Community Post: 18 Signs You Grew Up In Adelaide, Australia.

1. You’ve used the term ‘Radelaide’.

2. You know that this is a Stobie Pole.

History Lesson: A Stobie pole is a power line pole made of two steel joists held apart by a slab of concrete in the middle. It was invented by Adelaide Electricity Supply Company design engineer James Cyril Stobie (1895–1953). Stobie used materials easily at hand due to the shortage of suitably long, strong, straight and termite-resistant timber in South Australia. (via Wikipedia)

3. You meet someone new and want to add them on Facebook. Then this happens:

4. Almost everyone you know has a strong opinion about this:

And even if you don’t, you could recite their songs in your sleep.

5. You know that Adelaide is the place to be from late January to mid-March.

Because the Big Day Out and Soundwave are on, as well the Adelaide Festival, Womadelaide, and Fringe Festival, with its accompanying Garden of Unearthly Delights (pictured above).

6. … And that this is Adelaide for the rest of the year:

Really guys, we should work on spacing this out better. My purse can’t handle it!

7. Rain?

I’m not sure I understand what’s happening right now. I’d better post about it on Facebook to make sure I’m not the only one who’s experiencing this.

8. You’re far more accustomed to record-breaking heatwaves.

Even if you love the heat, you’ll agree that six consecutive days of temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) is too much, right? (see: 2009 heatwave)

9. It wasn’t so bad in school, though, because when it got too hot you got to go home early.

An afternoon in your friend’s pool because it’s too hot to learn anything?! YES PLEASE!

10. And your parents took you here to cool off in the summer.

The largest water slides in the southern hemisphere! (At the time, according to Wikipedia)

11. If you were really lucky, you got to visit Puzzle Park or Greenhills Adventure Park. This was you in the car on the way there:

… and Puzzle Park’s ad tagline ‘just off the freeway, at Murray Bridge!’ is burned into your brain FOREVER.

12. You tell yourself that the tap water in Adelaide isn’t so bad, but after drinking the water interstate, you pull this face as you take your first sip back home:

Mmm. Dirt and fluoride. Delish.

13. You rode the Jazz Junction Roller Coaster at Dazzleland in the 90’s.

14. You’ve complained at some point that ‘no one ever comes to Adelaide’ when talking about big pop acts.

In the last 5 years, off the top of my head, we’ve seen Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ricky Martin, Hanson, Aqua and 5ive. As well as that, Pink is here like every other week, and Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber and Bruce Springsteen are all set to perform in the next 3 months.

15. As a teenager, you got all dressed up to sit in a car and ‘go for a cruise down the bay’ at Glenelg.

I swear, all the cool kids were doing it.

16. As a young adult, you got all dressed up on a Wednesday night for Time Warp/Flashdance at HQ.

This is an accurate depiction of your dancing after a bottle of Passion Pop at pre-drinks and 137 vodka raspberries.

17. And this was you at work the next day:

18. And finally, the phrase ‘meet you at The Balls’ is a part of your everyday vernacular.

See you there, Adeladians.

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