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You know you're from Rochester, when....
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:58:22 AM »

You Know You're From Rochester, NY When...

The only thing at the annual May Lilac Festival is snow.
The worst four-letter word you could say is "Fuji".
You can't swim at the beach.
You thought that you had figured out that alternate-parking thing, but wind up with a ticket anyway.

Toronto is about 70 miles away, but it takes four hours to get there.

The name "Greater Rochester International Airport" is bigger than the airport itself.

There's an 800 number to report a pothole in the road.
You know that a "Can of Worms" is not something that you take fishing. Your baby's first word is "Wegmans".

You ask lifetime residents where the George Eastman House is, but they don't know either.

In a city where it snows at least 90 inches a year, they build a new sports stadium with no roof on it.

It can be 70 degrees one day, below freezing the next, and you think nothing of it.

Your mother is buying outfits to wear to Wegmans.
Your low-fat diet is never low enough to exclude an Abbott's custard.

You order a white hot and a pop, and the counterman knows what you're talking about.

You can travel from Egypt to Greece in about a half-hour by car.

D&C is a newspaper, not a medical procedure.
There are no hamburgers, only ground steak.
You can go to any mall on a Saturday and see at least 5 people you either work with, went to school with or dated.

A musical comes to town 10 years after its Broadway premier and the entire town goes nuts!

You awaken from a deep sleep, look at the clock and see that it's 6:00, but you have no idea whether it's AM or PM.

When 18+ inches of snow falls overnight, but you never thought of NOT going to work.

You are perplexed when friends from other cities come to visit and want to "see the sights".

In winter if the temperature hits 45 degrees and the sun comes out, people walk around downtown wearing shades and no jackets.

There are places at the poles that seem to get more sunlight during the winter months than we do.

Wegmans is somewhere to go on a Friday night, for entertainment.

You know who Vinnie and Angelo are.
You define summer as three months of bad sledding.
You think that people from Pennsylvania have an accent.
Halloween is snowed out with great regularity.
You have experienced frostbite and sunburn in the same week.
Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.

Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six pack of Genny and a bucket of Buffalo wings.
You believe that "down south" means Maryland.
Your snowmobile, lawn mower and fishing boat all have big block Chevy engines.

You can compare Nick Tahoe's garbage plate to at least 3 other knock-offs in competing restaurants.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Rochester, NY


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Re: You know you're from Rochester, when....
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2018, 11:08:45 AM »
I will add the following:

you know it actually has a "red-light" district!

It has TV and radio station "traffic reports" for back-ups lasting barely 20 minutes at any given time or route...

It takes longer to go through the DMV procedures than it takes the total time to get there and back, no matter the distance to whichever one you go to...

A highly expensive "downtown revitalization" program is underway "to attract more people to come into the city", even though no suburban residents have any interest in doing so because of the crime rate (whether real or imagined)

You never heard of the "Troup Howell Bridge" crossing the Genesee river on the main interstate through town and barely know its new name "The Freddie/Sue Bridge" and have no idea why it was changed (or when), let alone know who "Freddie" and "Sue" are!

The "Greater Rochester International Airport" is undergoing another highly expensive expansion, even though very few airline passengers arrive or leave on a regular basis.

Gobs of money was spent on a failed "fast ferry" to operate between Toronto and Rochester.  Similar to Niagara Falls, the Canadian side was more attractive than the NY state side.

You've heard of "Parcel 5" but you're not too sure what it is!

A part of the city is called "Charlotte" but it's not pronounced like the North Carolina city with the exact same spelling--instead, it's pronounced "Shaw-LOT" and nobody seems to know why!

A recently-built Transit Center has fallen victim to the city's crime rate...

Like other newspapers around the country, the Democratic and Chronicle here is very close to becoming the size of a napkin.  To be fair, they were one of many around the country, who embraced the on-line format, but offered it for free at the beginning and now wants people to pay to read the same news that other local media outlets provide for free! (How's that for irony?)

you realize it has a major thoroughfare called "West Ridge Road" (NY 104) which seems to have nearly 3x more car dealerships per square mile (both new and used) than the rest of the city.

There exists many more street festivals than is needed--yet many people still attend them.

you remember there were once 5(!) thriving shopping malls in or around the city.

And my favorite (kinda like the "chicken and egg" dilemma), which came first:  the large fuel tanks, major hospital or the downward aircraft landing flight path that goes over all of them?


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