A person who was born and raised in Western New York has a certain pride that not many other people around the Unites States will never understand.

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I have lived in Western New York all 43 years of my life and am proud of it. One of the things that we also take pride in is the fact that no matter if you live in the outlying areas around Western New York, you still call "Buffalo" your home. The love we have for our city extends beyond the city limits away from the sweet smell of Cheerios and downtown.

Like most cities in America, the sports teams draw us all together. From the Buffalo Bills to the Sabres, Bisons and Bandits, not to mention the great colleges we have around WNY, sports unify us. But Buffalo is so much more than that. My father believed that most people who leave, come back at one point or another. The weather may force some away for a time. But the people of Buffalo are like no other in the country and that always seems to be the draw back home. The "City of Good Neighbors" is more than a slogan; it's a way of life!

If you have never met one of us, the next time you encounter a Buffalonian, perhaps you can think of a question to ask that is not the standard 7 that we always seem to get.