We Pennsylvanians, well, we’re unique. We have our own way of doing things. We have our own lingo. The whole shebang. But, there are some things we all have in common. Those uniquely-PA habits that we cannot shake. Here are 10 of those undeniable habits that no Pennsylvanian can ever unlearn.
1. Telling others to redd up.
How many times have you been told to redd up your room when you were kid? And, when you grew up, how many times did you repeat that same phrase to your own kids? We speak our language in PA and we'll never break that habit.
2. Looking for the cheapest gas station.
We pay the highest gasoline taxes in the United States. Boo! That means we've had to develop a new habit: shopping around for the cheapest gas.
3. Finding alternate routes to the turnpike.
Tolls, tolls, tolls. They just go up, up, up every year in PA. Many of us have made it a habit to save our cash and avoid those tolls on the turnpike. So, we've become experts at finding alternate routes to where we're going. (Thanks, GPS!)
4. Partying at the local fire hall.
We know how to party. Any time we're planning a celebration, we start by booking our local fire hall. There's no better place, after all, to throw a party.
5. Wrinkling your nose or embracing scrapple and Peeps.
We're pretty lucky to live in the Snack Capital of the World. Not only that, Pennsylvania's home to the shoofly pie, the Philly cheesesteak
and the banana split. But, of course, we have a few controversial foods - like scrapple and Peeps. We either love 'em or we hate 'em. And that's one habit not likely to change over the course of our lifetimes.
6. Taking sides – east versus west.
It's a PA thing. More specifically, you either side with the east or the west. Eastern Pennsylvanians say soda, root for the Eagles, and stop at Wawa. Western Pennsylvanians, on the other say, order pop, support the Steelers, and shop at Sheetz.
7. Dreading construction season.
PA's got two seasons: Winter and construction season. Winter seems to roll on and on. Then, when the nice weather finally breaks, we have to deal with what we've dreaded all winter. Construction. Finding new routes. Sitting in traffic in the boiling heat. Complaining about it all.
8. Dodging potholes.
PA's known for a lot of things, most of them good. But, well, we have one fairly large problem. Potholes. In fact, we have the largest pothole, Archbald Pothole, in the U.S. As a result, we've become experts at dodging potholes or even those bumps we think look like potholes.
9. Saying PA.
We're the only ones in the U.S., aren't we, who refer to our state simply by its initials? Well, that longtime habit surely isn't going to be broken any time soon.
10. Always coming home again.
This is certainly a habit none of us want to break - ever. Somehow, no matter what life throws at us, we always come home to PA again.
Pennsylvanians all have some undeniable habits. But, we’re still the best kind of people you’ll ever meet.
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