Missing the Rainy State

November 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm 2 comments


Sometimes I really miss Oregon. REALLY miss it. I found this list (thanks mom!) and had to share it for some joy!! You know you are from Oregon when….

  1. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
  2. You use the statement “sun break” and know what it means.
  3. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
  4. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
  5. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
  6. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” signal.
  7. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.
  8. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima, and Willamette.
  9. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
  10. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark—while only working eight-hour days.
  11. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
  12. You are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”
  13. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation
  14. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
  15. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
  16. You notice, “The mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
  17. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
  18. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
  19. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
  20. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or people from california
  21. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.
  22. You measure distance in hours.
  23. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
  24. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).
  25. Your grandparents drive at 65 mph through a rain storm without flinching.
  26. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  27. You carry jumper cables in your pickup and your wife knows how to use them.
  28. Driving is better in the winter because almost everybody stays home.
  29. You blame everything that’s not right on ex-Californians.
  30. You are sitting at a red light surrounded by Subaru Legacy Outbacks.
  31. A tree or mudslide has ever damaged your house or car.
  32. You live equidistant to a symphony hall, a winery, and a volcano.
  33. Your children learned to walk in Birkenstocks.
  34. You complain about Californians as you sell your house to one for twice as much as you originally paid.
  35. You only honk your horn if collision is imminent and never for anything else.
  36. You consider something a “hill” (not a mountain) if it doesn’t have snow on it or has not recently erupted, regardless of its altitude.
  37. You find a wallet with $500 and give it back to the owner.
  38. Know at least eight people who work for Intel or Nike, or used to work for Tektronix.
  39. You think skiing always means being covered from head to toe, in snow or water.
  40. Have ever called your insurance agent to ask if your homeowner’s policy covers falling trees, flooding, or mud slides
  41. You believe swimming is not a sport but a survival skill to prevent boating deaths.
  42. Obey all traffic laws except “keep right unless passing.”
  43. You think downtown is “scary” because you were panhandled there….once…
  44. You know that Burgerville has the best hamburgers…ever.
  45. You have only used 5 main freeways/highways: I-5, 217, 205, 26, and 84.
  46. You know that Kindergarten Cop and The Goonies were filmed in Astoria and Cannon Beach, respectively.
  47. You know where Astoria is.
  48. You think that the Beach is the best place to go for vacation, or just for a day off.
  49. You love going to the Original Pancake House….because its original….
  50. You take pride in Lewis and Clark and know who Sacagawea is.
  51. Were excited when the Crater lake, Oregon quarter came out.
  52. You went to Washington Square….just to eat lunch at Panda Express…or Scoozi.
  53. You love the smell of rain.
  54. You are the only person in the line at the grocery store who asks for paper, not plastic (because while paper “kills trees” it is recyclable, and plastic bags will sit in our landfills for the next millennia).
  55. You know the exact day you had school off because it snowed like….one inch.
  56. You have been to camp 18…or just driven by it.
  57. You are sad during christmas because it never snows in the valley.
  58. You know where the valley is.
  59. You go out of state and wait in your car for someone to pump your gas.
  60. Your state and local legislatures are republican but your state executives and national representatives are democrat.
  61. You are more concerned about packing a sweatshirt or a jacket when going to the beach than packing a bathing suit.
  62. You smile at people you don’t know as you walk by them on the sidwalk.
  63. People call you a hippy and you just smile because you can’t hear them over the grape-nuts.
  64. you make subtle remarks about washington drivers, but save your real road rage for california drivers.
  65. You’ve witnessed 300 nude bicyclists just cruising around downtown like its no big deal.
  66. You yield to pedestrians who are standing on the sidewalk.
  67. You know that it is illegal to buy or sell marijuana, but it is legal to smoke it on your own property.
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  • 1. Hillbilly Duhn  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Too Cute!

    I have family that live in Oregon. They love it. I haven’t had a chance to get there myself though, but I’ve seen tons of pics of the great state!

    Reply
  • 2. Carla  |  November 4, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    A man… I miss home! It’s almost like a long list of inside jokes – too much fun!

    Reply

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