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You Know You’re a Floridian If…

The past few weeks have had us wondering if we're living in South Carolina or in Florida because of the very high temps. This past weekend we finally got the break we'd been waiting for as the daytime highs moved into the 70s and low 80s instead of the 90s we'd been having! Phew! Right before that happened, I received for a subscriber what I'm posting today. I'm assured that most of this is how things really are in Florida!

You know you're a Floridian if...

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

Anything under 70 degrees Fahrenheit is chilly.

You pass on the right and honk at the elderly, but pull over for a funeral.

You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You could swim before you could read.

You have to drive north to get to The South.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You've gotten out of school early on Halloween to trick or treat before it got dark.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

You dread lovebug season.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Ivan, and Hurricane Jeanne, but Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.

You know what a snowbird is and you are not crazy about them.

You know why flamingos are pink.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

You were twelve before you ever saw snow, or you still haven't.

"Down South" means Key West.

"Panhandling" means going to Pensacola.

You think nobody over 90 should be allowed to drive.

Flip-flops are everyday wear.

Shoes are for business meetings and church.

No, wait, flip flops are good for church too, unless it's Easter or Christmas.

Sweet tea can be served at any meal.

An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.

You smirk when a game show's "Grand Prize" is a trip or cruise to Florida.

You measure distance in minutes.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

All the local festivals are named after a fruit.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.

You know the four seasons really are: almost summer, summer, not summer but really hot, and February.

It's not soda, cola, or pop. It's coke, regardless of brand or flavor - "What kinda coke you want?"

Anything under 95 is just warm.

You've hosted a hurricane party.

You go to a theme park for an afternoon and know when to get on the best rides. (Space Mountain during the Electric Light Parade!)

You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Ichnatucknee, and Withlacoochee.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include: various fish, NRA, Nascar, Go Gators, and a confederate flag.

You were 5 before you realized they made houses without pools.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

You get angry when people say " Florida isn't really part of the SOUTH."

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.

You know what the "stingray shuffle" is, and why it's important!

You recognize Miami-Dade as "Northern Cuba."


Our daughter Megan sent us some new pictures of grandson Drew the other day. Here are a couple of our favorites from that batch.

Drew discovers his feet for the first time...

Drew being pleasant while modeling some clothes he'll need when colder weather hits Michigan...

Grandma and I are thrilled that Megan and Drew will be coming to spend a few days with us at the end of next week, right before Grandpa's birthday! I'm sure I'll have some more pictures to post during and/or after that visit.


"Worldliness is temporal living, making love choices for things that will pass." - Dr. Bruce McAllister

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12 Comments on “You Know You’re a Floridian If…”

  1. #1 Rochelle
    on Sep 17th, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    oh my goodness…as a Floridian I died laughing. I disagree with a few, but yes most of them are true. I do wonder if Mr. Loach can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Ichnatucknee, or Withlacoochee. And as for the weather, I’m freezing here in South Carolina. I broke out the knee socks and a jacket this weekend.

  2. #2 Robin
    on Sep 17th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    As a NATIVE Floridian, I identified with EVERY item on the list – except for the pink flamingos. If there is another Floridian out there who can explain that one to me, please share!! Of course, back in the day, we didn’t even wear flip flops — a true Floridian can walk on blacktop barefoot and hardly notice! Thanks for bringing it all back – except the cockroaches. (And if there is anyone out there who doubts that one – you’ve NEVER lived in Florida!)

  3. #3 Tammy
    on Sep 17th, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Pretty good list!!

    Love the one about snow!

  4. #4 Anna Grace
    on Sep 17th, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    YES!! This is all true. And the flamingos are as pink as they are because they are given vitamins with beta carotene that turn them pinker than they are naturally. (I think I learned that on a 3rd grade field trip to Sunken Gardens in Sarasota. Our school also took trips to Disney World from time to time – it was less expensive 20 years ago! 🙂 )

    We didn’t have blacktop on our street – it was sand and shell, and we ran on it as kids. The only thing that bothered our feet some were the sandspurs at the beach. We became more faithful at the stingray shuffle after my sister got the point once. I do admit to feeding the seagulls from time to time. It’s fun when they take it right out of your hand. The trick is to do it at the END of your beach visit so you don’t have them circling you like vultures the whole time you are there. And always take food in packaging that doesn’t crinkle in the slightest. They can hear that for miles. 🙂

    Thanks for the accurate representation!

  5. #5 Andy
    on Sep 17th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    These are pretty funny, mostly cause they are very true!

    I’m a floridian and Withlacoochee was one of my first words.

  6. #6 Sarah
    on Sep 17th, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    I died! It’s soo true! I was 12 when I first saw snow, it was in Atlanta, GA. Florida really isn’t part of the South, its the third peninsula of Michigan. Oh, and flamingos are pink because of their diet.

  7. #7 Zina
    on Sep 18th, 2007 at 5:26 am

    I learned about the flamingos also in Sarasota but it was Jungle Gardens! I loved growing up in Florida. I also like the change of seasons just about anywhere else you live! Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  8. #8 B.J.
    on Sep 18th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Oh how I laughed! I’m a native Floridian, too, and agree with these comments! Yup, I remember getting a tricycle for Christmas when I was three and a half, and immediately riding it down the street. In shorts of course! I learned to swim when I was only 6 weeks old, and was a fish ever since, until I moved out of state, and away from water. Had alligators waltzing all over the neighborhood, and even got to inspect one’s dental work up close, unfortunately, when it tried to take my foot off! Thankfully, I moved back quickly enough. And it was a small gator. Only about 4-1/2 feet. I lived near the Pithlaschascotee River. Try that one! And Florida IS part of the south, if you are not around the outer edges. Then, yes, just another annex of Michigan, Ohio, and New York!
    Thanks for such fun memories!

  9. #9 Melissa
    on Sep 18th, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Yes, these definitely are true! I love the one about the winter coat! I remember I totally froze my freshman year at BJ, and it was then that I went out and bought my first real winter coat–oh, and scarf and gloves. The part about using A/C on Christmas is true, too! Last year, I remember that it was warm, muggy, and rainy on Christmas. That made it a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit, but we managed just fine.:)

  10. #10 Robin
    on Sep 19th, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for the info about the flamingos! I grew up in northern Florida (actually “southern” Florida) so we didn’t have the flamingos! Also, we dealt more with wilds boars than alligators! You didn’t mention them! And I had forgotten the sandspurs!!! Thanks, Anna Grace, for the reminder! Florida and sandspurs should always be mentioned in the same breath! And how about all the dead armadillos on the roads? I got to thinking about all the Christmases we spent going to the beach and playing football in the sand, and realized that Christmas isn’t snow and icicles. When I lived there, I thought it was. I now realize it’s what you make it — I have wonderful memories!

  11. #11 Monique
    on Sep 22nd, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Absolutely true! The only exception to a Cat 3 not being worth waking up for is if you live in a trailer. Then, even a Cat 1 can do some damage.

  12. #12 Meg
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Over Thanksgiving, I was visiting my great aunt. While I was there, she kept trying to get ALL of us to put on sweaters. It probably was 66 degrees F outside. She was wearing robes and sweaters all day.