As most Calgarians know, Calgary has a bunch of surrounding towns, cities, and hamlets. While they are separate from "The City of Calgary", they are still kinda considered part of the "Calgary District." From High River to Airdrie and everything surrounding, Calgary is basically our 'mother hen.' It's like we're Calgary... but not.
Living in these surrounding areas is a struggle in itself. Most of these places don't necessarily have everything a typical town should have which causes its residents to make trips (yes, trips) to Calgary. Like when Strathmore didn't have a Wal-Mart or a McDonalds and everyone grocery shopped at IGA. Most times they do, but it doesn't stop us having to haul ourselves into the city for something. Here are some of the many struggles of living just slightly outside Calgary.
Actually getting into Calgary is a struggle and a half- especially if you don't drive.
Calgary transit doesn't extend to areas that are "almost Calgary."
You have to walk everywhere.
Most of these smaller areas don't have their own transit system, so living in these places have you walking everywhere. Sometimes even to Calgary.
You were basically forced to get your license.
Basically, once you were of age and your parents started refusing to give you rides to the mall, your options were to A) Get your license/a car B) Walk/Bike or C) Hitchhike.
It takes you 20-30 minutes minimum to get into Calgary/Downtown.
And you were hungry AF by the time you got there.
45% of your gas tank would go to driving between your house and the "Welcome to Calgary" sign.
Leaving your tank empty by the time you got home.
Driving into Calgary with your family was like a field trip as a kid.
And your parents would pack the car with snacks, books, and entertainment.
Making a trip to north Calgary almost every week for ethnic grocery/hair stores.
T&T Supermarket is where it's at. Also, the cashier at Island Beat and I are on a first-name basis.
You probably went to a small school.
You knew everyone (and their parents).
If you were a minority, you were probably the only one in the school/your class.
But hey, you were easy to find in the yearbook!
If you didn't go to a small school, you went to a school in the city.
And your bus ride was no less than 25 minutes.
Your friends never want to come visit you.
Heaven forbid anyone would have to drive 20 minutes out of the city.
You are/were often one of the few friends or the only friend that drives.
Anyone feel like pitching in for gas? No? Okay.
You're the only friend without a transit card.
What would you need it for? Realistically.
Some of us still have no idea how the C-Train/Calgary Transit System works.
And you're still a little scared to use it. How do I read this map? Am I going the right way? Why is this person sitting so close to me?
You are overly familiar with the smell of cow manure.
If you think it's bad in the city... try spending time in Strathmore.
Everyone asks if you live on a farm when you tell them you live outside the city.
And you had to explain to them that there are houses in the area you live in.
People on Tinder always ask whether you actually live in Calgary because your distance is always 30+ km away.
Although, I'm preeetttyy sure the city limits are larger than a 30 km radius, but since you must know... I live slightly outside Calgary. *eye roll emoji*
Having to go into Calgary to use Tinder so that you don't know all your matches.
Honestly, Tinder why does my Grade 3 boyfriend keep popping up? Been there, done that.
Dating someone who lives in Calgary is a long distance relationship.
Sigh... a Chestermere - Somerset love story.
Getting up at the a$$crack of dawn to get to work/school.
While your classmates, profs, co-workers and manager are just rolling out of bed, you are stuck on Deerfoot.
Contemplating living on campus to get an extra two hours of sleep.
The extra living expenses are worth it.
There are no "quick trips" to Calgary.
I don't think there's such thing as getting to Calgary "quickly" tbh.
When you're late, you're late.
"Sorry... there was um... traffic." aka I didn't leave exactly 30 minutes before we were supposed to meet, so now I'm 25 minutes late.
A 30-45 minute drive doesn't phase you anymore.
And you must watch your city friends be melodramatic about having to drive/bus 15 minutes to work.
Employers always assuming you live too far to work for them.
Again, a 30-minute+ drive does not phase us.
People think meeting "halfway" is downtown.
Yeah, sure if I actually lived in the city. Halfway between High River and Calgary basically is Heritage Pointe.
Knowing which establishments between Calgary and your house have decent public restrooms.
There is no "holding it" until you get home.
Knowing exactly what times to go into/leave Calgary.
We must be strategic about this. I'll be damned if I get stuck in traffic.
Getting overly excited when new restaurants and stores open in your town.
Okotoks getting a Costco was one of the best things to ever happen.
Trying to do everything in your town/hamlet but failing miserably.
If Cochrane just got a shopping mall, we'd be all set.
Driving nearly 120 km in a 100 km zone.
Why must I drive that slow all the way to Calgary?
You're almost always DD when you go out with your city friends because no one is going to drive you out of Calgary.
Anyone at this bar heading to Bragg Creek?
The nightlife in your area either sucks or is non-existent.
And there's always the slight chance of running into your parent's friends.
People replying "where's that?" when you tell them where you live.
Because the Black Diamond-Turner Valley area is basically an unknown village.
Having to change in the car or public restrooms when you have multiple events in Calgary.
It's just too far to go home, okay.
Going to the airport is just a pain.
Apparently, the Carstairs/Bishell's Airport won't fly you to Toronto *unimpressed emoji*
Wanting to live in Calgary, but remembering how much you love your little village.
My heart will always belong to you even if you don't have a shopping mall.