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Old 10-08-2014, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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People are in a state of disbelief when you tell them you're from LA? Dude that doesn't make any sense, who are you hanging out with? Don't you have any childhood friends? There are natives in every single part of town, that isn't surprising at all.
That disbelief does exist. Sure, I hang out with childhood friends. But your childhood friends and other natives aren't necessarily in your particular workplace or in other places where you spend your day. In other words, there are plenty of native LA people here, but their distribution may not be even across the entire swath of LA. That's why you will get clusters of people who have never knowingly interacted with a native LA person in any meaningful or prolonged way, and who will react with disbelief when they find out you were born and raised here. It's actually kind of funny.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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That disbelief does exist. Sure, I hang out with childhood friends. But your childhood friends and other natives aren't necessarily in your particular workplace or in other places where you spend your day. In other words, there are plenty of native LA people here, but their distribution may not be even across the entire swath of LA. That's why you will get clusters of people who have never knowingly interacted with a native LA person in any meaningful or prolonged way, and who will react with disbelief when they find out you were born and raised here. It's actually kind of funny.
I grew up on the west side. In 25 years I have never experienced that in my life.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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I grew up on the west side. In 25 years I have never experienced that in my life.
I'm a transplant from Arizona and in the time I've lived here every good friend I've made either grew up here or in OC or San Diego.

Maybe it just depends on where you spend time and who with...
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I grew up on the west side. In 25 years I have never experienced that in my life.
That's wonderful. I'm happy for you, I really am.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Native)
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I grew up on the west side. In 25 years I have never experienced that in my life.
I'm pretty sure you are one of the rare ones. But talking to other natives, they usually get the same questions.

And to factor this in to the equation, many natives have left the area 20-30 years ago and are replaced by immigrants and transplants, mostly from the Midwest and Northeast.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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That disbelief does exist. Sure, I hang out with childhood friends. But your childhood friends and other natives aren't necessarily in your particular workplace or in other places where you spend your day. In other words, there are plenty of native LA people here, but their distribution may not be even across the entire swath of LA. That's why you will get clusters of people who have never knowingly interacted with a native LA person in any meaningful or prolonged way, and who will react with disbelief when they find out you were born and raised here. It's actually kind of funny.
Especially in the "hip" parts of LA like Hollywood, Venice, Silverlake, and Echo Park. Where a large number of people come from ither parts of the US. Im usually the first native alot of people meet out here.
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:35 AM
 
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Los Angeles is a city that I feel I can live in forever...

...for two weeks to a month at a time. Same with NYC. At some point, the scale of it all becomes a turnoff, and I must retreat back to my hometown of 45k people. I always return, because there is just sooooo much to do.
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