You know you are from Virginia

Some of these seem more Northern Virginia oriented, but I have to say that I got a real kick out of them. Thanks to Heather for sending these to me!

You know you’re from Virginia if..

Speed limits are just suggestions

You have at least two friends who have no idea what their relatives do…because its “top secret” government work

Most of your senior class went to Mason, JMU, Tech, VCU or UVA

When people ask where you’re from, you tell them DC because its easier to explain

You’ve never told someone you’re from Virginia without putting “northern,” “central,” or “southern” in front of it (See above…)

It’s not actually tailgating unless your bumper is touching the car in front of you.

You know yellow light means at least 5 more cars can get through. (Yeah, man…at least. Probably also happens everywhere else.) A red light means 2 more can.

You actually know what the black boxes at stoplights are for.

Despite the fact that Virginia fought for the south in the Civil War, you are not, under any circumstances, a “southerner”

You are amused by visiting relatives who are actually excited to see Washington, DC

You took a field trip to Williamsburg as a kid

You are amazed when you go out of town and the people at McDonalds speak English

You or someone in your family has a Smart Tag

An inch of snow and you miss 3 days of school

All the potholes just add a little excitement to your driving experience

Crown Victoria = undercover cop

Subway is a fast food place. The transportation system is known as Metro, and only Metro.

They just tore down the old farm house across the street and put 12 new McMansions in its place

For the cost of your house, you could own a small town in Iowa

If you stay on the same road long enough, it will eventually have three new names.

You have to dial the area code to call your neighbor

“Vacation” means spending a day at King’s Dominion or Busch Gardens.

“Going to the River” means any stream with water.

You have never been served tea without the waitress asking “sweet or unsweetened?”

Your favorite past time is telling West Virginia jokes.

Anyone who can’t trace his or her ancestry back to at least four generations in Virginia is an outsider.

“Going to the beach” means anywhere from Ocean City (MD) to Virginia Beach to Myrtle Beach.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Virginia.


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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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5 Responses to You know you are from Virginia

  1. Robin says:

    *Central Virginia* here, but *ex-NOVA*!
    You crack me up! Tell Heather I loved it! Although, here in Chesterfield they say “Goin’ to the rivah.” LOL
    Btw, is there any other kind of tea besides *sweet*?
    We live off Rt. 10, which also goes by Ironbridge Rd, Broad Rock Rd, and West Hundred Rd…. confusing, huh! :)

  2. I am much, MUCH further north and half this list confuses me. :D

  3. Northern Virginia isn’t it’s own state? You know, for a long time I thought everyone put northern, southern, central, etc. before their state when saying where they were from. I grew up in Southern Maryland and now live in Northern Virginia. I love that list. When I lived in MD we used to say you know it’s not a trip to VA unless you turn around at least once. The scary thing is after living in NoVA for 2 1/2 years I actually *understand* the roads.

  4. Steph says:

    Ack! So this explains why driving in Northern VA is such an ordeal. :-P Down here in the valley, we are in a wholly different culture. I thnk you’re right though … that yellow light thing is pretty much universal.

    Thanks for the supportive comment. I hope Jason’s family party goes well this weekend.

  5. 2funkidsmom says:

    With a couple of exceptions, this list is definetly NoVA. Grew up there, but now live in Central VA – where people Do consider themselves Southerners, unsweetened tea is sacralige, and going to the beach means either Va Beach or the Outer Banks. And vacation means “goin’ to The Rivah house.”

    I really enjoy reading your blog, and this post is really funny….