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Off the Record

It's easy to figure out who the locals are

After living in the Lower Valley for some time, folks tend to transform into locals by the way they talk, eat and even sleep.

You can always tell when someone isn't from around here. But after living here a while, they will begin to take on traits of the locals.

-Newbies to the area navigate through towns by actually using the names of the roads. So, when communicating with folks not of the Yakima Valley, it's hard to speak the same language. We say, "Turn at city hall," while foreigners to this valley say, "Huh? What is the street called?" If you're like me, I don't actually know what the street is officially called.

-People from larger cities are accustomed to leaving extra early to their appointments, in anticipation of a traffic jam. You may be morphing into a local when the bus stop "traffic jam" for less than five minutes gets you in a tizzy and flustered.

-Locals also claim there isn't much to do here, while visitors find a myriad activities to fill their days and even weeks full of exciting adventures.

-You may also be a local if you can no longer distinguish cow smell, from "fresh air."

Being a local is fun, there's thousands like me, who think the way I do and who take life at its leisure in the beautiful Yakima Valley.

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