You know you’re back in New Jersey/New York when a passenger tells the bus driver upon getting off the bus, “Alright, buddy, I’ll see you later,” instead of “Merci, au revoir.”
If you’re still not sure, it’s clinched when you walk through Times Square and a young guy passes two people in Spiderman and Bugs Bunny costumes and says, “Hey, what’s up! Yo Spidey! Yo Bugs!” and Bugs turns and waves at the stranger.
That’s right, I’m home for the holidays!