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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
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    How to tell if you're from _________.

    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Cyburbian JNL's avatar
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    These are pretty accurate

    If you're a New Zealander...

    You go to church for weddings and funerals, and possibly have a vague belief in God, but anyone talking excessively about religion is suspected of being mentally unstable.

    It seems natural to you that the telephone system, railroads, airlines, and power companies are privately run, and that there aren't any auto manufacturers any more. You might be concerned that all these companies are owned by foreigners, but you can't see things changing.

    You think a tax level of 33% for high earners is reasonable.

    You seriously expect to be able to transact business, or deal with the government, without paying bribes.

    If a politician has been cheating on his wife, you'd lose a lot of respect for him but wouldn't necessarily expect him to resign. The slightest hint of anything illegal, though, and you'd expect him to be sacked immediately.

    You can count on excellent medical treatment in an emergency, but you vaguely expect a wait of decades for anything non-urgent. You might have private health insurance to get around this. You think of the health service as run-down and shambolic, yet you know you're not going to die of any Third World disease. Dying at 65 would be a tragedy.

    You used to hear about the military only when the wings fell off their planes or the Army couldn't shoot a wild dog. Now you get touching images of peacekeepers in a place you couldn't find on the map. You can't name any New Zealand military figure (except for WWII hero Charles Upham and Private Leonard Manning, who was shot dead by militia in East Timor). You don't expect the military to get involved in politics.

    You are not a farmer. Farming is a very prominent industry, though. There are advertisements for sheep drenches on prime time TV, and politicians blame recessions on the weather. You probably know someone with either a full-scale farm or a small "lifestyle block".

    You don't care what family someone comes from. You do care what they do for a living.

    Christmas is in the summer. You eat a roast turkey dinner in the blazing noon heat and lie around semi-comatose all afternoon.

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    Wow, I just read though a few of those... and I am a bit worried. I fit the American and Canadian one. I guess growing up in the “UP” had caused a more open mind when it comes to international relations. As it is, in the “UP” a person can still use Canadian chance at any place that will take money. *even though it worth less. Professional hockey was started in Houghton, and the longest dog sled race in the continental US starts in Marquette, goes to Escanaba, and back. (UP 200) Oh, and we drink a lot of beer!
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    ...Albany when...

    (these lists kick around here a lot it seems...)

    You've ever been to Larkfest or the Tulip Festival.
    You refer to the interchange of the Thruway and the Northway as "The 24 Tolls".
    You still call the Pepsi Arena "The Knick".
    You can correctly pronounce the words Kosciuszko, Cohoes, Coeymans, and Kayaderosseras.
    You know what The Egg is.
    You know what and where Nipper is.
    You expect to see nothing but grey between the months of November and May.
    You remember when Crossgates was only half as big as it is now. Bonus points if you know what store was there before Best Buy.
    You've ever rooted for the River Rats.
    You grew up on Channels 6, 10, and 13.
    The word "dredge" immediately conjures up thoughts of GE.
    Spring means potholes.
    You never expect them to pass the budget on time.
    You are only mildly irritated by double-parked cars.
    You know the 3 closest Stewart's shops to your house.
    You've ever eaten something from Freihoffer's or Breugers.
    You know where the governor's house is.
    You've never called I-87 anything other than "The Northway".
    Okay, maybe you've called it "The Thruway", too. Depends which side of Albany you're from.
    You know when there's going to be traffic on the Twin Bridges.
    You know that there are two different Route 7s off the Northway. Bonus if you know there used to only be one.
    Hippo's has it.
    You know what's at "1960 Central Ave., 3 miles west of Northway exit 2W".
    "People 'auto' shop here."
    "Hurt in an auto accident? You know who to call..."
    You know what SPAC stands for.
    Siena moving up to Division 1 was a big deal.
    You go to or know someone who goes to UAlbany.
    You know what SUNY means.
    You know what a Karner Blue is.
    You know what a pine barren is and where you can find one.
    You've ever gone up in the Corning Tower.
    You know where Buildings 1, 2, 3, and 4 are.
    The name Arbor Hill doesn't bring anything plant-related to mind.
    You've ever taken the Crosstown.
    You know where the Stockade is.
    You know which city is the Collar City and which is the Electric City.
    Sunday, 5:00 PM, Exit 24 Tolls: I thought everyone had E-ZPass by now...
    You've spent the equivalent of the GDP of Nicaragua trying to win a stuffed animal at the Great Escape.
    You think Saratoga is classy.
    You know Colonie Center is the mall to be seen trying to not be seen.
    You or someone you know has grandparents in Amsterdam.
    Your parents have asked you to consider SUNY Plattsburgh.
    Your goal was to be the Gazette's Student Athlete of the Week.
    If you're from Schenectady then Troy might as well be Mars to you and vice versa.
    Milk = Stewart's, Cookies = Freihofer's. End of story.
    You can't give directions to Albany Med to save your life.
    It doesn't bother you that the Northway has no Exit 3.
    It also doesn't bother you that Central Ave. is State Street at the other end.
    January Regents Week holds a special place in your heart.
    You know that somehow Sand Creek Road is the shortcut to everywhere.
    You know the school colors of every school in your division.
    If there's a chance of a snow day then every radio in your house is tuned to WGY.
    You've argued with your parents to take the car out in the middle of a blizzard.
    You refer to the place where I-87 crosses the Mohawk River as "The Twins".
    You remember Ranger Danger (say, isn't he on Pyx 106 now?)
    You can name 5 schools in the Suburban Council.
    You have an ingrained taste for concrete architecture.
    You know "The Track" is The August Place To Be.
    You know it's "Awl -buh-nee", not "Al -buh-nee" or, even worse, "All-ben-nee".
    You can think of at least 4 different ways to get to Stuyvesant Plaza from the same starting point.
    You know what "Harvard on the Hudson" is.
    You remember when Hannaford was still Shop 'n' Save.
    You consider walking to the Plaza on the 4th of July because you know it'll be about the same time to drive there and find a spot to park.
    You know that Mason & Sheehan isn't a cheap Champagne.
    You know what a guy Ken Goewey is.
    You know that AirTite Windows knocked Resnick's sign down (but then put it back up).
    You know who Nina (of Manchester) and her husband are, and how they sell diamonds for less than 33%.
    Everybody likes Jack Byrne.
    You thought Hoffman's Playland was the bomb as a child.
    You know that "The Berkshire Spur" isn't a foot ailment.
    You know that "My dad Terry Morris is still number one!"
    You’ve eaten at Bomber’s one too many times.
    You’re bummed that the Firebirds left.
    You know that you do nothing but eat and drink at the Pump Station.

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