Friday, October 28, 2011

You Know You Are From Colorado When

Today I had a presentation on Colorado and USA for my Geography. My last presentation was for my Rotary club, which is basically just old men. So this presentation was a bit different because it was going to be for teenagers, and when people say that the audience matters for a presentation, they don't lie. So I decided to have some fun with it. I talked about a whole bunch of things. I also taught them how to live in Colorado and fit in. And I really had fun making it, because I really wanted to make a presentation that talked about stuff that they may not have known about the USA from television. So I went and presented and it was nice. Finnish people are known to not be interested, not laugh and not ask questions during presentations, which was kinda exactly like what my Rotary Club had been like when I presented. But my class was a very good audience. So that made me a lot less nervous. I actually didn't think of being nervous the entire time. So it was all very good. And I got lots of compliments on my presentation. 
But anyways, the point of this post is that when I was looking up some random facts and such on the internet. I found a long list of "You Know You're From Colorado When.." and I loved them all. So here they are for the enjoyment of anyone from Colorado (or anyone that isn't from Colorado, but you probably won't understand them in the same way):
1. You switch from "Heat" to "A/C" in one day
2. Your sense of direction is: towards the mountains and away from the mountains.
3. You're able to drive 65 miles per hour through 13 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without even flinching.
4. You think your major food groups are granola bars, tofu and Fat Tire beer.
5. You design your kid's Halloween costumes to fit over a snowsuit.
6. You think that sexy lingerie is wool socks and flannel PJs.
7. You know all 4 seasons "almost winter, winter, still winter and spring blizzards
8. You can never figure out why your out-of-town guests faint from altitude sickness on a picnic to the mountains.
9. You can drive over a 12,000-foot pass in 4 feet of snow
10. You know the 'correct' pronunciation of Buena Vista.
11. When you visit friends at sea level, you can drink a case of beer and not get a buzz.
12. Your car insurance costs more than your car.
13. April showers bring May blizzards.
14. 'Timberline' is someplace you have actually been.
15. You know what a "fourteener" is.
16. A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you 
17. SPF 90 is not out of the question.
18. People from out of state breathe 5 times as often as you do.
19. Thunder has set off your car alarm.
20. A full moon has never kept you awake at night.
21. You have an $800 stereo in your $300 truck.
22. A sudden loss of cabin pressure is not a big deal.
23. You think a red light means 3 more cars can go.
24. Where we're going, we don't need roads!!
25. You know where Buffalo Bill's grave is.
26. You know where the real "South Park" is.
27. You can recognize the license plates of all 50 states on sight
28. Driving directions usually include 'Go over _________ Pass.'
29. You've dressed in shorts, sandals, and a parka with a hood.
30. You've urinated on the Continental Divide just so it could 'run into both oceans'
31. And most important: You get a certain satisfaction knowing that California and Texas are both downstream.
32. You know what a down slope and an up slope weather pattern is
33. You have absolutely no recognizable accent.
34. If the humidity gets above 25%, you consider it "muggy".
35. You only go to Central City when friends are in from out of town.
36. You think only stupid people get lost in your town.
37. When giving directions, you never say "Turn left, turn right", it's always go West, then South.
38. If it rains more than 2 days straight you compare the weather to being in Seattle.
39. You have a broken windshield.
40. You see no reason to travel to Aurora.
41. The only RTD bus you've been on is the 16th Street shuttle.
42. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike on top of your $500 car.
43. You have a business degree and are frying burgers at a McDonald's in Vail.
44. You have a flat tire in your refrigerator and your garage.
45. You've never seen the tourist attractions in your own city.
46. You think a pass does not involve a football or a woman.
47. You are 82 years old and take up snowboarding.
48. Your real Y2K fear was running out of Celestial Seasonings tea and trail mix.
49. You get depressed after one day of foggy weather.
50. You think that formal wear is ironed denim.
51. You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels "sticky" and you notice the sky is no longer blue.
52. You can run up 10 flights of stairs without huffing and puffing.
53. You've stood on solid ground and looked down on an airplane in flight.

54. Your car insurance costs more than your car.

55. You've gone skiing in July. You've gone sunbathing in January. They were both in the same year.

56. You know the elevation of a town, but not its population.

57. You never pack away your coat and sweaters.

58. You can name only two people you know who were actually born in Colorado.

59. You or someone you know plays golf 12 months of the year.

60. You don't have AC in your home, but you use it in your car all winter long.

61. If it snows in the morning you expect it to be gone by lunchtime.

62. You can name the states that make up the Four Corners.

63. You know what and where the Continental Divide is.

64. You've made naked snow angels.

65. You still call it "Elitches".

67. You scoff at the "five-day forecast".

68. You know what I'm talking about when I say, "You don't need an airplane to be in the mile-high club in Denver".

69. You've grown up with the most beautiful sunsets in the world, and didn't miss them until you left.
70. You’ll eat ice cream in the winter.
71. When the weather report says it’s going to be 65 degrees, you shave 72. your legs and wear a skirt.
73. It snows 5 inches and you don’t expect school to be canceled.
74. You’ll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.
75. You say ‘the interstate’ and everybody knows which one.
76. You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.
77. You don’t think Coors beer is that big a deal.
78. You’ve gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.
79. You always know the elevation of where you are.
80. You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it’s going to snow tomorrow.
81.When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.
82. You get really ticked off when people confuse Colorado with Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, or any of "those other big square states out west."
83. You never pack away your coat and sweaters.
84. Several times a summer you hear your kids talking about going to Red Rocks for the concert.
85. You bought a car from a Super Bowl MVP.
86. You've enjoyed the most beautiful sunsets and most thrilling thunder clouds ever seen from a baseball stadium.
87. You've convinced your out-of-state cousins whom you're taking on a mountain picnic to watch out for starving coyotes, crazy cave dwellers, and stampeding herds of jackalopes.
88. You know the tragic legend of "The Face on the Barroom Floor."
89. You Understand all of these 
Yay for Colorado! Anyways, I am switching Host Families in a week! Three months have gone by so freaking fast! 
And don't send mail to my current address, because I will be gone by the time it gets here! I will post my new address soon!
And another thing I found while looking up stuff for my presentation: 

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