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You Might Have Lived In Carpentersville During the 60's and 70's if: 

  1. The 'living room' is called the 'front room'.

  2. You don't pronounce the 's' at the end of  Illinois  . And, you become irate at people who do.

  3. You measure distance in minutes (especially 'from the city'). And you swear everything is pretty much 1/2 hour away.

  4. You have no problem spelling or pronouncing ' Des Plaines'.

  5. You go to visit friends, or family, down south and laugh when they complain about the traffic. 

  6. You understand that no person from Chicago can be a Cub fan AND a White Sox fan.

  7. It's 'Kitty corner' not 'Katty corner'.

  8. You know the difference between The Loop and Downtown

  9. You eat your pizza in squares, not triangles, and you never refer to it as 'pie'.

  10. You own celery salt.

  11. You understand that the primary is the official local election.

  12. You have drunk green beer on St. Paddy's Day.

  13. Stores don't have sacks, they have bags.

  14. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: 'Where's my coat at?' or 'Can I go with?'  My English teacher had fits with this one.

  15. Your idea of a great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun, 'everything' is on it and a slice of dill pickle is on the side.

  16. You carry jumper cables in your car.

  17. You drink 'pop', not soda.

  18. You understand that I-290, I-90, I-94, and I-294 are all different roads.

  19. You know the names of the interstates: Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and the Eden's.

  20. You call the interstates "the expressway"

  21. You refer to anything South of I-80 as 'Southern or Central Illinois'.

  22. You refer to Lake Michigan as 'The  Lake'.

  23. You refer to Chicago as 'The City'.

  24. 'The Super Bowl' refers to one specific game in January 1986.

  25. You have two favorite football teams: The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers.

  26. You buy the 'Trib', not the 'Tribune' or the 'Times', not the 'Sun Times'.

  27. You know that despite being on the lake, there is no such place as the Waterfront.

  28. You think 45 degrees is great weather to wash your car.

  29. You picnic or ride your bike in the 'forest preserve'.

  30. You cried when Bozo was canceled on WGN. 

  31. You know what goes on a Chicago style hot dog.

  32. You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.

  33. You know why they call Chicago 'The Windy City'.

  34. You understand what 'lake-effect' means.

  35. You know the difference between Amtrak and Metra, and know which station they end up at.

  36. You have ridden the 'L'.

  37. You think your next door neighbor is a cousin to Tony Soprano.

  38. You can distinguish between the following area codes: 847, 630, 773, 708, 312, & 815.

  39. You have, at some time in your life, used your furniture...or a friend's body, to guard your parking spot in winter.

  40. You respond to the question 'Where do you live?' with a ' In the _ section'. Example: 'Spanish Section,' 'Indian Section, Golf Section, Tree Section, President Section, Bird Section .... and you know where they all are located.

  41. You know the phone number to 'Empire Carpet'!

  42. You know what a 'garache key' is! 

  43. You know what someone means when they say 'Close the light' ! 

  44. You or someone you knew halfway buried old tires down the edge of your lawn
    and painted the top half !   (Thanks to Matt R.)

  45. You, or someone you know, walked to the Meadowdale Shopping Center
    early Saturday morning in Curlers and Dad's white shirt ! (Thanks to Jackie G.) 

  46. Growing up you thought that "aliens" lived "on the other side of the highway"! (Thanks to Candy S.) 

  47. You know what the heck "Pepsi-O-Rama" was!
    (You also prayed for the day you would catch one of the flying Pepsi missle blow-ups.
    Don't remember what you got if you caught one though.  Getting into a Saturday matinee
    for 6 bottle caps was worth the wait in a line of kids that typically backed up to Route 25.)

    (Thanks to Dennis D.)

Help me add to the list. Do you have any " You Might Be From Carpentersville If " sayings?  Let me know.



 
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