LOCALULISMS--In honor of the latest Ron Burgundy/Will Farrell
cinema spoof (in theatres near you) that pokes San Diego in the eye, Pillar to
Post has revived this “You’re a native when...” list, which appeared the other
day on facebook via Terry Williams, managing director of the San Diego Press
Club. We post the San Diego list in
total with numbers, but the alphabetical additions are those of Pillar to Post.
1. You can correctly pronounce Tierrasanta, La Jolla, Rancho Penesquitos, Jamacha, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Jamul and El Cajon and know where they're located.
There are four
distinct seasons: Summer, Not Quite Summer, Almost Summer and oh, it’s summer,
And, you’re not remotely surprised that San
Diego County has many different major climate zones: ocean, mountain, desert
Your high school
had a surf team.
When four aircraft
carriers are in port, you know things are peaceful in the world.
Your house is
worth more than some small countries.
You know what MB,
OB, OTL, and PB stand for.
You know OMBAC stands for Old Mission Beach
Athletic Club and it was founded in 1954.
You played Over the Line (OTL) on the ocean
side of South Mission Beach until 1967 when they moved the tourney to Mariners’
You know OMBAC throws an annual Miss Emerson
bikini contest and have figured out what Emerson stands for.
Know that San
Diego means St. James.
We live in Sunny
The green flash is
real and where you see it.
Really cold is
under 60 degrees.
Freezing was when your
high school date sat at the far end of the front seat of your car at the Rancho
at a Chargers game at Balboa Stadium and Qualcomm Stadium.
You don’t care
that Qualcomm Way is no where near Qualcomm Stadium.
You know that
“charge” doesn’t refer to a credit card.
remember Sixth grade camp.
You still call it
the Del Mar Fair and you gripe about how much it costs to park there.
watching the submarine races means.
You feel sorry
for tourists who arrive in May and June and expect it to be sunny.
There’s a North
County, South County, and an East County but no Central County.
You know what it
means when a girl in a short skirt is walking on El Cajon Blvd.
You know a girl walking on El Cajon Blvd in a
plaid skirt is coming home from Our Lady of Peace High School.
You know where “Nations” ice cream parlor was
You avoid Horton
Plaza parking structure after a Padres game.
You know what the
“merge” is and will plan your entire day around not being on it during rush
You know the
difference between Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa and Mira Mesa.
You know how to
spell Clairemont and you know that Ridgemont High was really Clairemont High in
the Sean Penn and Phoebe Cates flick.
You know that Ron
Burgundy is supposed to be Hal Green but not really.
about staying home from work or school because it’s raining.
You know why
front row seats are always open at the Shamu show at Sea World.
understand San Diego bachelors are ready for marriage when they start wearing
their baseball caps with the bill in front.
No matter what
the weather is, there is always someone walking around in a t-shirt, shorts and
You know Marines
at Camp Pendleton are stationed there to protect San Diego from LA.
different from snow birds because Zonies are the loudest customers in a
You know Santa
Anas have nothing to do with the City of Santa Ana
Don’t care if
your local pro sports team have never won a World Series or a Super Bowl and
really don’t expect them to do so anytime soon.
figured out why you can’t go north on I-5 when you travel I-8 going East from
Did CalTrans run out of off ramps?
have an unlimited supply of politicians who will embarrass San Diego nationally
sooner or later.
Know all the best
beaches and when to go there.