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25 Things That Everyone Who Grew Up In Country NSW Can Relate To

Chinese food, dirt roads, and mainies ftw.

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1. Every big high school party you went to had a fire bucket.

You quickly mastered the fine art of finding a spot opposite to where the smoke was blowing.
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You quickly mastered the fine art of finding a spot opposite to where the smoke was blowing.

2. You're literally so done with jokes about the name of the place you grew up.

"Yeah it's Hay, like hay.""No, not everything in Orange is orange.""I have no idea why it's Wagga Wagga, not just Wagga."
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"Yeah it's Hay, like hay."

"No, not everything in Orange is orange."

"I have no idea why it's Wagga Wagga, not just Wagga."

3. Your family had a favourite Chinese restaurant, which they wholeheartedly believed was superior to every other one in town.

And you probably requested forks to use instead of chopsticks, at least when you were a kid.

4. You also had a favourite fish and chips shop.

When you were a kid your job was to run in and order $2-worth of chips with chicken salt, while your parents stayed in the car.
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When you were a kid your job was to run in and order $2-worth of chips with chicken salt, while your parents stayed in the car.

5. If you didn't live on a property, you definitely had a big backyard, complete with a swing set like this.

An maybe a sand pit, if you were lucky.
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An maybe a sand pit, if you were lucky.

6. Some of your best teenage memories are from your town's local show.

Especially when your parents decided you were old enough to go on a Friday or Saturday night with your friends.
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Especially when your parents decided you were old enough to go on a Friday or Saturday night with your friends.

7. As a child you were told to "be careful of snakes" almost as much as you were told to wear a hat.

Especially when going anywhere near a creek or river.
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Especially when going anywhere near a creek or river.

8. It was always super hard deciding whether to get a vanilla slice, gingerbread man, or caramel tart from your local bakery.

All that cream though.
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All that cream though.

9. At least two of your high school friends had a Barina, Corolla, or Suzuki Swift as their first car.

Unless they lived out of town, in which case a ute was their go-to.
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Unless they lived out of town, in which case a ute was their go-to.

10. You're so used to water restrictions, you can hardly believe it when you see someone in the city wasting water.

"Why the hell is that idiot washing their car on the road? In the middle of the day? And what do you mean you leave the water on while you brush your teeth? WATER IS OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE, AUNTY MERYL."
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"Why the hell is that idiot washing their car on the road? In the middle of the day? And what do you mean you leave the water on while you brush your teeth? WATER IS OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE, AUNTY MERYL."

11. Mainies were a rite of passage when you got your license.

Or, you know, were bored a Thursday afternoon.
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Or, you know, were bored a Thursday afternoon.

12. When any kind of attraction came to your hometown - or one within an hour's drive - it was the biggest deal ever.

"Holy shit. Crusty Demons are coming back! I'm going to go for my birthday. I wonder if I could get one of them to sign my phone case."
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"Holy shit. Crusty Demons are coming back! I'm going to go for my birthday. I wonder if I could get one of them to sign my phone case."

13. Bebo was a massive thing when you were in high school.

Choosing who to give your ~love~ to every day was a real struggle.
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Choosing who to give your ~love~ to every day was a real struggle.

14. The ultimate success was getting in that "shotty not" before your parents asked whether you or your sibling was going to get out and open the gate.

This satisfaction was at least twenty times better when it was raining.
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This satisfaction was at least twenty times better when it was raining.

15. You know it's always going to take at least three times longer to get into town if there are cyclists on the road.

You also know your parents aren't going to be happy about it.
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You also know your parents aren't going to be happy about it.

16. You're still a little confused by the fact so few people in cities know how to drive a manual.

It is literally not that hard.
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It is literally not that hard.

17. You're always on the lookout for roos on the road, especially at dusk, no matter where you're driving.

And you're no stranger to roadkill.
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And you're no stranger to roadkill.

18. You know the best family barbecues are the one with a spit going.

And know that anyone involved in the cooking never stepped more than a few metres away from the thing.
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And know that anyone involved in the cooking never stepped more than a few metres away from the thing.

19. You have a true appreciation for the patience that goes in to yabbying.

"Mum, do you have any spare string? Or any leftover meat? We're going to go down to the dam this arvo."
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"Mum, do you have any spare string? Or any leftover meat? We're going to go down to the dam this arvo."

20. You hate when people who grew up near a beach ask what you used to do in summer.

As if there were no pools, dams, or beautiful rivers where you're from.
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As if there were no pools, dams, or beautiful rivers where you're from.

21. The best ever Christmas was when you or one of your cousins got a PeeWee 50.

Honestly, what a day. What a time.
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Honestly, what a day. What a time.

22. You've enjoyed the wild fun that is a tractor tyre swing.

Whether it be in a park or a mate's place.
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Whether it be in a park or a mate's place.

23. City vs. Country was one of the highlights of your year when you were at school.

Whether you were into footy or not.
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Whether you were into footy or not.

24. You have a weird allegiance to your town/suburb and enjoying throwing shade at those around it.

Sorry, Raglan.
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Sorry, Raglan.

25. And you're always explaining where you hometown is in relation to Sydney.

Well, it's either that or something to do with Canberra.
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Well, it's either that or something to do with Canberra.