A message from rural Midwest:

Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop when Easterners and Californians cross states such as Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan those states Tourism Councils have adopted a new policy. In an effort to help outsiders understand the rural Midwesterner's mind, the following list will be handed to each person as they enter the State

1. That slope-shouldered farm boy did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym

2. It's called a 'gravel road.' No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Land Rover. I have a four-wheel drive because I need it. Drive it or get it out of the way, or I'll drive Over it in mytruck!

3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it

4. Any references to "corn fed" when talking about our women will get you whipped...by our women

5. Go ahead and bring you $600 Roves Fly Rod. Don't cry to us if a flathead breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little 13inch trout you fish for ... bait

6. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it. You might hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time

8. That's right . Whiskey is only two bucks. We can buy a fifth for what you paid in the airport for one drink

9. No, there's no "Vegetarian Special" on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey. Yeah, we have sweet tea. It comes in a glass with two packets of sugar and a long spoon

10. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice

11. So you have a sixty thousand dollar car. We're real impressed. We have quarter of a million dollar combines that we use two weeks a year

12. Let's get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it's red. We may even stop when it's yellow

13. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks, Jeeps & tractors-because they want to. So, you're a feminist. Isn't that cute

14. Yeah, we eat catfish, carp too-and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It's available at the bait shop

15. They are pigs. That's what they smell like. Get over it. Don't like it? Interstate 80 goes two ways - Interstate 35 goes the other two. Pick one and use it accordingly

16. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church

17. So! Every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly Understand the concept?

18. Yeah, we have golf courses. Don't hit in the water hazards. It spooks the fish

19. That Highway Patrol Officer that just pulled you over for driving like an idiot...his name is "Sir"...no matter how old he is

Now, enjoy your visit and then go home ...ASAP