Ditches. Danny's Screamers. The Stardust.

Do these things ring a bell? Then you, dear reader, are from Richmond, B.C. The suburb may not be as remarkable as Vancouver to the north — except to those who call it home.

This list is for you: 34 Signs You Grew Up In Richmond

  • Birthday parties at McDonald's on No. 3 Road.
    Why did the playground smell like pee?
  • Instead of regular Slurpees, you had Danny's Screamers.
  • You took driving lessons from the hilarious Bill of Trinity Driving School.
    And he always had a Big Gulp with him.
  • Roosters woke you up on No. 5 Road because IT WAS ALL FARM LAND.
  • You can jump under a desk at lightning speed thanks to years of "The Big One" earthquake drills.
    It's coming.
  • You bought a bike from the Steveston bike shop (back when it was in that tiny old church).
    And proceeded to take that bike and rip it up on the Garry Point sand dunes.
  • There was a time when the Richmond Colts were the undisputed AAA basketball champions.
  • You remember the first Chinese mall.
    Aberdeen was so shiny and new.
  • You would play around on this thing.
    Judy And Ed/Flickr
    Though you still have no clue what it's supposed to be.
  • You would go to Taco Luis because you loved the owner just as much as the food.
  • You skated like a boss at the Stardust roller rink.
  • You didn't drink hot tea — you drank this.
  • You watched movies at Richmond Centre 6.
    hermangotlieb/Cinema Treasures
  • No summer was complete without a trip (or eight) to Pajo's.
  • And no meal was complete without a trip to Timothy's.
    Asher Isbrucker/Flickr
  • You practiced for track and field events by jumping ditches.
    Steven Pisano/Flickr
  • You played pool amid clouds of second-hand smoke at Koby's Billiards in Steveston.
  • Late nights at No. 9. That is all.
  • On Canada Day you went to the Salmon Festival.
  • Target was Eaton's.
    And Zellers was Eaton's.
  • The first Friday of every month was spent at Club Buck.
    And you still go there sometimes. You can admit it.
  • You know better than to drive down No. 3 Road.
    So. Many. Red. Lights.
  • And you remember when you COULD drive down No. 3 because there weren’t so many red lights.
    Laurence Lui/Flickr
  • When people complained there were no IHOPs in Canada, you were like, 'False. There's one in Richmond.'
    Associated Press
  • And it's where you ate all of your teenage hangover breakfasts...
  • ...Unless you were at Cimona instead.
    Those hash browns!
  • You went frog catching in the ditches.
    I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine!
  • You know about the famous rivalry between Sockeye City and Shady Island.
  • You remember when Coast Capital Savings was Richmond Savings.
  • The Heineken House during the 2010 Winter Olympics was just about the best thing to happen to the city, ever.
    Most fun you've ever had in Minoru Arena, amirite?
  • Your house probably had an attic.
    Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins via Getty Images
  • But it definitely did NOT have a basement.
    Monica Fecke via Getty Images
    We're below sea level, yo.
  • Richmond Centre was Richmond Square.
    City of Richmond Archives
  • You lovingly call it Ditchmond.
    Joe Potato Photo via Getty Images
  • But when someone else says it, you're like:
  • Because ultimately, this weird little Vancouver suburb is yours, and it's home.

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    <em>Photo: <a href="http://morningaftershow.wordpress.com/tag/expo-ernie/" target="_blank">Jeremy Baker</a></em>

  • You tried to phone into Switchback on Sunday mornings.

  • You went to see 21 Jump Street being filmed...

    ... and would have died if you caught a glimpse of Johnny Depp. <em>Credit: Fanpop</em>

  • You thought Penhall was cuter than Hanson.

    <em>Credit: Fanpop</em>

  • The whole city stood still for this:

    Photo: <a href="http://vancouverrising.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Vancouver Rising</a>

  • Birthday parties at the Burnaby Chuck E. Cheese were great...

