Monday, January 26, 2009

Things I don't understand about my new home

DISCLAIMER: I am writing this purely for fun and not to make fun of anyone, nor to imply that I am not enjoying my new home. I like many things about being here and I know if I made a list for my past homes the list would be at least as long, if not longer.

I don't understand.............

1. people can talk with Southern accents and be from Pennsylvania.

2. there are tons of churches and everyone seems to go to church.

3. schools decide to close if there is even a threat of snow (that of course never comes) and maybe even a little ice that is melted by rain afterwards.

4. they are prepared for snow but still insist on not plowing the roads.

5. my new place is considered "close and convenient" to everything, yet is 10 miles from the closest 'real' grocery store.

6. people can live with Sheetz instead of Wawa.

7. ........what exactly is a primary school and how it is different from elementary school (btw primary is k-2 and elementary is 3-5 here).

8. .......what "Waynesburr" is (translation=Waynesboro).

9. EVERY area Wal-mart managed to be a Supercenter.

10. my heating bill can be $553 for one month when I was away for almost two weeks of that month.

11. Chambersburg and Hagerstown are the "big cities".

12. ............ how one IU covers three whole counties (instead of one county like I am used to).

13. Main Street in Mercersburg (a town of about 1, 000 people) can sound like New York City because there are often sirens wailing past (often every day).

14. the traffic lights can take so long to turn green when no one is coming the other direction.

15. there can be a "Chamber of Commerce" for a town that has little "commerce".

16. there can be 3 or 4 Bed and Breakfasts in a town of 1,000 people.

17. almost every radio station is a country music station. I know it's hard to believe, but not everyone likes country music.

18. every single car at my job has a license plate from PA even though it is only 15 miles or less from MD.

19. .............that State Line is actually a town and not a term referring to the line between PA and MD.

20. people can go 5, 10, or even 15 miles below the speed limit when there are no cops around. I can't tell you how much this bugs me. I think it is even worse than Philly traffic. At least the traffic has a reason. There is no reason for going to slowly on a perfectly good and reasonably straight road. It seems like EVERYONE is insanely slow.

So here ya go. My list of local pet peeves. I'm sure I will add to it as time goes by.