, 2005

You Know You're From Oklahoma If...

You know you're from Oklahoma if:

  1. You can properly pronounce Eufaula, Gotebo, Okemah, and Chickasha.
  2. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.
  3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.
  4. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
  5. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
  6. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.
  7. Stores don't have bags, they have sacks.
  8. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.
  9. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.
  10. You measure distance in minutes.
  11. You refer to the capital of Oklahoma as "The City."
  12. It doesn't bother you to use an airport named for a man who died in an airplane crash.
  13. Little smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.
  14. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.
  15. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
  16. You know cowpies are not made of beef.
  17. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.
  18. You have known someone who has had one belt buckle bigger than your fist.
  19. A bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.
  20. You know in which state Mi-am-uh is and in which state Mi-am-ee is.
  21. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.
  22. Your "place at the lake" has wheels under it.
  23. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4x4 is.
  24. You know everything goes better with Ranch.
  25. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.
  26. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin" to send them to your friends.

Finally, you are 100% Oklahoman if you have ever heard this conversation:
"You wanna coke?"
"What kind?"
"Dr. Pepper."


Sara said...

They do that "coke" thing in Texas, too! I never understood it. A Coke is a Coke. Dr. Pepper is a Dr. Pepper. But soda/pop describes both of these, so why replace the word "soda" with a brand name?

karen said...

I liked the one about the four-way stop. I bet that could apply in some places in Minnesota, too. In fact, someone who grew up in Oklahoma would be pretty much at home in Lake Wobegon. (Have you read any of Garrison Keillor's books? They are very good.

Sara said...

The wind one can apply to. Every time I go back to college and people complain about the wind I just look at them and shake my head. I've gone outside for a few minutes and come back looking like a tornado hit my hair, and in the winter the wind goes right through all the layers that you wear.

I haven't read any of his books, but I have listened to his CDs. They're hilarious. There's a Lake Wobegon store in the Mall of America where they sell all sorts of LW merchandise, from tapes to shirts to pancake mixes.

Cowboy said...

I can tell that neither one of you is a true Okie.

First of all Sara, "soda" and "pop" are yankee phrases. It's a coke. Period. Not sure where you're from, but my guess is way of Ohio.

Karen, no one that grew up in Oklahoma would be at home in Minnesota. This is for a variety of reasons, but the first one that comes to mind is the 8 MONTHS OF WINTER!!! Y'all can keep that up there. I prefer to golf on Christmas.

Would someone get me a Coke, please??

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i completely agree with cowboy

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sarah said...

oh my lord i dunno what your sayin bout the coke thing.... "pop" and "soda" are the dumbest thing i have ever heard. and i agree with cowboy on everythin.

good day means rodeo in the morning and superbowl that night! woo! said...

ha ok cowboy you are pretty much right. and we call it coke or pop depending on what place we're at. school-pop anywhere else-coke aka dr pepper. also true okies only live for a warm day. do they say y'all in minnesota? probably not. oh and you own at least 1 huntin camo jacket even if you don't hunt!

Amelia said...

i agree with cowboy... i call it coke no matter what its brand is

sunshine said...

people call it pop in oklahoma and they also say sack ive lived in oklahoma my whole life most of this stuff is true