Ohio Meme

Been a long time since I’ve been home. More than half a lifetime since I lived there. It’ll always be home, though. This is Jean’s fault. And the bold ones are true for me. Used to be more bold ones than there are now.


You Know You’re From Ohio When…

You don’t think of Florida first when someone mentions Miami.

You snicker when someone’s from Tiffin, because you think of the State Hospital.

You think Pro football teams are supposed to wear orange!

You’ve heard of 3.2% beer.

Schools close for the state basketball tournament.

You’re proud of your state fair, but would rather go to Cedar Point.

You live less than 30 miles from some college or university.

You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candy ones.

“Toward the lake” means “north” and “toward the river” means “south.”

You’ve heard of the Great Nickel Beer Night Riot.

You know if other Ohioians are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.

You root for a college team though you’ve never taken a class there.

You can spell words like Cuyahoga, Olentangy, Bellefontaine, and Tuscarawas. (Lived on Tuscarawas Avenue once, in fact. And canoed on the Tuscarawas River.

You always visit more than two amusement parks in one summer.

You know that Serpent Mounds were not made by snakes.

You know what game they’re playing when the Mud Hens take on the Clippers.

Vacation” means spending a day at Cedar Point or King’s Island.

Down south to you means Kentucky.

You thought that the Michael Stanley Band was the most popular band in the country.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Ohio.
The Ohio Meme

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.


3 comments… add one
  • PJ Sep 21, 2005 @ 13:06

    I grew up in Indiana, went to college in central Indiana, and lived near/in Columbus for a couple of years…so I grok many of those, 🙂 especially Cedar Point! In the later years of my Midwest residency, Cedar Point beat King’s Island…hands down! I had to giggle because some of these apply to Midwesterners in general…..

  • FrankA Sep 21, 2005 @ 1:10

    I’m an old Ohio boy myself. Spent a fair amount of my growing up time in Yellow Springs, Xenia and Kettering before a shift west-ward changed things.

    Damn shame what’s happening to the state. Used to have farms and rolling fields. Now it has strip malls and cookie-cutter stores.

    That’s what happens when you have too many people per sq mile.

  • PolarBear Sep 20, 2005 @ 20:09

    Gee, I can just link to yours when I get to Ohio on the list–I don’t think mine will be any different. (Although, I haven’t lived or canoed on Tuscarawas anything. I did tray on the banks on the Olentangy (popularly known as the Olendingy). My canoeing was restricted to Beaver Creek.

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