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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting

    Never Ending "You Know You're from _____ if..."

    Subject: 101 Reasons You Know Your From Massachusetts

    1. The Red Sox World Series win was, and will always be, one of the greatest moments in your life.

    2. The guy driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you're swearing at him for going too slow.

    3. When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke.

    4. You went to Canobie Lake Park or Water Country as a kid.

    5. You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.

    6. You do not recognize the letter 'R' as a part of the English language.
    7. Your social security number starts with a zero.
    8. You can actually find your way around the streets of Boston ..
    9. You know what a 'regular' coffee is.
    10. You keep an ice scraper in your car year-round.
    11. You can tell the difference between a Revere accent and a Dorchester accent.
    12. Springfield is located 'way out west.'
    13. You almost feel disappointed if someone doesn't flip you the bird when you cut them off or steal their parking space.
    14. You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester , Billerica , Gloucester , Peabody and Haverhill , Woburn.
    15. Anyone you don't know is a potential idiot until proven otherwise.
    16. Paranoia sets in if you can't see a Dunkin Donuts or CVS Pharmacy within eyeshot at all times.
    17. You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday just to buy alcohol.
    18. You know how to pronounce Yastrzemski.
    19. You know there's a trophy at the end of the Bean Pot.
    20. You order iced coffee in January.
    21. You know that the Purple Line will take you anywhere.
    22. Yo u love scorpion bowls.
    23. You know what they sell at a Packie.
    24. Sorry Manny, but number 24 means DEWEY EVANS.
    25. You know what First Night is.
    26. You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud or Seamus. Bonus: You know how to pronounce Seamus.
    27. McLobster = McCrap
    28. You know at least 2 cops in your town because they were your high school drinking buddies.
    29. You know there are 6 New England states, but that Connecticut really doesn't count.
    30. You give incomprehensible directions to tourists, feel bad when they drive off, but then say to yourself 'Ah, screw them.'
    31. You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink after last call.
    32. You hate the Kennedys, but you vote for them anyway.
    33. You know holding onto the railing when riding the Green Line is not optional.
    34. The numbers '78 and '86 make you cringe.
    35. You've been to Goodtimes
    36. You think the rest of the co untry owes you for Thanksgiving and Independence Day. (...and they DO).
    37. You have never actually been to 'Cheers.'
    38. The words ' WICKED' and 'GOOD' go together.
    39. You've been to Fenway Park .
    40. You've gone to at least one party at UMass.
    41. You own a 'Yankees Suck' shirt or hat.
    42. You know what a Frappe is.
    43. You've been to Hempfest.
    44. You know who Frank Averuch is.
    45. You know Frank Averuch was once Bozo the Clown
    46. You can complete the following: 'Lynn, Lynn ......'
    47. You get pissed off when a restaurant serves clam chowder, and it turns out to be ******' Snows.
    48. You actually know how to merge from six lanes of traffic down to one.
    49. The TV weatherman is damn good if he's right 25% of the time.
    50. You never go to Cape Cod,' you go 'down the Cape '.
    51. You think that Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon are more evil than Whitey Bulger.
    52. You know who Whitey Bulger is.
    53. You went to the Swan Boats, House of Seven Gables, or Plymouth Plantation on a field trip in elementary school.
    54. Bobby Orr is loved as much as Larry Bird, Tom Brady, and Ted Williams.
    55. You remember Major Mudd.
    56. You know what candlepin bowling is.
    57. You can drive f rom the mountains to the ocean all in one day.
    58. You know Scollay Square once stood where Government Center is.
    59. When you were a kid, Rex Trailer was the coolest guy around. Speaking of which.... You can still hum the song from the end of Boom Town
    61. Calling Carrabba's an 'Italian' restaurant is sacrilege.
    62. You still have your old Flexible Flyer somewhere in your parents' attic.
    63. You know that route 128 is some kind of strange weather dividing line. snow /rain
    64. The only time you've been on the Freedom Trail is when relatives are in town.
    65. The Big Dig tunnel disaster wasn't a surprise.
    66. You call guys you've just met 'Chief' or 'Boss.'
    67. 4:15pm and pitch black out means only 3 more shopping days until Christmas.
    68. You know more than one person with the last name Murphy.
    69. You refer to Savin Hill as 'Stab 'n Kill.'
    70. You've never eaten at Durgin Park, but recommend it to tourists.

