20 Things You Know If You're From Lancaster County

20 Things You Know If You're From Lancaster County

717 is your home and always will be.

1. You always leave the house 10 minutes early on Sunday's because you know you will get stuck behind a buggy.... a lot.

It doesn't even bother you anymore.

2. You know exactly what the foods sweet bologna, scrapple, birch beer, and long johns are.

3. Blue Ball, Intercourse, and Bird-In-Hand are all just town names to you.

4. You were excused from high school for the farm show and the first week of deer hunting season.

And those were the best days off ever.

5. It really gets under your skin when people say "Lan-cas-ter" or "Lang-cas-ter".

It's lang-kiss-ter, come on people.

6. You live within a mile of an Amish farm.

Which means you are so used to the smell of manure, you don't even notice it anymore.

7. You are used to not being able to buy beer and wine from the same store.

And you have a preference of where you buy each.

8. You know that Wilbur buds are 100 times better than Hershey Kisses.

9. Fair season is your favorite season.

10. You ate dippy eggs more often than not as a child.

Ordering them in a restaurant in Lancaster is easy, ordering them anywhere else in the country is not.

11. You aren't surprised when you see things are cooked in lard.

12. Your heart broke when Freez-and-Friz closed its' doors.

Your heart also broke when they moved from across the airport. It just was never the same.

13. In the summers, you probably meet up with your high school class at Marion Court.

14. You get your free birthday breakfast from Shady Maple every year.

And it's worth it.

15. Root's Market and Green Dragon are two of your favorite places.

16. All family gatherings aren't complete without whoopie pies and shoofly pie.

17. You buy your produce from Amish stands, not the grocery store.

Because you know it's way better there.

18. You drive winding roads so often you can no longer drive in a straight line.

19. You've been asked if you're Amish.

Not everyone in Lancaster is Amish.

20. And even though strange things happen in Lanc, you always go back home.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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