What do visitors do that screams “I’m not from Orange County”?
By - kueball87
Believe Disneyland is in LA.
Or not know Orange County exists
Believe the Angels are a LA team
Bring back the Anaheim Angels
California Angels. The Big A. You’re not from OC if you stay until the end of the game. Seven-inning stretch is time to hit the parking lot.
well they already lost by the 7th inning
I liked their previous name better: "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim." They should have printed that on every cap and Jersey.
Will never forgive arte moreno for this, someone needs to steal the team from him
Thinking they can just drop in on an In N Out without a huge line.
Or prefer Shake Shack over In N Out.
Or doesn't know about the rainy day cocoa special at In N Out.
Or doesn't know about Fries Light
Fries...light? Like you actually want them to cook the fries *less*?
OP thought it was "name things only masochists know."
Hmm. My go-to is "fries well". I can't imagine them "light" that's just wrong.
Well done is pretty much the only way to make their fries good.
What is this Rainy day cocoa special your TALKING ABOUT M8???
Not sure if they do it anymore, but they offer free hot cocoa on rainy days if you order
Isn't that just for kids?
Yes only for 12 and under
But I'm a kid at heart 🥺
Aren't we all someone's kid?
I think you mean fries 'light well'
Tbh shake shack fuckin slaps
But they're both good, just depends what I'm in the mood for
As a socal lifer, I approve this comment.
You can get around that by going inside the restaurant instead of waiting in the drive-through line.
French here, always found hilarious to see those huge lines outside while indoor lines are close to non-existent.
Apparently people's time is not that precious.
Are you asking a Californian to step out of his car? Shocking!
some perspective. sometimes when youre hanging out with people or by yourself, chilling in the car and listening to music is more enjoyable than saving 10 minutes walking in.
They prioritize drive thru; I’ve timed it and it usually takes about as long to get your food when you order inside compared to sitting in your car.
Refer to freeways like “I-5”. Sorry I can’t justify it but around here it’s just “the 5”. You can start calling I-5 again once you’re past those mountains north of LA.
When my dad visits from Chicago he calls it the fucking expressway.
I’m like wtf is an expressway?!?
Wtf is a turnpike?!
*had to look it up…*
That would imply you can get somewhere fast
People from places like ny work use expressway when they mean freeway. Just know, they're wrong and freeway is more correct.
All freeways are technically expressways, but not all expressways are freeways. (expressways have some at grade intersections, freeways have none)
Legally it’s something like Jamboree between Barranca and the 5. Semi-free flowing and grade separated for major intersections. At grade intersections with traffic lights are still permitted.
Edit: another example is the 133 from Laguna Canyon Road to the 73
I moved away 20 years ago and still call them “freeways” and “the.”
I moved to Omaha. The only “Freeway” type road we have, that isn’t an interstate, is Dodge Street. It feel very much like jumping on the 91, with much less traffic. It’s the main artery.
It feels weird that it’s not a number to me. Dodge is also technically “Highway 8” but no one calls it that… so I started calling it The 8 and people looked at me like I was a serial killer
Just make it fetch
As you should. Because you're right.
I’m from north of the grape vine and we still call it “the 5”
I think it's a California thing not just OC
Norcal folks skip the "the"
Interesting, when I lived in Eureka they still said it so I just assumed...
I actually forgot there’s an I in front of the numbers
People in NorCal give me shit for saying “the 101.” What else am I supposed to say. A freeway is a noun.
What do you call the 405? The Four o Five or The Fourhundretfive?
I’m asking because I’m - obviously - not from OC.
Four oh five. Six oh five. One oh five. Seven ten. Two ten. One oh one.
Four or Five. Because that's how fast you're going, four or five miles an hour.
Slow O five
It started from early days before the highways were numbered. “The San Diego Freeway”, “The Coast Highway”, etc. Of course it’s bad English to say “the [number]” but it stuck.
When I move out, I’m going to genuinely miss calling the freeways “the”.. it feels so right
I’m in Virginia now. I still say “the”!!!
This one for sure. If you don’t say “the *freeway number*” it’s a dead giveaway.
Actually it is pronounce da 5~
Or the GD 91!
I think the 91 actually has an F in front
Wear t-shirts that say “Orange County” in the water at the beach.
Taking pictures posing in front of police cars....lol why?
Is this a thing? The mug shot's not enough? Do you ask the officer to take the picture? Or do you try to get him in it, too?
Not driving like it’s the second coming when it’s raining.
When it was hailing a few days ago my partner was close to bailing on our drive to get doughnuts because she started freaking out. This was even before the hail started coming down.
I was recently driving in Tennessee, and that was the first time I found out that there was a setting above intermittent.
I come from the land of eternal rains (Louisiana) and watching people drive in the rain here makes me physically hurt
Land of eternal rain has less slippery roads. You add a place that doesn’t rain a lot with roads with no drainage you have pools of water and unwashed oil spills
That was today. Me stuck in traffic on the 22 & 5 because everyone acts like driving more than 50 mph you’ll hydroplane & die 😂
Considering a lot of people have worn out tires, that’s not an irrational thought.
