Friday, June 11, 2004 Philadelphia Somewhat apropos of my last post and the comments on it, I dug up my "You know you're ________ when..." for Philadelphia, which J. and I came up with a year or so ago. This isn't one of those lists that's been e-mailed all over the Internet since 1997; we thought of all of the items independently, although some of them may turn out not to be unique. And I decided that "You know you're from Philadelphia when..." didn't really sum up the spirit of the city, so I gave it the title
You've been in Philadelphia too long when...
You use a red light as a left turn signal.
You know the difference between the gayborhood and Queen Village.
At a sporting event, you consider throwing things at the halftime entertainment a legitimate form of music criticism.
Even if the halftime entertainment is Santa Claus.
You know what's in scrapple and you eat it anyway.
You know what you're getting when you order your cheesesteak "Cheez Whiz wit'."
You say "youse" without irony.
You can pronounce Schuylkill, Conshohocken, and Passyunk, although you can't necessarily spell them.
You think any mayor is doing a good job if he hasn't actually bombed the city.
You see nothing silly about hundreds of middle-aged blue-collar men wearing sequins and feathers, playing banjos, and dancing in the street to celebrate New Year's Day.