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    23 Things You'll Only Get If You Grew Up In Geelong

    I bet you never won a game against South Barwon either.

    1. You've referred to Geelong as G-hole, G-town, and Geetroit.

    2. Smorgy's was THE place to have a birthday party.

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    If you didn't have a birthday party at Smorgy's, your parents basically didn't love you.

    3. And you always wondered what happened to Salty the seal.

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    P.S. Why is this tragically the only photo of Salty the seal online?

    4. You loved winter because that meant footy season was back.

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    5. And you always tried to be the first to make it to the centre circle after the siren at Kardinia Park.

    6. You knew the best time to go shopping was during a Cats game.

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    Going to the shops while half the town was at Simonds Stadium = perfection.

    7. You spent afternoons reliving your favourite fairy tales at Fairy Park.

    8. You remember that time in 2007 when EVERYBODY was obsessed with Ghanda trackies.

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    You would have to message your friends on MSN to see what colour they were wearing to "casual clothes day" so you didn't clash.

    9. You counted down the days until your 18th birthday, when you could finally get into Lambys.

    10. And you couldn't wait for the day you could move to Melbourne like you always vowed to.

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    11. Your parents always listened to BayFM or KRock - especially on a footy day.

    12. You watched Aussie icons like the Rogue Traders whenever they came to the Geelong Arena.

    13. You were always made to run the Barwon River for your school's cross country.

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    14. There was nothing worse than the VLine.

    15. You couldn't wait to finally do a deb ball in year 11.

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    Bonus points if it was held at the South Barwon Civic Centre.

    16. You pretended to go to Pako Festa for the parade, but you were really there for the food.

    17. You've spent an afternoon or two sliding down the hill on a cardboard box at Eastern Beach.

    18. And you've made your friends take a dramatic photoshoot of you up against the bollards at least once.

    19. You were always confused as to why the schools in Geelong had long-ass kilts when all Melbourne girls had short skirts.

    20. You've been to the Sphinx at least once.

    21. You begged your mum to let you go to the underage night at Home House.

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    If you were featured on their MySpace page, you'd be cool forever.

    22. But the only one you were allowed to go to was the Blue Light Disco at the Geelong Town Hall.

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    Look, it wasn't quite Home House, but you had a good time anyway.

    23. And you knew there was nothing more beautifully tragic as the Geelong Christmas tree.

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