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Monday, June 25, 2012

How to Know if You're From Montréal - TCH


• You pronounce it "Muntreal", not "Mahntreal"

• You have ever said anything like "I have to stop at the guichet before we go to the depanneur

• Your only concern about jaywalking is getting a ticket.

• You agree that Montréal drivers are crazy, but you're secretly proud of their nerves of steel.
• The most exciting thing about the South Shore is that you can turn right on a red light.
• You know that the West Island is not a separate geographical formation.
• You bring smoked meat from Schwartz's and bagels from St-Viateur if you're visiting anyone.
• You refer to Tremblant as "up North."
• You know how to pronounce Pie-IX.
• You greet everyone you meet with a two-cheek kiss.
• You're not impressed with hardwood floors.
• You can watch soft-core porn on broadcast TV, and this has been true for at least 25 years.
• You were drinking café-au-lait before it was latte.
• Shopper's Drug Mart is Pharmaprix and Staples is Bureau en gros, and PFK is finger lickin' good.
• You really believe Just For Laughs is an international festival. For two weeks a year.
• Everyone, – drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists – think they're immortal, and that you'll move first.
• You're proud that Montréal is home of the Great Antonio.
• You know that Rocket Richard had nothing to do with astrophysics.
• You've seen Brother André's heart.
• No matter how bilingual you are, you still don't understand "île aux tourtes."
• You know the difference between the SQ, the SAQ, and the SAAQ.
• You measure temperature and distance in metric, but weight and height in Imperial measure.
• You show up at a party at 11 p.m. and no one else is there yet.
• You know that Montréal is responsible for introducing to North America: bagels, souvlaki and smoked meat.
• You don't drink pop or soda, you drink soft drinks.
• You have graduated from high school and have a degree, but you've never been in grade 12.
• There has to be at least 30 cm of snow on the ground in 24 hours to consider it too snowy to drive.
• You remember where you were during the Ice Storm.
• You used to be an Expos fan, but now all you really miss is Youppi.
• You know that your city's reputation is for beautiful women.
• You discuss potholes like most people discuss weather.
• "The Futuristic City " is actually Habitat '67.
• You find it amusing when people from outside Québec compliment you on how good your English is.
• You have yet to understand a single announcement made on the Métro PA system.
• You think of Old Montréal as nothing but a bunch of over-priced restaurants and old buildings.
• You understand that La Fête Nationale is not a celebration of "Québec's birthday"
• You don't find American comedians speaking "gibberish" French even remotely funny.
• You don't find it weird that there's a strip club on every corner downtown.
• You know the words to the national anthem in French.
• You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
• You use a down comforter in the summer.
• Your parents drive at 120 km/h through 13 feet of snow during a blizzard, without flinching.
• You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.
• You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
• Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
• You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction.
• You don't understand anyone from Lac-St-Jean, but you can fake the accent.

Thanks Cliff

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