Community Life and Neighbors
Here's a collection of you-must-be-from-North-Dakota sayings dealing with community life and neighbors. Hey, Jamestown is a big city.
. . . then you must be from North Dakota.
- If a large crowd means more than 100 people . . .
- If you own four house keys and only one is yours . . .
- If your nightly TV news includes a weather report from Jay in Glen Ullin . . .
- If your local bar is referred to as "the farmers' office" . . .
- If you call the Capitol and the Governor answers . . .
- If your legislature debates the health hazards of using brush rollers in beauty shops . . .
- If you salute any driver who stops for you to jaywalk . . .
- If your address is 67th Street Southwest and you live on a farm two miles out of Carson . . .
- If you are never too busy to stop and visit a few minutes . . .
- If your entertainment in summer was anti i over, tin can alley, work-up, or tag, with the neighbor kids or just family . . .
- If the first thing you do when a neighbor (or anyone else for that matter) drops by is to brew a
pot of coffee . . .
- If you can double park to go and buy a t.v. . . .
- If a women leaves her purse, wide open, in a bar when she goes to the bathroom . . .
- If you identify 4 or more kids in one group as part of a growing gang problem . . .
- If you think more than six cars per mile of highway is a traffic jam . . .
- If in the course of driving 30 miles to town, five people wave at you on the highway . . .
- If the 3 trees on your Main Street are called "the forest". . .
- If the only car you pass in two and a half hours is a State Trooper . . .
- If you use the map's population stats as a restaurant guide . . .
- If you travel over 100 miles to a singles dance . . .
- If anything under 100 miles is a short distance . . .
- If you take your cap off when you meet three or more cars in a row on the interstate, because you think it must be a funeral going by . . .
- If you think Beulah is full of gas . . .
- If you think Bismarck is a battleground . . .
- If you think Tokio is in North Dakota . . .
- If you think Antler is a deer horn . . .
- If you consider somebody stuck up if they don't wave when meeting on the highway . . .
- If you think big towns have paved streets . . .
- If you know that your index finger is not just for pointing--it's also for waving when you're driving . . .
- If you realize fully that if you run into one North Dakotan, wherever that may be, you'll be able
to come up with someone of some family that you know in common . . .
- If you remember the youth rivalry in your home town meant, "Who had the most fun--Luther
League or CYO?" . . .
- If your parents know about your shenanigans before you even reached home . . .
- If although you moved out of the state decades ago, some of the most special friendships you still maintain
are those made over 40 years ago . . .
- If you receive mail that has only your first name along with your home town as the address . . .
- If the nuns who taught you in school remember teaching your parents and your aunts and uncles . . .
- If you say hi to all strangers you pass while out on a walk, much to the chagrin of your Minnesota born
and bred city children . . .
- If your nearest neighbor is a long-distance phone call . . .
- If you think Jamestown is a big city . . .
- If in winter, you leave your car running in the parking lot while you shop for groceries (or, leave your
keys in case anyone needs to borrow it) . . .
- If your name appears in the local newspaper for being a coffee guest at the neighbors . . .
- If a trip to the mall means an overnight stay at a motel . . .
- If your legislature declares square dancing the official state dance and ponders how much to fine people
who drive around the interstate gates during a blizzard . . .
- If the only massage parlor in your town is self-service . . .
- If the New Year's baby in your town was born in June . . .
- If you can't go for a walk, because people keep stopping to offer you a ride . . .
- If you haven't seen your house key in three years . . .
- If you're walking past your neighbor's house when you see him in the back yard, and you hear his phone
ringing, so you yell to him that it's ringing, then you run in and answer it for him because you're closer . . .
- If half the county knows a couple is getting divorced before they're even parted . . .
- If you call your neighbor from work and ask him to shut off your lawn sprinkler . . .
- If you need your street address and you have to look it up in the phone book . . .
- If you're driving down a California highway on vacation and you feel extremely guilty the rest of your
trip that you didn't stop and help the car with the flat tire . . .
- If you run into someone related to someone you know when traveling far from home and you say,
"Only in North Dakota" . . .
- If you are contributing to this list . . .
- If you walk into bars in Oregon and Washington and shout, "Anybody here from North Dakota?"
confident of a free drink . . .
- If you can't remember where you put the key to your front door or even if you have a key . . .
- If you expect people to recognize you . . .
- If you hate Minot, except for Hostfest . . .
- If you figure, why should you tip the waitress, because she's your cousin . . .
- If cops are there to help drive you home when you've been drinking and they stop you, you think . . .
- If you believe local businessmen are getting rich . . .
- If you still subscribe to the home town paper even though you've been gone for over fifty years . . .
- If when you retire, you leave a suburb of Denver and move to Falkirk, North Dakota . . .
- If you wave at everyone you meet driving down the road . . .
- If your phone book has only one yellow page . . .
- If your town drunk is an elective office . . .
- If you know the names of all the dogs, and who they belong to . . .
- If you think a population of 10,000 constitutes a big city . . .
- If you think a big city is a town with a traffic light . . .
- If your senior class could fit into your car . . .
- If everyone waves to you in the "vast lanes" . . .
- If when a car drives into the yard you set another place at the table before you even look who is coming . . .
- If attending the funeral of someone in the community is not optional . . .
- If every time you pass a car with ND license plates you expect to know the driver . . .
- If you forget to lock the front door of your home whe you leave on a vacation and return six weeks later to find everything in your home undisturbed and just as you left it . . .
- If the excitement of the day is, "The cop turned his sirens on" . . .
- If Swedes are the minority population group in your community . . .