Boston March 23, 2018
12 Things A True Bostonian Can Honestly Say They’ve Never Done
There are times when our identity is formed as much by the things we won’t do as by our actions themselves. Bostonians are a wonderfully varied bunch, but living here is a unique experience that has an effect on our collective behavior. Here are 12 things that most Bostonians have never done:
1. Rooted for the Yankees.
No way. No how.
2. Polluted chowder with tomatoes.
We use tomatoes in loads of dishes, but there are rules. True Bostonians know that chowder is supposed to be pale - not orange or reddish.
Sweet Caroline out of your head after someone starts singing it.
This song only became an official part of Fenway tradition in 2002 but it's seriously catchy.
4. Stayed out at a Boston bar until 3:00 a.m.
Bars and clubs here close "early" compared to some other U.S. cities.
5. Panicked at the sight of a rotary.
It doesn't matter if you call it a rotary, roundabout or traffic circle, we are confident in our ability to master them. Figuring out which lane we need to be in for a desired destination can be a little trickier.
6. Obeyed all the traffic rules.
Seriously, there are just so many of them. Whoever devised driving laws clearly never tried to negotiate Boston's roads.
7. Complained that Boston isn't big enough.
Boston's not too big or too small. It's just right.
8. Called it Beantown.
Leave that to tourists who are trying to blend in.
9. Attempted to drive a moving van along Storrow Drive.
Out-of-state students... just don't. No one wants to be Storrowed.
10. Appreciated other people's attempts at a Boston accent.
Regardless of whether or not we have a traditional accent, people's impressions of the Boston accent usually fall flat.
11. Thought there were too many Dunkin' Donuts.
We can literally never have enough Dunks.
12. Moved away for good.
Life can pull us in unexpected directions, but true Bostonians eventually return home.
Have you done any of these things? Let us know in the comments. No fibbing!