10 Signs You Are A Calgarian Now
It seems like nobody in Calgary is actually “FROM” here, but live here long enough and you will start to blend in with the locals too…
1. You have waited in line at Peter’s Drive-In when the cars have wrapped right around and onto Highway 1 - … and not minded the wait. Hellooo.. 31 flavours of shakes and drive in burgers??? No matter the weather, it is worth the wait (and the calories).
2. You have used your car heater and AC in the same day - If you have lived in Calgary for longer than 6 hours, there is a very good chance you have already experienced this.
3. You have learned to always dress in layers - (See #2) If you call Calgary home, you know it’s not uncommon to leave for work dressed for +15 degree weather, and drive home from work in a full blown blizzard. Especially between the months of October to June, always stick to mom rule #1 and bring a jacket, just in case!
4. You own cowboy attire... Even though you have never set foot on a ranch - Even if you only wear it at most 10 days of the year, there is a 99% you have at least one item of clothing in your closet from Lammle's... and it is probably plaid. Bonus points if it has fringe or rhinestones!
5. Your cowboy boots don’t give you blisters anymore - Yahoo! You finally broke those suckers in, and can strut around to your heart’s content. To anyone still powering through and limping around the Stampede grounds, we sympathize. One glorious day, you won’t need to pack emergency bandaids.
6. You know how to line-dance - In Alberta they teach line dancing in gym class, so for most locals when Achy Breaky Heart comes on, it's pretty much second nature... A few bouts on the dance floor at Ranchmans or Cowboys and even us out of towners catch on pretty quick. It has also been said that the more you drink, the better can dance, which is always a comforting back up plan.
7. You are excited to see the comeback of the red mile - GO FLAMES GO! There’s nothing like watching hockey in the Spring, hanging out on 17th Ave and celebrating the Flames making the playoffs with hundreds of other energetic fans.
8. You stop in the middle of literally any road to let a pedestrian cross - Maybe not Deerfoot, but basically any other road holds true to “pedestrians have the right of way.” Even when there isn’t a crosswalk, Calgarians are known to stop to let our friends on foot go first.
9. You’ve spent the day hanging out in a park - It's hard to believe a city like Calgary with so much new infrastructure is actually LOADED with parks and green spaces. Almost every neighbourhood has access to, or is a short bike ride or drive away from a community green space, sometimes even with tennis courts, pools, or along the banks of the river. This is especially great for out of town folks who may miss small town life because often, these parks don’t even feel like they are in the middle of the city. Sometimes it takes a little while to find them, but once you do, you likely spend a lot of sunny days there.
10. You cheer for the Flames now - Even if you weren’t a hockey fan before, or you usually cheer for another team... when the Flames make playoffs, you are rooting for them.