5 Things to Never Say To an Upstate New Yorker
It's the winter here in New York. Sure, we're all used to winters in New York. But, it doesn't mean that being cooped up for a few months doesn't make for some level of crankiness. So between coming back from a vacation out of state, and going into a weekend with the first big snow storm of the year, here are a few things I hear when I travel that absolutely always get on my nerves (and- what would you add to the list?) :
- "How do you guys drive in that weather?"- I hear this all the time when I talk about living in upstate New York. And seriously?! We just have to. It's not a choice. We just do. So don't ask.
- "You live in New York- isn't that a city?"- If I had a dollar for every time someone thought I meant New York City when I said that I live in New York... it drives me crazy and for some reason, I can't escape this question/response!
- "How do you live where it's so cold!"- I don't know. Snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing. Let's get real, it doesn't all suck. What do you think?
- "There are mountains in New York?"- Honestly, I can't think of how many out-of-staters have asked me this question. At this point, I would just rather hit my head against a wall than answer.
- The old 'my friend is from ...., maybe you've met them?'- Um. Do you realize how big New York is? No. If your friend is from Buffalo, I don't know them. Sorry!