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    –think socks are only for bowling.
    –never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.
    –know that a good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.
    –have a winter coat made of denim.
    –can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.
    –are younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.
    –think anything under 70 is chilly.
    –have driven through Yeehaw Junction.
    –could swim before you could read.
    –have to drive north to get to The South.
    –every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.
    –have gotten out of school early on Halloween to trick or treat before it got dark
    –know that anything under a Category 3 just isn’t worth waking up for.
    –are on a first name basis with the hurricane list. They are Hurricanes Charley.. Frances… Ivan ..Jeanne.
    –know what a snowbird is and when they’ll leave.
    –think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.
    –were twelve before you ever saw snow, or you still haven’t.
    –think that ‘Down South’ means Key West
    –think New York drivers licenses should only be valid in New York
    –think that flip-flops are everyday wear
    –think that shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.
    –have had an alligator once walk through your neighborhood
    –smirk when a game show’s ‘Grand Prize’ is a trip or cruise to Florida
    –measure distance in minutes.
    –have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.
    –think that a mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.
    –think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.
    –know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer
    –never say soda, cola, or pop. It’s coke, regardless of brand or flavor, ‘What kinda coke you want?’
    –think that anything under 95 is just warm.
    –have ever hosted a hurricane party.
    –understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.
    –can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Ichnatucknee , Withlacoochee and Micanopy
    –understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.
    –bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include: various fish, NRA, NASCAR, Go Gators, and a confederate flag.
    –were 5 before you realized they made houses without pools.
    –were 25 when you first met someone who couldn’t swim.
    –have worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.

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    We had a family tradition of having frozen watermelon at Christmas dinner.   (But being more environmentally conscious, we wouldn’t turn on the A/C, just open all the windows.)

  • #296856

    The Red Menace
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    have to drive north to get to The South.

    This is true for most of the gulf coast strip, too. I grew up in Mobile, AL, and it is a VERY different place from say, Montgomery or Birmingham.

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