Detroit August 16, 2018
9 Telltale Signs That You Were Always Meant To Be A Detroiter
We Detroiters are a unique bunch. From our sports teams to our food preferences, there are plenty of traits that set us apart from residents of other major cities. While many of us are proud to have spent most of our lives in the Motor City, you don’t have to be Detroit-born to display the signs of a true Detroiter. Here are nine indications that you were always meant to live in Motown.
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1. You’re a pro at handling disappointment.
In order to be a true Detroiter, you have to be ready for plenty of disappointment… during football season, that is! While we love our Detroit Lions, they don’t always come through for us when game day rolls around. If you can handle the idea of rooting for a team that has never appeared in the Super Bowl, you might just be destined for life in Detroit.
2. When you’re thirsty, you crave Faygo.
Forget water, milk, or Coca-Cola; nothing hits the spot for a Detroiter quite like a refreshing sip of Faygo. Our love for this perfectly fizzy pop knows no bounds, and we’ve been known to stock up on bottles of Faygo as if we’re preparing for the apocalypse. Redpop runs through our veins. If you feel the same way, welcome to our city!
3. Coney dogs are your favorite food.
Do you often find yourself dreaming about the wonderfully savory flavors of a coney dog? After all, it’s tough to beat the experience of biting into one of these dogs, particularly when it’s topped with the perfect combination of chili, cheese, onions, and absolutely NO ketchup. You’re meant to live in the Motor City if your mouth waters just thinking about a trip to American Coney Island.
4. You know the truth about "Don’t Stop Believing."
Do you cringe every time you hear the song "Don’t Stop Believing?" Welcome to the club. After all, every true Detroiter knows that "South Detroit" doesn’t exist, which puts a damper on the whole "Born and raised in South Detroit" line of this iconic song. Sigh. The world will never learn.
5. You’re pretty skilled at pronunciation.
Does the word "Gratiot" roll right off your tongue? Are you unfazed by "Beaubien?" The Motor City might just be the place for you. Our town is full of tough-to-say words for people who aren’t fluent in French, so you’ll want to be prepared before giving directions or mentioning an address. Despite these tongue-twisters, real Detroiters are quick to pick up on unfamiliar names.
6. You’ve always felt a pull toward Canada.
We Detroiters like to consider ourselves honorary Canadians. Our proximity to the border makes it easy to head across the Ambassador Bridge for a quick Ontario day trip, so this pull toward Canada is natural for us. If you’ve always felt drawn to maple leaves and moose, you might have what it takes to qualify as a true-blue Detroiter.
7. Vernors is your medicine of choice.
Do you scoff at the thought of downing Pepto Bismol when a stomach ache strikes? Perhaps Detroit is the place for you. We swear by Vernors when it comes to soothing indigestion or upset stomachs, and there’s simply nothing better than the quick relief we find upon finishing that first swig.
8. You can’t help but dance when you hear Motown tunes.
Does Stevie Wonder get your toes tapping like no one else can? Have you always been a huge fan of Aretha Franklin? Are you slightly obsessed with Diana Ross and the Supremes? If you answered yes, you’re probably destined to be a Detroiter. We’re undeniably proud of our city’s musical heritage, and there’s nothing better than belting out our favorite Motown hits.
9. You’ve got a thick skin.
Life in Detroit certainly isn’t easy, largely because we’re constantly battling negative stereotypes about our city. If you’re prepared to defend your town against uninformed outsiders who believe that Detroit is incapable of new growth, then you certainly have what it takes to call the Motor City home. We Detroiters are welcoming and adventurous, but we’re also fiercely defensive of our beloved city.
What do you think, fellow Detroiters? Are there any other telltale indications that someone was always meant to reside here in the Motor City? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!