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What it means to be a British Columbian

December 9, 2005
1. You know the provincial flower (mildew)
2.  You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3.  You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5.  You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6.  You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7.  You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.
8.  You consider that if it has no snow, it is not a real mountain.
9.  You can taste the difference between Starbucks, City Blends and Tim Horton’s.
10.  You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
11.  You know how to pronounce Squamish, Osoyoos, Nanaimo and Tsawwassen.
12.  You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13.  You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.
14.  In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark – while only working eight-hour days.
15.  You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16.  You are not fazed by "Today’s forecast:  showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow’s forecast:  rain followed by showers."
17.  You cannot wait for a day with "showers and sunny breaks."
18.  You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
You know that Dawson Creek is a town, not a TV show.
20.  You can point to at least two ski mountains, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
21.  You notice "the mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
22.  You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 5, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
23.  You switch to your sandals when it gets about 10, but you keep your socks on.
24.  You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
25.  You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
26.  You recognize the background shots in you favourite movies and TV shows.
27.  You new new sunglasses every year, because you can’t find the old ones after such a long time.
28.  You measure distance in hours.
29.  You often switch form "heat" to "a/c"  in your car in the same day.
30.  You use a down comforter in the summer.
31.  You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
32.  You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
33.  You know all the important seasons:  Almost Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road construction (summer) and Raining Again (Fall).
34.  You actually understand these jokes.
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