People From Michigan

It’s Lighten Up Monday and the people I describe in this clip have done a lot to lighten up my life.  People learn the goofiest ways to describe where they live.  If you are from one of the states I mention, remember to keep your sense of humor as you watch this. I often make fun of my own state as well.
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  1. I was born and raised in Michigan and lived in the “Middle of the Mitten”. And yes, we show people where we live using our hand as a guide. I love goofy! lol

  2. Thanks for the laugh! That’s what we do! 🙂 My husband and I were born and raised there and our kids have mostly grown up there. We moved to another state a few months ago. As I was driving around in our new area a few weeks ago, I happened to see a car with an Old English D and a Detroit Lions insignia on it. I said to my husband later, “You know, we Michigan people ought to have some kind of a hand signal for when we see each other when we’re not in Michigan.” He looked at me like I had lost my mind, held his right hand up, thumb slightly extended, and said, “We do.” Ha! Well, there is THAT, but I was thinking of something that isn’t also used as a generic greeting/acknowledgement-by-hand-gesture for the rest of the country! The only effective way to do the hand map is to hold up both hands, palms in, left thumb slightly extended and the right hand, Da Yooper hand, sideways above the left hand. That just doesn’t fly when driving in traffic, so waving madly while screaming, “GO, TIGERS!” out the window will have to do until we come up with something less ambiguous!

    It’s amazing how often you notice your home state “stuff” when you’re not there anymore. You don’t really see many Detroit decals around here. A lady stopped me at the store one day and said, “I like your shirt! I’m from Michigan.” (I was wearing a Detroit Tigers t-shirt.) It was as if we were long lost friends who happened to run into each other in the midst of an untamed wilderness! It was refreshing for both of us!

    God bless you, Ken! 🙂

  3. Your just jealous that you weren’t born in a state that you can easily carry with you!! LOL Born in Michigan and proud of it!! Love being goofy, too!

  4. I’m not sure at all how I’d describe Queensland, (Australia)
    in such a manner. I think the best I can do is feel sympathy for all you other blokes
    for not living here. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!.

  5. I’m from Michigan, and when you grow up being told to trace your hand to draw your state, you tend to get that stuck in your head.

    There are other things that threw people when I moved south…like the fact that people from Michigan go “up north” to do things like hunt mushrooms. “I thought you were already up north.” They would say. I would just laugh and say…well at least we know not to call every carbonated beverage a “Coke.”

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