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23 Things Latinos Who Grew Up In L.A. Will Understand

To live and die in L.A..

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1. Your TV would always be tuned into channels 34 or 52.

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2. You always heard this dude on TV with a baritone voice saying, "222-2222."

3. Or you heard Jaime Jarrin say "1-800-626-2626...Y PROBLEMA RESUELTO!"

4. Echo Park was a place where cholos and cholas roamed the streets.

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5. "Food trucks" were usually taco trucks with blue-tinted windows:

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6. King Taco and El Gallo Giro were go-to spots for family dinners.

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7. Your parents would listen to one of these stations on their way to drop you off at school:

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8. The smell of danger dogs that you'll never forget wafted through the air as your parents searched for bargains at Los Callejones.

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9. Or your parents would do all your "Back to School" shopping at the Alameda Swap Meet...

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...where you could find literally everything, from cheap clothes to bootleg DVDs to katana swords...

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...and churros.

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10. You got your first SNES/Playstation/N64/SEGA Genesis from Dearden's or La Curacao.

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11. You knew you had arrived in MacArthur Park when you saw this sweet Jaime Escalante mural.

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12. And while you were there, you could always get a cheap lunch from the pupusa ladies working their magic next to the 99 Cents store.

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You would eat them next to the lake while fending off seagulls. Or you'd walk into El Piojito and eat-n-shop for cheap.

13. You could always hear the mariachis play on the top floor of El Mercadito in East L.A...

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...and it always smelled like leather, chiles, and Mexican candy.

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You also had to pay a visit to la Virgencita in the parking lot.

14. The smell of pan dulce baking at 5:00 a.m. at La Favorita Bakery on Fourth Street.

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15. You remember when Jorge Campos and Mauricio Cienfuegos were on the first ever L.A. Galaxy squad.

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And your family finally had a reason to go to Pasadena more often.

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16. You knew you were in Downtown L.A. when you saw these faces.

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17. You'd be mesmerized by all the tiny guitars, wrestling masks, marionettes, the religious objects, candies, and cute little knick-knacks at La Placita Olivera.

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18. You got your Quince dress and chambelan outfits from Pacific Blvd. in Huntington Park.

19. You'd get overjoyed when you got La Gigante from La Pizza Loca.

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20. Your mom would shop at to one of these supermarkets:

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Where they always...

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...had...

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...everything.

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21. You always knew when la troca was in your hood because you heard "La Cucaracha."

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22. You ate pastelitos and a whole bunch of Cuban goodness at Porto's in Glendale before it got all pipiris nice.

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23. And finally, roaming through L.A. would be these hard-working vendors who would help you fight...

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...your hunger...

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...and that L.A. summer heat.

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