Austin February 13, 2018
11 Legitimate Signs That You Grew Up In Austin
Finding a local Austinite is a rarity. In a city full of transplants, it’s often difficult to find people who have been here for even 10 years, let alone their entire lives. Each tried-and-true Austinite has a series of quirky traits. These are 11 legitimate signs that you grew up in Austin.
1. People call you a unicorn.
Austin locals are as rare as mystical unicorns. When people spot them, they want to savor the moment and pick their brain about this fair city.
2. You have several photos taken with Leslie
Full of life and unapologetically herself, Leslie was a ray of sunshine. Those of you who grew up in Austin were hopefully lucky enough to meet her in person.
3. You remember when Austin was truly weird.
And you lovingly long for the days when rent was cheap and traffic was rare.
4. You still have your ticket stubs from Willie Nelson concerts.
Bonus points if some of those shows were at The Armadillo.
5. You have at least three breakfast tacos every week.
Austinites' love for breakfast tacos knows no bounds. It's hard to feel like yourself without a few migas tacos in the morning.
6. You long for the days when you could see the capitol from every angle of the city.
For a while, it was illegal to build a skyscraper taller than the Texas State Capitol. This meant that, everywhere you looked, you could catch a glimpse of pure, Texas pride. Today's skyline is hardly recognizable from what it was even 10 years ago.
7. You avoid SXSW like the plague.
After a while, the appeal of this massive festival loses its luster. Long time locals prefer to call this annual shindig "South By So What." If you're truly lucky, you can leave town for the week and rent out your home for some extra cash.
8. Your home is full of instruments
The love of music slips into your veins when you grow up in Austin. Chances are, an Austinite's home is covered with guitars, mandolins, keyboards, and cajons.
9. You still call the Texas-Colorado River "Town Lake"
Yes, the name was changed to Lady Bird Lake, but old habits die hard.
10. As you drive across town, you can't help but reminisce about all the places that came and went.
It may even bring a tear to your eye.
11. Even with all of the change, you couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
You'll always be an Austin unicorn.
Are you an Austin unicorn? How long have you lived in Texas’ capital city?