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I was born in New York City so I will always be a New Yorker.

When I lived in Tampa, Florida, I guess I was a tampon (well that is OK as I am single), I lived in Key West, so that made me wierd, then in Orlando, Florida, which made me a mouseketeer.

Now I live in Austin, TX so I am a Texan.

In the end we are all Americans!! :pepper1: :pepper1: :pepper1:

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Originally from the Chicago area but

now a damn yankee in the south for the other half of my life! AS they used to say...I lived waaaaaaaay out in the boonies when in Chicago.

You know you're from Chicago when........
Author unknown but definately a Chicagoian

1. The "Living Room" is called the "front room"

2. You don't pronounce the "s" at the end of Illinois. You become irritated at people who do.

3. You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city"). And you swear everything is pretty much 15 minutes away.

4. You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Des Plaines" or "Lisle".

5. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.

6. Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

7. You've had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.

8. Stores don't have sacks, they have bags.

9. 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."

10. 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.

11. You carry jumper cables in your car.

12. You drink "pop."

13. You understand that I -290, I-90, I-94, and I-294 are all different roads.

14. You know the names of the interstates: Stevenson, Kennedy,
Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and the Edens. But you call the interstates "expressways"

15. You refer to anything South of I-80 as "Southern Illinois".

16. You refer to Lake Michigan as "The Lake".

17. You refer to Chicago as "The City".

18. "The Super Bowl" refers to one specific game in a series of 35
played in January of 1986. GO BEARS!!

19. No matter where you are, when you hear the term "Downtown" you immediately assume they're talking about Downtown Chicago.

20. You have two favorite football teams: The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers.

21. You buy "The Trib".

22. You think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your car!

23. You know what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog.

24. You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.

25. You know why they call Chicago "The Windy City", and it's not because of the wind.

26. You understand what "lake-effect" means.

27. You know the difference between Amtrak and Metra, and know which
station they end up at.

28. You have ridden the "L".

29. You can distinguish between the following area codes: 847, 630, 773, 708, 312, & 815

30. You have at some time in your life, used your furniture to guard your parking spot in winter.

31. You respond to the question "Where are you from" with a "side",

32. You know what the phone number is to Empire Carpet (588-2300)

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First you must learn to pronounce the city name. It is Chi-ca-go, or
Cha-ca-ga depending on if you live North or South of Roosevelt Rd. We all
know that the South side is for "normal" people...cross that line to the
North and you are in the Twilight Zone back in the 50's where there's a
bowling alley on every corner.)

Next, if your road map is more then a few weeks old, throw it out, and buy a
new one. If in Naperville and your map is one day old, then it is already

Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Chicago has its own version
of traffic rules..."Close your eyes, hit the gas, and pray!" There is no such
thing as a dangerous high-speed chase in Chicago. We all drive like that!

All directions start with, "Get on I-94" which has no beginning and no end.

The morning rush hour is from Midnight to Noon. The evening rush hour is
from Noon to Midnight. The weekend rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, or possibly shot.

When you are the first one on the starting line, count to five when the light turns green before going to avoid crashing into all the drivers running the red light in cross-traffic.

Construction on the Northwest Tollway is a way of life and a permanent form
of entertainment. We had sooooo much fun with that we have added 294, Elgin
- O'Hare and I-355 to the mix.

All unexplained sights are explained by the phrase, "Oh, we must be in Cicero!"

If someone actually has their turn signal on, it is probably a factory defect on their vehicle.

Car horns are actually the native language. They are also used by cabbies
behind you to let you know that the light will turn green in 5 seconds.

If asking directions in Cicero you must speak Spanish.

If in Bridgeport, Mandarin Chinese will be your best bet.

If you stop to ask directions on the West or South side you will need to
know Ebonics, have a death wish, or you are wearing a bulletproof vest.

A trip across town (East to West) will take a minimum of four hours,
although many North/South streets have unposted minimum speeds of 75 mph.

The minimum acceptable speed on the Dan Ryan is 95, especially if you are
driving a 10 ton waste hauler with bald tires, no tarp, and no mud flaps.

The wrought iron bars on windows near Englewood and Austin are NOT for
ornamental purposes!

The Congress expressway is our daily version of NASCAR.

The Dan Ryan is called "The Death Trap" for two reasons: Which of those 2
words don't you understand?

It is highly advisable not to try to pet or feed those packs of wild dogs
roaming on the shoulder of the road.

If it's 100 degrees, it's the Taste Of Chicago. If it's 10 below and
snowing, it's opening day at Comiskey Park. If it's rained 6 inches in the
last hour, then the Western open Golf Classic is in the second round.

If you go to Wrigley Field, pay the $25.00 to park in "Cubs Lot". Parking
elsewhere could cost up to $2500 for damages, towing fees, tickets, etc.

If some guy with a flag tries to get you to park in his "yard", run him over.

And the most important thing to remember is this...if you park on a side
street side where someone has blocked off a parking space with a broom and a
kitchen chair...You WILL be killed!!!

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DAWG said:
I got in a discussion today with someone from New York, and I'm from Chicago, What we did not know is what do you call people from other cities like Dallas or Los Angeles, etc.

Jus Curious.


I hvae heard people from La La Land called Angelino's

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Just call us...

Nashville Cats

"Nashville Cats, play clean as country water;
Nashville Cats, play wild as mountain dew;
Nashville Cats, been playin' since they's babies;
Nashville Cats, get work before they're two..."

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I'm an Air Force Brat, here are the places I lived growing up:
Rapid City, South Dakota
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Amarillo, Texas
Trier, Germany
Tucson, Arizona
Del Rio, Texas
Big Spring, Texas (Dad's last duty assignment)
Abilene, Texas (Dad retired in '75 and made Abilene home)

I've traveled a bunch in my career as an engineer in the electronics business (pipeline & two-way radio). Not counting all the places I've stoped for short-term work (or play), I've lived and worked in the following places:
Abilene, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Cairo, Egypt
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Hong Kong
Jakarta, Indonesia
San Diego, California
Northwest suburbs of Chicago

My soon-to-be ex-wife of 11 years is from Kuhn Kehn, Thailand which I've been to several times. Thailand is a beautiful place. I was hoping to retire there, but having the VTX has me thinking about the Smokey Mountains -- to hell with the women, all I need is the bike. :p

So, I call myself a Texan, since all my immediate family are in Texas.

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= Houston, Texas

= Dallas, Texas

=Austin, Texas


Damn Yankee
=Northern transplant that doesn't know when to leave!

=Tulsa, OK





=Laredo, Texas

lots of "ans" for lots of places.
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