    71. You can't look at the zip code 02134 without singing it.

    72. You voted for a Republican Mormon as Governor just to screw with the rest of the country.

    73 11 pm ? Drunk? It means one thing: Kowloons!

    74. 2 am ? Drunk? It means one thing: Kelly's! The one on Revere Beach not the one on Route 1.

    75. 5 am ? Drunk? It means one thing: You wish you had a blanket in your back seat.

    76. You know that P-Town isn't the name of a new rap group.

    77. People you don't like are all 'Bastids.'

    78. You took off school or work for the Patriots first Super Bowl Win Parade.

    79. You've called something 'wicked pissa.'

    80. You'll always get razzed for Dukakis.

    81. Saturday afternoons meant Creature Double Feature with Dale Dorman.

    82. Sunday mornings meant the Three Stooges on Channel 38.

    83. You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater.

    84. No, you don't trust the Gorton's Fisherman.

    85. You k now that Papa Gino's usually has a jukebox.

    86. You think Aerosmith is the greatest rock band of all time

    87. Your town has at least 6 pizza and roast beef shops.

    88. You know at least three Tony's, one Vinnie and a Frankie.

    89. 20 degrees is downright balmy as long as there is no wind - then it gets wicked cold.

    90. You were ver y sad when saying goodbye to the Boston Garden.

    91. Thanksgiving means family, turkey, High School football, and the long version of Alice 's Restaurant.

    92. You know the guy who founded the Boston Pops was named Athah Feedlah.

    93. You know what the Combat Zone is.

    94. You actually drive 45 minutes to New Hampshire to save $5 in sales tax.

    95. You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left.

    96. You've bragged about the money you've saved at The Christmas Tree Shop.

    97. You've been to Hampton Beach on a Saturday night.

    98. Playing halfball was a daily after school ritual.

    99. Hearing an old lady shout 'Numbah 96 for Sioux City!' means it's time for steak.

    100. You remember Jordan Marsh, Gilchrist's, Kresge's, Filene's, Grants, Bradlees, Caldor, Zayres, or Ann & Hope.

    101. You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Massachusetts ..

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    Yes, that is all me.............but for a few..............I ran a business in Salem during the 70's..........went to Salem State...........grew up in Revere...............loved the beach..........millions more...............

    Oh, and I love the "T"..........
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 23 Jan 2009 at 2:21 PM. Reason: double reply

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    well I'm not from Boston but my mom grew up in Cambridge, my great Aunt and my uncle lived in Arlington, my sister lives in Chestnut Hill, and I lived in Plymouth so I know/understand/have done many of the things on that list.
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Land of Confusion
    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    Subject: 101 Reasons You Know Your From Massachusetts

    2. The guy driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you're swearing at him for going too slow.
    I don't get this one, Mass. drivers are slow compared to NYC/NJ, California, Texas, even Florida. They're just much more inconsiderate/careless IMO.

    I'd also submit:

    102. Even if you have only a trace of Irish ancestry, you:
    -hang an Irish flag in your bedroom
    -own at least one green red sox hat or jersey
    -drink Guiness and brag about getting "hammad"
    -claim to like Irish cooking

    103. You're in denial about NYC's superiority in every respect (except baseball)

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting

    it's a pissah!

    hilldweller - agreed except on 103, nevah!

    other region's jokes welcome - I see these jokes floated around all the time which is why I started this thread so cut and paste away

    I lived in Boston from 86 to 02 so I can say yes to almost all of these for sure -

    and when I moved to Maine in 02, it took me a year or so to stop doing #95 and almost causing accidents up here, because in Boston, people expect you to do stuff like that with left hand turns - they will almost touch your door or hug your bumper but it often works fine, like a zipper - people still look at me with 10 heads when I scoot in a left when they are headed to make a left in front of me, in Massachusetts they expect you will do that, here, people lean on the horn when you do that, what is that, it's like you're making a left, you need to downshift so I'm scooting out while you do! getoverit!

