Amelia, now you have to explain the "fudgies" name! ;-)
Amelia Hansen wrote:
> Hi Joel,
> I live in southwest Michigan and love spending time in the UP where you can
> go a whole twenty miles without bumping into a franchise of any kind. I
> used to live in North Carolina and found that a lot of people (not all
> natives to NC) had never heard of the UP and needed to hear "Upper
> Peninsula of Michigan". Even then, some folks told me they didn't realize
> that MI had an upper peninsula or worse, thought the UP was part of Canada.
> I also had a fellow tell me that MI is cold and dirty, so I let him keep
> that impression.
> I've heard that us downstaters are called "trolls" by true Yoopers cuz we
> live under the bridge. This always cracks me up but my Yooper friends say
> they've never heard of it. Maybe they're sparing my feelings. Better than
> being a fudgie!
>>I guess I should clarify what a "Yooper" is for those far from the midwest...
>>Those of us fortunate enough to be born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
>>(the U.P.) are often referred to as "Yoopers". And many Yoopers are of
>>Finnish descent. All of my great grandparents were born in Finland, so I'm
>>proud to not only to have 100% Finnish ancestory, but also to be a true
>>I'm sure that many others out there have their own regional terminology for
>>their natives. Let's hear them....
> Amelia Hansen
> Corvus Art, Natural History Illustration
> PO Box 19434
> Kalamazoo, MI 49019
> (269) 353-2052
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