North Dakota August 01, 2017
10 Undying Habits That Prove You Can Never Take North Dakota Out Of The North Dakotan
It doesn’t matter how far you go from North Dakota, a bit of it will always be with a true North Dakotan. There are just some habits we cannot shake no matter what. They may make some out-of-staters give that North Dakotan some funny looks, but it’s just who they are. Here are 10 of those traits that are truly Peace Garden State:
1. Storm watching from the front porch.
What can we say? Watching storms is just fun! Whenever a big storm seems to be brewing on the horizon, we tend to gravitate outside instead of inside like a normal person. This is usually followed by a few comments about said storm and how we know what it'll do and where it'll go (even if we aren't meteorologists).
2. Saying "uff da" for pretty much any situation.
Once this habit infects a North Dakotan it'll never go away. Is it raining out? Uff da! Did you just get an unexpected bill in the mail? Uff da! Accidentally bump into someone? Uff da! Finish a huge meal? Uff da! It never goes away, ever.
3. Doing the two-fingers-off-the-wheel farmer wave.
If you're driving down a country road in North Dakota and you pass by another driver (which seldom happens), you raise two fingers off your steering wheel at them as an acknowledgement. If you don't do it back to the driver, are you really a North Dakotan?
4. Knowing when all the different hunting seasons start and end.
Hunting is just a way of life in North Dakota. Even if you don't hunt yourself, you probably have still caught wind of when things like deer or pheasant hunting seasons have started or ended.
5. Calling this barbecue:
Pretty much everywhere else calls these "sloppy joes" or some other name, but North Dakotans are a bit different and call them barbecue or barbecue sandwiches, and they probably always will.
6. Looking up in the night sky and expecting tons of stars.
It's hard to believe there are some places in the world where only one or two stars are visible in the night sky, the rest clouded by light pollution or air pollution. North Dakota is definitely one of the least light polluted states and we have tons of open space that you can head out to and see the most beautiful, starry skies. It's crazy to see anything else and takes some getting used to.
7. Wanting to follow up someone's "why not" question with "why not Minot?"
Once you've heard this North Dakotan saying, it's hard to not think about it every time someone asks "why not?" Out-of-staters would probably not understand, so we have to bite our tongue sometimes and not say it.
8. Saying hotdish instead of casserole.
We know what casserole is, we know it's pretty much the same as hotdish, and we know most other places call it casserole, but we'll be darned if we ever get used to calling it that. Hotdish is just what it is.
9. Being ready to explain that the movie "Fargo" was really inaccurate.
No, we don't have accents like that and none of that movie was actually filmed in Fargo. Most of it isn't even set in North Dakota!
10. Being a fan of green.
Doesn't matter if it's for UND or NDSU, we love our college sport teams here!
What other undying habits do you have as a North Dakotan? If you’re truly from this great state,
you can relate to these phrases, too!