Pennsylvania May 15, 2017
13 Weird Side Effects Everyone Experiences From Growing Up In Pennsylvania
Ah…memories of growing up in Pennsylvania. Those long summer days playing outside until our names were called when the streetlights came on. Running to the corner to greet the ice cream truck. And, catching lightening bugs then setting them free. Growing up in Pennsylvania is a treat but there are some rather, well, interesting side effects to the experience, including…
1. You have driven on the PA Turnpike at least once and…
Everyone who lives in PA has driven on the turnpike once. And, if you’re like most drivers, you probably saw the gas prices along the toll road and got off at the next exit to avoid paying the exorbitant prices.
2. Complain about the always rising turnpike toll fees.
The turnpike tolls are set to get higher every year for the next few decades. As a result, more Pennsylvanians have turned on their GPS or got out their maps and, instead of just complaining, have found free routes to their final destination.
3. You know how to pronounce Punxsutawney…
And you know all eyes turn to Gobbler’s Knob every February when that lovable fur ball Phil emerges from his den to make his weather prediction. Six more weeks of winter or an early spring?
4. Zelienople and…
You may have never been to Zelienople or might not be able to point it out on a map. But, you know how to pronounce it.
You look at the name Schuylkill and instinctively know how to pronounce it. Spelling it? Well, that’s a whole different story.
6. You roll your eyes when you hear people from other states complain about gas prices and…
Pennsylvania’s lucky (insert extreme sarcasm) enough to pay the highest gasoline taxes in the United States, even beating out California. So, we have little sympathy for the complaints from other states.
7. Believe Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are just a few short miles apart.
You can only shrug when you hear someone who thinks that the state’s two major cities aren’t far apart.
8. You’re open to eating different foods and…
You either love or hate scrapple but you’ve tried it. You might put French fries and coleslaw on your salads or sandwiches. You know sometimes weird food combinations make the most delicious dishes.
9. Know there’s no better place to get a snack than in PA.
PA’s the "Snack Capital of the U.S." and you expect all of your snacks to be as good as the ones originally made in PA: Herr’s, Hershey’s, TastyKake, Utz, Snyder’s of Hanover, and the list goes on.
10. You’ve chosen a side on the state’s biggest sports rivalry and…
You either root for the Pittsburgh teams or the Philly teams. And, you know there’s no jumping from side to side because sports fans in PA are loyal to their favorite team.
11. Convenience store rivalry.
You’ve made the choice. You’ve either pledged your loyalty to Wawa or to Sheetz.
12. You’re proud to be from PA and…
Sure, PA has its fair share of problems. And, sure, we complain about those problems. But, the fact is, we’re proud to be from such a beautiful state.
13. Always return home, no matter where you roam.
Whether you leave PA for a vacation, for college, or permanently, a part of your heart always remains in Pennsylvania. And, you always return home, if only for a brief visit.
We were certainly lucky growing up in Pennsylvania but, if you’ve just moved here or are thinking of moving to PA, here are
14 things you’ll quickly learn about our beautiful state.