17 Signs You're From Durham, North Carolina

17 Signs You're From Durham, North Carolina

Much love for The Bull City.

Durham, North Carolina is unlike any other southern small town. A town of over 200,000 thousand somehow has a small town feel. From its little, crunchy downtown area full of independently owned restaurants and shops to its vast beautiful woodlands and fields, Durham, North Carolina is the place to live. Here are some signs that you’re from the Durham a.k.a the Bull City.

1. You only wear one shade of blue; "Duke" blue or "UNC" blue.

2. You know all about the legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium and Cameron Crazies.

There are no "nose bleed" seats in Cameron and every seat is a great seat. And, you can always count on the Cameron Crazies, who are seated right up against the court, to keep the stadium very rowdy.

3. You've spent many summer nights cheering on the minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls.

And the fantastic movie made about the Durham Bulls baseball team, Bull Durham, may be one of your favorite movies and, if not, you've at least seen it a handful of times.

Not many towns can claim that their minor league baseball team was the focus of a Hollywood movie!

4. Your summers growing up were spent frolicking around Duke Gardens feeding ducks and enjoying summer dinner picnics.

The Duke Gardens has been named one of the best botanic gardens in the country.

5. You've spent many nights in the Durham Preforming Arts Center watching touring Broadway shows or other headliner events.

It’s the New York City Broadway show experience, but instead you get to do it in your favorite city. No wonder the DPAC is often rated as one of the top one or two ticket selling venues in the country.

6. Beyond just getting to watch live shows, there are many other opportunities to enjoy art performance. Durham is the home to the nation’s premier modern dance festivals – the American Dance Festival.

ADF brings amazing dance performances and education to the heart of Durham.

7. You've probably been to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival that takes place once a year in Durham.

Full Frame is an international film festival that brings in close to 100 nonfiction films and filmmakers around the world.

8. You can say that Zoboomafoo lived in your town.

The Duke Lemur Center is on the forefront of primate conservation efforts and houses more endangered primates than any other place in the world. Thanks to the Duke Lemur Center, you have probably gotten to see the actual lemur from the show we all watched as kids. Or, at least his offspring, now that Zoboomafoo has passed away.

9. You’ve been spoiled with some of the best restaurants in the South.

Places like Pizzeria Toro, Mateo Tapas, Rue Cler, Scratch and The Parlour ice cream shop, and many more win national accolades. Even the New York Times has written about the amazing foodie scene in Durham.

10. You’ve spent many Saturday mornings at the substantial downtown Farmers Market where you can find locally and organically grown produce from all over the region.

The Farmers Market is full of things to do because there is also a great local crafts market, live music and entertainment, history tours of Durham, and chef demonstrations going on all around you.

11. You never miss the Food Truck Rodeos that come around a few times a year.

50+ food trucks swarm Central Park in downtown Durham and hundreds of Durham residents flood the rodeo to find freshly made delicious food from all cultures of the world, craft beer, and live music.

12. You’ve spent nights walking around American Tobacco campus observing the beautiful lights and entertaining night life.

That Durham skyline is something to behold.

13. You’ve never had a bad cup of coffee. From great coffee shops like Cocoa Cinnamon to local roasters like Counter Culture coffee, Durham makes sure you’ve got your caffeine fix.

You can even do a coffee tasting at Counter Culture and Cocoa Cinnamon will ensure that you’re coffee is laced with flavors ranging from ginger root powder to rosewater to black lava salt. (To be honest, I’m not sure what any of those ingredients are, but I guarantee Cocoa Cinnamon has your back and that coffee with be delicious)

14. You’ve either rode on the Biker Bar or seen the Biker Bar bike on past you while you’ve wished you could join them go for a spin.

Along with your group of best friends, you get to bike along on a 14 person bike and you get to burn calories while putting them on!

15. On hot summer days you’ve made your way to the Eno Rock Quarry.

Nothing beats swinging off the rope into the large natural quarry to cool off on a hot summer day in the Bull City. It is well worth the mile-long hike into this isolated yet locally-known spot.

16. You know all about Durham's intriguing history.

You’ve been to the Bennett Place for field trips in school or learned all about the importance of Black Wall Street, the most vital African American business and entrepreneurial center in the country in the early twentieth century. And, finally you know all about the advantages and challenges of being a city built largely on tobacco money.

17. And finally, you are proud to call yourself a "Durhamite" and wouldn't want to have grown up in any other city besides the Bull City.

Cover Image Credit: Emma Westlund

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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