A friend of mine sent me a little humor the other day. I always appreciate a good smile or better yet, an outright laugh. I typically don’t care for humor at someone else’s expense, but this was kind of funny. They were one-liners poking a little fun at folks from the south, but the more I read them, the more I felt the heading could have easily been about my area here in the north. Since I was born and raised here and now live back in the area, I think it’s ok to poke a little fun in my direction. If you have ever been to this area, I think you will see some of the similarities.
TOP THINGS THAT YOU WILL NEVER HEAR YOOPER BOYS SAY:
- I’ll take Shakespeare for $1000, Alex.
- Duct tape won’t fix that.
- Come to think of it, I’ll have a Heineken with a slice of lime.
- We don’t keep guns in this house.
- You can’t feed that to the dog.
- No kids in the back of the pickup, it’s just not safe.
- We’re vegetarians.
- I’ll have the grapefruit and grapes instead of the bacon and eggs.
- Honey, we don’t need another dog.
- Give me the small bag of pork rinds.
- Too many deer heads detract from the decor.
- Please trim the fat off that steak.
- Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.
- My fiancée is registered at Tiffany’s.
- I’ve got two cases of Zima iced down for the Super Bowl.
- I don’t have a favorite football team.
- Those cutoffs might need to be a little longer, Sally.
I think it’s pretty hard to put any geographic limits on many of these. I can see how they can apply in a lot of areas. I remember going to a national meeting a number of years ago and was having dinner with some of my friends from the southern states. We were having a great time when one of my buddies looked up and said he wanted to make me an honorary southern surveyor. I was touched by that and had to ask him why. He simply smiled and said, “John, you are from so far north, it is just like being from the south.” I thought about it for a second and had to agree. I couldn’t have been with a better bunch of guys and I’m proud to call them my friends even if occasionally I do have the small bag of pork rinds.
And that’s the situation as I survey it …
After a 35-year career downstate livin’ amongst da trolls, during which he built a successful engineering and surveying business, John Matonich is back home in da U.P. His column will appear here occasionally, don’tcha know. His book “Surveyin’ Da Situation” is available on Amazon.com.
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