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11 Things You Only Do If You Live Near The Great Lakes

It's a special place. Next time you're out on the lake, don't forget the Labatt Blue.

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1. You plow your car out of the lake-effect snow while live-streaming the game.

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Because you're obviously the best at multitasking.

2. You pick pond hockey teams very specifically...

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We all know the best way to divide up teams is by throwing your sticks in a big pile, and then have one person alternate between throwing them to either side of the rink.

3. ...and then you take a dip in said pond when the ice starts to melt a little.

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Everyone loves a little polar bear plunge in one of the nearby ponds.

4. You know how to catch air on Lake Michigan.

Who says you need an ocean?
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Who says you need an ocean?

5. You break out the shorts when it's time to go out in temps above 40 °...

It's basically summer — fire up the grill!
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It's basically summer — fire up the grill!

6. ...and find the best places to cast your rod for steelheads!

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7. You lovingly call the people from the UP by their real names, and enjoy trying to figure out their slang.

Dissecteen the accent is a piece of cake.
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Dissecteen the accent is a piece of cake.

8. Boating and tubing happens whenever possible...

This is what lake life is all about.
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This is what lake life is all about.

9. ...and you've perfected the art of handling your jet ski on Lake Erie.

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10. You laugh at cities that shut down for a little bit of snow...

AMATEURS! You've been driving in blizzards since you got your permit.
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AMATEURS! You've been driving in blizzards since you got your permit.

11. ...and always live by this motto:

Why would you live anywhere else?
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Why would you live anywhere else?

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