Are you a true Angeleno? What’s your proof?
Hector Tobar grew up in Los Angeles. And he has some pretty firm opinions about what it is to be a true Angeleno. In his Friday column, he's made a list, spanning driving habits and freeway names and love of the backyard grill.
"Certain behaviors define us — things we do and don't do," he writes. "It's a state of being, a way of adapting to life in this sprawling, sunshiny city. It's how we treat others, how we see the landscape around us, even how we get around."
But he'd be the last to claim his list is comprehensive -– or could be.
Since the column appeared on the Los Angeles Times website Thursday evening, a lot of people have written in. Some, who live elsewhere, poured out their nostalgia for their home city.
"I can't tell you how my heart yearns to return home to the barrios and landmarks of my youth. Dodger Stadium. The Greek Theater. King Taco. Freeways (they only have one up here)," writes Sandra Fitzgerald, who lives inland in the Pacific Northwest. "But most especially, my heart cries out for the ocean. Sitting on the beach, watching the sun go down and listening to Vin Scully call it. I am SO homesick!"
Others have tweaked Tobar's list and added to it.
"True Angelenos know that LA is not just Hollywood and Beverly Hills," writes one reader, whose Facebook name is latimesreader90703.
Another reader, eDub**, makes three additions:
"...you can distinguish Salvadorean food from Mexican food.
...towards the end of a Laker's blowout, you find yourself thinking "The door's closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O is jiggling!"
...are nostalgic for an authentic `taco truck.'"
What do you think? What would you add?
-- Nita Lelyveld
Photo: Los Angeles freeway. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.