Monday, July 24, 2006

Leaving Boston...

I've lived here long enough to relate to all of these:

If you're from Boston:

You think crosswalks are for wimps...

You think if someone is nice to you they either want something or they are from out of town and lost

You know how to cross four lanes of traffic in three seconds

You think it's not actually tailgating unless you're touching the bumper of the car in front of you

You know that a yellow light means that at least five more people can get through before the red when another two can make it

The public transportation system is known as the "T" and you'd rather drive in bumper to bumper traffic for 4 hours to get to Boston than be caught dead on the "orange line"...

You could own a small town in Iowa for the cost of your house

Subway is a fast food place

There are 24 Dunkin Donuts shops within 15 minutes of your house and that is how you give directions

You believe using your turn signals gives away your plan to the enemy

If you stay on the same road long enough it eventually has three different names

Someone has honked at you because you didn't peel out the second the light turned green

You have honked at someone because they didn't peel out the second the light turned green

Anyone going faster than you is a maniac. Anyone going slower than you is an idiot.

All the potholes just add to the excitement of driving

Stop signs mean slow down a little, but only if you want to

Six inches of snow is considered a dusting

Three days of 90 degree heat is definitely a "heat wave"

55 degrees is "on the warm side" -

You cringe everytime you hear some actor/actress imitate the "Boston Accent" on TV or in a movie; if you don't have it then you're never going to get it even if you were born here

At the ice cream shop you call chocolate sprinkles "jimmies"

You know how to pronounce towns like Worcester, Haverhill, Peabody, Scituate, Chatham, and Leominster!

You know what they sell at a "packie"

You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater

You keep an ice scraper in your car all year round

Paranoia sets in when you can't see a Dunkin Donuts, ATM or CVS

You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left

You can navigate a rotary without a problem

You feel the rest of the world needs to drive more like you

You know what a frappe is

You never say "Cape Cod"...... you say "The Cape"

You can drive to the mountains and the ocean all in one day

You know the Mass Pike and 495 create some sort of strange weather dividing line

You almost feel disappointed when someone doesn't flip you off when you cut them off or steal their parking space

You actually get all these jokes

But, no, I don't have the accent.