i found this interesting and surprisingly accurate online article titled, “35 things only real angelenos know about L.A.” as a native los angeles’er, i think it’s great when other natives dispel a few myths (and share secrets) about my favorite city. because L.A. is so popular, you hear a lot of glitz and glam stories leaving natives like myself thinking, “oh, they must not be from here ’cause we don’t really do that!”
anyway, i copied a few of my favorite quotes from the article…the ones that stood out to/for me. i’d love to know what you think!
The best way to get to LAX never involves the 405. If someone tells you a route that does, don’t listen to them. That person is an idiot and not to be trusted.
We measure our romantic partners by traffic: “Yeah, she’s super cool. She’s smart, funny…but I’ll never see her again. She lives on the Westside.”
Everything else, we measure by parking:
Our friendships are measured by parking: “I would come to your screening, bro, but I got a really good parking space … and tomorrow is the street cleaner so… y’know.”
Nightlife is measured by parking: “Ohmygod! I love the food there more than I love my husband. Oh, but we can’t go there. We’ll never find parking.”
Oh! And we also measure distances by time not by miles like most other Americans. You see, none of us knows how many miles it is to anywhere. But we can tell you the time it’ll take you get there within three minutes. (<– this is my probably my favorite quote. so true! LOL)
You don’t go to Runyon Canyon for the hiking. You go for the flirting. Same for just about every dog park in the city.
Depending on how you count them, some say we have three seasons: Winter/Spring, Summer/Fall and Awards season. Others say we have: Fire season, Mudslide season and Summer.
Our freeways are more important than yours. You take Interstate 80. You give directions to I-95. Our freeways require the definite article. We take The 5 to The 10 to The 405 to The 101.
Some people will tell you Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has the best coffee drinks. Other people will tell you Peet’s makes the best drinks. But everyone agrees: Starbucks is the best place to meet an unemployed screenwriter.
We all have celebrity-sighting stories. Ones we‘ll never tell you. (I ran into one at the bank this morning). Unless, we totally love that particular celebrity we don’t bother them. We don’t care if Jay Leno is at the same gas station. We just assume Jay needs gas, too.
Real Angelenos move here and convert.
True Angelenos were born here and don’t accept the converts.
Most Angelenos would never be caught dead calling themselves an Angeleno.
aah, i can relate. i’m so L.A.