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You Know You Live in Uptown When.....

Yes folks, Spring has finally sprung in Minnesota! So in light of the excitement due to the change of weather, I decided to change it up and do something fun, and really not related to therapy or mental health at all. Instead, I compiled a list of what makes Uptown/Lyn Lake different from all the rest! Being as I've lived in the area for five years, I've started to notice what I call "Uptown-isms". Here are my observations.

You know you live in Uptown when........

1) You celebrate the start of "patio season" with a trip to your favorite rooftop.

As soon as the temperature rises above 60 degrees, we Minnesotan's refuse to eat inside. And what's better than a patio? A rooftop! Whether it be Moto-I (my personal favorite), Stella's, Uptown Tavern or Libertine, you will enjoy this first rooftop outing almost as much as Christmas each year.

2) You commonly eat appetizers of edamame, shishito peppers, or anything with pork belly.

Almost every menu in Uptown has at least one these on the menu. I'm not complaining, they are just "unusual" to out-of-towners.

3) You never leave on the weekends. And you definitely don't drive.

Why would you leave on the weekend when you are right in the middle of the action?! If you live in Uptown, you are seconds away from restaurants, bars, lakes, and shops. And you never drive, because you can walk or bike everywhere! How convenient, and also- a nice break from your car.

4) You never complain about traffic.

One of the first things people bring up when I tell them I live in Minneapolis is, "Oh my gosh, how can you handle all that traffic?! Let me tell you how..... I never drive during rush hour, and when I do- I always take the easiest routes (one-ways) and I know to double my expected traveling time and account for traffic if I really must drive. Not that big of a deal.

5) You NEVER turn left on Lake/Lyndale.

Speaking of traffic, you never turn left on