25 Signs Decatur, Illinois Is Your Hometown

25 Signs Decatur, Illinois Is Your Hometown

You want to drive the chicken car so badly.

1. Whenever you go out of town or to college, everybody assumes you're from Chicago just becasue you say you're from Illinois.

2. You have to pick a side between Mi Pueblito (fondly known as Mi Pueb) or Guadalajara...or you might go rogue and say El Corral is your favorite.

3. You know all about the smell of Staley's (which is actually called Tate&Lyle, it's just that your parents called it Staley's when you were growing up).

4. And you also know how fun it is to speed across the viaduct...even though there's probably a cop at the bottom....

5. If you went to Eisenhower (The E) or MacArthur (Mac), you know that Staley Day, now known as Bragging Rights, is the most important game of the season.

6. You know the best ice cream is at Krekel's.

7. You, or someone you know, were totally obsessed with Icon For Hire.

8. You had parts of the train schedule memorized just from getting stuck one too many times.

9. The Celebration is the place to be come August.

10. You never quite understood the mural at the top of the library stairs. Apparently the books are supposed to look like moving wings as you ascend?

11. You brag to people from other places about that time Matt Damon came to town.

12. Nothing is scarier than Greenwood Cemetery. People see a lady on these stairs...a dead lady....

13. And you're a little freaked out that someone actually had the guts to move into Powers Mansion. Come on dude, haven't you heard of the Haunted Decatur books?

14. Your love for the Children's Museum only grows as the years go on.

15. Steak and Shake was your favorite place to go after high school football games.

16. Nothing is worse for your allergies than the corn harvest.

17. The Y103 jingle will forever be stuck in your head.

18. You were always excited to see what the bikini tree would be wearing for the summer.

19. You know that this is a cheese toasty, not a grilled cheese.

20. You want to drive the Chicken car more than you want to drive any other car.

21. You know that Lincoln Square got its name because Honest Abe gave his first speech there.

22. You're always super excited when Del's has Elam's Root-beer.

23. You also have to pick a side between Del Carmen's and Monical's. (Del Carmen's has my heart, although I do enjoy Monical's from time to time.

24. You've been to a birthday party with Sally the Clown.

25. Decatur will always be home.

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Live Music Is Better Than Pre-Recorded Music

Have you ever been in an arena with 15,000 people singing along to your favorite songs? It gives me goosebumps every time.

As an avid concert goer myself, sometimes going to two or more per month, I fully believe that hearing music live is way better than listening to it on Spotify.

First off, if you’re going to hear it live, you’re more than likely going with a friend. What’s better than being at the barricade singing along to your favorite songs? Nothing! Being with my best friends at a concert for an artist we all love dearly has grown to be one of my happy places.

Second, you get to hear things live that you’ll never get to hear with a pre-recorded track. Something that’s pre-recorded is the same thing over and over again, you can never change it, but with live music, it’s different every time. Some bands that I’ve seen throw in extra guitar solos or drum solos and even climb into the audience to let fans sing into their microphones, which is something you don’t get to hear on pre-recorded tracks.

There is no autotune at a concert, and if the artist is really good, they sound just like they do on the pre-recorded track. All Time Low is a great example of this - and if you haven’t seen them live, I highly recommend that you do! They are one of my favorite bands and they put on an amazing show whether it’s your first one or your one hundredth.

Acoustic songs and hearing the crowd sing the song right back is something that will always give me chills, especially big arena shows with more than 15,000 people in attendance. Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that thousands of people are there together for one night to do one thing - sing their hearts out to their favorite artists.

Getting the chance to possibly meet the artist is another added benefit of live music that I like to throw in. If you don’t have meet and greet, most artists will usually meet fans in the back by the busses! It’s one of the most exciting things about the after-concert, hoping they’ll come out and say hello.

I could go on forever about why live music is better than pre-recorded, but if I had to pick a reason over everything, I would say the memories of live music.

Sure, I can capture them on my phone and re-watch them later, but nothing beats being there with your friends and listening to all your favorite songs unfold in front of you. Nothing beats screaming the lyrics and forgetting about everything stressful in your life for awhile.

My next concert is not until June and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do until then. Attending concerts is one of my favorite past times, and this year, my friends and I will be traveling to see quite a few shows, which I can’t wait for.

Next time you attend a live show, think of all of these things discussed in this article and ask yourself which you prefer: live music or pre-recorded?

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11 Of The Best 'Powerpuff Girls' Quotes

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Growing up, the Powerpuff Girls was one of my favorite television shows. I spent a lot of time with my sister and cousin, watching and re-watching episodes, and running around pretending to be the amazing super-heroines we looked up to. When I watch the show again at age 20, I realize how funny, clever, and insightful some of the lines are. If you grew up watching the Powerpuff girls and you need a laugh, these 11 quotes are sure to remind you of the three wonderful girls who save the day, as well as their friends (and enemies)!

1. Bubbles: "There's nothing wrong with talking to yourself."

2. Blossom: "I'm not boring! I'm a... a fiery redhead! And who made Bubbles the cute one? I'm cute! Look at this bow!"

3. Mojo Jojo: "Annoying little girl, you must wait your turn, in which I am first and you are second, which, in essence, makes you last, since 1 is before 2."

4. Bubbles: "Goodness gracious! Sir, you are being slowly digested. We need to get you to a hospital."

5. Buttercup: "It takes a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry."

6. Princess: "QUIET. Now listen. It doesn't matter that you've got your little gadgets, or that you're the ultimate evil. All that matters is that I destroy the Powerpuff Girls, which I will because I have the most powerful power in the whole wide world. COLD HARD CASH."

7. Talking Dog: "Well, I may be able to talk, but I sure as heck can't drive!"

8. Bubbles: "What are you doing in our closet, Mr. Mayor?"

Mayor: "You mean...we're not in my house?"

Buttercup: "Sorry, Mayor."

Mayor: "Well that explains all the cool furniture!"

9. HIM: "You see, the thing about gift giving is it's the thought that counts. And obviously, thinking isn't your strong point."

10. Brick: "If you're gonna do graffiti, at least spell the words right! Sheesh! Talk about dum-BUH."

11. Professor Utonium: "Hey, where's Bubbles?"

Buttercup: "She's probably upstairs combing her hair so she'll be the 'prettiest girl at the party'!"

Bubbles (upstairs, combing her hair): "I'm gonna be the prettiest girl at the party!"

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