1. Your TV would always be tuned into channels 34 or 52.
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.
5. "Food trucks" were usually taco trucks with blue-tinted windows:
6. King Taco and El Gallo Giro were go-to spots for family dinners.
7. Your parents would listen to one of these stations on their way to drop you off at school:
8. The smell of danger dogs that you'll never forget wafted through the air as your parents searched for bargains at Los Callejones.
9. Or your parents would do all your "Back to School" shopping at the Alameda Swap Meet...
...where you could find literally everything, from cheap clothes to bootleg DVDs to katana swords...
10. You got your first SNES/Playstation/N64/SEGA Genesis from Dearden's or La Curacao.
11. You knew you had arrived in MacArthur Park when you saw this sweet Jaime Escalante mural.
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.
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.