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Friday, June 11, 2004 
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.
  • You think New York is for sissies.

[ at 3:50 PM • by Abby • permalink  ]

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