You know you’re from New Orleans if…

You know you’re from New Orleans if…

  • you’ve never heard of a dry county.
  • …you don’t know what a county is.
  • …you know what Schwegmann’s is.
  • when you know what „LAGNIAPPE“ and „LAISSEZ LE BON TEMPS ROULER“ mean.
  • …when you go away for college, and when you tell people where you’re from they automatically know you can drink more than everyone at the school put together
  • …you tried „cajun“ food somewhere else and u thought it tasted like shit
  • …You reinforce your attic to store Mardi Gras beads.
  • Your sunglasses fog up when you step outside.
  • …When you give directions you use „lakeside and riverside“ not north & south.
  • Your ancestors are buried above the ground.
  • …You get on a green streetcar to go to the park and a red one to the French Quarter.
  • …You take a bite of five-alarm chili and reach for the Tabasco.
  • …You don’t learn until high school that Mardi Gras is not a national
  • …You push little old ladies out of the way to catch Mardi Gras beads.
  • Little old ladies push YOU out of the way to catch Mardi Gras beads.
  • …You leave a parade with footprints on your hands.
  • You believe that purple, green, and gold look good together.
  • Your last name isn’t pronounced the way it’s spelled.
  • …you get aggrevated when 1. people think mardi gras takes place in the french quarter and 2. that people think that no matter what time of the year it is if they go to the french quarter they will get a boob shot!
  • …You know what a nutria is but you still pick it to represent your baseball team.
  • …Your town is low on the education chart, high on the obesity chart and you don’t care because you’re No. 1 on the party chart.
  • …Your house payment is less than your utility bill.
  • …You know that Tchoupitoulas is a street and not a disease.
  • Your grandparents are called „Maw-Maw“ and „Paw-Paw.“
  • Your Santa Claus rides an alligator and your favorite Saint is a football player.
  • …You cringe every time you hear an actor with a Southern or Cajun accent in a „New Orleans-based“ movie or TV show.
  • …You have to reset your clocks after every thunderstorm.
  • …You’re walking in the French Quarter with a plastic cup of beer.
  • …When it starts to rain, you cover your beer instead of your head.
  • …You eat dinner out and spend the entire meal talking about all the other good places you’ve eaten.
  • You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Louisiana.
  • …you know what is meant by ‚K&B purple
  • …You know what it means for food to come ‚dressed’…
  • you ‚ax‘ for things…
  • …you see a van taxi with spinners
  • You save newspapers, not for recycling but for tablecloths at crawfishboils
  • …Drive-thru daquiris — it’s not drinking and driving until you put the straw in.
  • …You drive east to get to the West Bank.
  • …You stand on the neutral ground at parades and have no idea what a ‚median‘ is.
  • …You know how to pronounce Mignon Faget.
  • pulling a baby out of a cake is completely normal.
  • …you know McKenzie is both a football player and a landmark
  • …you made one bad turn and you end up on the twin span at least once.
  • …you know what the twin span is.
  • …you shop at Lakeside.
  • …you listen to people represent their ward on Q93.
  • you know that the Riverwalk is for tourists.
  • …sock hops were cool in middle school (and not the 70s) AND you think its stupid when people ask you if you actually took your socks off.
  • …someone asks you for starbucks and you give them CCs or PJs
  • …you have waited in the ridiculously long line for Camellia Grill during lunch at least once.
  • …You refuse to believe that there is such a thing as the „Utah Jazz“.
  • There is a color called „Bur-GUN-dee“.
  • The concept of a basement never crossed your mind.
  • …You get your car’s suspension repaired at least twice a year.
  • You know at least two best places for sno-balls.
  • …You’ve seen rats bigger than cats.
  • …the roof of your house was at sea level, and your stuff was at the „bottom of the sea“
  • …If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph — you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you
  • If there’s a major hurricane headed straight for you and all you’re worried about is that they changed the time of the LSU game. (I don’t know anyone like this…..)
  • …“It’s a great place to get an education… great place to win championships.” – Les Miles
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  1. Posted 27. Oktober 2008 at 12:29 | Permalink

    This is hysterical!! We’re not natives but we’re wannabes – lived here long enough to get 90% of these. I have to link this – thanks for a good laugh this AM!

  2. scootersdad
    Posted 31. Oktober 2008 at 0:28 | Permalink

    I grew up close enough to New Orleans to know every one of these. The funny thing is, when Hurricanes Gustav and Ike were headed toward the Gulf coast in September, all I could think about was, „what time will the Tigers play“!

    Thanks for posting this Stefan. Glad you enjoyed it!