FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

LA Times Columnist Offers Wonky Pointers on How to Be a ‘True Angeleno’

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.”

Mediabistro Course

Middle Grade Novel Writing

Middle Grade Novel WritingStarting January 15, work with a literary agent to write your middle-grade novel! In this course, you'll learn how to develop strong characters, write compelling dialogue, master the art of revision, and market your work to publishing houses and agents. Register now!