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30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

Three cheers (with a glass of bourbon, of course) to your old Kentucky home.

Cassie Sheets

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1. You’ll Long For Lazy Days At A Bluegrass Festival

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

Source: Festival of the Bluegrass Facebook

Nothing beats lazing around outside during a Kentucky summer day and listening to musicians from one of the best local bluegrass scenes in the country.

2. The Wildcats Will Always Be Your Home Team

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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No matter how far you go or how long you’re gone, you’ll never stop cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats.

3. You’ll Always Have The Best Hat Collection

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Source: Flickr user coreyann

There was way more competition in Kentucky, but if you take your extensive collection of hats with you, you’ll always be the belle of the ball.

4. No One Knows The Difference Between Bourbon And Whiskey

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Not all whiskey is bourbon! Kentuckians know the difference, but the rest of the world confuses the two all the time.

5. Mint Juleps Are Considered An Old Lady Drink

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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You may get some funny looks at the bar if you order one, but just remind everyone that old ladies, especially old Kentuckian ladies, are incredibly wise (especially when it comes to their drink orders).

6. Poke Is Something You Do On Facebook

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Outside of Kentucky, people might be confused if you tell them you put your groceries in one.

7. People Are Unnecessarily Grossed Out By The Name Hot Brown

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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But only because they don’t understand how delicious the open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich is.

8. No One Does A Yard Sale Like Kentuckians

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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The 400 mile yard sale will make every sad yard sale that’s just a few pieces of junk from someone’s basement seem like a joke.

9. You’ll Start Dreaming About Cream Candy

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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And you’ll start begging your Kentucky relatives and friends to send you some every time you talk to them.

10. Every Time Someone Pronounces Louisville You’ll Laugh

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It’s “Loo-a-vul.” Everything else is just so wrong.

11. You’ll Be Asked To Repeat Things A Million Times

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Try not to scream the fiftieth time someone says, “Tar? Oh you mean tire.”

12. Stock Up On Grippo’s Before You Go

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Otherwise you’ll be stuck searching in a Grippo’s-less grocery store wondering why the entire world isn’t already hip to the best chips ever.

13. Drink All The Ale-8 You Can Now

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

Source: Flickr user genvessel

Again, you’ll be wondering why everyone doesn’t carry this delicious ginger and citrus soft drink. If you’re more of a Ski fan, stock up on that too.

14. Not Everyone Has A Moonshine Connection

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

Source: Flickr user belarusian

Kentuckians have the magical ability to go through their contacts and find at least one third cousin who has a friend who makes moonshine. It’s not so common everywhere else.

15. Spring Will Always Be Kentucky Derby Season

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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Even if you can’t attend, you’ll still place your bets on the best thoroughbreds and tune in.

16. People Will Take You Out To Kentucky Fried Chicken And It Will Be Terrible

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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They’ll think of it as a nice gesture, but it’ll really just make you miss real Kentucky home cooking all the more.

17. Don’t Even Try To Explain Burgoo

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Whether you make it with deer or mutton, the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink stew you’re so fond of is only going to confuse everyone else. Especially since you can never quite nail down what’s going in it until it’s done.

18. No BBQ Will Ever Compare To Kentucky Mutton BBQ

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It’s just one of the sad facts you’ll have to accept eventually.

19. There’s Really Not A More Beautiful Place To Explore The Outdoors

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Whether it’s a hike up an Appalachian Mountain trail or a trip to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky has tons of natural beauty that you’ll totally miss.

20. The Cost Of Living Is Totally Ridiculous

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Oh, affordable Kentucky housing prices and taxes, you will be missed.

21. Only Ignorant People Will Assume You’re Uneducated

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Just brush it off and move on, because you know the truth, and you know what they say about people who assume.

22. Or They’ll Ask If You Wore Shoes

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Source: olivethepeople.com

Deep breath. In and out. Kentuckians who leave clearly must have the patience of saints. However, if any inbreeding jokes start, you totally have permission to completely lose that patience.

23. There’s No Nice Quite Like Kentucky Nice

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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All that smiling and waving at strangers on the street or inviting a new neighbor over for a big dinner doesn’t usually happen outside The Bluegrass State.

24. Usually Seasons Last A Few Months At A Time

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Not a couple weeks before they randomly change, like they do in Kentucky.

25. Everyone Will Endlessly Bug You For Your Derby Pie Recipe

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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Because after one bite everyone will finally be able to admit fruit in pies is totally overrated, and clearly pecans, bourbon, and chocolate are far superior ingredients.

26. You’ll Never Get Used To Unsweetened Tea

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

Source: Flickr user ironypoisoning

Because it’s disgusting. That is all.

27. Buying A Gun Means Going Through Hoops, Hoops And… Oh, More Hoops

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Source: Flickr user valkyrieh116

Second Amendment rights in Kentucky are just a given, but outside the Bluegrass State, there may be a few more hurdles to jump over.

28. No Matter How Long You’re Gone, A Warsh Will Always Slip Out

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

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That accent is here to stay. Versailles will always be Ver-sales, wash will always be warsh, and even if you lose it, a glass of good old Kentucky bourbon will bring it back again.

29. You’ll Have More Camo In Your Wardrobe Than Everyone Else

30 Things No One Tells You About Leaving Kentucky

Source: Flick user bobbivie

Whether it’s totally practical for hunting or just fashionable, Kentuckians know how to rock some camo.

30. Belting Out “My Old Kentucky Home” Is The Only Cure For Homesickness

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Source: Tumblr user rooneymara

Don’t try to avoid the pain. Just move through the pain.

What do you miss most about Kentucky? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: February 13, 2015
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4 Comments

  1. Sharon Brock

    Basketball, bourbon, and bluegrass.My large extended family. My career took me out of state but Kentucky is my only home.

  2. Patsy Funk

    All of the 30 items listed except the camo! It’s everywhere in Georgia!!! GO CATS!!!

  3. Rufus Begley

    I was born in the head of Mudlick at Avawam in Perry County. What I miss and remember most is the mountains. The way they were back then before the mine operators came and tore up the land. When I was about four we moved across the mountain to the head of Soupbean holler (I assure you that the name was real back then.. Late forties. This is what I really miss my cousins, the hills ,the cliffs, the streams (we could actually drink the water. Then what was it the wise old man said about about not being able to go home again? Boy he sure knew what he was talking about! In this case I can’t even find where the house used to be even with help. It’s so sad what has been done to our beautiful mountains.

  4. Bbn

    I’m born and raised in Kentucky. I still live in louisville but I’m originally from Nelson county and my parents are from eastern Kentucky. I just want to say that myself nor my family have ever said ‘warsh’ instead of wash nor do we call shopping carts pokes? As far as I know I don’t pronounce tire ‘tar’ along with pretty much everyone else I know in kentucky. Not everyone in Kentucky has a derby hat collection and would never wear them outside of the derby.. Which they probably have only been to a few times because of the tourist. If they do go, they stay in the infield where a hat is not nessasry. Has much as SOME of this stuff is accurate… It was not written by someone from Kentucky. I believe the intentions were good but some of it just fed into the stereotypes. Not cool.

 

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