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    From New Jersey -
    - you don't think of citrus when people mention "The Oranges."
    - you know that it's called "Great Adventure," not "Six Flags."
    - you've ordered a hard roll with butter for breakfast.
    - you've known the way to LBI.
    - you've eaten at a diner, when you were stoned or drunk, at 3 am.
    - you know that the state isn't one big oil refinery.
    - at least somebody in your family still love Bruce Springsteen, and you know what town Jon Bon Jovi is from.
    - you know what a "jug handle" is.
    - you know that a WaWa is a convenience store.
    - you know that the state isn't all farmland.
    - you know that it isnt "The Beach" in New Jersey - it's the shore, and you know that the road to the shore is "The Parkway" not "The Garden State Highway."
    - you know that "Piney" isn't referring to a tree.
    - you know how to properly negotiate a Circle.
    - you know that "Acme" is an actual store, not just a Warner Bros. creation.
    - you know that this is the only "New..." state that doesn't require "New" to identify it (like, try ...Mexico, ...York, ...Hampshire (doesn't work, does it?).
    - you only go to New York City for day trips, and you only call it "The City."
    - you consider a corned beef sandwich with lettuce and mayo a sacrilege.
    - you don't think "What exit" (do you live near?) is very funny.
    - you know that the real first "strip shopping center" in the country is Route 22.
    - you know that people from 609 area code are "a little different."
    - you can see the Manhattan skyline from some part of your town.
    - you refer to all highways and interstates by their numbers.
    - you start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.
    - you've never pumped your own gas.
    - you never tell the truth about what state you're from when strangers ask you in a chatroom.
    - you know where highway 9 is from that Bruce Springsteen song.
    - you have ever shopped at Wawa.
    - Even though there's a new Wal-Mart in your town, you still go to the Englishtown Auction for cheap stuff.
    - You can smell and know when it's low tide.
    - You know where to get the best bagels and pizza.
    - Because your town was founded before 1776, all the restaurants, taverns and shops have "ye," "olde," and "colonial" in their names.
    - you've eaten a pork roll and cheese on a hard roll...and like it.
    - There's a fruit and vegetable stand down the road.
    - You know what a "benny" or a "shoe-bie" is and can pick one out at the beach.
    - You've planned a local trip around ensuring you pass at least one Dunkin' Donuts.
    - You know the myth of the New Jersey devil
    - You remember the stores Korvette's, Rickel's, Channel, Bamburger's
    and Orbach's.

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    Cyburbian Seabishop's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    Subject: 101 Reasons You Know Your From Massachusetts
    I'm a few miles from MA but I'd add:

    You wonder why they don't play more Mighty Mighty Bosstones on WAAF.
    You've waited outside for 30 minutes for Regina's Pizza.
    You cringe at fake Boston accents in movies because you don't sound that bad.
    You consider a 1000SF 1950's ranch house a steal for $500,000.
    For planners - you get nervous when you hear the term "40B"

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    You know you're from Detroit if South of the Border refers to Canada or Toledo.

