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The Upstate NY Department of Tourism says......

Upstate New York seems to be on everyone's vacation wish list. This list of rules will be handed to each person entering the state. (Note: Vehicles from New Jersey , New York City and Connecticut will receive two copies.)

1.. That slope shouldered farm boy you are snickering at did more work before breakfast than you will do all week at the gym.

2.. It's called a "dirt road." No matter how slowly you drive, you're going to get dust on your BMW. I have a fourwheel drive because I need it. Now drive or get out of the way.

3.. We all started hunting and fishing when we were nine years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.

4.. Any references to "corn fed" when talking about our women will get your butt kicked by our women.

5.. Pull your pants up, and turn your hat around. You look like an idiot.

6.. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it. You might hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time!

7.. No, there's no "Vegetarian Special" on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Order a two pound lobster and steamers. Or, you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

8.. Yeah, we have sweet tea. It comes in a glass with two packets of sugar and a long spoon.

9.. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.

10.. So you have a sixty-thousand dollar car. We're real impressed. We have quarter-million dollar skidders to pull logs out of the woods.

11.. Let's get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it's red, and we may even stop when it's yellow.

12.. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks because they want to. So, you're a feminist. Isn't that cute.

13.. Yeah, we eat lobster, scallops, clams and haddock too. If you really want sushi and caviar, it's available at the bait shop.

14.. They are pigs and they are cows. That's what they smell like. Get used to it. Don't like it? I-87 goes two ways... get on the Southbound Lane !

15.. "Opening day" refers to the first days of fishin' and deer season'. They are religious holidays. You can get breakfast at the church.

16.. So what if every person in every pickup waves? It's called being friendly. Understand the concept?

17.. Yeah, we have golf courses. Don't hit in the water hazards. It spooks the fish.

18.. Chowder is supposed to be white. Don't even think of asking for red chowder until you are somewhere safely south of White Plains. Welcome to Upstate New York. The Way Life Should Be!

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On the road out of Whiteface, I stopped to buy some syrup and as I approached the fellow selling from the back of his truck along side of the road, I pardoned myself and asked him some question .... "as a pesky tourist".

He responded something to the effect that .... "It's OK, and if it weren't for you pesky tourists, I couldn't feed my family".

Of the few people I have known from "Upstate" and "Western" New York, while they only may be a handful, I can say that I liked them more than the thousands I have known in "The City" and "Noo-Joy-Z".

Don't change. Simple and truly nice people are becoming so rare.
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Although I live in Upstate/Central NY, I'm not a native. I found the people hereabouts to be among the most friendly I've ever met and I've lived in a lot of places. And yes, there are rednecks up here, but they are great people.
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A few years ago ,at our one stop light,they installed buttons that turn all 4 directions red,stopping all traffic .So I'd like to add to #11 on the list.
If you want to cross the street and a car is coming,don't cross until it passes
If you want to cross the street and nothing is coming,then go,go quickly.Your in the middle of the street,its not a place for an easy sunday stroll ,move your butt.
Just leave the damn button alone!

This morning I was sitting at the light.A nice lady wanted to cross so she pressed the button. She stood there through my red light about a min.until all four lights changed then slowly walked across. No traffic passed the entire time she was waiting.
End of Rant.
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Although I live in Upstate/Central NY, I'm not a native.
I'm also a transplant for over 2 decades from the inner city of Manhattan.

Here are some random observations that I've collected over the years (some good, some I'm still getting used to and some I still can't stand). This is not an inclusive list by a long stretch.

- ambulances and fire engines (with state cops excluded) do stop at each light and they never (overly) speed even in an emergency (vs. a privately tow truck in the city would have its flashers on so that he can run every red light enroute back to the garage)
- cars do stop both ways at school bus pick up and drop offs. And, school buses would pull off to the side just to let people pass after so much stops.
- when your car pull off to the side, you can count on someone stopping to help
- except for very few areas, people tend not to hesitate to turn anyone in for criminal activities
- on the same token, people will also prematurely turn someone in for something they perceive to be a mischief. Compounded by where most people have at the most one degree of separation from one another, this kind of unfair judgement can make someone's life very miserable
- cars would stop in the middle of the road even at times at cruising speed at any sight of people and things (including cars) wanting to cross.
- people drive at 45 at a 55 zone, but the same person also drives at 45 at a 30 zone. There seems to be one speed.
- people driving at 10+mph under speed limit do not understand why others have to be in such a rush. But, at the times when they are being passed, they speed up to speed 20+mph over just so that they are not overtaken.
- drivers being routinely passed by another can go into a rage and attempt to run the other car over or harass the other car for miles.
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