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You know you’re from Wisconsin if…

You’ve never met any celebrities.

Your idea of a traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
_Not really, annoying yes – because the road is only 2 lanes anyhow

“Vacation” means playing miniature golf at the Dells.
-Sounds like a vacation to me!

You’ve seen all the biggest bands 10 years after they were popular.
-mmm… nope

You know what’s knee-high by the Fourth of July.

A clean bowling shirt is appropriate attire for a wedding.
-As opposed to a dirty one?

You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in
it, no matter what time of the year.
-hundreds of times.

You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example:
Where’s my coat at?” or “If you go to town, I wanna go with.”
-Never thought about it. Check

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable,
grain, or animal.
-pretty much

You install security lights on your house and garage and then leave
both unlocked.

You think of the major four food groups as cheese, beer, brats, and
Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
-minus the beer (replace it with Pizza and it’s all good)

You carry jumper cables in your car.
-Yes I do!

You own just three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
-I also have garlic…

You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
-Heck yes! My dinosaur costume I wore for 3 years stright fit over my snowsuit!

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
-Well, I can better saw which *not* to use.

You define -20 degrees F “a little chilly.”
-Yeah, thats a little chilly

You know all four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and
-correction/clarification, ‘road construction’

You can gauge the depth of your relationship by the number of fingers
your friends use to wave to you as you pass by on the road.
-how about the people that use one finger?

You measure distance in minutes.
-Platteville is 2:45 from home, 3:00 for my mom…

The corner bar is decorated with neon Pabst signs instead of hanging ferns.
-There are bars with hanging ferns in them?

You know several people who have hit a deer.
-True, how about people that have hit several deer?

Your school classes were cancelled because of cold.

Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

You’ve ridden the school bus for an hour each way.
-actually, yes at one point…

You’ve ever had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.
-Yes – and I’ve switched it back to heat at night before too!

You hear someone use the word “oof-dah” and you don’t immediately
break into uncontrollable laughter.
-that’s funny for some people?

You “borrow” your neighbor your snowblower and hope he returns it
before the next storm. (And you don’t know why there are quotation
marks around the word borrow in that sentence.)
-I “borrow” stuff all the time!

You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.

You know what “cow tipping” and “snipe hunting” are.

You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

The local paper covers national and international headlines on one
page, but requires six pages for sports.

You think that opening day of deer season is a national holiday.
-No, but it should be considering how many people take off from work!

Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.

You refer to the Packers as “we.”

A significant portion of your relatives work on a dairy farm.

You can make sense out the words upnort and Trivers.
-You can’t?

You can identify a Michigan accent.
-who can’t?

You learned to drive a tractor before the training wheels were off your bike.

Down South to you means Chicago.

Traveling coast to coast means going from Superior to Milwaukee.
-never thought of it, but that does work…

The Big Three means Miller, Old Milwaukee, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

A brat is something you eat.
-oh yeah!

You were offended by the movie Fargo.
-actually, I’ve never seen it…

You know that Eau Claire is not something you eat.
-It’s a city – and a river – too.

You have no problem spelling Milwaukee.
-I always spell this one wrong

You consider Madison exotic.
-Just State Street

You know that Gotham is a real city.

You can actually pronounce Oconomowoc.

You go out for fish fry every Friday.
-Don’t like fish, but otherwise I would

You can recognize someone from Illinois or Iowa by their driving.

Bernie Brewer is your idol because he gets to dive into a giant beer mug.

You know how to polka.

You can visit Luxemburg, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Berlin, New
London, Poland all in one afternoon.
-sounds like a roadtrip!

You’ve seen mosquitoes with landing lights.
-Whats scary is when they cause sonic booms…

You have more miles on your snowblower than your car.

At least twice a year, your kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant.
-not mine

Your snowblower gets stuck on the roof.
-I’ve gotten a shovel stuck on the roof before, does that count?

Bucky the Badger hangs on your Christmas tree even if you didn’t go to
University of Wisconsin-Madison.

You’ve considered voting Brett Favre for president.
-heck no

You can use the word “ya der hey” easily in a sentence.

Your screen saver is a bitmap image of your favorite truck, tractor,
or farm animal.

Stores don’t have bags; they have sacks.
-of course

You define Summer as three months of bad sledding.
-well, that is true!

You have ever gotten frostbitten and sunburned in the same week.

Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a cow next to your blue spruce.

A Friday night out is taking your girlfriend shining for deer.
-sounds like a hot date to me… just kidding

You tell someone where you are from and they say, “I thought that was
part of Canada.”
-actually, yes, I have heard that.

You have more fishing poles than teeth.

Every sweatshirt you own is either red and white or green and gold.

FFA was the most popular club in high school.
-nope – but it was at college!!

You have eaten a cream puff at the State Fair.
-haven’t been to the state fair, but at a county fair – yes

You have to drive thirty minutes to the nearest movie theater.
-For a while when I lived in Platteville – yes. Was a 45 min drive for one year.

At every wedding you have been to you have had to dance the hoky poky
and the chicken dance.
-Don’t mess with tradition.

You ever went to a wedding reception in a bowling alley.
-know people that have done it

You know it’s traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping
between the ceremony and the reception.
-Yep, but I won’t be doing that

You own at least one cheese head.
-I did a few years ago. Not sure what happened to it.

Sunday afternoons are sacred for the Packer game.
-when they were good anyhow

Saturdays are sacred for the Badger game.

You have ever been to State Street in Madison during a protest of something.

