I had a great conversation the other day with a woman who goes to school on the east coast. We were talking about Los Angeles in general — what outsiders think of LA, our reputation for being shallow and fake, our lack of community as a whole city, lame public transit, etc etc. We’ve heard it all before. But the one thing that she mentioned that gave me pause was how we Los Angelites refer to ourselves. I realized that only within the last six months or so have I started referring to myself as an Angeleno.
When you talk with non Angelenos about where you are from, what do you say? Do you say you are from Los Angeles or do you say you are from (insert LA neighborhood here)? Do you say you are an Angeleno (as a New Yorker would say “New Yorker”) or do you merely say you “live in Los Angeles”? Does it depend on how long you’ve lived here? Does it depend on your level of love or hate for this city? And how do you feel about how you refer to yourself? Proud? Indifferent? Self-loathing?
I finally LOVE Los Angeles and I’m proud to call myself an Angeleno (after about 20 years here). I used to say the city was like a step-family I liked very much, but now it’s full-blood family that I love.
Let’s hear your title.