Although I didn’t grow up in the city limits of the Queen City (Cincinnati, OH), I consider this place to be my hometown. I’ve spent more time living in the city limits than any other town in my adult life and as a child I came here so often it was like I lived here. I grew up on a farm east of Cincinnati and coming to the city was always very exciting. As a little kid I always had dreams of how awesome it would be to live in this city and now that I am only a few miles from where the Reds play I will still get a surge of energy running through my body when in certain areas of town.
As someone who has lived as an “insider” AND and “outsider” to this city, I have an interesting perspective. What is hilarious is that I am inside and out a Cincinnatian. My dad, having grown up in Cincinnati, raised us to be. When we would go on family vacations and people would ask us where we were from, he would always answer “Cincinnati” with no hesitation.
So recently an article written by Paul Franke was published in BuzzFeed, 31 Ways to Tell You’re From Cincinnati, that I feel is dead on to describing the people of this lovely place. Especially me. Here are the ways you can tell I am from Cincinnati: