Longtime LA Times staffer Hector Tobar (pictured) is getting a lot of tweets and Facebook shoutouts today for his column containing the top ten ways to behave like a “true Angeleno.” This despite the fact that the list is about as nimble as Derek Fisher’s 2010-11 transition defense.
FishbowlLA had to laugh at Tobar’s #2 – “Use your turn signals.” Uh, not sure what LA Tobar has been driving in, but as far as we know, that’s the very opposite way to be mistaken for a multi-tasking LA-er. Heck, even when at a four-way stop sign intersection, people here almost never offer the courtesy of an activated blinker. (We’ve got the many near-collisions to prove it.)
You can tell that Tobar is old school. His lone sports referenced advice is to “worship Vin Scully.” True maybe before a parking lot mogul took over the team, but today, if you want to really pass yourself off as an Angeleno sports fan, it’s all about going Rapture-like ape whenever the Lakers lose three in a row. (Or hire Mike Brown as their new coach.)
We do give Tobar props for his #1 though. Not following that advice is the surest way to be filed under “yokel.”