40 Of The Best Responses To “Tell Me You’re From SF Without Telling Me You’re From SF”

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40 Of The Best Responses To “Tell Me You’re From SF Without Telling Me You’re From SF”

[Insert fog joke here]

San Francisco is one unique city, and if you’re from here, you know there are some things that only SF old-timers really understand. We wanted to know what makes San Francisco San Francisco, so we asked our Instagram and Facebook followers to give us the lowdown… in the form of the “Tell Me Without Telling Me” challenge. If you’ve been on social media in the last year, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

Here are the best responses we got on our Facebook post and Instagram poll, “Tell me you’re from San Francisco without telling me you’re from San Francisco…”

Took school field trips to The Exploratorium when it was at the Palace of Fine Arts… by MUNI.

Never going to see friends in Oakland because in my mind it’s further than Tunisia.

Irish coffee, fortune cookies, tourists visiting a prison for their honeymoon…these are just a few of my favorite things…

“Do you live in The City?” or my favorite, “Muni is down again.”

I don’t drive.

You never call it “FRISCO.”

Countless times muni bus drivers had to get off the bus and reattach the poles to the wires. Visited the cliff house as a kid also skipped around the crumbling bathhouse structures with water still in it.

Spent 30 minutes looking for a parking space when I got home and now I’m not sure where my car is parked…

“Back door!” Shouted on Muni

Is there a table in the shade? I have never had direct sunlight on my skin.

Took the 14 Mission, 22 Filmore, then 38 Geary bus to school

I took the L and the 36 to high school..

Met my husband-to-be while working at the California Academy of Sciences when they still had sea lions and dolphins, sold astronaut ice cream, hosted the Run to the Far Side race, and the cobweb–riddled alligators lived across from the Swamp Shop.

Falling asleep to the sound of clacking cable cars and foghorns

My catalytic converter has been stolen twice in 10 days

I’m headed down to Sannazay tomorrow.

“I’d love to try that place! Wait, it’s not near the wharf, is it? …Never mind.”

I’ve never been to Alcatraz

It’s Potrero not the Dog patch

*thinks $900k is reasonable for a 1bd condo*

I have a one bedroom apartment for 2000 dollars.

Tamale Lady

I don’t respond to you when you say “San Fran” or SFO…


I wear sweaters in the summer

I know where Army St. is

What do you mean you don’t have a Patagonia sweater?

I have a thousand pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge on my phone in all weather types…

2 car K in 5 minutes, 1 car Embarcadero in 7 minutes…

Bleacher seats at Candlestick used to cost $1

2 hours is a typical drive

What high school did you go to?


I wear more coats in summer than any other time of the year

My car’s never been broken into

Missing Tuesdays at the backflip

I’ve watched one road being updated for more than a decade

And of course, we had a lot of Karl comments:

Oh hey Karl!

Karl visits every summer and I’m glad because I mist him.

As 4th in 5 generations of native born San Franciscans, I must say: our fog has never (ever) had, and will never have a name. Seriously. Please. I beg you.. I’ve been here for quite a while.

Karl is keeping us cool while the rest of the country is super hot!

I love Karl

We analyzed the Karl/No Karl debate back in January, and found that 70% of our followers prefer to call the fog Karl or Karla. Check it out here!

So, how would you answer this challenge?

Tell me you’re from San Francisco without telling me you’re from San Francisco…


Featured image:  Kyle Fritz on Unsplash  

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