Colorado January 11, 2019
12 Surefire Ways To Tell The Difference Between A Colorado Local And Transplant
Are you unsure of whether or not someone is who they say they are? Here in Colorado, we get A LOT of transplants and tourists, so you may find yourself in an awkward situation where you cannot tell whether or not someone is actually from here. Here are the 12 best ways to spot the difference between a Colorado local and transplant:
1. Coloradans do not bat an eye at the state's many dispensaries...
They've been here for more than five years now and they give us extra tax dollars, so we have grown accustomed to seeing them on every corner of every town.
2. ...while transplants and/or tourists go crrraaazzzzzyyy for them.
Transplants and tourists also tend to feel very strongly about them in one way or another, with some wanting nothing to do with them and others celebrating their existence.
3. Natives can hike, jog, and drink without feeling the effects of the higher elevation...
*climbs one of our many fourteeners*
"That was a great warm up... now on to Mount Evans!"
4. ...while transplants get winded and/or inebriated way sooner than the rest of us.
We should feel sorry for those who get drunk after one beer, but it's just so classic.
5. A true Coloradan will order a craft brew...
Did you know that Colorado is home to nearly 150 craft breweries? How on Earth are we supposed to try every one if all we order are the watered-down national brands?
6. ...while an out-of-towner will order whatever this weak dribble is.
While we love the Coors brand for its Colorado roots, we have to include it in the list of domestic don'ts. (Sorry, Coors family.)
7. In Colorado, green means go, yellow means go, and red means you have about 10 more seconds to gun it before it's time to stop...
Fun fact: My Kansas-born husband even noticed there is a delay in when one light turns red and the other turns green, presumably because this is the way everyone here drives.
8. ...non-Coloradans abide by some other weird traffic laws.
Slow down at a yellow light? Did you move here from Mars?!
9. Coloradans go out in the snow in flip flops and maybe a light jacket...
Typically, we don't even need the jacket unless temperatures are in the single digits and the wind is blowing.
10. ...while transplants opt for expensive coats and snow boots.
Why would anyone spend $100+ on a pair of snow boots when you can get a perfectly good pair of flip flops for less than $1 a pop?
11. Finally, we’re always on the move...
On the weekends, we get outside and explore, so you will almost never find us "vegging out" on our days off.
12. ...and most outsiders do not.
When the weather is so sunny and mild, why would you ever want to waste a day on the couch?
For even more Only in Colorado humor, click on
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