Here's a sampling of how columnist Ernest Hooper completes the sentence, "You haven't lived in the South Shore & Brandon area until you have … "
… seen your name on the marquee in front of B. Lee Elam's office.
… lounged on a lawn chair at a nighttime event at FishHawk Ranch's Park Square.
… gone to an Armwood football game.
… sashayed across the dance floor at the Dallas Bull.
… lunched at Della's Delectables in Brandon.
… sat on one of the bar stool seats at the new Brunchery in Lithia.
… explored the mounds area at Medard Park.
… sauntered into Costco (or Sam's Club) on a faux shopping excursion just to get a free lunch. Love those meatballs.
… taken photos inside a T-rex head at Dinosaur World.
… gotten lost in a subdivision where all the roads seem to have the same name.
… dodged a golf cart in Sun City Center.
… seen the manatees at Apollo Beach's TECO Viewing Center.
… listened to Tampa co-workers criticize life in Brandon — until they had to evacuate because of a hurricane warning.
… given a hand to one of the varied community projects of 12-year-old Zach Bonner and his Little Red Wagon Foundation.
… picked fresh fruit (blueberries or strawberries) from a field.
… chowed down on a Waterson roast beef sandwich at the original Beef 'O' Brady's on Kings Avenue in Brandon.
… seen the Brandon High Eagles win a wrestling match.
… gone to Walmart after midnight.
… eaten a chili dog at Campbell's Dairyland on Parsons.
… seen the sandhill cranes behind the mall.
… had a Yuengling beer at Nativity Catholic Church's Novemberfest.
… had a beer and a burger at the Showtown Bar and Grill.
… been awakened by the howl of a train horn.
… seen a new release at the Ruskin Drive-In.
… had fried gator at Fat Willie's.
… eaten every strawberry concoction known to man at the Strawberry Festival.
… seen Robinson's Racing Pigs at the Florida State Fair.
… gained inspiration from a church marquee.