Northern NY winter

Thank you to Judy Butz, for sending this...

It was originally written by Jeff Foxworthy as a tribute to "Upstate" New Yorkers. I changed "upstate" to "Northern" New York. (forgive me, Mr. Foxworthy)

We are having quite the heat wave today. It is 19°F. Happy Holiday!

(Dec. 21, 2004)


  1. If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Northern New York.
  2. If you‘re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Saranac Lake is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Northern New York.
  3. If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you might live in Northern New York.
  4. If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live in Northern New York.
  5. If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don‘t work there, you might live in Northern New York.
  6. If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Northern New York.
  7. If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Northern New York.
  8. If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Northern New York.
  9. If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Northern New York.


  1. "Vacation” means going South past Albany for the weekend.
  2. You measure distance in hours.
  3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
  4. You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.
  5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
  6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).
  7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  8. You carry jumper cables in your car and all the women know how to use them.
  9. You design your kid‘s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
  10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
  12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.
  13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
  14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.
  15. Down South to you means Albany.
  16. A brat is something you eat.
  17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed.
  18. You go out to fish fry every Friday.
  19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
  20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
  21. You find 0 degrees “a little chilly.”
  22. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Northern New York friends.




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