Calling the Empire State home is nothing short of the greatest pleasure, but there are some bumps in the road that you’ll come across while you live here. Take a break from the overwhelming amount of holiday cheer that’s all around you to collectively sigh over some of the struggles that we as New Yorkers find ourselves facing. Keep scrolling to see how many of these things you relate to!
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1. Never getting any snow days.
Unlike other states that shut down their entire town just at the thought of snow, New York is always prepared for a snow storm. While we appreciate waking up to our roads being cleared and things staying safe, sometimes it would be nice to have a snow day or two!
2. Having everyone assume that saying "I'm from New York" means "I'm from New York City".
There's not too many things that are worse than conversing with a stranger and telling them that you're from New York, only for them to respond with the question "New York City?". This is one of the quickest ways to make a New York resident see red.
3. Having people tell us our teams aren't really our teams.
While we're rooting for the New York Giants or New York Jets, we don't want to hear you babbling on about how these teams aren't
really New York teams because of where their stadium is. We're still claiming them as our own!
4. Having to shovel during our colder months.
There's nothing worse than when you're running late in the morning and get outside to your car, only to see that you'll be running even more late because you have to clear it off. Or even worse... simply find it. Shoveling our driveways, walkways and clearing off our cars are all things we dread during the winter.
5. Having out-of-towners find out about our secret spots.
Taking a getaway to one of your favorite secret spots isn't quite as fun when you arrive and find that the cat's been let out of the bag. Between social media and modern technology, more and more of our favorite secret spots are being uncovered. The frustration never ends!
6. Debating on where Upstate begins.
Most residents will agree that Upstate pretty much begins north of Albany, but you'll often hear people down in places like Orange County saying that where they live in Upstate. Sometimes we can't help but scratch our heads and wonder.
7. Realizing just how big the Empire State is.
All of us have experienced that moment when we're reading about some new and exciting place in New York, only to find out that it's still somehow a 5 hour drive away from where we live. Instead of taking a quick half-day trip to somewhere near our home town, we have to plan for a weekend getaway.
8. Having someone ask us to recite all of the names of the Finger Lakes.
This isn't some clever trick we keep up our sleeve to perform at parties, instead of asking us to name of all of the lakes try using Google instead and you won't have to deal with seeing a huge frown come over our face.
9. Keeping our head on a swivel for deer and potholes.
Driving in New York can be quite the experience. Between having to look out for fast-acting deer and disastrous potholes, you'll want to be at the ready and fully attentive while you're on the road.
Whether or not you find New York's taxes to be a good thing, they're still something that most of us can agree is generally a thorn in our side.
11. Not being able to enjoy pizza when you travel out of state.
You can try it and you can hope for the best, but nothing will taste as good as the pizza that you'll find in New York.
12. Having to pump our own gas during the winter.
To the states that don't have to pump their own gas, we're looking at you New Jersey and Oregon, we shake our fists in fury! During the winter there's nothing like making the dreaded stop to the gas station to stand outside in the cold and fill up your tank.
13. Having our warm weather months be taken over by construction.
After taking a harsh beating from winter all season long, by the time spring and summer comes around our roads tend to look a little unsightly. Between fixing potholes and dealing with construction while the time's right, you'll get use to seeing those annoying little orange cones and signs all over the roads.
14. Not having outsiders understand our love for Wegmans.
It's so much more than just a supermarket! And if you don't understand that, you might be downright crazy.
15. Listening to out-of-towners butcher our small town names.
We're not blaming you, some of our town names can be quite a mouthful. But sometimes out-of-towners mess up the easiest of names and it's almost as bad as listening to nails on a chalk board. Yikes!