You know you were
born and raised in Aberdeen when ...
[Steve Stoker]

 

... during a storm you check the cattle or sheep before you check the kids.
... you are related to more than half the town.
... you can tell the difference between a horse and a cow from a distance.
... your car breaks down outside of town and news of it gets back to town before you do.
... without thinking, you wave to all oncoming traffic.
... you don't buy all your vegetables at the grocery store.
... the local gas station sells live bait.
... you get up at 5:30 am and go straight to the bowling alley or the coffee shop.
... you're on a first name basis with the local police.
... you have the number of the Co-op on speed dial.
... you try to find the cheapest room rates when going out of town.
... using the elevator involves a grain truck.
... your mayor is also your garbage hauler, barber, and insurance salesman.
... you call the wrong number and talk to the person for an hour anyway.
... your excuse for getting out of school is that the cows got out.
... you know cow pies aren't made of beef.
... you wake up when it's dark and go to bed when it's still light.
... your nearest neighbor is in the next area code.
... you know the code names for everyone on the CB.
... you can eat a raw potato with no utensils in under 20 seconds.
... you wear your boots to church.
... it takes 30 seconds to reach your destination and it's clear across town.
... you can tell the smell of a skunk and the smell of feedlot apart.
... the meaning of true love is that you'll ride in the tractor with him.
... your main drag in town is two blocks long.
... you design your Halloween costume to fit over Wranglers and Cowboy Boots.
... you have more miles on your tractor than your car.
... you have 10 favorite recipes for Deer meat.
... driving is better after a rain because the potholes are filled with mud and you don't have to take those back roads to go "mudding."
... you owe more money on your tractor than your car.
... the local paper, a weekly, covers national headlines in the same space as Aunt Ida's visit from Blackfoot to see the new calf or the
    Tigers win over the Beavers.
... you can write a check at drive-in for fries and a root beer.
... you think the start of Deer season is a national holiday.
... you know which leaves make good toilet paper.
... your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
... down south to you means Utah and Arizona.
... you know several people who have hit a deer.
... you've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.
... stores don't have bags, they have sacks.
... you see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what the time of year.
... you end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: Where's my coat at?" or "If you go to the mall
    I wanna go with."
... all the festivals across the state are named after a fruit or vegetable.
... you've ever been on a lava cave trip.
... you learn your pickup will run without a muffler.
... you know that Boise isn't pronounced with a "z" sound.
... you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
... you think of the major four food groups as beef, pickles, Kool-aid, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
... your dream vacation is a trip to Craters of the Moon.
... you carry jumper cables in your car
... you drink "pop" and use "soda" for cooking.
... you've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
... a bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite
    and let the other go first.
... someone asks you if you've been to Europe and you answer, "No, but I've been to Salt Lake"
... you find out your going to be a father before your wife gets home from the doctor.
... you actually know the first names of the neighbors who live on both sides of you....and everyone else's in town!
... your address is simply Route 1, cause the mailman knows where everyone lives.
... directions to your home include..."Turn at the second dirt road."
... the only red light in town is set to start 4-way flashing at 6:30 p.m.
... high school graduation lasts only 15 minutes.....12 minutes for the speeches and 3 minutes to hand out diplomas.
... the grocery store that rents videos only has one copy of the latest release.....and there is a two week waiting list.
... the town shuts down during the high school basketball playoffs.
... the tractors have the right of way on Main street.
... the banker's home number is not unlisted.
... satellite dishes are second in popularity only to pickup trucks.
... you run out of propane on the coldest day of the year and the propane truck driver is out hunting deer.
... the feed store float wins first in the AberdeenDays parade....and second....and third.
... you can flunk your driver's license exam and take it again in half an hour.
... somebody says, "hello, how are you?" and stops to listen to your answer.
... you can name everyone in your graduating class.
... you know what 4-H and FFA mean.
... you used to drag "main."
... you said a bad word and your parents knew before you got home.
... you ever went cow-tipping or snipe hunting.
... school gets canceled for potato harvest.
... it was cool to date someone from the neighboring town.
... you had senior skip day.
... the whole school went to the same party after graduation.
... you don't give directions by street names or directions by references (turn by Nelson's house, go two blocks
    east to Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the football field).
... the golf course had only 9 holes.filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.
... the town next to you is considered "trashy" or "snooty", but is actually just like your town.
... anyone you want can be found at either the drive-in or the feed store.
... you see at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town.
... football coaches suggest that you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.
... your letter jacket was worn after your 19th birthday.
... you decide to walk somewhere for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask if you need a ride.
... your teachers call you by your older siblings names.
... your teachers remember when they taught your parents.
... you can charge at all the local stores.
... the closest McDonald's is 45 miles away. So is the closest mall.
  I challenge everyone to add to this list. It's fun....