This was a funny mail message that a friend, a former Albertan but now Montanan, passed on to me. I found it quite fitting. What’s really funny is that most of its true! For those of you who live in a warm and moderate climate, this might give you an insight into prairie life.
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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 may live in Alberta.
If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you may live in Alberta.
If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you may live in Alberta.
If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Alberta.
If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone whodialed a wrong number, you may live in Alberta.
You Know You Are A TRUE Albertan When:
1. “Vacation” means going south past Calgary 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 then back again.
5. You can drive 110 kph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard,
6. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
7. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
8. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
9. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.*
10. “Down south” to you means Calgary.
11. Your 1st of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
12. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
13. You find 0 degrees “a little chilly.”
14. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all
your Alberta friends! (Yup, did that!)
* I draw the line at deer statues. Â 🙂