21 Reasons You Know You're From Delco

21 Reasons You Know You're From Delco

If you were born and raised in Delaware County, PA, you know how painfully true these are.
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1. Your ideal weekend hangout is drinking somewhere in the woods.

Plans? Taken care of. Why spend a night at the movies or walking around the mall when you can get emaciated with your best bros in a forest?

2. When you meet someone not from the area and they ask where you live, it's always "right outside of Philly". How outside? Who cares. It's "all the same".

We all know the most identifiable area around is Philly, and we really like to stretch boundaries.

3. When you're in a relationship, chances are you're also dating 10 other people at the same time.

Nothing says loyalty like treating Nicole like a princess ... and her friends ... and her friends' friends ...

4. You can't survive a day without Wawa.

Aside from friends, family, and football, Wawa has become one of the most important lifelines to you. The very sound of the word Sheetz makes you cringe.

5. Instead of eating on a plate or napkin, your fine dining occurs on the trashcans directly outside of Wawa.

I don't have an explanation for this one. "It's just a Delco thing".

6. You "can't wait to get out of this hellhole", but in reality, you'll probably raise a family there.

All of your life, you have experienced the boring weekends and little to no places to go for entertainment. It's a popular conversation between you and your friends to put down Delco. But guess what? Don't be surprised when you're moving into a house and planning for children in the same location 10 years from now.

7. Tiff Bannister and Anthony Quairoli are household names.

From porn star sensation to undisputed champion Mr. Slide in your DM's, these two are undoubtedly your claim to fame. Interboro, like the rest of Delco, boasts a fine variety of distinguished individuals.

8. You pregame concerts at the Susquehanna Bank Center 6 months in advance.

Remember when people went to concerts to actually see the artists playing? Me neither. It wouldn't be a Delco takeover without Vinny passing out on the lawn before the concert starts and Kim, who drinks vodka like water, telling her friends she "really loves them" all night long.

9. You see more Confederacy flags hanging out of pickup trucks than you do in the South.

Donald Trump is hailed as an all-mighty god. Luke Bryan is blasting out of everyone and their mother's stereo system. Mississippi River to the eastern shores? Pretty sure the Civil War was fought in Ridley Township. Checkmate, historians.

10. The farthest you have traveled is to the ancient lands of Philadelphia for the weekend.

All of us have gotten the "Philly for the weekend?" text at least a couple times ... or a couple hundred times ...

11. Every possible chance you get to visit the Jersey Shore, you take it.

Spring Break? Summer? In-service day? Aunt's funeral? Doesn't matter. GTL.

12. Your refrigerator is constantly full with gallons of Tea Cooler.

Otherwise known as "Delco Crack", this iced tea/lemonade mix puts Arnold Palmer's to shame.

13. Under-age house parties are held on a weekly basis.

Last resolution, you surely know a poorly-planned shindig is going down on a Friday night. You just have to find out where.

14. You see a PT Cruiser, Mercedes-Benz, and a man riding a unicycle all within the same mile.

Delco boasts a wide variety of incomes and commodities. The only transportation I have yet to see is horse-and-buggy, but my faith down the road is alive.

15. Your proper English is such a lost cause, people swear you're from a different country.

In Delco, "keeping it a bean", "get fed the hands", and "looking like a snack" are commonplace sayings.

16. Swiss Farms is the royal savior of all businesses.

Spread throughout the heart of Delco, Swiss Farms is the only drive-thru grocery store in America.

17. When you meet someone else from Delco, you instantly form an unbreakable bond.

It has gotten to a point where everyone in Delco might as well be your second family. Delconians stick together.

18. "Come on Eileen" is the most played song at family/social gatherings.

What is a graduation party without this legendary tune? It will get everyone moving, even Granny.

19. Your most common social media post is "hmu" or "what's the look?"

There is never a surplus of things to do, and even though we know nothing comes out of posting the same thing over and over again, we still love doing it.

20. You can't leave the house without a backward hat & a Monster energy drink.

Swagger and brand-name are two adjectives that define Delco best. Gotta look good for the Insta pic.

21. You take pride in being one of the most unique species on planet Earth.

Above all else, Delconians are proud of where they come from. Through weird tendencies, illegal motivations, and downright true stereotypes, we are a family. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.

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Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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