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    Super Moderator kjel's avatar
    Dec 2005
    Wishing I were in Asia somewhere!
    Blog entries
    JNA....damn I must be getting Jerseyfied because I can relate to about 80% of that list!
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    lived in Jersey for a few years. those are familar as well.
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Mod Gedunker's avatar
    Aug 2003
    The Wonderland Way
    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek View post
    JNA....damn I must be getting Jerseyfied because I can relate to about 80% of that list!
    It brought a tear to my eye.
    Not valid without corporate seal

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    Cyburbian MacheteJames's avatar
    Jun 2005
    NYC area
    The Mass one is spot on, however I saw no mention of drinking water from the bubblah on that list. Classic Mass-isms. Also, you know you're from Mass if you grew up on cheap, plentiful, tasty seafood and find the fact that other regions don't have seafood like MA does to be sacrilege.

    And I, for one, like the Kennedys, especially Uncle Ted. And Mass drivers are much slower than NYC/Tri state drivers, but yet are worse drivers at the same time. I tried the classic Massachusetts "slamming on brakes to deter a tailgater" tactic here and almost got shot for it.

    edit: I believe GoodTimes in Somerville has either closed or is about to close. I think it's being redeveloped into an Ikea or some crap like that.

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    You are showing your age bro.

    The combat zone is no more. Great vietnamese and malaysian restaurants tho and a lot of new condos.

    When was the last time you were on Washington Street?

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio

    You Know You're From De Noc If.....

    Your speech is punctuated with an ongoing string of "da" and dere" phrasing.
    You wonder why the Western Expressway (NM 8) is always crowded, even with parallel high-speed transit.
    Your parents called the place "The Plastic City".
    You know where "Teen Town" was.
    Hearing about black bears wandering through a residential neighborhood is not unusual.
    Seeing yellow school bus bodies on railroad flat cars is normal.
    You know the seasonal limits and restrictions for walleye.
    You went to a wedding at the Des Plaines Pavilion.
    You know why an "ugly toboggan" can be a good thing.
    You cheer for "Laughing Whitefish".
    You occasionally notice a giant hovering over you.


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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    You know you're from Florida if:

    the mention of Anita Bryant makes you wince and reach for the vodka and o.j....

    you have out of state relatives who "love" Disney World... you skip the vodka and o.j. and go looking for something harder...

  16. #16
    Apr 2008
    you know you're from michigan if

    You use the palm of your right hand like a road map.
    You know what Vernors is
    You drink pop
    you know who Soupy Sales was
    ditto Milky the Clown
    You know what a Yooper is
    when the Lions win the Superbowl = when donkeys fly

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Sep 2001
    skating on thin ice
    I have spent enough time in NJ to get nearly every reference as well. now for my list

    You know you are from the maritimes if

    you've seen a sign for a mclobster
    you buy bolgna by the bag for fried sandwiches, with french's mustard on wonder bread
    you use up river and down river to describe directions vs north/south/east/west
    you have bought "stamps"
    you eat at the big stop
    you can tell someone is "from away"
    you've collected pogie
    you have relatives and friends bring donairs when they come to visit
    you want an alpine
    you speak of Irving as a person not a company
    when someone asks hows she going, the only answer is the very best.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Cyburbian jsk1983's avatar
    Feb 2004
    Chicago, IL

    * The "Living Room" is called the "front room" (pronounced fronchroom)
    * You don't pronounce the "s" at the end of Illinois. You become irate at people who do
    * You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city"). And you swear everything is pretty much 15 minutes away
    * You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Des Plaines"
    * Your school classes were canceled because of cold
    * Your school classes were canceled because of heat
    * You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day
    * Stores don't have sacks, they have bags
    * You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example:"Where's my coat at?" or "If you go to the mall I wanna go with."
    * Your idea of a great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun, "everything" is on it and a slice of dill pickle is on the side
    * You carry jumper cables in your car
    * You drink "pop."
    * You understand that I-290, I-90, I-94, and I-294 are all different roads
    * You know the names of the interstates: Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower,Dan Ryan, and the Edens
    * But you call the interstates "expressways"
    * You refer to anything South of I-80 as "Southern Illinois"
    * You refer to Lake Michigan as "The Lake"
    * You refer to Chicago as "The City"
    * "The Super Bowl" refers to one specific game in a series of 35 played in January of 1986
    * No matter where you are, when you hear the term "Downtown" you immediately assume they're talking about Downtown Chicago
    * You have two favorite football teams: The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers!
    * You buy "The Trib"
    * You think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your car!
    * You know what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog
    * You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is
    * You know why they call Chicago "The Windy City"
    * You understand what "lake-effect" means
    * You know the difference between Amtrak and Metra, and know which station they end up at. You have ridden the "L"
    * You can distinguish between the following area codes: 847,630,773,708, 312, & 815
    * You have at some time in your life, used your furniture to guard your parking spot in winter. (CHICAGO CLASSIC!!)
    * You respond to the question "Where are you from" with a side" example:"WEST SIDE", "SOUTH SIDE" or "NORTHSIDE."
    * You know what the phone number is to Empire Carpet!

