(Smiths fans, please forgive my lame wordplay.)
I was walking on Larchmont this morning with my son and I happened to meet another Mama with a son about the same age. We chatted for a few minutes and then went our separate ways, only to cross paths again fifteen minutes later. She said, “Are you new to LA?” and I said “No,” thinking she meant “new” as in “less than a year” (I have lived here for five and a half years). She told me she’s a native, too, and I didn’t seem like one. I didn’t go to the trouble of correcting her misconception, because I was busy puzzling out mine.
So my question is, how long do you have to live in LA to be not-new here? I know there’s no hard and fast rule, but what is your personal opinion?
(Symbolic photo of tree roots on Larchmont by me.)