34 Signs You Grew Up In Richmond, B.C.

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