Cleveland July 18, 2017
12 Legitimate Signs That You Grew Up In Cleveland
Cleveland is a pretty special city, but what’s even more noteworthy is the people that call it home. Its wonders helped influence entire generations, and its influence continues to mold the minds, personalities, and outlooks of future community leaders. Clevelanders are a unique breed that’s worthy of celebration, as we all do little things that set us apart from residents of other big cities. Here are 12 signs that you grew up in Cleveland:
1. You are tough as nails.
Winter hardly phases you anymore, and lake effect precipitation doesn't even merit raising an eyebrow. You have become hardened to the
of Cleveland life and, quite honestly, it's okay.
2. You can be a little nuts sometimes.
Cleveland has a history of producing some pretty zany
, but with that crazy side comes a streak of
3. You know how to celebrate like a champion...
While we have some pretty remarkable sports teams, we know not to get too big for our britches.
4. ... But you also know how to lose with grace and dignity.
While we love being fiercely competitive, it's all for the fun of it. We are never too broken-hearted when our sports teams don't win, and our loyalty remains strong despite the trials and tribulations of an off game or (in the case of the Browns) off season or two.
5. Public transportation doesn't phase you.
In big cities, it can be a lot easier and greener to take the metro than to drive. In Cleveland, a ride on the rapids may be a tight squeeze, but it is better than braving the intense traffic after concerts or sports games.
6. You are fairly knowledgeable on a number of different topics.
Cleveland is home to some remarkable
, and as a side effect many locals seemed to have absorbed exorbitant amounts of information.
7. You seem to have a deeply rooted sense of adventure.
The Cleveland landscape offers countless opportunities for adventure, ranging from
8. You know how to have a good time.
As a diverse region, we naturally enjoy some notable
here in Northeast Ohio.
9. You can't help but cringe when people say "soda."
You also feel an inexplicable urge to correct them.
"Okay, what size pop would you like?"
10. You expect to see more traffic cones than human beings on your morning commute.
You've grown accustomed to the city's permanent state of construction, and your driving has even adapted to it. Driving on smooth roads almost doesn't feel challenging enough anymore.
11. You laugh at your own jokes.
Clevelanders are all endowed with an unusual sense of humor, and we're constantly making
. When nobody laughs, it's not a problem, because we're professionals when it comes to laughing at ourselves.
12. Every time you leave, you can't help but miss Cleveland.
City life might not be for everyone but, to you, the city is home.
Cleveland is undoubtedly wonderful, but it pales in comparison to the array of people it produces. Clevelanders are the coolest people on earth, and being a Cleveland native is certainly worth celebrating every once in a while.For more, check out our list of
strange Clevelander habits.