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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    Blog entries
    Alright, the following list is a little more localized and I personally created about 90% of it. I also created a group based around this list on Facebook that has 2,200 members to date. So here goes...

    You might be from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, if…

    1. You read the Daily Herald or Northwest Herald religiously.

    2. You take the Metra Union Pacific Chicago & Northwestern Line whenever going downtown, and know that it is the only train line you’ll ever need to use.

    3. You know that Chicago is full of crime and corruption and that’s why your ancestors moved your family line out to the Northwest suburbs in the first place, and why northwestern Cook County tried to break off and form its own county in the 70s.

    4. You have German or Polish ancestry in your blood.

    5. You drive 90 mph on I-90…at least when traffic is clear.

    6. O’Hare is the only airport you use and you’ve probably gone to drop someone off or pick them up there before. You also consider O’Hare part of the Northwest suburbs, and know that it was wrongfully taken away from us by that evil Chicago.

    7. You know that they don’t call the Northwest Tollway “the Golden Corridor" for nothing…we’ve got money!

    8. You’ve ever gone to the Marengo-Hampshire truck stop just for fun.

    9. You know the rest of the suburbs are jealous because we have both of Chicago’s suburban arenas (Allstate Arena and Sears Centre) and they don’t. You also still refer to Allstate as the Rosemont Horizon.

    10. You know someone who works for Motorola, Sears, United Airlines, Zurich, AT&T, Hewitt, or Allstate.

    11. You’ve ever been to Busse Woods, Poplar Creek, Moraine Hills, or one of the forest preserves around Barrington for a nice picnic, hike, or bike ride.

    12. You refer to Harper College as the University of Southern Palatine or UCLA (University Closest to Lake Arlington) because it’s so massive and dominating and know a ton of people who go there.

    13. You’ve ever seen a horse crossing the road in Barrington Hills.

    14. You take Northwest Highway, Rand Road, Algonquin Road, or Higgins Road to get from the near northwest suburbs to the far northwest suburbs or vice versa.

    15. You went to Medieval Times a ton as a kid, and may still go there.

    16. Woodfield is not just a mall, but an entire region and state of mind.

    17. You remember when Randhurst was the sh*t!

    18. You are a diehard Cubs fan, and if you’re not, you often feel like a complete outcast around many of your social circles.

    19. You feel very accustomed to Mexican culture if you live in Carpentersville, Harvard, Elgin, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, or Hanover Park.

    20. You have many friends or coworkers who are Asian or may be Asian yourself.

    21. Your mom, aunt, grandma, etc. goes to see plays at the Marriott regularly.

    22. You know that Grand Victoria is better than that shitty-ass casino in Aurora, and know that downtown Elgin is a lot grander overall than downtown Aurora. You also aren't surprised to learn that Elgin's Grand Victoria Casino is the most profitable in Illinois.

    23. You’ve ever been boating on “the Fox" or “the Chain O’ Lakes" and may know someone who got a DUI ticket while driving a boat.

