You Know You’re from Idaho When…

  • The wind is faster than your truck.
  • Every other vehicle is a 4×4.
  • When the sun goes down you start looking for your coat.
  • In March your vehicle is 43% mud.
  • You leave your keys in the car and the next morning it’s still there.
  • You installed your new computer using a Leatherman tool.
  • You hear the words “stream” or “brook” pronounced “crick.”
  • The elevation exceeds the population.
  • You’ve broken down on the highway and somebody stops to help you.
  • You can see the stars at night.
  • People drive 200 miles to shop in a real mall.
  • Your great grandmother is older than the courthouse.
  • You got a set of snow tires for Valentines Day.
  • The bumper jack in your pickup will lift a house.
  • Your back yard smells like sagebrush or various animals.
  • A girls’ basketball game fills the gym.
  • You slept through the night unawakened by a siren.
  • A rodeo is more popular than a rock concert.
  • You can fish, golf, and go skiing all in the same day if you try hard enough.
  • Yellow light means “follow the car in front of you no matter what.”
  • Democrats are like salmon, they are on the endangered species list.
  • You wave to someone on the freeway because you recognize the truck.
  • You talk about a combine and people don’t wonder what you are putting together.
  • In the spring every tenth car you pass is a tractor.
  • When the car in front of you is weaving you suspect a farmer instead of a drunk.
  • Maps and gloves are kept in your vehicle’s “jocky box.”
  • You can choose plastic bags or paper sacks for your groceries.
  • You have to wait for a flock of sheep to pass you on the road.
  • You know why people pay money to watch “pig wrestling.”
  • You actually get these jokes and forward them to all your Idaho friends.

You Know You’re Born and Raised in Small-Town Idaho When…

  • During a storm you check the cattle 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.
  • You don’t put too much effort into hairstyles due to wind and weather.
  • There’s a tornado warning and the whole town is outside watching for it.
  • The local gas station sells live bait.
  • You go to the State Fair for your family vacation.
  • You get up at 5:30 am and go down to the coffee shop.
  • You’re on a first name basis with the county sheriff.
  • When little smokies are something you serve on special occasions.
  • You have the number of the Co-op on speed dial.
  • All your radio-preset buttons are country.
  • 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 know you should listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
  • 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.
  • You listen to “Paul Harvey” every day at noon.
  • You can tell it’s a farmer working late in his field and not a UFO.
  • Your nearest neighbor is in the next area code.
  • You know the difference between field corn and sweet corn when they are still on the stalk.
  • You know the code names for everyone on the CB.
  • You can eat an ear of corn 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.
  • You go to Wal-Mart for your Saturday shopping.
  • Your main drag in town is two blocks long.
  • You defend the beauty of being able to see the next town which is 20 miles away.

Using Turn Signals in Idaho

  • Signal only when you feel like it.
  • If you feel you must use your turn signals, make sure they blink only once, then turn them off.
  • Signal only after you change lanes.
  • When driving straight, make sure that at least one turn signal is blinking at all times.
  • Signal as you approach a curve in the road.
  • If you intend to make a right turn, use the left signal.
  • If you intend to make a left turn, use the right signal.
  • When approaching an intersection, signal to turn and slow down. When other drivers or pedestrians cross in front of you, turn off the signal and go straight.
  • When you intend to make a turn, start signaling approximately 6-8 blocks before your turn. Slow down for each block as you approach them.
  • Always apply your brakes way before you signal.
  • When making a left turn at a busy red light, wait for the light to turn green before you turn on your signal.
  • Wait until after you have started to turn or change lanes to use your signals.
  • If you must use hand signals instead of your turn signals, use your right hand or have your passenger do it out the right side window.