When I first moved to Bozeman, some of my co-workers were kind enough to give me the heads up on the things you need do to look and act like a "Bozemanite".

I'll be completely honest, I have no idea how long it takes to become one of the gang, but I'm more than willing to pay my dues, drink the blood of a dragon, or whatever else is required.

Even though I'm not new to living in Montana, I wanted to make sure that I followed "the rules" so my transition would be as smooth as possible.

So, without further delay, some things you need to do to look and act like a Bozemanite:

1. Support Local Business. Everyone knows that Local Businesses are the lifeblood of any community. We have some fantastic locally owned businesses here in Bozeman, including some that have been serving Bozemanites for several generations

2. Talk smack on the people moving from other states. Anytime you can blame the transplants (especially the Californians) that will score points with the locals.

3. Complain about Property Taxes. As the price of housing increases, so does the Property Taxes which of course, effects what Bozemanites are paying on their property. (Here is another opportunity to blame the Californians)

4. Eat at the Pickle Barrel. Founded in 1975, the Pickle Barrel is a right of passage. Voted best sandwich year after year, its just about as Bozeman and Bozeman gets.

5.Avoid wearing things that would make you look like a "Tourist".  I am told anything with "Yellowstone", "Fly Fishing" or "any sort of animal outline" is a dead giveaway. (This does not include MSU gear)

If you can think of anything that I'm missing or want to add to the list, reach out to me, I would love to hear what you have to say.

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