Minneapolis September 26, 2017
11 Undying Habits That Prove You Can Never Take Minneapolis Out Of The Minneapolitan
Everyone who has been born and raised in Minneapolis is undeniably a unique individual. However, anyone who has lived within the city can find many similarities between residents. For anyone who have moved away from home is surely aware that they can be taken out of Minneapolis, but Minneapolis will always be a part of their identity. Here are 11 undying habits every Minneapolitan has:
1. Incessantly talking about the weather.
Minneapolis winters can get down to 30 degrees below zero, our summers can be sticky, hot and over 100 degrees, and we're going to talk about it non-stop. If talking about the weather were an Olympic sport, Minneapolis would take home the gold.
2. Bringing hot dish to any and every pot luck.
Anywhere else in the world might call this a casserole or an abomination, but Minneapolitans can't get enough. Those who move away remain suckers for a good tater tot hot dish.
3. Referring to any other place but the Twin Cities as "up north."
It's a twenty minute drive
slightly northwest of the Twin Cities? That's totally up north.
4. Deciding to bike throughout the entire winter.
As one of the most bike friendly cities in the world, Minneapolis residents take advantage of their trails by biking through the cold, hard winter. We're hearty people, and definitely willing to prove we're tougher than an Abominable Snowman.
5. Hesitating at every single four-way stop.
Anyone who has taken driver's ed definitely knows the rules about four-way stop signs, but that doesn't mean Minneapolitans won't hesitate at every stop. It creates some confusion for other drivers and sometimes ends in a crash anyway.
6. Playing Duck, Duck, Gray Duck.
It will never be duck, duck, goose. Duck, duck, gray duck is the only way to play this childhood game, end of story.
7. Dressing inappropriately for the weather.
Twin Cities residents pride themselves in being able to endure any weather extreme that's thrown at them. For many, once the temperature is above freezing, it means summer is just around the corner and it's time to pull out shorts and flip flops.
8. Calling this a salad.
Only in Minneapolis can a concoction that is made almost entirely out of sugar and resembles a colorful candy blob be considered "salad." If Jell-O salad isn't quite your thing, cookie salad and Snickers salad exist as well.
9. Apologizing for EVERYTHING.
You bumped into me? I'm so sorry. You forgot my birthday? I'm sorry. My house wasn't immaculate before you came to visit? I'm sorry; please forgive me. Minneapolitans have made apologizing into a competitive sport, and they're pretty darn good at it.
10. Calling this "pop."
It's not soda. It's not soda pop. It's not a soft drink. This will forever and always be pop.
11. Engaging in long "Minnesota goodbyes."
For any Minneapolitan, a goodbye is an entire ordeal that can take up to an hour. At any gathering, one must say goodbye to every individual, something heartfelt must be said, hugs must be shared, and it must take a million years to gather all of your things before you leave. We're sorry, but it's a requirement.
Every Minneapolis native will always have habits that will follow them through the rest of their lives, no matter what they’re doing and where they’re living. We couldn’t possibly make a list of every habit Minneapolitans share, so that’s where you come in! What habits have you picked up from living in Minneapolis? Let us know in the comments below.
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