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18 Signs You're A Southerner Living In New York City

You ain't livin' in the country no more, kiddo!

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1. If there's one thing you miss most about the South it would have to be manners.

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I mean, would it really hurt to say "excuse me," Guy Trying To Squeeze Past Me On An Already Crowded Train?

2. Whenever you go to a restaurant and ask for sweet tea, you're always surprised by what your server brings you.

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It's a shame that many New Yorkers probably have no clue that real sweet tea is.

3. It's still surprising when a New Yorker somehow "knows" you're not a NY native just from the sound of your voice.

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And most times, your accent isn't even that strong.

4. That moment when you meet another person from below the Mason-Dixon line and you both vent your frustrations.

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So, so exciting.

5. Within a week of arriving you knew this wasn't going to be exactly the same as women of Sex and the City.

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What a rude awakening.

6. You often think about when personal space was a thing.

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New Yorkers just really like to be close to you.

7. You miss when strangers would give a gentle smile whenever you happened to make eye contact.

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In the South, you could be on the bus, in a store, etc. and someone would respond to your smile in kind.

However, this is the response you get from strangers now:


So you've probably started doing the same. Remain stoic, remain stoic.

8. You feel really horrible when you don't give money to the less fortunate who hound people for money.

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Your southern generosity is being drained from you by the second, just like the money is being drained from your pockets because the city is so expensive.

9. You've repressed your urge to say the word "Y'all."

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10. You miss regional chain restaurants like Bojangles so much.

Like, Popeyes is cool and all that, but it's not Bojangles.

11. You sometimes want to assume fetal position and cry when you think about paying rent.

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You'd pay a lot less for a lot more space in the South, but you came here to live out your dream, empty pockets be damned!

12. Sometimes you're startled while walking down the street because there's some incredibly loud noise.

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It's usually some a siren or construction workers, but it's seriously one of the scariest things ever. You eventually get used to it, though.

13. No matter how long you live in NYC, you doubt your nostrils will ever adapt to the smell of feces and/or piss that randomly assaults your nostrils.

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We will always love you, fresh, clean air of the South!

14. You know the struggle of not having developed "train legs" yet.

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Sometimes the conductors move the steel contraption so fast!

15. When you first saw a humongous rat while waiting for the train and you had to remain calm:

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16. Your reaction when everyone says that the blocks and avenues "run on a grid":

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OK,, what?

17. Seeing something weird/sketchy on the train and wondering if anyone else notices.

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Because of course, making direct eye contact when odd things happen is a no-no here.

18. Although it's not the easiest place to live, you still romanticize the city.


Because you're happy to be here, and not too long ago you were that boy or girl just longing for the chance to make your dreams come true in the city that never sleeps.

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