It is now my turn to blog about things that only people from the Capital Region will know about because I am firm believer Nationalism. Surprise! Also, I am kind of the only one here that was actually born and raised in the 518.

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  • You're still embarrassed about the time you went to Secrets.
  • You asked your first crush to dance at Secrets.
  • You know what Secrets is and you hate yourself for it.
  • You started going clubbing at the age of 10 with your friends at Secrets.
  • You have been to a party at the Pits.
  • You had to explain to your parents why your friend is puking his guts out after the two of you snuck out to go to a party at the Pits.
  • You have had arguments about which 'Pits' are the 'Pits.'
  • You have never been to a party at the Pits but you know someone who did.
  • You still call the Times Union Center the Pepsi Arena.
  • You still call the Times Union Center the Knick.
  • You waited in line to try a Krispy Kreme doughnut then just went to Dunkin the next day.
  • You pulled over to watch the 4th of July Fireworks from 787.
  • You know all the lyrics to the Water Slide World commercial.
  • When you were 16 you paid a bum to buy you beer in Albany then got drunk in Washington Park.
  • You remember every show you ever saw at Saratoga Winners.
  • You know all the lyrics to the Water Safari song.
  • You went to Zoom Flume but wanted to go to Water Slide World.
  • You still remember Justin Resnick and how Air-Tite Window and Sidings ripped his sign down.
  • You've had to explain to someone why he is called Greasy Gus.
  • You have a story about the time you went to Pinewood Cemetery.
  • You and your friends have been asked to leave the 76 Diner for just ordering coffee for six hours.
  • You call Soda, Soda and if anyone calls it Pop you make fun of them because it's Soda not Pop.
  • You've gone on picnics with a cooler full of Adirondack Soda.
  • You still have one of those big plastic NFL cups from Bradley's
  • You once got a contact high from the lawn at SPAC
  • Your Summer is not complete without a trip to the Great Escape.
  • The Minne-Ha-Ha made you cover your ears.
  • Every rotary is Latham Circle.
  • You keep saying you want to go to the Saratoga bars more often but you can't seem to make it out of Albany.
  • You've knocked on one of the doors at Trinity Apartments.
  • You did not go to Siena but you've been to multiple Siena Townhouse parties in one night and no one noticed that you did not go to Siena.
  • You stepped on one of those black thorny things at the Colonie Town Park.
  • You have gotten so lost while driving in Schenectady that you don't want to go back.
  • You have avoided all the goth and emo kids sitting outside Crossgates Mall.
  • Uh, yayyy.
  • You noticed that all the goth and emo kids from your school eventually moved to Lark Street.
  • You have met the Mayor of Lark Street.
  • You remember Jimmy the Monkey.
  • You've been stuck in Hudson Valley traffic on the hill for an hour.
  • You don't understand why you were ever afraid of any of the rides at Hoffman's.
  • You feel like you're driving through a war zone on your way to the Rensselaer Train Station.

To be continued I'm just getting started.