Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen (21st)


North Dakota:

It Really Is One Of The 50 States!



There are too many for one Thursday Thirteen.
Part 1 of 3


You might be from North Dakota:

1. If you own four house keys and only one is yours . . .

2. If the only car you pass in two and a half hours is a State Trooper . . .

3. If you know about your children’s shenanigans before they even reached home. .

4. If your nearest neighbor is a long-distance phone call..

5. If in winter, you leave your car running in the parking lot while you shop for groceries. . .

6. If Swedes are the minority population group in your community . . .

7. If at least three times a year your kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant . . .

8. If you have been served Fleischküchle, Lutefisk, and Lefse and you can pronounce them all correctly…

9. If you understand ALL the uses of the word
"Uff-Da" . . .

10. If you never confuse "Yah," "Yep," and
"Yah y'betch yah" . . .

11. If you have ever said,
"Cold weather keeps out the riff-raff" . . .

12. If you tell jokes about Ole, Lena, and Lars . . .

13. If Ole and Lena jokes remind you of real people you know!


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81 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Until I'd read your list most of what I knew about North Dakota came from books, maps and episodes of the West Wing...

March 28, 2007 7:16 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Lefse and lutefisk I know. But Fleishku(umlaut over the u)chle has me stumped. I am guessing it is pig knuckles. But it might be bare knuckles.

March 28, 2007 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great place to live :)

March 28, 2007 7:22 PM  
Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

I'm from Canada, I understand the car running thing for sure.

North Dakota is on my list of places to see before I die, and South Dakota because I adore Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Great TT! Mine's up.

March 28, 2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Ooh, what a lovely bison! I bet he'd make a wonderful dinner, too. *grin* (the bison farm we order from is in, sorry, South Dakota)

Can't wait to see parts two and three!

March 28, 2007 8:33 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

uff-da-tuda and uff-anay.Ole and lena are my mother and father in law.lars is their best friend.its a small world isnt it?
no Iam just kiding you.but I was married to a guy who,es family talked like that.and I use to know the funnyest ole and lena jokes and could talk the way they do to.
God bless cool one.

March 28, 2007 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'd love the cold weather in North Dakota -- I'm sure another summer in East Tennessee is gonna roast me.

What an interesting list! I'd love to visit ND someday, and I look forward to Parts 2 and 3.

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

March 28, 2007 9:08 PM  
Blogger Gene Bach said...

Funny! I must be from North Dakota...my kitchen is a meat processing plant MANY times a year. LOL!

March 28, 2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

LOL, well, I'm definitely NOT from North Dakota LOL!

March 28, 2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger EHT said...

I'd love to travel to North Dakota...wide open spaces and no Georgia pollen.

March 28, 2007 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the summer...we do the opposite...we roll down all the windows and pray no one steals your car!!! lol (If we have to wait on someone....let's just say we don't have any make-up on when they get back!!) happy tt!!

March 28, 2007 9:59 PM  
Blogger ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen) said...

What a great list! Very interesting and funny at the same time. I love that your nearest neighbor could be a long distance phone call. And I can't imagine leaving my car running while I grocery shop around here. Happy Thursday :)

March 28, 2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger Jenny McB said...

Now I am intrigued, what does Uff-Da mean?

Sounds very cold.

Thanks for stopping by my list, I am with you on how to get to the top of Mt. Everest, didn't even think of that.

March 28, 2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger Denise Patrick said...

Great list. I even knew some of them.

March 28, 2007 10:32 PM  
Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

After a few years in MN, I know a few of these! Happy TT!

March 28, 2007 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

North Dakota sounds like an interesting place! Happy T13 :)

March 28, 2007 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How funny! I've never thought much about what North Dakota was like.

March 28, 2007 11:05 PM  
Blogger Amelia Elias said...

Great list! Especially like the first one about the house keys... can't imagine trusting people that much in many places I've lived. Now I live in a town of 325 where no one locks their doors, and am loving it!

Thanks for visiting my T13!

March 28, 2007 11:09 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Sounds like you live a long way out from anyone. North Dakota is sparsely populated?
Wish I could visit all 50 states.I've been in 19 and Washington DC.

Check out my TT

March 28, 2007 11:10 PM  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Oh my, these are great. We lived in North Dakota for a while. Our son was born there. My husband loves to say, "It's a great state to be FROM." Thanks for the chuckle.

March 28, 2007 11:14 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Wonderful! I love NDakota!

hey, in the town where I grew up...on the pacific northwest...I would get home and my mom always knew everything it was a nightmare ha ha

thanks for coming by my blog and visiting my survey I need the help!!!!

