11 Signs You’ve Lived In Tennessee Too LongThe Volunteer State is a special place, but if you exhibit any of the following, you’ve lived here too long.
1. You Own A Truck And Think You Might Like To Buy A Second One
Source: Flickr user pnoericYou’re not a true Tennessean until you’ve owned a truck. There’s just something about a mud-covered old pickup truck that makes you feel like a real, red-blooded Tennessee native. And if you’re carrying around a rowdy group of friends in the truck bed, careening down dusty country roads on a summer day, well, that’s just the cherry on top.
2. You’ve Grown Accustomed To Driving Three Towns Over, Just To Pick Up Some Wine
Source: Flickr user Thomas HawkTennessee has some of the strictest liquor laws in the country, so you’ve made it a priority to know exactly where and when you can get liquor, no matter where you are in the state. Twenty-six counties in Tennessee are completely dry, so if you live in one of them, you might be used to driving across county lines to stock up on beer and wine. Even the world-famous Jack Daniels Distillery is located in a dry county—which means you can’t legally purchase their whiskey there. But everything tastes better if you have to work for it, right? Right?
3. You’ve Forgotten Vegetables Can Be Eaten Without Bacon Wrapped Around Them
Source: Flickr user BradmcmahonBut really who can blame you, everything is better when wrapped in bacon, right? Vegetarians are also rare and unusual specimens in this state. You’ll have no problem finding delicious roasted corn, crunchy green salads, and other healthy fare to go with your barbecue ribs, but you always expect them to come with a thick layer of delicious, delicious bacon.
4. When Your Friends Say They Want To Go Dancing, You Immediately Start Lining Up
Source: Flickr user WHardcastleFor most people, going out dancing means hip-hop clubs, slinky dresses, and sky-high heels. Those things exist in Tennessee too, but for the most part, getting ready for a night out on the town means cowboy boots, tight jeans, and brushing up on the Watermelon Crawl.
5. When Someone Asks If You’d Like A Coke, You Now Say, “What Kind?”
Source: Flickr user Alexander KaiserLet’s get something straight: “Coke” doesn’t just mean “Coca-Cola” in Tennessee. If you ask for a Coke, you might want a Dr. Pepper, root beer, or a Mello Yello. Out-of-towners might call it pop or soda, but everyone in Tennessee knows that the correct way to ask for a sugary, carbonated beverage is, “Hey, can I get a Coke?” And the correct response to that is, “Sure, what kind?”
6. And A “Toboggan” = Hat
Source: Flickr user SmoobsYes, it snows in Tennessee, and yes, sledding down those snow-covered hills is just as popular as anywhere else. But only in Tennessee will your mom tell you not to forget your toboggan—and they aren’t talking about your fancy sled. Nobody really knows why you call it a toboggan, and transplants from other states might look at you like you’re crazy, but you know that a knit winter cap is called a toboggan. That’s just a fact.
7. BBQ is Pork, And It Now Goes On Everything
Source: Flickr user Robert S. DonovanForget Kansas City and Carolina… Tennessee barbecue is the best way to eat a pig. Period. In Memphis, barbecue means pork (none of that Texas beef stuff), and dry-rubbed ribs and chopped pork sandwiches are a religion here. But when you start putting your barbecue on everything in sight: Pizza, nachos, salad, even pasta. There are moments where you’re not quite sure if there even are other food groups beside the pig. Not that anyone could blame you when none of them taste half as good.
8. You Completely Lose Your Mind Over Tax-Free Weekend
Source: Flickr user PowhuskuWhat, doesn’t everybody pay almost 10 percent on sales tax? Tennessee has some of the highest sales taxes in the country, so when you get a chance to shop all weekend tax-free...well, that’s a sale you don’t want to miss. People go crazy for Tax-Free Weekend, usually held in early August to take advantage of back-to-school supplies. After all, everyone in Tennessee loves a bargain.
9. To You There Are Now Only Two Types Of Music… Country And Western
Source: Flickr user Timothy WildeyAlthough Memphis is known for blues, jazz, and rock and roll, most of Tennessee is strictly country. This state is the home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, the birthplace of Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, and Martina McBride, among countless other country stars who’ve made Nashville their home. Outside the major cities, there’s only one kind of music, and it’s country.
10. Everything You Own Has A Rebel Flag On It
Source: Flickr user Bo NashTennessee is a Southern state through and through, and it’s not unusual to see Rebel flags hanging side-by-side with the stars and stripes. Tennesseans have pride in their heritage, and aren’t afraid to show it by slapping a flag on everything from T-shirts to trucks to birthday cakes. You’ve probably called someone a Yankee before, and it wasn’t a compliment. Ahem.
11. You Can’t Even Imagine Living Anywhere Else
Source: Flickr user keeva999As if the BBQ wasn’t enough to make you fall in love with The Volunteer State there are a million beautiful sunsets, the soaring peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains, plenty of quiet fishing ponds, and endless rolling plains to make you want to put down permanent roots. So now you know, Tennessee is a state that gets under your skin, and if you stay too long, you’ll never, ever want to leave. Did we miss anything? Tell us how you can tell someone’s been in Tennessee too long in the comments below!