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You Know You're From Illinois if...

bulletYou've never met any celebrities.
bulletYour idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
bulletYou've seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular.
bulletYou measure distance in minutes.
bulletDown south to you means Kentucky.
bulletYou know several people who have hit a deer.
bulletYou have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Des Plaines"
bulletYou think Chicago is a whole 'nuther state from Illinois.
bulletYou know the answer to the question, "Is this Heaven?"
bulletYour school classes were cancelled because of cold.
bulletYour school classes were cancelled because of heat.
bulletYou know where all the Yoders live.
bulletYou've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.
bulletYou've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C"in the same day.
bulletYou think ethanol makes your truck "run a lot better."
bulletYou know what's knee-high by the Fourth of July.
bulletStores don't have bags, they have sacks.
bulletYou see people wear bib overalls at funerals.
bulletYou see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of the year.
bulletYou end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example:  Where's my coat at?" or "If you go to the mall I wanna go with."
bulletAll the festivals across the state are named after a fruit or vegetable.
bulletYou can locate Illinois on the United States map.
bulletDetassling was your first job.
bulletYou've ever been on a "Geode Hunt".
bulletYour idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun and accompanied only by ketchup and a dill pickle slice.
bulletYou still pronounce the "s" in Illinois.
bulletYou learn your pickup will run without a muffler.
bulletYou install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
bulletYou think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
bulletWhen asked how your trip was to any foreign, exotic place, you say, "It was different."
bulletYou consider being called a "Pork Queen" an honor.
bulletPeople from other states love to hear you say "Illinois" and other words with "Os" in them.
bulletYour dream vacation is a trip to Rock Home Gardens.
bulletYou carry jumper cables in your car.
bulletYou drink "pop."
bulletYou know what the numbers I-80, 75 and 57 mean.
bulletYou know what "cow tipping" is.


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