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You know you’re from Louisiana if…

Your sunglasses fog up when you step outside, even in December.

You reinforce your attic to store Mardi Gras beads

You don’t look twice when you see pink flamingos in yards of upscale subdivisions during Mardi Gras.

You save newspapers, not for recycling, but for tablecloths at crawfish boils.

Your ancestors are buried above the ground.

You drink Community Coffee, have tried Starbucks, but don’t see what all the fuss is about.

You take a bite of five-alarm chili and reach for the Tabasco.

You’ve worn shorts at Christmas.

You sit down to eat boiled crawfish and your host says, “Don’t eat the dead ones,” and you know what he means.

You push little old ladies out of the way to catch Mardi Gras beads.

Little old ladies push YOU out of the way tocatch Mardi Gras beads.

Your house payment is less than your utility bill.

You know that Tchoupitoulas is a street and not a disease.

Your grandparents are called “Mam-Maw” and “Paw-Paw.” (Mostly if you’re from “da parish.” In which case, you also speak Chalmatian.)

Your Tante Izetta calls to say that she has time to pass by but she can’t get down, and that makes sense to you.

Your Santa Claus rides an alligator and your favorite Saint is a football player.

You cringe every time you hear an actor with a Southern or Cajun accent in a “New Orleans-based” movie or TV show.

You have to reset your clocks after every thunderstorm.

You’re walking in the French Quarter with a plastic cup and it’s filled with an alcoholic beverage.

When it starts to rain, you cover your beer instead of your head.

You’ve eaten at one or more of these restaurants, AND know how to pronounce them: Prejeans, Tu Jac’s, Gallatoire’s, Ralph & Kacoo’s, Brunet’s, or Mulatte’s.

You eat dinner out and spend the entire meal talking about all the other good places you’ve eaten.

You call home just to find out what yamomm’an’em are having for supper tonight.

The crawfish mounds in your front yard have over taken the grass.

You greet people with:
“Howzyamomma’an’em?” and hear back “Dey fine!”
Hey, dawlin’. Where y’at!
We was out by the neutral ground in fronta Kay’n’bees.
Dem crawfish ain’t lookin so good dis season, no.

Some N. O. accents here.

Community Coffee, Haydels, Zapps, K&B, Abita, etc., are essential. We love makin’ groceries and savin ’em when da devil done paid his due.

Every so often, you have waterfront property.

When giving directions you use “uptown,” “downtown,” “backatown,”
“riverside,” “lakeside,” “other side of the bayou,” or “other side of the levee.”
Classic N.O. directions: “Get off the Interstate at Veterans Highway, then turn left where Pelican Bowling Lanes *used to be*.”

When you refer to a geographical location “way up North'” you are referring to places like Shreveport, Little Rock, or Memphis, where it gets real cold.

You can pronounce Tchoupitoulas.(Also, Thibodeaux, Opelousas, Pontchartrain, Ouachita, Atchafalaya.) And you pronounce the Greek muses as: Turps-ick-oh, Mel-pom-een, Thale-ya, etc.

You don’t worry when you see ships riding higher in the river than the top of your house.

You judge a poboy by the number of napkins used.

The waitress at your local sandwich shop tells you a fried oyster poboy “dressed” is healthier than a Caesar salad. You agree.

You know the definition of “dressed” and you like your roast-beef poboy sloppy wit debris.

You can eat Popeye’s, Haydel’s and Zapp’s for lunch and wash it down with Barq’s and several Abitas, without losing it all on your stoop or banquette. (Me, I like Ranadazzo’s better than Haydel’s. And I miss McKenzie’s. And Schwegmann’s. And K&B. And… Sigh! New Orleans just aint the same no more.)

The four seasons in the year are: Crawfish, Shrimp, Crab, and King Cake.

You wrench your hands in the zink with an onion bar to get the crawfish smell off.

You’re not afraid when someone wants to “ax” you something.

You don’t learn until high school that Mardi Gras is not a national holiday.

You don’t learn until high school what a “county” is.

You believe that purple, green, and gold look good together (and you will even eat things those colors).

You go to buy a new winter coat (what most people would refer to as a windbreaker) and throw your arms up in the air to make sure it allows enough room to catch Mardi Gras beads.

Your last name isn’t pronounced the way it’s spelled.

You know what a nutria is but you still pick it to represent your baseball team.

You have spent a summer afternoon on the Lake Pontchartrain seawall catching blue crabs. And then eating them, no matter what those scientists say about “pollution.”

You describe a color as “K&B Purple.”

You like your rice and politics dirty.

You pronounce the largest city in the state as “Noo Awlins.”

A friend gets in trouble for roaches in his car and you wonder if it was palmetto bugs (A term invented by Florida chambers of commerce cuz “flying roaches” just sounds off-putting to tourists.) or those little ones that go after the french fries that fell under the seat.

You know the big roaches can fly, but you’re able to sleep at night anyway.

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