    ... even though you dropped $5 at skee ball and all you won was a lousy rubber snake. <em>Credit: The Atlantic</em>

  • OK, birthday parties at the McDonald's caboose were also awesome.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29768538@N02/4536769917/" target="_blank">Mile 105</a>

  • You know who Finna, Bjossa and Hyak are.

    Photo: <a href="http://www.orcahome.de/bjossa.htm" target="_blank">Gary Kahrmann and Kimmy Vengeance</a>

  • You spent Boxing Day at A&B Sound...

    ... and nearly got into a fight with someone over the last Sony Walkman priced at $29.99.

  • You think "The Steamer" is a perfectly acceptable and not at all hilarious nickname for someone.

    Credit: Vancouver Canucks

  • You went to Playland to visit with Garfield.

  • There was no Science World. Just the Arts, Sciences and Technology Centre in a Granville Street basement

  • This was pure elation.

  • The only radio station worth listening to was LG73.

    Photo: <a href="http://www.lg73.djspecs.com/main.htm" target="_blank">The Ultimate LG73 Tribute</a>

  • The Bow Mac sign indicated where cars were sold, not toys.

    Photo: <a href="http://www.thevisiblecity.ca/eng/enseignes-signs/bow_mac_toys_r_us" target="_blank">Museum of Vancouver</a>

  • You actually went to the Expo that the Expo Line is named after.

    Credit: <a href="http://vancouverrising.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Vancouver Rising</a>

  • You used paper bus transfers.

    Photo: <a href="http://buzzer.translink.ca/2009/07/friday-fun-trivia-name-this-tickets-year-part-ii/#ticketsII" target="_blank">The Buzzer Blog</a>

  • You knew Bryan Adams...

    Well, you knew an older brother who had a friend who knew a guy who had a cousin who went to school with Bryan Adams.

  • You know why Canucks' fans wave white towels.

    Credit: Vancouver Canucks

  • You visited polar bears at the Stanley Park Zoo.

    Credit: <a href="http://vancouverrising.tumblr.com/post/60102853381/tuk-stanley-park-zoo-1970" target="_blank">Vancouver Rising</a>

  • SeaBuses were orange.

    Photo: <a href="http://s141.photobucket.com/user/SMN-8711/media/Bygone-Days/Orange-Seabus.jpg.html" target="_blank">Sean Nelson</a>

  • This was the most magical place on earth.

    Credit: <a href="http://bobbea.com/expo-86/purple.html" target="_blank">Bobbea Studios</a>

  • You spent a lot of time lining up to do this, over and over again.

    Credit: <a href="http://vancouverrising.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Vancouver Rising</a>

  • You showed off stamps in your Expo '86 passport.

    Photo: <a href="http://vancouverisawesome.com/2011/05/06/vancouver-was-awesome-expo-86-and-false-creek/#more-81796" target="_blank">Rhiannon Coppin/Van City Buzz</a>

  • You stood outside Woodward's to see the Christmas windows.

    Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/miss604/6436917085/" target="_blank">miss604/Flickr</a>

  • With a bursting heart, you watched Rick Hansen come home.

  • You know Sook-Yin Lee from alt-rock band Bob's Your Uncle

  • You got dragged to $1.49 days at Woodwards

    Photo: Museum of Vancouver

  • The main public library was for studying, not buying lingerie.

    It also smelled funny. Photo: Vancouver Heritage Foundation

  • The best road trip was to Bedrock City in Chilliwack

    Photo: <a href="http://www.cardcow.com/viewall/35925/" target="_blank">CardCow.com</a>

  • Superdogs at the PNE were actually super

  • You cheered for the Vancouver 86ers

    Photo: <a href="http://krammerhead.tripod.com/id11.html" target="_blank">Swangard South</a>

  • Cactus Club was a fancy night out.

    Photo: Cactus Club

  • Identifying parts of Vancouver in "MacGyver" was a fun game

  • Credit: <a href="http://vancouverrising.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Vancouver Rising</a>