As a dang near lifelong Rockfordian, it's easy to tell I love this place and take pride in my hometown. One thing I like is meeting people that have relocated here and, most times, I can tell immediately if you're not actually from the 815. Here are eight easy clues to look for:

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    They ask, "What's A Beef-A-Roo?"

    That's an offensive question.

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    They don't understand sock monkeys.

    They originated in Rockford. Just accept them and love them.

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    They say the Rockford Speedway is too loud.

    It's not... you're just not from the 815. Also, we ARE aware that it's actually located in Loves Park.

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    They say "Ji-row" instead of "yee-row."

    People all over the country eat gyro's but if you're from the 815 you say "yee-row."

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    They don't know Rick Nielsen Lives In Rockford

    Spend more time at Woodman's or look for him zooming around in his smart car. You'll spot him eventually.

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    They think Rockford Speedway is in Rockford.

    It's not, it's in Loves Park.

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    They ask which restaurants make great Swedish pancakes.

    There is only one and it's Stockholm Inn.

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    They don't remember a working Clock Tower.

    It's not an easy punchline, it's a fact.

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    They tell people they live in Chicago.

    No, you live in the 815. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.