As someone who was born and raised in Hamilton, I can't exactly say it's my favourite place. I like Toronto way better.\nHowever, Hamilton definitely prepared me for Toronto life. People in Toronto talk about the danger, the smell of pollution, weirdos on public transit, etc. But I'm from Hamilton, I'm used to all that stuff already. I can walk down the streets of Toronto and remain unphased by just about anything.\nWhether you left Hamilton like I did, or you still live there, here are 22 signs that prove you grew up in Hammertown:\n1. You laugh at anyone who thinks Toronto is scary.\n"I've been mugged in Hess three times, show me what you got Toronto." #WhatIsFear\nPhoto via Giphy\n2. You have been warned all your life not to step foot in the lake.\n"You'll come out with a third arm or something."\nPhoto via pics4twitts\n3. You would rather swim in the Hamilton Harbour than listen to Fresh Radio.\nBut you're not picking up Z103.5 right now.\nPhoto via Giphy\n4. You've seen something strange take place on a Hamilton city bus.\nFor anyone who thinks the TTC is weird—the HSR is worse. TRUST.\n5. You hate seeing the look on people's faces when you tell them where you're from.\nDo you know where Stoney Creek is? No? What about Ancaster? No? Uhh...\nAnd this is their faces when you finally tell them:\nPhoto via Reaction Gifs\n6. You've spent the entire year waiting for the Peach Fest just so you could have a peach sundae.\nPaired with some perogies or panzerollis and you're good to go for the whole year.\nPhoto via @adventurewithv\n7. In your lifetime you have owned a pair of DC shoes and a hoodie with thumbholes.\nYou can bet your ass you got that hoodie from Stitches in Eastgate Square.\nPhotos via Polyvore\n8. You have referred to Winona as "Farmville" before.\nAnd you're convinced that everyone who lives there has a pool.\nPhoto via HWDSB\n9. Every time you went up the mountain you tried to spot the CN tower.\nHello from the other siiiiiiide.\nPhoto via Reddit\n10. You know the difference between "downtown" and "down the mountain."\nAnd you get weirded out when people don't.\nPhoto via Giphy\n11. You have tried to explain what an "escarpment" is to someone before but didn't really know how to explain it.\n"It's a big ass cliff and theres farms and a drive-in theatre at the top."\nPhoto via @clarstar473\n12. The highpoint of your life so far was when Hamilton Mountain got a Cineplex.\nNow you don't have to drive all the way to Burlington to watch a movie.\nPhoto via Cineplex\n13. Roller Gardens was your sh*t growing up.\nYou didn't care how many class trips or birthday parties were planned there, it was always a fun time.\nPhoto via Tumblr\n14. If there's one thing you know, it's to avoid Barton Street like the plague.\nWhy is that lady coming up to our car?\nPhoto via Giphy\n15. You went on a field trip to Cootes Paradise in elementary school.\n"And this is what nature looks like, kids."\nPhoto via cootestoescarpmentpark\n16. If someone is dealing with self-confidence issues you suggest they visit downtown Hamilton.\nHamilton makes you feel like you've won the genetic lottery.\nPhoto via GifSec\n17. You're so used to the smell of pollution that when you visit Toronto and hear people complaining you get confused.\n"What smell? Smells like air to me."\nPhoto via CBC\n18. You know who "the dancing guy is."\nAnd the window cleaner guy, and the guy who wears a cowboy hat in Fortinos, and the Winona suit guy.\nPhoto via Facebook\n19. If you left Hamilton, the only way you'll go back is for concerts.\n"Shania Twain tickets are sold out for the ACC...guess I'm going to Copps. Doing this for you, Shania."\nPhoto via Carey Langsner\n20. Eastgate Square used to be your hangout spot, now you avoid it at all costs.\nYou remember the good ol' days when the Walmart was still there and you could chill at the McDonalds.\nPhoto via Flickr\n21. You can't help but think of Hamilton every time you see a Tapout hoodie.\nIf I had a dollar for every time I saw someone in a baggy Tapout hoodie on the HSR I wouldn't be buying $1 pumpkin spice lattes from 7-Eleven.\nPhoto via fighterxfashion\n22. You have fond childhood memories of getting ice cream at Hutch's.\nAnd walking down that waterfront trail with your ice cream you thought—if only just for a second—that maybe Hamilton is pretty after all.\nEnding note: Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Bruce Trail, an amazing university, and plenty of historical sites and buildings. Hamilton breaks records for its waterfalls and plenty of movies and television shows are filmed in Hamilton due to its diverse environment. BuzzFeed's article about Hamilton is a great portrayal of its assets.\nWhether you are a proud Hamiltonian or believe it to be the armpit of Ontario, you can definitely thank Hamilton for raising you to be the boss ass b*tch that you are today.