Friday, December 9, 2016

20 Signs You've Lived in St. Louis Too Long

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Any transplant could tell you: It takes a little time for St. Louis to feel like home. But how do you know when you've stayed so long that you've lost all sense of perspective — when you've become more St. Louis than the Barnes-born, high-school-proud St. Louis native?

We've compiled a handy list to help you understand whether you've made it or crossed the line. Give yourself one point for every statement that applies; scoring key at the end of the post.

1. You have a favorite Steak 'n Shake, or at least a preferred White Castle.

2. You've eaten your weight in wedding mostaccioli just this year alone.

3. You're surprised to find out that other cities' zoos charge admission.

4. In your circle of friends you have one person who got divorced because of a night on the East Side and one person who got married because of night on the East Side. They're not the same person.

5. You know how to correctly pronounce Chouteau, Gratiot and Goethe. "Correctly" meaning "all fucked up anywhere but here."

6. You know which high school you would have gone to, had you lived here during your teenage years. (For the uninitiated, a handy guide.)

7. You have the skill, geographical knowledge and the confidence to drive home from the bar using almost entirely side streets and alleys after having one too many.

8. Your calendar has at least one trivia night a week from mid-January through the end of March. That's in addition to your regular, year-round trivia night.

9. You've already requested April 5 off from work.

10. You've bumped into Mayor Slay at least twice.

Turn the page for 10 more simple questions!

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