Virginia December 04, 2017
9 Foolproof Ways To Spot An Imposter In Virginia
One of the best parts about life in Virginia is the camaraderie we feel with our fellow Virginians. There’s really no way to define what it means to be a “Virginian,” except, of course, our unwavering love for the Old Dominion. Each of us is unique in our own way, as is our tie to this great state. That being said, there are a few rather foolproof ways to spot an out-of-towner. So, with a little humor, we bring you the 9 foolproof ways to spot an imposter in Virginia:
1. They might ask for clarification when you say you're headed to "The Rivah."
It takes a true Virginian to understand what this general statement means. You'll know you're in the company of an imposter if they ask "why?" A true Virginian will understand that you're off to enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of our state.
2. They might be surprised to learn that the whole state closes down with even a dusting of snow.
School closings are both a blessing and a curse. It's a safe assumption that if there's even a hint of snow in the forecast, there will be a likely closure and definitely a delayed opening. True Virginians won't miss a beat and will even head to the grocery stores to stock up on bread and water.
3. They don't quite understand the "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan.
Since most of us have grown up with this familiar slogan, we never step back to think about what it means. An outsider, however, may have a few questions.
4. They don't get just a little misty-eyed at the mentioning of the Chincoteague Pony Swim.
Could there be anything more majestic that witnessing these brave ponies swim from shore to shore each year? Many Virginians haven't witnessed this in person, but they'll never question the true splendor of this annual event.
5. They might refer to the mountains as "foothills."
While the mountains you'll find in Virginia aren't the tallest in the land, they are every bit as magnificent. In fact, it's estimated that the Appalachian Mountains may be the oldest in the entire world.
6. They turn up their nose at seafood.
While not everyone loves seafood, no true Virginian will deny that our seafood is the best of the best. So next time you see someone scoff at our oysters, crabs, or fish, keep in mind that you may be in the presence of an imposter.
7. An imposter will claim that he or she has seen a more beautiful sunrise somewhere else.
Now this one is just ridiculous! Clearly, this person has not spent enough glorious mornings on the coast of Virginia.
8. They'll ask if there's really "anything to do around here?"
This question is a cry for help from someone who has not had the privilege to enjoy thousands of hiking trails, white-water rafting trips, canoeing excursions, and countless other outdoor activities.
9. An imposter will do a double take when coming upon a scene such as this:
Those who have lived in Virginia for awhile have grown accustomed to the incredible town of Colonial Williamsburg. And no...those aren't Halloween costumes!
What are your thoughts on this compilation? What would you add to the list? We’d love to hear you! For related content, be sure to check out
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