Migration — Mother Bloggahs aka NE Mamas

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Some time ago someone sent me the New England version of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck If …” I usually delete emails like these, but I saved this one because every time I read it I laugh all over again. Favorites: “You might be a New Englander if you know several people who hit a deer more than once.” Or  “If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in New England.”

Much of the humor has to do with weather, and we wax philosophical about that, too. “Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute, it’ll change.” It’s true, but at least those of us in the southern part of the region don’t have to worry about winter arriving in September, unlike Vail Pass, where my cousin says they’ve already told people to mount tire chains because snow arrived earlier this month. We, thank goodness, still have leaves on the trees and the temp is veering between 80s and 40s.

Back to Foxworthy. I think he missed a couple of indicators: “You might be a New Englander if you consider pot holes the first sign of spring.” Or “You actually know people who sound like the guy in the Down East routine,” as in “Ya cahn’t get they-uh from he-uh.” (Translation: “You can’t get there from here.”)

I went to check out these observations (they’re too true to be mere jokes) and discovered them at a terrific blog. It’s terrific even if the contributors are Red Sox fans. New England Mamas covers the territory with recommendations about things to do, reflections on life, and requests for help, among other things. Wish I could join, but I’m not a mom.

[Tbis link is now outdated, but here’s a link to You Might Be a New Englander if … ] I like: … if you think 6″ of snow is a dusting; you think turn signals are a sign of weakness; AND if you need Jeff Foxworthy’s jokes explained to you. Hah!]

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