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30 Signs You’re a True Clevelander

30 Signs You’re a True Clevelander

If you’re from Cleveland, you know that there’s no place quite like it. From our love of sports to our unique way of life, there are plenty of signs that you’re a true Clevelander. Here are 30 of them:

  1. You know that it’s called pop, not soda.
  2. You have an intense love-hate relationship with your sports teams.
  3. You believe that Cleveland has the purest accent in America.
  4. You know that there are only two seasons in Cleveland: winter and construction.
  5. You hate midges (or Canadian soldiers) with a passion.
  6. You love Lake Erie, but you only swim in it if you’re at least a mile off shore.
  7. You have extremely high standards for both grocery stores and beer.
  8. You still have a Great Lakes Christmas Ale sitting in your fridge, no matter what time of year it is.
  9. You live on either the East or West side and rarely venture over to the other side, not because you have anything against it, but because it’s just really inconvenient.
  10. You know that most places don’t have black squirrels.
  11. You leave your windshield scraper in your car year round.
  12. You know someone who has a Fount Leather Goods bag, or you have one of your own.
  13. You have at least 20 Cleveland t-shirts in your repertoire.
  14. You would probably vote for Michael Symon if he ran for mayor.
  15. You bring every guest from out of town to see the West Side Market.
  16. You’re proud to be from the home of rock and roll, but you rarely visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  17. You spend as much time outside as humanly possible during the summer.
  18. You know that the Feast of the Assumption is the best weekend of the year.
  19. You know how to properly pronounce Cuyahoga (it’s kai-uh-HOW-guh).
  20. You feel an intense sense of pride for A Christmas Story and Superman. You’re welcome, world.
  21. You’re willing to throw hands with anyone who calls Cleveland the “Mistake on the Lake.”
  22. You have a deep love for pirogies.
  23. You still call it Jacob’s Field.
  24. Your family vacations in Hilton Head.
  25. You want others to know about Cleveland, but you also enjoy the lack of traffic and low cost of living that comes with it being America’s best kept secret.
  26. You would make LeBron James the godfather of your children if you could.
  27. You have a strict “no swimming in the Cuyahoga River” policy.
  28. You know that the Terminal Tower is not just a really fancy parking garage.
  29. You’re a fan of the Burnside Cafe, or at least you know someone who is.
  30. No matter where you go, Cleveland always feels like home.

Did we miss any signs that you’re a true Clevelander? Let us know in the comments!

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