33 Signs You're From "The (Wyoming) Valley"

33 Signs You're From "The (Wyoming) Valley"

No, it's not in Wyoming. It's in Pennsylvania.
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The Wyoming Valley, or as the locals like to say: "The Valley" is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Filled with the classic "love to hate it" hometown vibe, the Valley has its unique quirks that are forever imprinted in its residents.

Here are 33 signs you are from the Valley.

1. When out of town meeting new people, you tell them you are from Wilkes-Barre, even if you are actually from a town around Wilkes-Barre.

2. If the person doesn't know where Wilkes-Barre is, you tell them it's near Scranton.

3. Next, you mention The Office.

4. You tolerate people forever saying you are from Scranton, even though that is a decent drive away.

5. You have a loyal connection to local pizza.

6. When you leave the area, the pizza is what you miss the most.

7. Even though there is practically a pizza place every mile, you have your favorite spot.

8. Binge drinking is a common recreational activity.

9. You fail to find it ironic that there is a church and a bar on nearly every block.

10. If you are under 21, you can eat, shop, or watch a movie. That's pretty much it.

11. The Valley is Dunkin' Donuts territory.

12. There are multiple festivals dedicated to a certain food.

13. Church Bazaars are also insanely popular.

14. Those events are highlights of the summer.

15. Driving is a game of "dodge the pothole."

16. You will almost always run into construction.

17. There are so many roads that it's normal to get completely lost.

18. However, you do not get lost because you have been here your whole life.

19. You must complain at least once about how you "hate this place and can't wait to leave" if you are under the age of 25. It's a social norm.

20. If you haven't left by 25, you aren't leaving.

21. You will probably run into someone you know at the Wyoming Valley Mall.

22. More times than not, it is someone you would rather not see.

23. The popular brands that tween/teens wear are American Eagle, Hollister, Wet Seal, Pacsun, or Aeropostale, because that's what there is to choose from.

23. It is not uncommon to have experienced wearing the same shirt as someone else one day in high school.

24. There will be delays in school because it is too cold, but there will be a full day of school during a snowstorm.

25. There are too many schools. There is another school within ten minutes of each school.

26. There are so many schools, that the city of Wilkes-Barre is at war about tearing down some of the three schools in town.

27. Slang. It's "yous guys" not "you guys." We say "heyna" and "ja eat yet? no, d'jew?" (translation: Did you eat yet? No, did you?)

28. Even the locals still don't know if Wilkes-Barre is pronounced "Wilkes-Bear" or "Wilkes-Berry" or "Wilkes-Bar."

29. It can be 90 degrees one day and 50 degrees the next, and you will never be fully prepared for that.

30. "Gunshot or Firework" is a popular guessing game in the summer.

31. Guns and fireworks are both very popular.

32. There is a strong divide of political views, and you are accustomed to rolling your eyes at someone during a conversation because of it.

33. Whether you hate it or love it, The Valley will always be home.

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While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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