Jun. 27: Are you an Oregonian?

Here’s a forwarded forwarded forwarded forwarded e-mail I received today.

You probably live in Oregon if:

  • ...someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there
  • ...you’ve worn shorts, sandals and a parka at the same time
  • ...you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number
  • ...you measure distance in hours
  • ...you know several people who have hit a deer more than once
  • ...you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ and back again in the same day
  • ...you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both doors unlocked
  • ...you can drive 75 mph through two feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching (applies to Central, Southern or Eastern Oregonians only)
  • ...you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over two layers of clothes or under a raincoat
  • ...driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice
  • ...you know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction
  • ...you feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash
  • ...you know more than ten ways to order coffee
  • ...you know more people who own boats than air conditioners
  • ...you stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” signal
  • ...you consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it’s not a real mountain
  • ...you can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Dutch Bros.
  • ...you know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon
  • ...you know how to correctly pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Abiqua, Issaquah, Oregon, Umpqua, Yakima and Willamette
  • ...you consider swimming an indoor sport
  • ...you know that Boring is a city and not just a feeling
  • ...you can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food
  • ...you never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho
  • ...you have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain
  • ...you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists
  • ...you buy new sunglasses every year because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time

Not sure about all of these, but the Halloween costume? Definitely.



  1. Most of those fit Colorado - 'cept the boat

  2. Kath, the only weirdly-named things in your area aren't hard to pronounce: Punkin Center, Hobby Lobby, King Soopers, Fantastic Sams, Dicks... they're just weird.

  3. Most of those apply to Washingtonians as well, or maybe just this one since I lived in Oregon for 30 years.

  4. Most of those fit Colorado - 'cept the boat


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