Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thursday Thirteen (22nd)


North Dakota:

It Really Is One Of The 50 States!



There are too many for one Thursday Thirteen.
Part 2 of 3


You might be from North Dakota:

1. If you think a grain elevator constitutes a skyline . . .

2. If the closest thing to a forest is a field with shelterbelts . . .

3. If you think the state tree is a telephone pole and the state bird is a mosquito . . .

4. If you claim to be able to stand on a beer can and see the whole state . . .

5. If the idea of snow in June doesn't surprise you . . .

6. If you keep Civil Defense candy from the 1950s in your car's winter emergency kit .

7. If you design your Halloween costumes to fit over snowmobile suits . . .

8. If you know the four seasons--Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter, and Almost Winter

9. If the only visitors you had in January were the two snowmen in the front yard . . .

10. If you don't think it's cold unless your eyelashes stick together when you blink . . .

11. If you consider the wind "calm" from 0-15 mph, "kinda breezy" from 15-30 mph, and "kinda windy" for more than 30 mph . . .

12. If you consider the temperature "OK" down to -10 F., "kinda chilly" from -10 to -20 F., "chilly" from -20 to -30 F., and "kinda cold" for more than -30 F. . .

13. If you've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.


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86 Comments:

Blogger Wylie Kinson said...

Happy 1 year anniversary in blogland!!
I could replace ND for Northwester Ontario for a good lot of these!

April 11, 2007 10:16 PM  
Blogger Jenny McB said...

I would be traveling with a pillow for #13.

So when the sun comes out and the temp gets above freezIng, I hope you can post a "chamber of Commerce" list, all the good stuff about your cold , flat state.....lol

Happy Blogging Anniversary!

April 11, 2007 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think the state tree is a telephone pole and the state bird is a mosquito . . .

Yup, I've heard this before about ND.

Thanks for the funny post this week.

I'm all about lessons learned from my mom and dad.

April 11, 2007 10:43 PM  
Blogger Kimo and Sabi said...

Hmmm...we don't fink we will be visitin' ND anytime soon - Brrrr! Did you know at one time Calif was considering becoming 2 states (No. & So. CA)

April 12, 2007 12:43 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

i should really go visit Nort Dakota! it's very interesting, reading from your list!! oh & btw, happy birthday to your BLOG!! let's celebrate!

April 12, 2007 1:12 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

I'm really hoping the utility poles at only six feet tall LOL

April 12, 2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger palmtreefanatic said...

I have done #13 like for 12 yrs of school....ugh!!!
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO thankfull those days are OVER! actually in my high school yrs it took me 2 busses and about 1 & 1/2 hrs to get home all together! that sux to think about!
anyways, nice list! happy TT!!!

April 12, 2007 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the last 13. Very entertaining this time around. Maybe in part three you should include, "You might be from North Dakota if you have a great sense of humor." How else would any sane person survive all the wind, snow, and cold?

April 12, 2007 4:56 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Love the one about the seasons!

Happy TT.

April 12, 2007 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the weather! My DH had an unexpected detour to ND once on a business trip, and got off the plane with nothing but a light jacket, in JANUARY. He thought he'd die before he could get out! Great TT!

April 12, 2007 6:27 AM  
Blogger Special K ~Toni said...

I love #5! Great list!

April 12, 2007 7:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy first! I love your Dakota posts - make me feel right at home...

April 12, 2007 7:21 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

I think that picture is the reason I've never been to North Dakota. ;)

April 12, 2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

That sounds too cold for me! I do not think they make snow tires for my stroller, either.

Happy bloggaversary!

April 12, 2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger Tilly Greene said...

Happy Blogaversary! What a accomplishment, and may this next year bring you even more joy.

That picture...oh my goodness! Ummm, not much of a cold lover here, but I'd still love to see the state.

Great list Raggedy :-)

April 12, 2007 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm laughing and wincing at the same time. I don't think the North Dakota Visitor's Bureau will be hiring you soon. ;-) You're going to have to do a post on what keeps you in ND because I'm betting there are lots of wonderful things that tie you there.

