Saturday, September 6, 2008

You Know You're Haitian When!

1) Your parents still make you "a genou" even though you are 19.

2) You've eaten rice within the past 3 days.

3) You eat too much chicken, diri kole, or diri a djon djon.

4) Your living room couches are covered with plastic.

5) You try to bargain your way out of everything and anywhere even in department stores.

6) To get out of trouble with a fellow Haitian, you use the phrase: "bon sa-ou genyen la? (come on man), se Ayisyen nou ye mon(ma)che." [We're all Haitian$]

7) Once the temperature gets below a certain level, you lose all concepts of coordination when it comes to things like snow boots, winter coats, scarves, and hats often doing things like wearing two different color hats at the same time.

8) You have a bunch of expensive perfumes on your dresser but prefer to use the cheaper ones because you don't want to waste your good stuff.

9) You point at things and people with your lips.

10) You just don't feel fresh until you've drenched yourself in "Bien Etre" [cologne]

11) Your house is so packed "with meubles and *biblos*" [Unnecessary stuffs] that you can't even take two steps.There are entire rooms in your house that no one is allowed to go in because they are reserved for company.

12) You have three sets of china: odd, even, and miss-matched.

13) You might be late for a wedding or may not even even show up at all, ... but damn it, you are early for the reception! And of course you bring home a plate wrapped in aluminum foil and some "gateau" (cake).When you really get mad at someone you want to take off your shoe and slap him or her with it.

14) Saturday is "Bouillon Day" at your house.Yawning more often indicates hunger than fatigue.

15) All soda is called "Cola" and all chewing gum iscalled "Chicklets".Maggi, Matouk's/Tabasco, & tomato paste are cooking essentials.

16) You refuse to throw out old grease. So that everything you fry has that taste of fried fish, chicken, bannan pese, or griot.

17) You dip bread in your coffee, hot chocolate, and even certain kinds of liquor [Kremas].

18) You're proud to be Haitian

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