    24. You’ve ever been biking on the Prairie Path/Fox River Trail.

    25. When you watch the movies ‘Groundhog Day’ or ‘Road to Perdition’, you often say stuff like, “hey, that looks familiar" and then realize they were filmed in Woodstock and Barrington/Dundee, respectively.

    26. You rock out to 95 WIIL Rock.

    27. In medical offices, restaurants, and the like, they are always playing Star 105.5.

    28. You know people who know Billy Corgan or Connie Payton, or who, back in the day, knew Harrison Ford and Hillary Clinton.

    29. When there's nothing left to do, you know there's always Gameworks.

    30. You regularly spend sh*tloads of money at “Deer Park" or “Algonquin Commons".

    31. You think that Woodfield is the largest and grandest indoor shopping mall in the world.

    32. You remember the hysteria when ‘N Sync visited the Target in Schaumburg.

    33. You know that we have the greatest hospitals out of all the suburbs; from Lutheran General to Northwest Community to Alexian Brothers to St. Joseph’s to Good Shepherd…we just can’t be beat.

    34. You know that Des Plaines is the site of the first McDonald’s and get pissed at people who think the first one was in California.

    35. You’ve ever gone drinkin’ at Durty Nellie’s or Penny Road Pub.

    36. You ever went to Santa’s Village as a kid, and may have been sad (or happy) to see it close.

    37. You ever went bowling at Thunderbird Lanes or rollerblading at Roxy Wheels.

    38. You pity the fool that uses any part of Algonquin Road at rush hour.

    39. These days, every Walgreen’s you ever go to was built within the last 10 years.

    40. You know other suburbs are jealous, cause we actually have real, thriving downtowns in most of our suburbs, and even ones like Schaumburg at least try to pretend they do.

    41. Everyone drives an SUV, a minivan, a big-ass truck, or a luxury car and if you don’t, you curse at the people who do.

    42. You go to, or travel through, Rockford often, for better or worse, and know that someday it too will become a thriving northwest suburb.

    43. Roadkill (deer, raccoons, skunks, cats, etc.) is a regular occurrence in your daily travels.

    44. You ever had to stop to let geese cross the road on Camp McDonald Rd.

    45. You’ve ever gone to Goebbert’s, Dittier’s, or Tom’s Farm during the autumn season.

    46. You’ve been to Chocolate Fest or on a carriage ride in Long Grove.

    47. You remember what happened on October 25, 1995 in Fox River Grove.

    48. You also remember what happened in 1993 at Brown’s Chicken in Palatine.

    49. You’ve ever gone looking for ghosts on Cuba Road late at night.

    50. You’ve ever traveled on “53" just for the hell of it.

    51. You refer to Rolling Meadows as Rolling Ghettos.

    52. You’ve ever gone to Arlington Park and remember when it was called Arlington International Racecourse.

    53. You go to as many village summer “fests" or "days" as you can.

    54. You’ve ever been to some sort of convention, trade show, buffet, or party at a large hotel or convention center in Schaumburg or Rosemont.

    55. You know we’re cool cause we got lakes, like Lake Zurich, Crystal Lake, Bangs Lake, Fox Lake, Grass Lake, Pistakee Lake, Wonder Lake, and you’ve likely gone boating, picnicking, swimming, or fishing at one of these places before.

    56. You wish the northwest suburbs were just given their own area code, separate from those North Shore yuppies, instead of doing the 224 “overlay".

    57. You’re happy when it snows because you know that school always closes for snow here, especially in the far northwest suburbs, because we always get more snow than the rest of Chicagoland and because it blows and drifts all around.

    58. Commercial jets roaring over your house is a comfort that puts you to sleep at night, and during the day, you’re usually able to identify the name of the airline and may even see the people in the plane and wave to them.

    59. You had to get your roof or patio furniture replaced when we got that big hailstorm in May of 2000.

    60. You felt a “sonic boom" on October 8, 2001 when military fighter jets scrambled to intercept a Chicago-bound plane as it flew over the Northwest suburbs.

