Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Putting the "Oh, Hey!" in Ohio

Because I am sometimes wander-y & inefficient, one Macy's trip resulted in my making purchases at three separate Macy's counters. Because I was sans Macy's card, I asked all three employees who helped me to look up my account number, which required me to hand them my driver's license - which is still an Ohio license, though I'm told I have to get a New Hampshire license within 60 days of registering my car here, which is another story altogether & one that makes me very angry...

ANYWAY, I digress. Upon receipt of my driver's license, all three Macy's employes commented on my Ohioness. It went something like this:

  • Employee #1 marveled at seeing an Ohio driver's license, telling me I was her first. Yes, Ohio is the far, far away land that you only hear about in movies when a character moves across the country, never to be heard from again. I'm practically a unicorn!

  • Employee #2 asked me what the abbreviation is for Ohio. Lady, the state name only has four letters in it, & two of them are O's. Clearly she's not familiar with the old Buckeye State cheer that begins, "O-H!" Someone finish it off for me, willya?

  • Employee #3 was my favorite."Is your hometown near Brunswick?" she asked me. "My oldest daughter lives in Brunswick, & it's beautiful up there, just beautiful. I love that area!" (It's true, apparently! See beautiful Brunswick, to the right. Who knew?) The best part came next: "Everyone I've ever met from Ohio has just been the absolute nicest. There must be something in the water there! People across the whole state are so nice. I've heard that New Englanders are cold - sometimes I think about the people in Ohio, & I try to be more like them."

Hear that, guys? I AM THE ABSOLUTE NICEST. Also, I'll tell you what's in our water, ma'am. Oil & debris:

Oh, hey, I know that river. That's where I'm from! Gulp, gulp.

Photo credits: 1, 2, 3

    23 comments:

    Michelle said...

    I-O.

    And I just laughed through this whole post. Where the eff is Brunswick?

    Awmber said...

    That's so funny. Well, at least the last one had something nice to say! #2, I'm ashamed.

    mandy said...

    I-O!! This post provided a much needed laugh this evening. Yes, far, far away land basically describes OH. I'm sorry to hear that you have to get a NH license, that makes me sad for you.

    Vicki said...

    The picture at the end is just so perfect.

    True story: I lived for 3 years in Nova/MD without changing my PA license. You can do it too!

    susan said...

    Oh hey - I like that lady ;)

    Jamie Pilgrim said...

    Haha, "must be something in the water", cue disturbing water source pic. Love it!

    Jamie Pilgrim said...

    Haha, "must be something in the water", cue disturbing water source pic. Love it!

    kim said...

    C was born in paulding, OH and his dad still lives in defiance. i've been to antwerp and all kinds of places where the roads don't have "real" names but are simply called "county rd. # xxx". i'm not sure i'd wanna live there even if someone gave me a house for free but ohioans are THE ABSOLUTE NICEST. so congratulations. oh and that story #2 almost made me pee my pants. SO funny! :)

    Suburban Sweetheart said...

    The worst part is that the disturbing water source picture is FOR REAL. in the early 1900's, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire because it was so dirty. It's now an example, I guess, of what NOT to do with your river. And I live right on it!

    Lisa Poplasky said...

    I just laughed out loud through this whole post. Love it! Also love how dumb people can be! Haha!

    terra said...

    It's not like Ohio is Nebraska or Montana or some other far away state - Ohio is on the same side of the continent as New England. What a dummy. And yes - there is indeed something in the water....

    Good Girl Gone Blog said...

    I still haven't gotten a new drivers license...which means I can't get a library card. Is it sad that that's what's pushing me to change my license?

    Suburban Sweetheart said...

    Wait, really? You can't show them a lease or a paycheck? I just got a
    library card by showing them my car registration!

    Good Girl Gone Blog said...

    Ooh maybe!

    Alana

    Abby said...

    This made me laugh out loud!! First, it makes me SO mad, too, that I have to pay hundreds of dollars for my car when my old registration is still perfectly good. Don't get me started on the fact that my old photo was model-worthy and didn't expire for a more years, and in my new one I look like a cow... I've moved from New Mexico to New York to Nevada to California. I SO get the strange reactions to "far, far away" lands...

    Leanne said...

    LMAO. I get the same thing, but [obviously] different place.

    PS- you, my dear, are freaking gorgeous! I love your hair!

    Kristin & Megan said...

    I'm from Maumee originally. Does that make me the nicest? : )

    Suburban Sweetheart said...

    Yes! The ABSOLUTE nicest, even. :)

    steph anne said...

    LOL...you sure are the nicest! ;)

    Sarabell said...

    How fun to read! I spent a lot of my life wishing I lived in a state different from the one I was born in... pretty much only because I thought it'd be a great conversation starter.
    I guess perhaps I was right?

    Rahul said...

    When I'm back home and give anyone my California ID I'm usually looked at with disgust and contempt because I'm not a famous person. Or Aziz Ansari.

    Christina said...

    Umm hilarious. We are the best, aren't we? Love that image of the fire. It's kind of interesting in a weird way. Ohio creates some wonderful awkwardness doesn't it?

    Erica said...

    I love this post! 

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