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26 Things Only Washington, DC Area Natives Will Relate To

DMV for life.

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1. First of all, the DMV isn't just where you get your license, it's a state of mind.

Should Baltimore technically be included? That's debatable.
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Should Baltimore technically be included? That's debatable.

2. Although, you've never quite sure if you're from the North or the South.

Screw the Mason-Dixon line and its regional stereotypes.
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Screw the Mason-Dixon line and its regional stereotypes.

3. You've pissed off (or confused) a lot of people by saying you're from DC, because it's so much easier than naming your smaller town.

"I'm from DC!" "Oh really, what streets?" "Well, Alexandria, but it's close."
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"I'm from DC!" "Oh really, what streets?" "Well, Alexandria, but it's close."

4. You still get excited when you meet someone with an area code of 703, 301, 240, or 202.

5. You had a love-hate relationship with the Metro, to put it lightly.

PROS: Cool stations that look like outer space, a no-food policy. CONS: Expensive, gets you nowhere near your house, carpeted floors (???), unreliable times, crashes, escalators that go on for literally 30 minutes.
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PROS: Cool stations that look like outer space, a no-food policy. CONS: Expensive, gets you nowhere near your house, carpeted floors (???), unreliable times, crashes, escalators that go on for literally 30 minutes.

6. Driving in traffic will never faze you because you cut your teeth on Beltway rush hour.

Heading toward the I-495 split at 4:30 p.m.? See you in a week!
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Heading toward the I-495 split at 4:30 p.m.? See you in a week!

7. And when you got in your car, you'd listen to Hot 99.5 (except when it was live from Fur Nightclub), Elliot in the Morning, and Mix 107.3, among others.

Unless you were with your parents, who would listen to Oldies 100.3 or Soft Rock 97.1 exclusively.
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Unless you were with your parents, who would listen to Oldies 100.3 or Soft Rock 97.1 exclusively.

8. Salt and pepper are fine, but Old Bay is your one true love.

It's perfect on potato chips, Boardwalk Fries, crabs, the list goes on.
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It's perfect on potato chips, Boardwalk Fries, crabs, the list goes on.

9. Speaking of crabs, you're skeptical of any crab item on menus outside the area.

10. You know the best pizza slices come in squares — Oprah and Gayle said so, after all.

That is, unless it's from Armands, Vace, 2Amys, &Pizza, Jumbo Slice, Pizzeria Paradiso, or Mamma Lucia.
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That is, unless it's from Armands, Vace, 2Amys, &Pizza, Jumbo Slice, Pizzeria Paradiso, or Mamma Lucia.

11. No burger will ever come close to the heavenly goodness that is Five Guys, the pride of the DC fast food scene.

Even though the original Alexandria location shut down :(
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Even though the original Alexandria location shut down :(

12. If you were feeling adventurous, you'd go see a major artist (or local fave like OAR) at the 9:30 Club, aka the best small music venue in the country.

And then you maybe hit up Ben's Chili Bowl after to make a real city night out of it.
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And then you maybe hit up Ben's Chili Bowl after to make a real city night out of it.

13. Or if you wanted to murder someone over a parking spot, you would go to Bethesda for dinner.

14. If you're old enough, you fondly remember spending time and money at places like Hecht's, Hechinger's, and Gifford's.

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And when the Verizon Center was called the MCI Center.

15. When the Nationals hit the scene, you either jumped on the bandwagon or remained a steadfast Orioles fan.

16. You have some ~feelings~ about local figures like Wale and RGIII.

17. But you — are and always have been — an Ovie stan.

Unibrow, missing tooth, and all.
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Unibrow, missing tooth, and all.

18. You got to see Disney World if you happened to be driving past Kensington.

It's actually a Mormon Temple.
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It's actually a Mormon Temple.

19. Even a light dusting of snow (or no snow at all, tbh) usually meant you'd get a day off from school.

DC is so notorious for this that even Obama complained about it.
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DC is so notorious for this that even Obama complained about it.

20. And nothing stopped you from going to one of the Delaware beaches or Ocean City for Beach Week after high school graduation.

There's...a book about it, apparently?
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There's...a book about it, apparently?

21. When you turned on the news, you discovered that George Michael wasn't just a singer.

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22. And you never understood how this guy held down a job as a newscaster.

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Why. Is. Pat. Collins. So. Melodramatic.

23. During local commercial breaks, you'd learn that your job is your credit.

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24. More importantly, when you traveled or moved away, you remembered that you actually have to pay to get into most world-class museums and zoos.

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

25. You always fly into National Airport (not Reagan, ugh) if you can because it has prettiest landing view in the entire world.

Always sit on the left side of the plane so you can see the monuments!
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Always sit on the left side of the plane so you can see the monuments!

26. And when you make it back to your hometown, you have the beautiful nation's capital in your backyard, welcoming you back.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
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