I love Minnesota.
But also, I love this tattoo.
I love lists of good things about Minnesota
, because I have no perspective myself. Of course I think it's great. But then I would
say that, wouldn't I. So what do other people think?1. Bob Dylan
Can't go wrong with that as a starting point. Tactfully says "He was born in Duluth." He doesn't like people to think he's from Hibbing, though the fact that people line their kids up in front of the house he grew up in, even though it's a normal house and used to have a Dortios truck in the driveway because the guy who lived there at that time worked for Frito Lays.
2. The Hockey Haircut
Oh my god, look at these North Stars, getting their photos taken with shirts and ties under their jerseys! So cute.
I bet they don't do that any more.3. Red Wing Shoes
Red Wing shoes! Oh man, do the rest of you not get Red Wing shoes? I do remember my dad always having to go to some particular store to get his, which was okay as he didn't need a new pair very often.
I never owned a pair, but it's possible the first shoelace I ever tied was a Red Wing boot, because I used to practice on my dad (his big shoes seemed much easier to tie than my tiny ones).4. Duck Duck Gray Duck
Oh man. I think somewhere in the bowels of my very early LJ there's an entry about the fight between the "duck duck gray duck" and "duck duck goose" camps. Until then, I hadn't known there was anything but
"gray duck"! This is why education is broadening. This article makes a very good point about the superiority of "gray duck": there are so many fake-out options, like "duck, duck, plaid duck" or "duck, duck, green duck.
Now I want this t-shirt.
This list leaves me wanting a lot of things.
13. Betty Crocker.
Look at these Betty Crockers!
They're so scary! 1936 and 1972 don't think much of you. 1980 knows her cakes are better than yours. 1986 has a hair cut my mom still made me have in 1999.
16. Tator Tot Hotdish
I've been threatening to make hotdish for my foreign friends for years now, and I never have. I'd love to make this, the canonical hotdish as far as I'm concerned, but you can't even get
tator tots in these heathen lands (though I do think the abomination they call "hash browns" here are pretty similar,, they're too big).
25. Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor
People from other parts of the world laugh that anything so ridiculous could exist. I laugh in recognition.27. Hilarious Snow Jokes
Only in Minnesota is "Must be pretty warm out" a sentence. I can't imagine it in any other accent, but it flows just perfectly in mine.
This is also a method of rejoicing that it's no longer too cold to snow.
The other day someone told me "It's too cold to snow!" In Manchester
. I am so proud of myself that I didn't laugh at him. It wasn't even that cold. Like, it wasn't even below zero (using my Minnesotan instincts, and thus Fahrenheit temperature scale).
30. Lakes, Year RoundOh dear god do I miss lakes.
Two years ago, when we had at least one day hot enough to be worth the name, I remember going outside one day and just thinking "god, what a good day to go to the lake." Sunny and warm, just enough that I'd love to jump in some cool water. But you can't do that here! Last summer when haggis
asked about going "outdoor swimming," and I thought "yeah, sure, cool" but we asked people who'd done it before and there were links to webpages full of the hazards of "wild swimming" and I was like "wow, I'm not in Minnesota any more, Toto." Lakes are nice and tame in Minnesota. I do really miss them.
31. Honeycrisp Apples
My parents are obsessed with these. They have planted a Honeycrisp apple tree.
33. Beautiful Butter Sculptures
I'm gonna get to see these at the State Fair again this year!
37. Eternal Optimism
This makes me laugh
As this list says about #32, Judy Garland, "There's no place like home, when your home is Minnesota