Happy first anniversary! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

April 12, 2007 7:37 AM  
Blogger Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Funny and cute! My mom says #7 applies to Manitoba too. She grew up in Winnipeg, and all of her Hallowe'en costumes as a child were made to fit over snowsuits! She's laughing at #8 too!

Thanks for visiting. :)

April 12, 2007 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanna say happy blog anniversary!

April 12, 2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger Sonja Foust said...

Baha, that made me laugh! My grandparents are from South Dakota, so I've logged a lot of hours there. Maybe not quite as... um... Dakota as North Dakota, but I still totally get it.

April 12, 2007 8:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOL these are too funny! I love the picture you have at the top. That much snow is scary. And I'm Canadian!

April 12, 2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Wow these would be funny if it weren't true. Our son was born in North Dakota so we've spent some time there.

April 12, 2007 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

state bird = mosquito
That is too funny!

April 12, 2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that I can say is thank God I live in the South. However, our state bird could be a mosquito as well! Nasty little creatures...

April 12, 2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was very funny, but I sympathize.
My inlaws live in Marquette Michigan so these are very similar.

Happy Bloggiversary


~

April 12, 2007 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very funny list! I lived for a while in Syracuse, NY and many of those brought that time back to me. Brrr!

Thank you for visiting my TT list. I'll post the answers to the quiz tomorrow.

April 12, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Shannon akaMonty said...

HAHAHAHA! I love those things...I have a couple of great ones for my state.

And they're mostly true.

April 12, 2007 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man and to think we were complaining about the mid 40's temps we're getting in the Ohio valley.

April 12, 2007 9:16 AM  
Blogger Aline de Chevigny said...

LOL Raggedy those apply to living in Northern Ontario too hehe.

Great List and thanks for the boost of encouragement. I'm a seasoned mover so this will be fast. hehe

Aline

April 12, 2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger Judy Callarman, Scrabble Has-Been said...

This is a great list--brrr! Give me Texas!

April 12, 2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger alisonwonderland said...

fun list! and happy blogiversary!

i'm too much of a warm-weather girl to survive long in North Dakota, it appears! :o)

thanks for stopping by!

April 12, 2007 10:02 AM  
Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

Happy Anniversay first of all, and I totally used to have to put my Halloween costume over my snow suit.

Too funny.

Great TT, thanks for dropping by mine.

April 12, 2007 10:12 AM  
Blogger Denise Patrick said...

Great list. I've actually heard some of these before. But, my favorite ND joke is a military one. Whenever we hear that someone has been stationed in Minot, the standard response is "Who'd you piss off?"

Thanks for visiting my TT.

April 12, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Happy first year of blogging. Don't think I want to live in ND.

Check out my TT

April 12, 2007 10:26 AM  
Blogger Crazy Working Mom said...

heh heh...I liked the one about the halloween costume and the snow suit!
Great list and thanks for stopping by.

April 12, 2007 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen this list before - but not with ND associated with it.

Usually it's got a Canadian city attached. Most often that's Winnipeg - where the mosquitos are so big they could carry children away!

April 12, 2007 10:48 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Brrr what a cold paradise ! When I crossed North Dakota in 1971, children were picked up in airplanes to bring them to school ! That's at least what I have been told. But I remember that we drove miles and miles and miles from one "house" to the other !

April 12, 2007 10:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Happy blogiversary!

Reading all that cold-weather stuff reminds me why I always have, and (if I have my way) always will, live in the South! LOL

April 12, 2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger Michelle Hasker said...

Heheh great list!
Happy blogivesary, too.

The only one I can relate to is mosquitos all year round, and riding the bus an hour each way. Did that when I was a kid. Of course it took me about 20 minutes to walk to the bus stop, AFTER they moved it closer to my house 3 times.

April 12, 2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger Am I there yet? said...

Those are all so funny! That picture is amazing too!! Thanks for visiting my TT!

April 12, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

First I want to say Happy first Blog birthday! Secondly, welcome back, hope the computer don't give you anymore trouble

I'm not from Dakota, but thanks for given us a glimps of what it like in Dakota :)

Happy T13 - have a nice day!

