Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's Pronounced "Bur-Bon-Nay"

Have you ever read those cute "You Know You're From _______ When..." articles? Hailing from Chicago, I always got a kick out of reading about our little quirks (refusing to put ketchup on a hot dog) and slang (let's sit in the "frontchoom"). So, I decided to write one for my beloved new hometown:

"You Know You're From Bourbonnais When..."
  • You can successfully pronounce and spell "Bourbonnais" without thinking twice
  • The grand opening of Kroger and Wal-Mart are considered national holidays
  • You're well aware of the health risks involved in eating at El Campesino's, but you love it anyway
  • You know the significance of January 29th, 2009
  • You've memorized the sequence of the traffic lights at the 45/52 - Rte. 102 intersection
  • You can successfully pronounce "Jaenicke's"
  • You never set foot in the river
  • You can name 15 different churches at the drop of a dime
  • You know there is at least one ONU employee at the Cracker Barrel at all times
  • You know exactly what a person is referring to when he/she says "the high school" or "the college"
  • You're willing to risk getting shot by a gang driveby just to receive the student discount at Paramount
  • You're never more than 1/2 mile away from a Starbucks
  • You know that 45/52, Main Street, Kennedy Drive, Marsile, and Convent all refer to the same street
  • You or someone you know either currently works or previously worked at Cigna, Riverside, or Olivet Nazarene University
  • You've attended at least one party at Hidden Cove Family Fun Park
  • Taco Tuesdays. Enough said.
  • Orland Park is considered the entertainment and shopping "hot spot"
  • You're still waiting for the Olive Garden
  • You've gone sledding at Poop Hill
  • You know the Papa John's Friday night delivery guy by name (it's Joe, by the way)
  • Anything south of the KFC is considered Kankakee

That's enough for now. Let me know if you can think of any others. Enjoy!


Jessica said...

I feel good about the fact that I knew almost all of those. Does that mean that even though I don't live there anymore, I'm kind of from there?

Christine said...

Oh, come on! Kankakee's not that bad! I haven't gotten shot once, honest. If you ever read the blotter section of the Journal, you'll note that the vast majority of goings-on in Kankakee are done by people who are actually residents of Burr-bone-us or Bradley. :)

I'd also like to add that true B/B/K3 residents know that a single order of eggs at Vips actually comes doubled.

And we visited DQ on the 29th, thankyouverymuch.