All are welcome to do "survey"

http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/2007/03/candys-special-tour-of-art-on-ebay.html

March 28, 2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

Where I lived for most of my life, I can sure identify with the house keys! I think we had a key to most of our neighbors' homes, and vice versa. :) Sounds like a real nice state. Thanks for your visit. :)

March 28, 2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger ~*Kelli BoBelli*~ said...

Well, being that I'm from Texas, I have no idea what 95% of this means! Thanks for sharing, though.

March 29, 2007 12:01 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I'm from Texas too. But I was born and raised in Nebraska.
I understand every one of those! Great items, Raggedy.
..

March 29, 2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

wow! i didn't know north dakota is that interesting!! :) i'd love to go there someday! nice list for this week!

March 29, 2007 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to learn more next week. Am totally intrigued by your number 7:

If at least three times a year your kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant

What type of meat do your process?

I'm all about beards this time round. Hope you can stop by! Happy TT.

March 29, 2007 12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny list! North Dakota sounds a lot like Minnesota (I listen to Prairie Home Companion every week). Too cold for me, but I'd love to visit in summer! Thanks for stopping by!

March 29, 2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I'm not sure I understood any of it, but it sure sounds different from my urban Israeli life :).

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog.

March 29, 2007 2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL on your list! Almost sounds like another country. I love the neighborly aspect you mention.

Happy TT Day. Mine is up and boy is my picture way different than the one you have of the snow-covered bird house: Thirteen Reasons Spring is in the Air

March 29, 2007 3:00 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

This is hilarious, thanks for sharing. Thank you for visiting my TT.

March 29, 2007 3:13 AM  
Blogger Joy Renee said...

some of this reminds me of the stories the Betty White character on the Golden Girls told all the time and just as amusing. can't wait for parts 2 and 3

my #26 is 13 of the items vying for my attention in the last nine days before our library's doors close indefinitly. 4 NF books, 4 novels and 4 DVDS plus #13 which is a bit of a cheat. I can only hope to complete two novels, help me decide which one to commit to

http://joystory.blogspot.com/2007/03/thursday-thirteen-26.html

March 29, 2007 4:43 AM  
Blogger Durward Discussion said...

Too funny. Can hardly wait for parts 2 and 3.

March 29, 2007 5:32 AM  
Blogger Two Voices Publishing said...

I realize I now I know nothing about North Dakota. I'll have to dig up that list I have on life in NJ one of these days.

March 29, 2007 6:48 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

Sounds like an interesting place, I'm looking forward to the next instalment. Happy TT.

March 29, 2007 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious! I'm from north Iowa so I know about lutefisk and lefse, never heard of the other.

Thanks for stopping by my TT!

March 29, 2007 7:12 AM  
Blogger Emma Wayne Porter said...

I have to send this to my parents. They both grew up in ND. (Jamestown and Fessenden)

Lots of giggling going on here--I love lefse, but lutefisk? *shudder*

March 29, 2007 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh how I wish I could leave my car running...ANYWHERE...with out it getting stolen. :) Great TT!

March 29, 2007 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds and interesting place!

March 29, 2007 8:11 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great list! I'm in South Dakota and I think most of them apply to us as well.

Meat packing: deer, pheasant, elk?

And Thomma Lyn, I'm sorry, but if ND is like SD, summers are still HOT. Just shorter than in the South. As a Alabama native, I know both!

March 29, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

It's so interesting how different areas of the US can have such different ways of life!! I've never been there but we have a whole set for various states where I have lived.... Happy TT!

Lisa - Lil' Duck Duck

March 29, 2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

There are a few german word left overs apparently, lol ! My uncles father was 6 years old when his parents immigrated in 1884 from Germany to North Dakota, but after two winters they gave up and moved further down, fist to South Dakota, but then to Wisconsin where they finally settled down for ever. My uncle told me about this old farm his grandfather had in North Dakota, apparently it was still standing somebody else had taken it over. I love such stories !

March 29, 2007 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Jersey resident. I have no idea what ANYthing on that list means! You might be from New Jersey if your brain is fried.

March 29, 2007 8:30 AM  
Blogger Nadia said...

I've never been to N Dakota. Now I wanna visit! ;)

March 29, 2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA said...

Funny, good post. Good work.

March 29, 2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger Mercy's Maid said...

Funny list. Some of the items could go for almost any small town as well.

Thanks for visiting my 13.

March 29, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You are too funny! I love this and now have a strange desire to visit North Dakota!

March 29, 2007 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked ND-remember your ND stories
Mom

March 29, 2007 9:42 AM  
Blogger Darla said...

LOL, some of those first ones apply to where I grew up in mid-Michigan, too. Like having keys to the neighbors' houses, and leaving the car running.

March 29, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

I've never been, but at least I knew it was a state. LOL.
Great list!