April 12, 2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Cute! There is a you know you are from Wisconsin list with some of the same thing on it.

I went to school in Ellendale, ND for a year and really enjoy ND life! :)

Thank you for stopping by my TT!

April 12, 2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Happy anniversary!!
I think you stole some idea from the "You know you are from the Maritimes when..." :P
Happy tt!!

April 12, 2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger Elena Croft said...

Congrats on the Anniversary!

Great list, I think some of those might apply up here in Alaska.

April 12, 2007 12:35 PM  
Blogger Believer said...

If you know the four seasons--Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter, and Almost Winter . . .

My Favorite!

I could say the reverse about Arizona.

April 12, 2007 12:44 PM  
Blogger Believer said...

The Four Seasons of Arizona
Hot, Hotter n' Hell, Not Hot, and Almost Hot.

Added this to my sidebar. Thanks!

April 12, 2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger Rene said...

How funny. I will not be moving to ND anytime soon. Snow sends me into anaphlactic shock.

April 12, 2007 12:58 PM  
Blogger Joy Renee said...

I like snow but not that much. Or that cold.

Happy Blogaversary!

My #28 is 13 things I am NOT going to miss about the weekly walk to the library. It is 13 pics of the anoying to the horrifying.

I'm having fun with my new digital camera while offering an amusing and informative lesson on the vissisitudes of the visualy impaired.

April 12, 2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger JAM said...

At least North Dakotans (?) have a great sense of humor.

I love these kinds of lists, but I'm surprised at how many states can claim mosquitos as the state bird. Bring back DDT!

April 12, 2007 1:21 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great list! Again, a lot of it is South Dakota too!

April 12, 2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger The Gal Herself said...

Happy birthday to your blog! And I'm glad you're proud and pleased to be a North Dakotan. But don't be too parochial about the always changeable weather. Yesterday, a mlb game at The Beautiful Confines of Wrigley Field was called due to snow.

April 12, 2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such an interesting list! And I have to say, I rather like the idea of winter, winter, almost winter, not quite winter... I like cool weather much better than hot. :)

Happy TT to you!

April 12, 2007 1:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OMG, and i thought moving from southern california to portland, OR was a great leap in the direction of extreme weather!!! lol

remind me never to move to north dakota.

April 12, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger Dane Bramage said...

Help me out here. Is it Blogaversary or Blogoversary? Either way HAPPY! Ohio has tame winters compred to you but we still only have two seasons. Winter and Construction (as evidenced by orange cones blossoming.

Thanks for visiting my Thursday Thirteen #37. My Favorite 13 Posts of the Last Year in honor of my second blogo- bloga- anniversary of blogging!

April 12, 2007 2:58 PM  
Blogger Darla said...

Hey, that hour-long school bus ride is great for kindergartners--no more arguing about whether he needed a nap or not--he just slept on the bus. :)

Fun list! I'm looking forward to part 3!

April 12, 2007 3:00 PM  
Blogger Haley-O (Cheaty) said...

Well, that settles that -- I guess I'm not from North Dakota!

April 12, 2007 3:21 PM  
Blogger Tracy S said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! and WOW that is a lot of snow!!! Man oh man. I love snow in the winter but it appears that there CAN be too much of a good thing...


Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my music list this week :)

April 12, 2007 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list! Thanks for your visit to mine. Happy Birthday! I am impressed!

April 12, 2007 4:15 PM  
Blogger Natasha Fondren said...

"Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter, and Almost Winter"

ROFL ... that's hilarious! I saw above this post that it's your one year blog birthday! Happy blogaversary! And Happy TT!

April 12, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger MamaToo said...

loved this - being from SD, I could relate and laugh even more at a few! congrats on 1 year - the blogospere is better because of you!

April 12, 2007 4:40 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

You are NOT making North Dakota sound very inviting.
Cold, snowy, flat land filled with mosquitos and people with no complany. Hrrumph!

I lived in SD for a little over a year.
It was WAY WAY too cold and WAY WAY too flat.
I lived in the ugliest part, I think.