    61. You go to Wisconsin all the time, especially in the summer, and know that it’s people like us that keeps their state’s economy in good shape.

    62. You think people who vacation in Indiana are very misguided.

    63. You spent all your summers as a youth at your local “aquatic center".

    64. You’ve ever been on a jog or bike ride around Lake Arlington.

    65. You know that Elk Grove Village is named as such since there’s actually a grove with elk in it in nearby Busse Woods.

    66. You become irate when you hear people mispronounce Des Plaines.

    67. You or some of your family members or friends has tons of money but always denies it, yet you and your family/friends actually work hard and earn your money, and you fight hard to keep your taxes low and your government in check.

    68. As a kid, you had tons of bonfires (and still do), and you or everyone you knew had a trampoline and/or a pool.

    69. When going on a nice dinner or family brunch, you go to places such as the Milk Pail, Port Edward’s, the Millrose, Bob Chin’s, the Wellington, or Palm Court.

    70. Your family’s social status is determined by the size of your backyard and the size/quality of your patio/deck.

    71. You and your neighbors work so hard to keep your pools filled and your lawns green, even when there’s a drought, that your municipality almost runs out of water in the summer, and has to thus initiate an “outside watering ban".

    72. You’ve ever taken a day trip to “the Square" in Woodstock.

    73. You go up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Dells, or Door County on holiday weekends or in the summer.

    74. You’ve been to the Apple Orchard in Wauconda and was sad to see it close.

    75. You know that you can ski, golf, or attend a wedding reception all at one place: Villa Olivia.

    76. You regularly go to minor league sporting events such as the Schaumburg Flyers and Chicago Wolves.

    77. You’ve ever been to Willow Creek or know someone who goes there, or at least know what it is.

    78. You refer to Miller Park as “Wrigley North".

    79. You ever got Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur off from school.

    80. You’ve ever been to Prime Outlets in Huntley and remember when it was called Huntley Factory Shops.

    81. You’ve ever seen hot air balloons fly over your house.

    82. You go to concerts at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI more than the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL, because Alpine Valley is actually closer.

    83. You’ve ever attended Country Thunder.

    84. Your elementary school got its milk from Cary Dairy.

    85. You know that Volo is famous for two things: a bog and an auto museum.

    86. You know what LITH stands for.

    87. You know that even though Union only has 500 people, it has more attractions (Donley's Wild West Town, Illinois Railroad Museum, etc.) than just about any town its size.

    88. You actually have met the people from the Wickstrom Ford and Floor Store 'n' More commercials.

    89. As messed up as it is, you know how the Palatine Road expressway works.

    90. You remember when the intersection of Randall & Algonquin was a mere gas station and the Jewel and McDonald's were brand new.

    91. In junior high, you went to AMC South Barrington or Kerasotes LITH like every weekend..

    92. Half your graduating class went to MCC, ECC, OCC, or Harper.

    93. You remember when Town & Country Mall and Crystal Point Mall were real malls.

    94. You know that the annual fireworks display in Sleepy Hollow is the sh*t!

    95. When you see a Hummer driving down the road, you're like, "they must be from Barrington".

    96. You or someone you know goes "antiquing" in Richmond regularly.

    97. You know that northwest suburbanites are so generous that you aren't surprised to hear of the frequent donations of gold coins in the Salvation Army kettles.

    98. You refer to Lake Zurich as LZT.

    99. You avoid (if you can) Buffalo Grove because the police have nothing better to do than write tickets.

    100. You've ever spent a day at Cabela's in Hoffman Estates.

    101. Finally, reading all the items on this list brought back memories, hit close to home, put a smile on your face, made you laugh, or made you nod your head the whole time.

