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What Makes Angelinos Different?

californiaI wasn’t born here, but when people ask me where I’m from I tell them I’m from Los Angeles. When I say this, inevitably there are a slew of assumptions made about who I am and what I’m about. So where does all this come from? Is there truth behind the beliefs or are they just myths? Today, we’ll take a look at some of the awesome things that makes us uniquely Southern Californian.

Angelinos are lazy

Yes, we’ve all heard it. This is an offshoot of the all California kids are potheads theory. I will admit, being a traveler, yes the pace is slower out here in the west. This however, isn’t any reflection of the drive and motivation present here. We love to party and take lazy days to do nothing, but no one ever accused Silicon Valley of being lazy and they’re way closer to Humbolt than we in LA are… By the way, I don’t care what anyone says about potheads, you can’t be lazy and grow $13 billion dollars worth of marijuana annually.

California has the worst drivers

I had to do some research to answer this one. The results, surprising. I visited the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) homepage who compiled all the statistics state by state. I looked at four: New York, California, Illinois and Texas. New York scored the best by far, at 5.97 fatalities per 100,000 from car accidents. Illinois came in next at 7.43 with California not far behind at 7.51. Texas? Don’t drive there at all, they win this one with 13.04. The national average is 10.69. Clearly, Texans are the worst drivers. Let’s also keep in mind that roughly a third of all traffic fatalities in the City of Angels are attributable to pedestrian deaths. Think that’s high? Try moving to New York where that number jumps to 49.6%.

California (LA, SF, etc.) has the worst traffic

I travel more than the average citizen. When I travel, I rent a car and drive around so I have the distinct pleasure of experiencing traffic, all over the States. I don’t know where this comes from, but yes, traffic is bad in LA. But seriously, where does everyone live that they don’t see traffic or experience rush hour gridlock. In my opinion, New York is the worst. At least with driving around LA you have the choice of taking less congested surface streets. In NY (the city proper), everywhere you turn it’s packed. If it takes you more than 40 minutes to move a mile, you can’t knock LA’s traffic. Trust me. If you don’t believe me, check out this awesome color coded map.

Angelinos hate the seasons

This one is my favorites. Usually, it’s some holier-than-thou privileged princess that says something like, “I wouldn’t be able to live in Southern California. I love the seasons too much.” So do we, we just don’t like the crappy ones. Who can hate on sunny days 355 days a year? And despite what all you meteorological-ly misinformed dummies out there think, we get snow too, except we just drive an hour or so to get to it, not dig our cars out from under it.

The people are fake

I really don’t know where this really comes from. I guess this can be true, but where are all these coming from where people are 100% real all the time? As a Californian and Angelino myself (I may be a bit biased here), I can say most of the people out here really go by the “I don’t give a f*ck what you think” philosophy. They’re not fake, they’re just weird, but they don’t care that they’re weird. If anything that’s being “real” right?, all this goes to dispel some of the rumors and myths surrounding Southern California. Most people are scared of what they don’t understand. Hey, it’s a lifestyle. But one day, you’ll be faced with that decision to come and join our ranks. You’ll have to ask yourself seriously, “What am I going to say when I fall in love with the west coast and need to live there?” Take my advice, don’t hate. You really can’t hate on awesome weather and beautiful women, can you?

Alex S. Pak
A young professional with a passion for rhetoric. He was born and raised in Southern California where he attended high school and college. Alex focused his studies on the humanities and is a keen observer of the human condition. In is spare time, enjoys reading, watching movies, and partying like a rock star.

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