March 29, 2007 9:47 AM  
Blogger Chelle Y. said...

That is just too funny! My sister lived in NC after living in California most her life. She told me that the Redneck jokes were not funny anymore because they were her neighbors! :)

March 29, 2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger meh said...

Definitely sounds like my kind of place to live! YOu are lucky! :)

March 29, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger Angela/SciFiChick said...

Uff-Da.. My mother is from South Dakota and Norwegian.. So I know those Ole and Lena jokes.

March 29, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

How interesting! I haven't ever been to ND. Happy TT

March 29, 2007 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never been to ND, but I do know it's cold there. I think this is very cool. I mean, we all know things about Cal. & NYC. and other popular states, so this is fun for me to learn about the Dakota-isms.

March 29, 2007 11:04 AM  
Blogger Eimi said...

I have never been there and have no idea what a lot of those mean!! Crazy stuff! Thanks for visiting my TT.

March 29, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger samulli said...

Great list. Being from Germany I even know what Fleischkuechle are, so I would probably feel quite at home in North Dakota.
I wish we had winters like that where I come from. Give me a cold winter over a hot summer any day. At least when it's cold I can put on more clothes, whereas when it's hot... Well, you get the picture. ;o)

March 29, 2007 12:43 PM  
Blogger The Gal Herself said...

Let me guess … when you give directions, do you use the phrase, "up the road a piece?"

March 29, 2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger Jennie Andrus said...

Hehe, North Dakota sounds like my kinda place.

March 29, 2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

Can't wait to hear the rest!!
:-D

March 29, 2007 1:35 PM  
Blogger JAM said...

We have a couple at our church from Minnesota, not North Dakota, I know, but they have that whole "Yah! y'becha" thing going on. Even their name is cool, Bjorge.

They laugh at my Louisiana drawl in return.

Great list.

March 29, 2007 2:03 PM  
Blogger -atomik kitten said...

I am not from ND but I do have all the keys required to be! :)

March 29, 2007 2:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Some of those apply to where I live in MA, too - or did a few years ago, anyway. My little town's growing up so fast... :(

Happy TT ing! My list is up!

March 29, 2007 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I have been to South Dakota nut I am not sure about North Dakota -- I've been to whichever one the Badlands are in.

March 29, 2007 3:08 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Sometimes I face North Dakota when I wake up hung over on the wrong end of the bed lol

March 29, 2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger kuanyin333 said...

Raggedy...you know I always show up late for TT since I'm from Maui, far far far away! This was a funny post!

March 29, 2007 4:05 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Real North Dakotans are unruffled by wind-blown prairie dogs, sailing by at cruise missile velocity...

March 29, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Great TT! Can't wait to see Part 2 and 3!

:)

March 29, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Vicky said...

:) Great list! I love 'you know when' lists that you sit there going yeah... that's true. Can't wait for the next 2 parts!

Happy TT!

March 29, 2007 5:15 PM  
Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said...

I love a cultural list like that, esp as I'm a foreigner. I learn so much so quickly. Thanks for visiting me :)

March 29, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I spent my high school years in Grand Forks...this had me rolling on the floor! I can relate to so many of these!! Take care :)

March 29, 2007 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like I know North Dakota so much better! A fun read!

March 29, 2007 8:03 PM  
Blogger Ms. George said...

Terrific post! Thanks for visiting my TT. Yours made me chuckle, although my family was in South Dakota...

March 29, 2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger palmtreefanatic said...

sounds neat! happy TT!

March 29, 2007 8:18 PM  
Blogger Christina (BookTasty) said...

Interesting list! I think that some of them get lost on Floridians though! :)

March 29, 2007 9:17 PM  
Blogger Wylie Kinson said...

Hilarious topic!! I had the movie 'Fargo' playing in the background of my mind the whole time, interspersed with anecdotes from Rose on Golden Girls!!

March 29, 2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ Enjoyed reading your posts, thanks for reading mine.
Glad you liked the One-Liners. Feel
free to post them if you want as we have a lot of different readers.
Spread the joy around I say.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

March 30, 2007 12:37 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I'm looking forward to part 2 and 3. I would love to explore North Dakota!
Thanks for visiting my TT.

March 30, 2007 6:50 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Raggedy, now I know why you knew the joke about the Nordakoda Cow.

March 30, 2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Sophisticated Writer said...

Have no idea what you're talking about, but I can't wait for parts 2 and 3. Great TT!

March 30, 2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great TT, Raggedy! I´m looking forward to the continuations =)

March 30, 2007 8:10 AM  
Blogger Cindy Swanson said...

I never knew much about North Dakota before, but this really opened my eyes! :) Great, humorous TT. Visit mine when you get a moment.

March 30, 2007 9:29 AM  

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