    102. You live in or grew up in:
    Harvard, Woodstock, Bull Valley, Marengo, Union, Huntley, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Lakewood, Carpentersville, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Burlington, Sleepy Hollow, Gilberts, West Dundee, East Dundee, Elgin, South Elgin, Prairie Grove, Holiday Hills, Oakwood Hills, Volo, Lakemoor, Wauconda, McHenry, McCullom Lake, Ringwood, Johnsburg, Wonder Lake, Richmond, Spring Grove, Fox Lake, Tower Lakes, Island Lake, Port Barrington, North Barrington, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods, Deer Park, Kildeer, Long Grove, Barrington, Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Inverness, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Rosemont, Park Ridge, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Roselle, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Hanover Park, Bartlett
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

  20. #20
    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio

    Thoughts & Memories

    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post

    14. You take Northwest Highway, Rand Road, Algonquin Road, or Higgins Road to get from the near northwest suburbs to the far northwest suburbs or vice versa.

    66. You become irate when you hear people mispronounce Des Plaines.
    This Bear has some memories of this area. In the mid-1960s a friend was going to music school in downtown Chicago. I drove into town to visit and he set me up on a blind date with a girl from Mount Prospect or Arlington Heights (can't remember exactly). We went to a movie house at a shopping center on Rand Road. I do recall that I was impressed (perhaps intimidated) by the traffic and the commerce of the Chicago NW suburbs.

    I remember hearing the natives pronouncing Des Plaines. My fake city (De Noc) already had a Des Plaines as a suburb......and I have always pronounced it the way you don't care for....."Dey Plains".....

    Another memory.....my friend and I were driving past a high school.....I think it was Arlington Heights. As we cruised by the school (just out of high school boys, looking for girls ) we drove past a dude walking down the sidewalk. He recognized me from grade school, back in Toledo. Small world.

    I have always thought the NW 'burbs were interesting and they have provided some of the inspiration of suburbs in my fake metro.


  21. #21
    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Sep 2001
    skating on thin ice
    we need a rule that you can't paste lists from others for this thread. olriginal lists only
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

  22. #22
    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    hey donk, I don't mind the cut and paste from others - that's why I created the thread - I see this stuff all the time in forwarded emails - I'm trying to dig up my "You know you're from Syracuse if..." list in my inbox

  23. #23
    Cyburbian jmello's avatar
    Mar 2005
    Clayobyrne, CB
    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    1. The Red Sox World Series win was, and will always be, one of the greatest moments in your life.
    Check. I still remember helping to incite a riot in Kenmore Square.

    5. You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.
    Check. I don't get people's uncertainty regarding roundabouts.

    9. You know what a 'regular' coffee is.
    Check. Try ordering that in NC. You'll get a black coffee with no sugar.

    17. You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday just to buy alcohol.
    Actually we only had to drive to North Reading, which was within the designated distance from the NH border where alcohol sales on Sunday were permitted.

    20. You order iced coffee in January.
    Check. Just had one yesterday.

    69. You refer to Savin Hill as 'Stab 'n Kill.'
    Ah, my old hood. Don't forget Murderpan, Gloxbury and Deathchester.

    Let's add some from home state. You know you are from Rhode Island if:

    1. You crave Del's Lemonade on the way home from the beach.
    2. You drink coffee milk.
    3. You know what a stuffie is.
    4. You know what a quahog is.
    5. Anything more than 20 minutes away is a day trip.
    6. "Over the bridge" is part of most sets of directions.
    7. You voted for someone who is now incarcerated.
    8. You are either Italian or Irish.
    9 You are Catholic.
    10. You know how to prepare a clam bake.

  24. #24
    For the Redsox winning the world series it should be:

    You or someone you know went to a cemetery to leave a Redox souvenir on a grave when thte Sox won the world series.

  25. #25
    Cyburbian Fat Cat's avatar
    Nov 2006
    Rockwood, MI

    Fat Cat

    You know you are from the Dakotas if you know what the plugs hanging out of the car grilles in the winter time are for
    Recently was a finalist for a position in this area (didnt get the job) Probably a whole bunch more of frigid "abnormalities" to outsiders

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