Fish

Saturday, November 9, 2013

You know you're from Michigan when....

  • You know how to pronounce Sault St. Marie. Sault St. Marie is in the UP, like Mackinac it has a different pronunciation than what you might expect. It is pronounced Soo Saint Marie.
  • You know what a Soo Lock is. The Soo Locks are located in Sault St. Marie. They basically alter the water level to make boat navigation easier. 
  • You know a pastie is something you eat. Pasties are a food that is typically stuffed with dinner foods.
  • You knew that Mitt Romney's dad was named George, and what he did for a living. If you're REALLY good, you know that Mitt's real name is WILLARD. I personally do not know either of these answers. I read this one when I was on Google, but I thought maybe someone else knows.
  • You eat corn on the cob with home grown tomatoes for dinner in the summer. This is very true, we grow our own tomatoes and on every street corner there is a sign for corn for sale, in my opinion it beats any other summer food you can get.  
  • You know that UM's biggest rival is Ohio State. Pft, biggest rival? More like hatred and a battle to the death. I went on a trip to Ceder Point with my friend (both being huge Michigan fans) we couldnt figure out why everyone was wearing Ohio State shirts and my friend felt the need to call out "Ohio State sucks!" needless to say we forgot we were in Ohio and I'm still suprised we made it out of the line alive. 
  • You know that walleye is better than perch. Being in Michigan we know our fish, we know how to prepare it and how to find it. Just so happens walleye tastes better than perch
  • You remember when the DNR tried to establish coho salmon and introduced alewives for them to eat, and the alewives died by the millions, covering the beaches. I have no comment.....  
  • You know what a sea lamprey looks like, and what it can do to a fish. *rolls eyes* the invasive species are terrible from all the boats coming all the time.....This is very true
  • You know only a suicidal fool takes a boat onto Lake Superior in November. Ever hear the song "The Wreck of  the Edmund Fitzgerald?" THAT is why you do not take a boat on lake Superior in November 
  • You know what a lake REALLY is. YUP! I believe that wherever you are in Michigan you are at the most 5 miles from a body of water. 
  • You show people where you're from by pointing to a spot on the back of your left hand. (Especially useful if you're from the Thumb or the Little Finger.) Um, I am very guilty of this... "Where are you from in Michigan?" "WELL! Let me pull out my trusty map....I am right here, right on this freckle" 
  • You consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by. Even on the small lake I live on I have drilled through close to 18 inches of ice. I find ice fishing quite enjoyable
  • Your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March. Not going to lie this is true and depending on the year it might close in October....
  • You know that UP is a place, not a direction. U P not up how many times do I have to say it?!
  • You know it's possible to live in a  thumb. Yes yes it is
  • The only place in the world can you experience all four seasons in one day. I want to say this is over exaggerated and it is...to an extent. I remember one week recently it rained all day one day, was sunny and 80 then was like 40 the next. 
  • Your doctor tells you to  drink Vernors and you know it's not medicine. It's ginger ale what else do I have to say
  • You know what a 'party store' is. Well obviously its a liquor store. What do other people call it?
  • You've never met any celebrities. This is true for me but not everyone, my dad is a plumber and has done work for the governor, is he considered a celebrity? 
  • "Vacation" means going to Cedar Point. Yeah pretty much....and I have only been there once
  • At least one member of your family disowns you the week of the Michigan / Michigan State game. My entire family are Michigan fans, except for my cousin, we don't mention him....
  • Your idea of a traffic jam is 40 cars waiting to pass an orange barrel. Uh yeah, the roads are under construction all the time because they are worn down from the salt and water getting into cracks then expanding  
  • Half the change in your pocket is Canadian....eh? Used to be true, Michigan no longer accepts Canadian coins. I remember when I was little we used to go to a VFW and they had a bowling game there and we would use my mom's Canadian quarters to play/ 
  • You drive 86 mph on the highway and pass on the right. yeah we do. Issue?
  • You know how to play (and pronounce) Euchre. Euchre is only the best card game there is!
  • It's easy to get Vernor's ginger ale, Better Made chips, Sanders hot fudge sauce, and Faygo pop. what would Michigan be without them?
  • You know how to pronounce "Mackinac." Okay, DO NOT come up to me and say Mack-a-nak. You will punched. it is Mack-a-naw.
  • You've had to switch on the heat and the air conditioning in the same day. Well we don't use our AC because we aren't inside during the summer
  • You bake with SODA and drink POP. yeah I have also heard that some people call it Coke no matter what kind they are talking about. I-I-I don't understand
  • Your little league game was snowed out. Um no, we played in the snow....
  • The word "thumb" has geographical rather than anatomical significance.
  • Traveling coast-to-coast means driving from Port Huron to Muskegon. Hahaha yeah...guess we don't get out much.
  • You measure distance in minutes. I never realized that no one else does this when someone asks how far away I live I always say "Oh yeah, about 5 minutes" Do other people say how many miles away they are?