18 Facts About Living In Maryland

18 Things I Learned As A New Yorker Living In Maryland

I'm warning you, there is no way you can be a Yankees fan because you won't make it out of that argument alive.

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Ever since I started going to school in Maryland a couple of years ago, I started to notice how different this state was from New York. There were a lot of things that I had to get used to. People talk differently and there are different traditions that are followed down here. I can definitely say that I adjusted pretty quickly.

There are a lot of things that I noticed during my time here. As a New York student living in Maryland, here's what I've learned:

1. They will FIGHT you if you even dare talk bad about the Ravens or Orioles.

Down in Maryland, you don't even have to like baseball or football. You just show loyalty to your state's teams. But don't even disrespect the Ravens because you will most likely get hot dogs thrown at you. Every 9 out of 10 Marylanders own at least one item of clothing that says Ravens or Orioles, so don't play.

2. Old Bay goes on pretty much everything.

I almost got dragged when I said I didn't really know Old Bay too well. These people put that on everything. I wouldn't be surprised if they came out with an Old Bay margarita because they're the type to pull that weird stuff off.

3. They are the only people who walk around wearing their state flag…talk about patriotism.

The flag has a whole bunch of colors going on and these people are proud of it. People wear their flag down to their shorts, hats, shirts, socks, and I'm pretty sure they have a matching bra set.

4. No one goes by cities, they only refer to what COUNTY you're from.

Maryland is so small, it's easier to go by counties. You can't just tell someone you're from Baltimore because they will ask if you're from the actual city or county. Yes, Baltimore City vs Baltimore County are two different things. In New York, we have like 60+ counties.

5. You have to take a plane when going to Waldorf, MD because it's so damn far.

I don't understand why Waldorf Airlines isn't a thing because it's definitely needed.

6. People from Baltimore have the funniest accents. (Ask them to say 'two.')

They will roll their eyes because they probably get asked this question like seven times a day. I'm sorry, but you guys are funny.

7. They will shove CRABS down your throat (but they're so good).

Just like Old Bay, if you tell them you never had a crab, they will look at you as if you're from another country. Crabs are basically sacred to them. And they're pretty good too! Maryland is well known for their crabs.

8. And they put crabs on everything. From pizza, to pretzels, etc.

I didn't know crab pretzels existed until I came down here. Crabs go in everything. There's probably more things that I haven't even mentioned.

9. The weather is extremely shifty…

Does anyone remember that one time when it was raining and sunny out? The weather can be sunny at 9 a.m., then all of a sudden it's windy and a giant tornado forms at 9:01.

10. Get you a relationship stronger than a Baltimore man's ankles because sheesh!

You don't know strength until you've seen a man from Baltimore's ankles do a turn. That looks like it hurts, but I'm convinced that none of these people were born with ankles.

11. Washington, D.C. is basically like Maryland's version of NYC.

A lot of people have mixed opinions on this because it is nothing compared to NYC. But you don't see people going to Baltimore or Annapolis for sightseeing. Plus, D.C. is where all of the jobs are.

12. These items don't exist in Maryland and I want to fight…

Like y'all don't know WTF are these? Huh?

13. 90% of the people believe that anyone from New York is from NYC

New York is a whole state with a bunch of counties, but people only acknowledge NYC, Westchester, or Long Island. I'm pretty sure people think Westchester and Long Island are part of NYC, too.

14. People are extremely nice down here…

Coming from a place where people have attitudes, you guys are super nice. I guess it's because of that Southern hospitality thing.

15. People also drive extremely SLOW.

Yeah, I want to know how the driving tests are down there because half of the people shouldn't be driving.

16. Natty Boh is the #1 beer…

Yeah, don't think you can just walk in and talk about Coronas because that pretty much doesn't exist here.

17. The DMV is D.C., Maryland and Virginia, but there are parts of Maryland and Virginia that people don't even claim.

Apparently, Baltimore and other parts of Maryland aren't apart of the DMV but I—I don't know.

