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Old 12-22-2011, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I was born in Long Beach, Los Angeles County ldo.

We lived in Anaheim at the time, and moved over to the IE when I was 2.

I have never lived in LA County, was only born there and I never claim to be from there. I did grow up a Lakers/Kings (NHL) fan though.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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I grew up in Van Nuys. We were within the city limits of Los Angeles. Our mailing address was Van Nuys, not Los Angeles, though I am sure Los Angeles would have worked, especially with the zip code. As with others, we told locals we were from Van Nuys, and those from far away (e.g., relatives in the Midwest) we were from Los Angeles. one point I rented an apartment in west Los Angeles on a street virtually surrounded by Culver City. My mailing address was, as I recall, Culver City, though I was technically in the City of L.A. To many people, especially tourists, "Los Angeles" may be used to encompass not just the City of Los Angeles, but also the much larger County of Los Angeles, and even adjoining counties (e.g., Orange County, site of Disneyland), hence it's tough to respond when someone says something like "I'm going to go to Los Angeles for 4 days. Where should I stay?" They could actually be staying in Anaheim.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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To Angelenos and SoCal residents in general, I would totally refer to Van Nuys as "Van Nuys" and not Los Angeles.

When I was growing up, I told people I lived in "Hollywood" and "Chinatown."

Never "Los Angeles"--because that would have been way too vague.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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I grew up on the border of LA and Orange county, but on the LA side.

The answer changes depending on who I'm talking to. With people who aren't familiar with the area I say LA, if they have some understanding then I say the city.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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You kinda go by what other people understand. Outside of LA County I say "LA", but when in LA County I say "Carson" even though half the people don't seem to have heard of us.

Even OC people could say "LA" around most of the country, but they prefer not to.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Yeah, the only time I ever mention "LA" in telling people where I'm from (outside of CA), is that Corona is 40ish miles SE of LA.

I have a friend that grew up in South OC. She doesn't even seem to know where Corona is.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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I have a friend that grew up in South OC. She doesn't even seem to know where Corona is.
Went down to my nephew's house in San Clemente last year for a short visit. I got there ~6pm. His roommate, another locally-raised 27-year-old, asked if I was spending the night rather than "drive all the way back to Fontana." He was somewhat shocked to learn that not only was I not spending the night, at the time of night I'd be heading back (11pm) the whole trip would take me less than an hour.

That's what I call the "South OC insularity."
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Went down to my nephew's house in San Clemente last year for a short visit. I got there ~6pm. His roommate, another locally-raised 27-year-old, asked if I was spending the night rather than "drive all the way back to Fontana." He was somewhat shocked to learn that not only was I not spending the night, at the time of night I'd be heading back (11pm) the whole trip would take me less than an hour.

That's what I call the "South OC insularity."
Hahahahahahahahaha.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:01 PM
 
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Whenever people ask me where I grew up, no matter where they are I first say Lawndale. Half the time even people from LA would give me a blank stare. (I always called it a one offramp city). If I get a blank stare, I say near Manhattan Beach. Usually they know then. If not I throw out LA.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:01 PM
 
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"I'm from California."

They ask where in CA

"I live in [add the suburb or out of LA city limits place]".

Where is that, they ask.

"Well, it's in the [greater] Los Angeles area," or " . . .suburb of Los Angeles."

That's usually how my answers go.
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