Monday, November 30, 2015

20 Signs You Live in South-Central Pennsylvania

First off, no one says Pennsylvania. It's the initials, PA (pee ay).

You have to explain the alcohol laws to everyone who visits from out of state. Prohibition Sally was hard at work here. But really, the alcohol laws ARE from the Prohibition Era and are extremely outdated. Big Brother is watching. You can buy beer at a distribution store by the case (24 pack) only. You can buy wine and liquor, but not beer, at the state-run liquor store. You can buy six-packs at only a few grocery stores, in a completely separate section with a separate cash register, but you can't by more than 2 six-packs at once. You can also buy six-packs at select bars, but the prices are seriously jacked up. Half the time they check your ID, they scan it and make you sign your life awayYour mind is BLOWN when you find out people in other states can buy wine at Target, that's madness!

You live in the land of traffic cones. Seriously, they're referred to as the state flower. The amount of roadwork here (and the POTHOLES) are insane.

Speaking of roads, the biggest highway leading from the south to the capital of the state, Harrisburg, is only 2 lanes. And you have to get off the highway to stay on the highway, all.the.time. It's infuriating.

Oh, and the roads change names as your driving on them all.the.time. I regularly travel on Camp Betty Washington Road (not making this up), which changes into Haines Road after a mile, which then changes into Memory Lane a mile later, then Pleasant Valley Road. It's ridiculous when you think about it, but honestly, no one bats an eye because it's so common. *shrugs*

Not everyone roots for the same football team. Given the location, I'd say about 40% root for the Baltimore Ravens (about 1 hour away), 40% Pittsburgh Steelers (about 4 hours away), and kind of strangely, because it's much closer than Pittsburgh, only 20% Philadelphia Eagles (1.5 hours away).

In contradiction, you don't know a single person who roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's all about the Orioles (woop!) and ugh, the Phillies.

Everyone you meet either went to York College of Pennsylvania (YCP '10!), Millersville, or one of the bajillion Penn State campuses.

People are OBSESSED with Penn State football by the way, and are fiercely loyal towards Joe Paterno.

Everyone asks if you're Amish. People from out of state get so excited to see the Amish, but it's commonplace to you. Yes, you see Amish people on a near daily basis and buy your potato salad, wood furniture, play gyms, produce, bread, jam, and much, much more from Amish markets and it's awesome. Just don't get stuck behind a horse and buggy on a one lane road, it's the worst (horses poop and they're slow).

Speaking of Lancaster, you don't flinch or even giggle when you hear of same of the names of towns in Lancaster County. Intercourse, Paradise, and Bird-In-Hand, anyone?

It's like the windiest place on Earth, and at least 5-10 degrees colder. You live in large valley, so the wind just stays between mountains, and whips around. People who don't live in PA are very surprised at how windy it is when they visit, but you're not phased. 30mph with gusts up to 60mph? Another typical day. It's rare NOT to find your lawn furniture blown over and your garden flag halfway down the street.

Speaking of weather, you need your winter coat at least 6-7 months of the year, but the weather varies wildly in months like October and April. Our wedding was Saturday, October 17th and it was 45 degrees and super windy of course (and yep, I had an outdoor wedding), and it snowed the next day, but by Thursday the temperature was in the 60s.

Half the cars on the roads are pickups.

Maple Donuts! Yum, enough said.

Some people think they're from the South and fly the Confederate Flag. It's weird, we're north of the Mason-Dixon guys, get it together.

People fight over whether Sheetz versus Wawa gas stations are better, and it can come to blows. For the record, I grew up in Maryland with Wawa, moved to PA at 18, and I prefer Sheetz.

Mostly everyone you know votes Republican, but almost always a Democrat wins the state because of Philly (and to some extent, the city of Pittsburgh). Philly's interests are so totally different than the rest of the state which is largely rural, so a lot of people get really frustrated about that.

So much farmland. High school classes that teach farm skills are very normal. College classes devoted solely to Amish culture are also common. Buying fresh produce is the best. But getting stuck behind farm equipment on the road and suffering through these commercials is not.

Getting the Monday after Thanksgiving off school is a given, because of hunting season, duh! I was shocked to hear that when we first moved to PA, but apparently if the schools didn't give that day off, 3/4 of the students wouldn't show up.

Anyone else from PA? Think of anything I missed? How can you tell you live in your town?
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  1. Oh dear, you prefer Sheetz?! If I didn't consider you a good bloggy friend, I'd have to fight you! I love me a good Wawa hoagie anyday!

  2. I was a Sheetz girl!!! I still stop there when I am in town :) I think people are most surprised by all the farming and country up in PA.. And all the deer. SO MANY DEER! Hahaha. I am a Steelers fan all the way, but I am from the Pittsburgh area so that should be no surprise.

  3. I have some friends that lived in Hershey for awhile while he finished his residency. I loved hearing their stories. Living in Kentucky we have some Amish in the next town over. Its the BEST place to buy outdoor storage sheds, and cheese and pastries.

  4. Maple doughnuts sound amazing! Also, I thought our alcohol laws in Texas were bad, but those are intense! I was so shocked when we moved to Chicago, and you can buy hard liquor at the grocery stores here!

  5. I find it weird that liquor stores here close at 7 PM but I can buy beer anytime I want to. In NC the liquor stores were open until 9 every day but Sunday when they were closed, also you can't buy beer there after 2:30 AM and before 7 AM Monday-Saturday and 12 PM on Sunday.

    Also the Monday after Thanksgiving off?!? That's so weird!

  6. LOLOL In MI there is literally a liquor store every quarter of a mile... no exaggeration - we are SATURATED. lol
    Bahahahah @ people asking if you're amish!

  7. Wow...I had no idea about the alcohol laws!! That's bizarre!?!?! I'm from south eastern NY and I always say PA when referencing Pennsylvania and always need a spell check to correctly write Pennsylvania. The "syl" gets missed up. I've always been a Wawa girl when I've gone to the Poconos so I'm very intrigued by Sheetz!! I'll have to make a trip soon! =) Oh and yes I giggled the first time I heard about Intercourse and yes I still giggle. =)

  8. I Remember when we first moved here a native here said our town was known as mini Chicago. Living here now for eight if years I totally get what she meant!

  9. It's funny how much of this I CANT relate to! I can relate to a lot, but it's like NW PA is a different world.


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