5 Questions Any True Long Islander Can Answer Without Hesitation

5 Questions Any True Long Islander Can Answer Without Hesitation

1. Who has the best bagels?
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There are certain things that make someone from Long Island a true "Lawnguylander." Here are the top 5 questions that everyone from Long Island can answer.

1. Who has the best bagels?

When I'm at school and I eat a bagel, all I can think about is what a real bagel tastes like. Everyone has their local deli that they go to to get their BEC on a bagel or my personal favorite: egg bagel with cream cheese and bacon.

If you ask another Long Islander where the best bagel place is, they'll each tell you their local store so bottom line: Long Island bagels are the best bagels.

2. Where do you get the best acai bowls?

Acai bowls pretty recently made a name for themselves about two years ago. Whether you're on your way to the beach or just got out of the gym, this refreshing bowl filled with granola, Nutella, and fresh fruit is a staple to Long Island.

3. Where are the best beaches?

Long Island is big on the local stuff. Local foods, local beers, and of course: local beaches. Wherever you're located on the island, you pretty much have one beach that you stick to pretty religiously during the summer months and where you go to take pretty winter snowy sunset beach pics.

Robert Moses (specifically Field 2) is a name and place near and dear to my heart and is honestly the best part of the summer.

4. Where is the best pizza?

Whether you're the weirdo who likes pineapple on their pizza or you're in love with a simple plain slice, nothing beats Long Island Pizza. Referring to the first point, bagels and pizza are the top two foods that Long Island does best, and after a long day at the beach sometimes you just want a slice to finish off the day.

5. Where are the best concerts?

Everyone from Long Island knows that Jones Beach Amphitheater is the place to go to for concerts in the summer. This theater seems to be floating in the middle of the water and has performers ranging from Florida Georgia Line to Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg and much more at the Billboard Music Awards.

It's not summer in L.I. till you've bought your tickets for Country Mega Fest or any one of the concerts at the theater on the water.

I never knew how lucky I was to live and grow up on Long Island until I left it to go away to school. Every time I go back, I am reminded of how much adventure and new experiences it holds and all the great things (see above) about it. If you're a true long islander, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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10 Signs You're From New Hampshire, Wickedly So

I'm never cold, apparently.

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I have been told that everyone from New Hampshire is always obsessed with New Hampshire; I can't blame them since is it a wicked cool state. If you or someone you know is from New Hampshire I guarantee these are 10 things they can relate to:

1. You love Aroma Joe's.

Anyone not from the northern New England area probably has no idea what Aroma Joe's is. It's basically the Starbuck of New Hampshire. Known for flavored coffee and energy drinks all Rush. Every other high school student would stroll in late to school with the iconic Aroma Joe's foam cups (which have now been changed to clear plastic to help the environment).

2. The Sheetz and Wawa's debate means nothing to you.

There is a huge debate among select states over which GAS STATION has better food. Yeah, weird right? Of course, we New Hampshire citizens have spent our fair share of time at the Chill Zone at a Cumberland Farms or 7/11 but getting real food from a gas station is a whole other story.

3. You know what fried dough is.

One of the most shocking things I learned while living out of state is that not everyone knows what fried dough is. They have a similar treat called Funnel cake (which I had heard of but never actually ordered somewhere before moving to PA) and I assure you we are not missing out because fried dough definitely takes the win.

4. You pronounce Reese wrong.

In New Hampshire everyone (including myself) pronounces it "Rees-EES," but after highly offending some Hershey, Pennsylvania residents and a heated debate I have finally admitted defeat that the true pronunciation is "Rees-IS." But I will always say "Rees-EES" because to me, that is what it is called.

5. You use the word wicked a lot .

I honestly didn't believe it when people told me the word "wicked" was a New England thing. Majority of people understand the meaning but are just shocked by how frequently I use the word. But in the past, people have actually asked me what it meant!

6. When you say it's winter you actually mean it...

I am talking temperatures in single digits or even the negatives, multiple feet of snow that doesn't melt for months and snow storms that resemble blizzards. I have been to parts of the country where people freak out about two inches of snow that melts within 48 hours and are wearing winter coats when it's in the upper to mid 50 degrees.

7. People assume that you don't get cold.

Don't get me wrong, New Hampshire residents have to go through some tough winters but that doesn't mean we don't get cold! Yes, we need to wear a jacket when it's below freezing too! We are just less bothered by snow.

8. A beach day isn't a big deal.

Some parts of New Hampshire are further from the beach than others but overall the drive shouldn't be that bad. After working full time all summer and only making it to the beach about five, I was shocked when people kept telling me how exciting my summer looked via social media. Then I was reminded that for some people the closest beach is hours away and they are lucky if they make it there once.

9. Everyone assumes you ski or snowboard.

Don't get me wrong, A LOT of New Hampshire residents grew up either snowboarding or skiing, but for those of you who didn't (me), everyone is always shocked.

10. You love your state.

People actually make fun of me for how much state pride I have. I love the beautiful colors in the fall to the mountain views in the north and the ocean sunsets that you can't see anywhere else; no matter where I live no state will match up to how gorgeous New Hampshire is.

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