Ohio June 13, 2015
18 Ways You Know You Grew Up In A Small Town In Ohio
There are certain, undeniable signs that set those of us who grew up in a small town in Ohio apart from those who didn’t. From distinct words and phrases to driving habits, the trademarks are subtle, but they’re undeniably there. The following are just a few ways you known you grew up in a small town in Ohio.
1) You're often unprepared to pay to park (and legitimately angry at times) because parking meters simply don't exist in your hometown.
2) Public transportation makes you nervous.
3) You prefer to be given directions in time increments because that's just what you're used to. Something that's "about 35 miles from Cleveland" tells you nothing.
4) You have a lifelong hairdresser you follow to whatever establishment she/he moves to work at next because you just don't trust anyone else to cut your hair.
5) You don't fly into a fit of confusion, frustration or rage anytime someone describes where they live as Columbus, Cincinnati or Cleveland when they really actually live in a suburb near those cities. You get it.
6) The Ohio State vs. Michigan football game was always the one time a year you'd see your dad yell/cry/do anything out of the ordinary.
7) "Going to town" was an all-day ordeal that meant a 30-minute drive to the nearest city.
8) Going to a mall that wasn't a strip mall was a pretty big deal.
9) It was always "pop." Never "soda."
10) This was the best part about eating at Frisch's Big Boy:
11) ...and these. (Picking a color was nearly the most complicated decision of your life.)
12) There was always a specific stop sign or house you couldn't ride your bike past. (And when you did you felt like a complete rebel.)
13) When you got older and you and your friends weren't loitering around town, you somehow always ended up at the neighborhood park because that's what "hanging out" meant.
14) Getting your driver's license was a pretty big freaking deal, and when you got it you spent the majority of your time (and gas) driving around town with your friends just because you could.
15) Whenever some sort of crisis or tragedy happened in your family your neighbors brought you hot meals for weeks. (You can't get that living in a big city, guys. You just can't.)
16) You cherished snow days because they were rare and they meant you could go meet the neighborhood kids at the prime sledding spot.
17) There was always the annual family vacation to Cedar Point or Kings Island to look forward to—and it never got old.
18) ...and this ride was basically the best:
What other ways do you know you grew up in a small town in Ohio?