Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's not what you say, it's where you say it….


You know I love me some regional/geographical/demographical comparisons, so here are some of my most recent observations:

What happens when you say, "I'm having a fire!"

In Wisconsin:  You are planning for people to come to your home and you will have a fire in a fire pit in the backyard, or possibly the driveway, where you will roast hot dogs and or marshmallows, drink sodas, beer, and wine coolers, and chat with friends until either the wood runs out, or the mosquitos get too aggressive.

In New York: Someone calls 911.

What happens when you say, "I shot a buck!"

In Wisconsin or Michigan:  People will congratulate you and ask you questions like, "How many points?" You will take numerous pictures and post them on FB where folks will show appropriate enthusiasm and jealousy.

In New York:  Someone calls 911.

What happens when you say, "I can hear the neighbors from here!"

In Wisconsin: It is pretty exciting because your neighbors probably live at least a quarter of a mile away and you probably end up going to their house to see what all the excitement is about (often a fire or a buck). And you'd be welcome to show up and join in whatever is going on.

In New York:  Someone calls 911.

What happens when you say, "I was up at 4:00 this morning."

In Wisconsin:  Of course you were, isn't everyone?

In New York: You just hadn't gone to bed the night before…and when the neighbors saw you in the driveway at 4:00 am, they probably called 911.