It’s snowing again. It’s March 23 and it is snowing. And…it’s sticking to the ground. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow also. It’s not a lot of snow, but still it’s snowing. Why?
Because this is Chicagoland!
And, you know you’re a Chicagoan if…
- You know why to "wait five minutes."
- You think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your car!
- You refer to Chicago as "The City" or "downtown"–even if you live elsewhere.
- 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, and 224.
- You say "Wanna go with?" when you mean "Do you want to come with
- You know what Kennedy, Dan Ryan, Eisenhower, Edens, and Bishop Ford, have in
common and curse one of them daily.
- You know what "the Hillside strangler is."
- You can name three or four extra taxes nobody else pays.
- You expect corruption in local politics.
- You know why they call it "the Windy City." (Hint, nothing to do with weather; although we can have wicked windstorms.)
- You know dead people who voted. (not personally, but in general, yes)
- You’ve never been to Springfield (actually, I have, but only as a child) and you know which city, Chicago or Springfield, is the state capital.
- You know what Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, and Gino’s have in common.
- You know when the last time the Cubs won a pennant.
- You know exactly how many cars are "legally" allowed to turn left after the light turns red.
- You refer to Lake Michigan as "The Lake" and give directions such as, "Turn right, The Lake will be in front of you"–even though The Lake is 20 miles away and not visible.
- And, last for today, you know how to pronounce the current governor’s name, but wish you didn’t. (see the one above about corruption)
These are elsewhere on the web, but they’re good enough to repeat. More of them later.