1. Put your hand down. This isn’t a high five – this is Detroit.

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2. OK, OK, not literally Detroit but you do know kids who went to Cranbrook.

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3. You’re the one at the bar always screaming  …

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4. Even though you were born and raised here:

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5. You literally climbed mountains to conquer your biggest fears.

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6. And learned that a chain was only as strong as its weakest link.

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7. You couldn’t always get what you wanted … unless you were a Red Wings fan.

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8. But now it’s time to make a “Michigan Left” back to your childhood.

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9. Growing up in Metro Detroit, there was no need for a piggy bank; your allowance went straight here:

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10. And the popcorn there looked like this:

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11. If you ate too much of it, your mom made you drink one of these:

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12. And afterwards, your dad drove you to buy your Ace of Base CD here:

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13.  If that CD was out of stock, you always knew Lisa Lisa had your back.

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14. And so did Tim “The Toolman” Taylor.

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15. Mufasa’s death traumatized you at the Americana West.

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16. Which for some reason is the same spot you failed your first bench press 6 years later.

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17.  You learned discipline, loyalty and teamwork at your best friend’s 2nd grade birthday party.

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18. And refined your artistic talent at Plaster Playhouse.

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19. OR WAS IT CALLED FUN WITH PLASTER?!?!?!?!

20. Blacking out meant skating through a dark tunnel 100 times.

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21. You spent endless hours at the “mall.”

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22. Where everybody knows your name.

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23.   A guy named Ponce or Fiaz frosted your tips at Mario Max.

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24. Sorry for the late fees (R.I.P).

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25.  Even if you weren’t popular as a kid, one place made it hip to be square.

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26. And dessert was always FREE.

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27. You and your grandpa got matching bee stings here:

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28. You never met her, but damn it did you respect her.

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29. Which meant ordering at least one basket of these:

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30. ALWAYS topped off with a happy ending.

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31. The two most beautiful words in the English dictionary are “snow” & “day.”

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32. You’ve said “I think my dad is a member” to get a day pass here:

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33. And you heard a rumor that someone might have rebounded for Grant Hill here:

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34. You danced with your best friends …

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35. And talked behind their backs next door.

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36. You found love in a hopeless place …

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37. And then tried to snowball your way into her heart …

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38. And then just gave up.

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39. You’re not crazy – the Turner Cup was a BIG deal.

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40. Their big names brought you in and their low prices brought you back.

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41. It’s not just a bowling alley — it’s also a “PIZZA PARLOR.”

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42. But sometimes your crust just needs a little more flavor.

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43. Those precious hours lost …

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44. Could have been spent wandering aimlessly here …

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45. Or defying gravity at the St. Mary’s Fair.

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46. You’ve driven past the Maple Arts Theatre a thousand times. Never walked in.

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47. Senior Year meant super soakers, a $200 bill at Toys R’ Us and getting pulled over for speeding.

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48. Nothing screams “UNDER 21” like a vertical driver’s license.

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49. But that didn’t stop you from getting wasted at your high school graduation party.

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50. Which inevitably led you here …

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51.  Or to here:

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52. But not everything was all cider & donuts; things in Metro Detroit weren’t exactly perfect.

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53. You had fears. Fear #1: M.I.P.

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54. Fear #2: Bringing an out-of-state friend to Leo’s only to hear them say, “OVER-RATED!”

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55. Fear #3: The Fro.

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56. Your best bagel place wasn’t even from Michigan.

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57. You put all your hopes and dreams into Thanksgiving only to be rejected by your old high school flame.

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58. Twice.

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59. But, hey, at least you can pretend that you’re friends with Jimmy Wolk.

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60. Instead of “Go Lions!” you had “Fire Millen!”

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61. Downtown had its fair share of problems.

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62. Nancy Kerrigan probably won’t be coming back any time soon.

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63. Moesha and Sister Sister couldn’t even save this network:

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64. But one place stood the test of time.

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65. And taught you to be proud of who you are.

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66. To keep your spirits high.

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67. To eat your cake one layer at a time.

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68. To have a mall attached to a mall.

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69. To interrupt George Blaha while he’s eating lunch.

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70. Because whether you’re a parent …

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71. A grandparent ….

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72. Or still trying to figure things out …

Future 73. Metro Detroit runs in your blood.

74 74. Because what broke our hearts then …

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75. Taught us to reach for the stars.

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76. In order to claim our place in history.

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- The Original Husky Boys -

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