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33 Things Only People From Windsor-Essex Will Understand

The real Southwestern Ontario.

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1. You were literally born and raised in South (of) Detroit.

And you're always belting out that line with your friends when Journey comes on.
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And you're always belting out that line with your friends when Journey comes on.

2. You know someone who builds Chrysler minivans.

Instagram: @mitpool

Hi Dad!

3. And you turn workplaces into possessive pronouns all the time.

"I work at Chrysler's."
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"I work at Chrysler's."

4. You use Fahrenheit for warm temperatures and Celcius for cold temperatures.

Jet stream is blocking the cooler temps north and west of us through Saturday. http://t.co/WmlSHI1aO2 #backchannel

THANKS, America.

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5. On road trips, you know you're close to home when everything gets flat and windmills start popping up in the fields.

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6. You know that Dairy Freez opening in the spring is everything.

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7. But you also dread the arrival of fish flies.

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When they crunch under your car tires 😷😷😷

8. You've bought cactuses at Colasanti's...and probably let them die a month later.

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9. And on your way out, you've picked up one, or two…or 12 of their fresh doughnuts. πŸ‘…πŸ©

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10. You've had to convince your cell phone company that those roaming charges were garbage because you never left Canada.

Lovely of Bell Canada to rob me - again! - by charging me $180 "roaming" fees for using my phone in Windsor #worstphoneserviceproviderever!

#bordercitystruggle

11. You know that sweet kicks are $29 or 2 for $50 at Mr. Alan's, but never actually shopped there.

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12. You probably mispronounce French road names.

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"Pee-air-ee" and "Oh-let" avenues.

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13. And pronounce your A's a little differently, too.

You pronounce it "paw-sta" instead of "pass-ta."
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You pronounce it "paw-sta" instead of "pass-ta."

14. You've been hit with that yeasty smell in Walkerville.

#Prohibition bottle in the @cc_whisky archives: #Windsor Distilleries #Canadian #Rye #Malt #Whiskey So #gangster!

Just the sweet scent of booze-makin'.

15. And you've gotten stuck behind truckloads of sharp-smelling tomatoes in August.

Long-live Essex County tomatoes!
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Long-live Essex County tomatoes!

16. You've picked a fresh bouquet of tiger lilies from a ditch.

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17. You've gone to Point Pelee in the fall to see the monarch butterflies coat the trees on their way to Mexico.

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18. You recognize the joy that is Penalty Box's chicken delight. 😍

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19. You've partied all day on Crystal Bay.

And, if your boat is small enough, you've swam in the ~ secret place ~ known as Hidden Lake.
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And, if your boat is small enough, you've swam in the ~ secret place ~ known as Hidden Lake.

20. Your parents took you to Jack Miner's to feed the geese, and it made you think geese were nice.

...until they pecked you.
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...until they pecked you.

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21. You've seen some crazy thunderstorms roll through from Michigan.

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22. You love that Windsor real estate is so cheap.

In Toronto, $200,000 gets you a shed.
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In Toronto, $200,000 gets you a shed.

23. You and your friends ventured down to the end of Texas Road in Amherstburg on Hallowe'en. πŸ‘»πŸ’€

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24. You've had to convince people that Windsor literally has some of the best pizza in the world.

And you will never stop bragging about it.

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25. And you like to brag about growing the most delicious sweet corn in the world, too.

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#FACTS

26. You've also been #blessed with American radio.

One thing I miss about Windsor is the radio stations in Detroit. Where's the gangster rap at Toronto?!

Suck it, CanCon βœ‹πŸΌ

27. Unlike most of the country, you get your groceries at Zehrs β€” not Loblaws.

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28. You either think the Windsor Hum is a silly myth or know it's real and that you're not being told the whole story.

Is it really Zug Island or is it, like, aliens?
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Is it really Zug Island or is it, like, aliens?

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29. You've actually crossed the border to pick up mail or packages just to avoid the crazy Canadian shipping fees.

30. You celebrate Fat Tuesday with pΔ…czkis (pronounced poonch-skis).

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31. And you drink Vernors, not Canada Dry.

Pair it with a Detroit Coney dog and you're golden. πŸ‘ŒπŸ½
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Pair it with a Detroit Coney dog and you're golden. πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

32. You've sat on a blanket for hours along the river in June just to get a good spot to watch the most badass fireworks show.

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33. And, like a lot of people, you might have had to move away for work and still miss home like crazy.

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