Sunday, January 15, 2012

You might live in Idaho if...

We've all heard Jeff Foxworthy's standup routine about "You might be a redneck if..." and a lot of us Southerners can relate. Now that we're living in Idaho, there's a whole new set of "Foxworthy-isms" that were printed in a local newspaper recently which made me chuckle.

I'm pretty sure these are a parody of the "redneck" routine and have been circulated about a lot of different states; but they're funny nonetheless. Just for kicks, I'm repeating them here with my own take on the situation as a newcomer to Idaho:

1. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Idaho. 
So true...this is one of the friendliest places I've ever seen. We rarely have to ask for help before someone's offering. And I can't tell you the number of times I've come home from shopping with names and phone numbers of complete strangers that I met in the checkout line who want to socialize with us.
2. If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Idaho.
Honest to goodness, I've seen it here.
3. If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Idaho.
Before we moved here, I'd be snippy with someone who accidentally dialed our number and insisted they had the right number. (I know, not very nice, right?) Now I'll sit and chat with them for a minute. Go figure.  
4.  If you measure distance in hours, you live in Idaho.
Considering that it takes us half an hour to get to the nearest post office or grocery store, this is a fair statement. 
5. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Idaho.
You can't shake a stick without seeing a deer here, but Idahoans are pretty careful drivers, in general.
6. If you have switched from "heat" to "A/C" and back again in the same day, you live in Idaho.
It might be more accurate to say, "If your idea of A/C is opening a window, you live in Idaho." And on the highway in the summer, we're usually the only ones with our windows closed...using real A/C. Can you say, "tourist"?
7. If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both unlocked, you live in Idaho.
True. People routinely leave their houses and cars unlocked here. But not us.
8. If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Idaho.
Our first winter has been so mild that I can't personally verify this. But I wouldn't doubt it one little bit. In fact, my crazy Canadian husband is anxious to give it a shot.
9. If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Idaho.
Idaho can get its first snow of the year in October, so I wouldn't doubt this one at all.
10. If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph, you're going 80, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Idaho.
Not true. Idahoans generally are very cautious drivers. If the speed limit is 55 and you're going 60, you're probably passing everyone on the highway, especially up here in the Panhandle. Honest.
11. If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Idaho.
Sad, but true.
12. If you know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Idaho.
The locals would say "true" because I've had this one repeated to me before when we first moved here. I'd say "false" because this is the first year of my life that I've actually enjoyed all four seasons...each was exactly what you'd expect. Spring was cool and wet, summer was hot and and dry and gorgeous, fall was cool and beautiful, and winter has been cold (but not much snow yet). And the road construction has not been too bad...if they want to see horrible road construction delays, they should try driving in North Carolina.
13. If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly", you live in Idaho.
True. See #2 above. I'm usually wearing way more than the locals; it's that "delicate Southern flower" thing.
I'll have to add one more to the list:

14. If you see scenery like this all the time and don't think much of it, you live in Idaho:

We started moving to Idaho last spring and were finally official residents in June. It's the best thing we've ever done...we just wish we'd done it sooner!



  1. How beautiful it looks there, Pam. I am glad that
    you're so happy in your new home.

  2. Oh Pam this made me giggle. I live in Wisconsin but can relate to EVERY single one of these! EXCEPT the beautiful picture. I look out my window and see open field with a few deer sprinkled in here and there! Katie

  3. I had to laugh on a couple of those as they are true here glad you love Idaho..we have seriously thought about moving to Idaho..maybe when the housing market comes back..who knows..I do love living here though..but would like to be closer to family in utah..and oh boy is their construction in utah..and it seems like the same construction for like 20 years..I have all my stuff uploaded to my I just need to sit down and start scrapbooking.I want to make calenders for my little sister and myself..;) we just got hit with snow..check out my posting for today.:)

  4. Same here, Pam, just change it to "you must live in Pennsylvania", except for your pic. But we do have lots of mountains, yours are different than ours!!!! lol So, our weather is about the same!!!!

  5. What a cute post...and amazing scenery! We went for a drive today and our views were very different! That's what I love about living in the US and can see so many different places! Enjoy your week, my friend! ♥

  6. I have to laugh because every one of these applies to Colville where I live, all so true too!!

  7. LOVE it!!! Thanks for the chuckle this morning! Alot of them applied to Missouri too! HA


  8. Pam,
    That was hillarious. I may have to come up with somethings like that for IL.



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