18. Even if I'm from another state, Maryland will DEFINITELY be my second home.

Even though I'll always love New York, Maryland has been good to me. But you guys still need to get with the program and provide Rainbow Cookies because this ain't cutting it.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."

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Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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Adopting A Dog Was The Best Decision My Family Ever Made

I can't imagine my life without her now.

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Four years ago, my family decided to get a dog. To make a long-ish story short, we found a shelter 20 minutes away, looked at the different dogs, and found the one for us.

One week later, our new dog, Delilah, was brought to her forever home.

Shani Goloskov

I'll say now that it was not easy at first. Delilah was a rescue who had clearly been abused and/or mistreated in her past. It was heartbreaking to watch her unease around people, how afraid she was to be alone at first, how anxious she was over so many things. It was so, so hard to see how she was terrified of stairs, our clearest indicator someone had hurt her.

It infuriated us that someone could abuse such a sweet, innocent being.

But she got braver and stronger over time. Delilah learned to trust and love us as we loved her. She trusted me to help her get over her fear of stairs. She learned that we weren't going to hurt her. She met and befriended other dogs, which helped her become a more social creature.

Shani Goloskov

Delilah wasn't that big on toys at first. Her first and forever favorites have been tennis balls, which are now like her doggy pacifier.

Shani Goloskov Yes, she's half asleep here!

Watching this fearful, anxious pup grow into a happy, more relaxed dog has been the most heartwarming thing over the last four years.

It was amazing to see what love and good treatment could do.

The biggest change was in how she physically interacted with us. Delilah was NOT (and still really isn't) a cuddler dog, and was very skittish about even one-armed hugs. Now, she's learned that hugs and snuggles are how we humans show our affection to her. She's learned to be okay with it, but will also make it clear when she's just not in the mood for snuggles.

I can easily say that adopting Delilah was the best decision my family ever made.

It's so weird now to think about the time before we had a dog. We've all grown so used to Delilah being around - and her fur everywhere. (The level at which she sheds is actually insane sometimes.) It's hard to remember what mealtimes were like before there was a furry face eyeing our food, or what it was like to come home and not have a furry butt wiggling furiously as its owner happily greets us at the door.

I can't imagine how different my life would be without my dog.

I've spent countless mornings on the front step, coffee and book in hand while Delilah happily runs around the front yard sniffing everything. Over the years, that's become a ritual between me and my dog. She's figured out all the different signs of me making my coffee - the sound of the Keurig, the mug I always use, the sugar container opening, a spoon clinking in my mug - and will walk up, eyes big, just waiting for me to turn to her and say, "Ready to go outside?"

Shani Goloskov What I see every time I make coffee

Coming home to her wiggly butt and doggy kisses, even if I've only been gone five minutes, never fails to make me smile. It's the pure happiness, the pure reaction of "I missed you and now you're home!!" that warms my heart. I could be in a terrible mood, but once I open the front door to Delilah's happy face, it all goes away.

Having a dog also is an instant bonder. I've had whole discussions with people I've just met, discussing doggy things and showing pics of our dogs to each other. My boyfriend, also a doggy parent, and I send funny dog videos and cute dog pics back and forth, and my mom and I constantly tag each other in dog videos on Facebook.

Eating is no longer a solitary activity. When I eat breakfast, Delilah will be firmly planted on my left as she waits for waffle crusts. She runs around to everyone during mealtimes, especially when meat or fish is involved, and put on the most pathetic, wide-eyed begging face you've ever seen. And if you're eating chips, pretzels or popcorn? Forget it. She loves the crunchy snacks.

Shani Goloskov Every. Single. Time.

Oh, and my camera roll? Pretty sure it's 90% pics of my dog, with a good chunk of that being pics of her sleeping. It's just too cute.

Shani Goloskov She loves sunbathing. It's like she's a cat.

I could go on and on. Getting a dog has just changed so much.

Bringing home our sweet furbaby was the best thing my family ever did, hands down. I mean, just look at that face!!

Shani Goloskov

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