In recent years, there has been an explosion of humor-based lists defining groups of people who share common interests or backgrounds.
From bowlers to bikers, from cat lovers to car nuts, from sailors to southerners.. it seems no segment of society has been left out.
Well, that's not exactly true.
I've looked far and wide and found no listing of common traits shared by folks who hail from our cozy corner of the world. So to correct that oversight, here is a set of defining similarities for those who actually know how to spell C-H-A-U-T-A-U-Q-U-A.
You know you're from Chautauqua County when.
* "Down South" means Pittsburgh.
*You know "Panama" and "Canal Zone" don't necessarily go together.
*You know April showers usually bring more mud than flowers.
*You know real maple syrup begins with a tap and a tree.
*You can go to work in a snowsuit and change to shorts when you get home.
*You know most of the folks around the lunch counter at the Dutch Village in Clymer.
*You recognize every pick-up you pass on Main Street.
*You think of Lucille Ball as "one of us."
*You define summer as three months of bad skiing.
*You're experienced both frostbite and sunburn in the same week.
*You think the opening of deer season should be an official school holiday.
*The snow on your roof in April weighs more than you do.
*You know "Cuba" isn't just an island south of Florida.
*You have a neighbor with more fishing poles than teeth.
*You define swimming season as Labor Day weekend.
*You remember when Rt. 17 was a dirt road going nowhere.
*You've learned not to wave at friends at auctions.
In addition to this general list, August has brought with it some special summertime items you share with fellow Chautauqua residents.
*The best parking places are determined by shade instead of distance
*Hot water comes out of both taps.
*You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a good branding iron.
*You discover that it takes only two fingers to steer your car.
*You realize that in the middle of the day, asphalt has a liquid state.
*The birds use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.
*The trees are beginning to whistle for the dogs.
*No matter how hot... or cold it gets... there's always some old timer around to say, "You should have been here in..."