April 12, 2007 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one made me laugh! That pic is insane!! :) Happy TT!

April 12, 2007 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

think I will stay in the DC area!
Good TT and great idea. May have to use it.

April 12, 2007 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, sounds not to different from Wyoming! Well at least the seasons! What at fun TT!

April 12, 2007 5:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can sympathise with 13 having had to use a school bus that went round collecting from lots of farms and villages and so took almost that long even though we were only ever 4 miles from school.

April 12, 2007 5:12 PM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

Brrrrr!! Happy 1st anniversary!!

Lisa - Lil' Duck Duck

April 12, 2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hmm. Wonder how I can put all this into some fiction... Hmmm....

Thanks for visiting West of Mars, like always, Raggedy! Come back more often; you're always welcome to join our zany fun.

April 12, 2007 6:14 PM  
Blogger KarenW said...

That's quite a difference from Alabama! I always feel sorry for the poor kids whose parents dress them up in those fuzzy Halloween costumes and it turns out to be in the upper 70's that day. Stay warm!

April 12, 2007 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I don't live in North Dakota!! SC is plenty cold enough for me!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

April 12, 2007 8:33 PM  
Blogger Lori's Light Extemporanea said...

Congrats on being around a year! You've got a lot of traffic for just being around a year.

I was born in Minot. My dad was in the Air Force and both Mom and Dad were from Texas. Both heartily hated ND because of the cold. It takes special people to live there and thrive, I think.

April 12, 2007 8:51 PM  
Blogger Geekwif said...

I was born in South Dakota. It's not quite as bad, but I can certainly relate to some of these! That picture is just crazy!

April 12, 2007 8:56 PM  
Blogger Irish Church Lady :) said...

Fargo ~ was that in North Dakota? You all talk like Canadians ay?

Thanks for visiting my Itty Bitty TT.

April 12, 2007 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary.

Also, love this list. My husband is from SOUTH Dakota, but much of it still applies.

April 13, 2007 1:27 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

Just reading that list makes me feel cold!

April 13, 2007 1:42 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Happy blogiversary!!! (Mine's coming up soon.) What an awesome community we have here in blogittyville.

I've never visited your fair state, but your T-13 was very cute. Heading your way some day, I hope. Hugs 'n prayers, e-Mom

April 13, 2007 2:44 AM  
Blogger Aral PinoyTV said...

Congratulations on your first Blogiversary. . . Cheers to Blogging !!!
Looking forward in reading your next T13.

Regards
MM

April 13, 2007 2:49 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

All I can say is...brrrrrr!

April 13, 2007 5:16 AM  
Blogger Donna. W said...

I've been to North Dakota. You can keep it.

April 13, 2007 6:40 AM  
Blogger samulli said...

And suddenly I decided to stop bitchin' about the weather here in Germany. Thanks for that. ;o)

Damn, you get a lot of comments. You ever even read all of them anymore?

April 13, 2007 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very funny TT list. Thanks for visiting my TT. Happy Friday.

April 13, 2007 9:11 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

I think that London is cold enough for me right now, but thanks for sharing! Happy TT!

April 13, 2007 2:44 PM  
Blogger Danica Favorite said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

And other than being extremely jealous that your Mr. Linky works better than mine, I loved this!

I've been to ND, so I could relate!

April 14, 2007 12:40 AM  
Blogger Liz Hill said...

LOL at this TT--very funny

and Happy Blogiversary!!

April 14, 2007 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh, never been... can't say I like the idea of cold AND mosquitoes, I thought they were mutually exclusive.

April 16, 2007 11:39 PM  
Blogger devilishsouthernbelle.net said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my Thursday Thirteen last week :) I am just now getting around to visiting the visitors I had, but better late than never (I hope!).

I'm getting cold just thinking about the weather you just described! Snow is beautiful, and we don't get enough of it down here in the south where I am....but I think I'd only want it in the actual three winter months!

Unfortunately, most southern states could probably claim the mosquito as their state bird as well. I hate those things!

April 20, 2007 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the chuckles!

April 23, 2007 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should make a book out of these. They're priceless!!

June 02, 2007 8:28 PM  

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