You get irritated at sports announcers that pronounce it “Wes-con-sin.”

You have experienced snow storms in May.
-I’ve had school canceled in May due to snow storms.

You have had school closed due to wind chills and frostbite warnings.
-80 below 2 days in a row.

You know what a “flat-lander” is and you know all the “why Wisconsin
is better than Illinois” jokes.
-some, always more

You get choked up when you hear the University Marching Band play “On
Wisconsin” or “Varsity.”

You have partied at “Summerfest.”

You or someone you know was a “Dairy Princess” at a county fair.

Sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie.
-going to leave this one unanswered.

The most effective mosquito repellent is a shotgun.
-depends how far north you go… it might be too small.

The trunk of you car doubles as a deep freezer.
-done that before when driving cross state to college!

Your hometown buys a Zamboni when they need a bus.

You drive 65 miles per hour through snow without flinching.
-65? 70 at least.

It takes you three hours to go to the store for one item even when you’re in a rush because you have to stop and talk to everyone in town.

You buy your Christmas presents at Farm and Fleet or Fleet Farm.
-done that before

You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.
-nope, 21

Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new machine shed.

You actually get these jokes and tell all your Wisconsin friends
-does this count?

Last 2 weeks

Where to begin!
The last 2 weeks have been a blur – as usual lately!

The Wednesday after Labor Day I was on a plane headed for Colorado to a cousins wedding.
Spent a day in Colorado Springs to see the sights, including Pikes Peak – from the peak at 14,117 ft, Garden of the Gods (odd rock formations), and a few other smaller side items it was a full day. “America the Beautiful” was inspires from the top of this mountain I might add – and I can easily understand why now!!

After that we all headed to ‘Peaceful Valley Ranch’up in the mountains about 2 hours to the North West. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
On Friday morning we all drove about a half hour and went into the Rocky Mountain National Park.
…wow. That’s about all I can say. Words don’t really describe it.
We took the rental van up to 12,156 feet on the highest continually paved road in the United States (The van sure liked that…). The view was incredible.
Friday evening the wedding at a small little chapel that fit about 60 people back at the ranch.
The chapel required a ‘short’ drive to get to. In a 4×4… up a *very* bumpy road (my head hit the roof of the car more than once…)… to the chapel which overlooked the centennial divide… at sunset.
It was beautiful.

Saturday was spent bumming around at the local resort town shopping mainly, and Sunday morning I was back in Denver on a plane back home.

Monday I played catch up at work as I had taken 3 days of vacation
Tuesday… I can’t remember. I know I fixed my computer sometime in here, so I’ll say I did that on Tuesday.
Wednesday … Spent the evening with Angie celebrating my birthday one day early.
Thursday… Birthday, 24 years young! Had dinner with my dad at a newer local Mexican place, was really good! I went pack to my place and Angie was waiting for me. Seems she had been waiting for about an hour for me to get back – and I didn’t get her calls on my cell because my cell stinks. Anyhow – That was really really kind of her to wait for me that long when she couldn’t get a hold of me.
Friday – Eve of Destruction at Wisconsin International Raceway. A night of destruction, figure-8 races in buses, car with trailers, cars, ‘football’ with a 2 ton former propane tank filled with sand by 8 cars… jet cars, and fireworks to top it off.

Saturday morning at 6am I was at church for ‘Top Gun I’, I can’t make the Monday night ones due to another obligation so this was my answer. Going to be an interesting 34 weeks. One of the coolest things though is that Angie’s brother is also doing it – so he’s going to get to know me pretty well in the near future – and I’m going to get to know him too.
Saturday Evening Angie made me dinner as a gift for my birthday, it was really great. I covered dessert by making some brownies and providing the ice cream!

Sunday was church (of course) and lunch with Angie afterward and one of her cousins.
Got in connections for Tuesday Nights at AWANA today as well. Excited to start up with that this week too

I’m hoping to find the time to get some photo’s up here on the site, I’m working on a way to get them hear without so much fuss – as right now it takes a while for every photo I put online… I’d like it to be a lot faster!!

Best Weekend Ever

Friday afternoon I spent some money. I made my first ‘big ticket want item’ and bought a very nice 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound system and receiver for my TV. (Problem now is that my speaker system cost about 4 or 5 times my TV… I’m going to need a better TV…)
Hooked that up with Angie helping and me getting confused with all the wires – and my usual ‘try it before I read how to do it’ tendency (It’s that a general male trait?). After dinner my little sister came over and we took off to go bowling.
I got destroyed bowling.
Both Angie and Mary did better than I, was defiantly not a repeat of my 140+ game from 2 weeks ago!!

Saturday Angie and I headed north to door county. We went to Cave Point County Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park.
Cave point was beautiful, I’d never been their before. Only reason we went was because Angie saw the sign – and had heard about it at work. Anyhow, somebody was having a wedding that afternoon their and everything for that was set up. They couldn’t have picked a better day! The park overlooks Lake Michigan on a small cliff face about 5 to 10 feet high – but the waves have cut into the cliffs in beautiful ways. I’ll try to get some photos up here soon!

After Cave point was Whitefish Dunes, with its 3 or 4 mile long beach. Water was cold so we only wadded in a bit but the waves got us anyhow. Was just relaxing lying out on the beach and talking – and chasing off the crowds of seagulls that kept looking at us funny…
Drive home was nice, and we were treated to a spectacular sunset as well just outside of Sturgeon Bay.

Monday (Labor Day) Angie met my parents – and it was great.

Well, time to get going. I need some sleep!!