1. The one finger wave. The friendly “hand on steering wheel just going to raise the index finger to say hello” wave. It’s Nebraska’s signature.
2. Watching Night of the Twisters as a kid and forever being terrified of tornados. And Grand Island.
3. Boasting about how the Henry Doorly Zoo is the best zoo in the world. Because IT IS.
4. Blaming the humidity on everything. Why is the door sticking? The humidity. Why won’t my computer turn on? The humidity. Why is my life a mess? The humidity.
5. Personalized license plates featuring your favorite Husker coaches and players…. Totally normal.
6. Talking about how much Omaha has grown out west. But seriously, remember when that church used to be the start of Omaha?
7. Better yet, what if someday Omaha and Lincoln really do connect? Want to have a great dinner convo? Just start right here and watch where it takes you.
8. Calling “pop” pop. Because that’s what it is.
9. Adding an “r” in words that don’t have an r. Like “I’m going to warsh my clothes.” Or is that just my dad?
10. Eating ranch with everything. “Can I have a side of ranch with my ranch please?”
11. Reminiscing about Peony Park.
12. Driving by the “National Museum of Roller Skating” in Lincoln and thinking to yourself, I really need to go there someday.
13. Always wondering why Rock ‘N’ Roll Runza disappeared. It’s just not right.
14. Sharing photos of hail on Facebook. And snow. And clouds. And temperatures in your car with a clever caption like “If you don’t like the weather in Nebraska, wait an hour.” Classic.
15. Driving on the interstate between Omaha and Lincoln and wondering who’s lucky enough to attend service in the glass church on the hill. Or does anyone at all?
16. Discussing how high the corn is this year.
17. Understanding the beauty of tator-tot casserole.
18. Having a love affair with Dorthy Lynch.
19. Passing by Boys Town and wondering if boys really still farm in those fields.
20. Enjoying a long summer night when there’s still light in the sky until almost 9:30 p.m.
21. Tubing and drinking down the Niobrara.
22. Snacking on rhubarb- celery’s flamboyant cousin who is pretty much only eaten by people in Nebraska during the summer.
A lot of people may leave Nebraska, but even more come back. Because as we all know, home is where the T.O. is.
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