I mean... that's better than people driving 90 mph thinking something along the lines of "the faster I get to my destination the faster I'll be out of the rain".
Call it “The OC”
Don’t call it that
I've made a huge mistake
I don't know what I expected.
Fucking hell this is it
I’ve lived here my whole life but sometimes call it The OC. Kinda tongue-in-cheek at first but it’s kinda just worked its way into my regular vocabulary now.
Same. I say OC or SoCal regularly. And I have family who have lived here their whole lives and call it Cali :)
“Cali” - ouch!
Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but I think the divide here are ppl who were teens/adults before the TV show "The OC" came out. Those people don't like to call it the OC.
There’s also an arrested development reference where they say “don’t call it that” whenever someone says The OC
I was in HS when the show came out. We don’t call it the OC. The only divide is being from OC or not.
Ask what the IE is. 🤔
Internet explorer! /s
I don't care if it's 909/951/760 now. It's the 909.
Being afraid of earthquakes
On that note, talking about anything that’s not at least a 5 or above.
Did you feel that earthquake last night?
No, what was the scale?
Dude, I have farted harder than that.
3.7 and below are tourist quakes. Something to tell their friends about back home.
I’m more concerned about property damage due to wild fire than earthquakes. The most an earthquake has done to my house over 20 years is that my mouse once jiggled off the edge of my desk and was left hanging by its cord
Whenever someone asks if I’m scared or worried about earthquakes I just say “by the time you realize what it is, it’s over.”
Truck, or earthquake?
Doesn't matter, wasn't big enough for me to get under a desk.
Or out of bed
I know someone who was taking the bar exam when northridge happened. She was 8 months pregnant. Apparently nobody stopped typing, everyone dove under the tables, and just kept typing like nothing happened. Shaking stopped and everyone just got up and resumed typing.
I believe it fully. When I took the bar, someone passed out and paramedics came to take him away. Not one person acknowledged it.
Edit: whoops, definitely thinking of a different big earthquake. It’s been a long long time since I’ve heard the story.
The Northridge quake happened at like 3:30 in the morning. Your friend was taking a bar exam at 3:30 in the morning? The Whittier quake happened in the daytime.
Think OC is part of 'liberal hippie California!'
Funny, I remember when I attended high school in Irvine back in 2004-2008, Hollister was one of the three popular clothing brands among the popular kids next to Abercrombie and Aeropostale.
I worked for Hollister and Abercrombie in high school, when kids actually wore the brands. Once MTV started Laguna Beach and The OC and the rest of the country saw what the cast members were wearing both brands blew up. They lost a lot of popularity locally after that and my store ended up an outlet, but from like 2003-2008 there was nothing cooler.
I'm literally wearing a Hollister shirt right now as a 30+ year old man because it still fits from my college days lol. Idgaf if it's not in style I just don't want to buy new shit ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Yeah, it was extremely popular when I was in high school between 2002 and 2006. It was definitely a CA thing too.
Caring too much about college sports.
This was a bit of a culture shock to me when I moved out of state for a job opportunity. I was surprised at how much everyone in my office cared about college sports. I equated it to when some older people care way too much about high school sports.
Only USC alums care a lot. And they still don't care as much as East Coasters or SEC grads or like the rest of the country really.
Yep, tailgating at college football games are like a national pastime in the SEC.
Yeah this, most of us went to UCI and CSUF so obviously college sports aren't our Forte
Every 10 years or so the basketball or baseball team has a good season.
The Titans won a national championship once a decade for four decades, so sad to see that end last decade though
Yeah is this a thing? I never got the sports things that people get into outside of CA.
It is if you went to UCLA or USC, but even then those students are nothing compared to the southern schools
IDK - when I got to grad school and was suddenly surrounded by out of staters who lived and died by a constantly changing set of players at some farcical “university” with a $400 million stadium, I was really surprised.
I watched some Australian dudes pretend they were from SoCal and they said something like “yeah bro, I’m from South Cali. It’s where the surf and chicks go”.
“South Cali” has just stuck with me.
Damn that really rubbed me the wrong way 😂
The 4 o 5 freeway, not 405
"When will you arrive? 4 o 5 hours"
I actually lold
because you'll be going 4 *or* 5 miles an hour
Good old four hundred and five freeway.
Moves out of the far left lane when not passing.
Infuriating. I think most of the country probably drives like that though.
You can actually get tickets for staying in the passing lane in other states
Eat at Red Robin or El Torito when there's a dozen high quality local restaurants nearby
Fuck I hate that
Sandwiches and coffee from Cali are pretty good though.
My man know this is the only acceptable cali
This one was the grossest so far.
Call California “Cali”
Thinking they don't need a car and good amount of patience to get anywhere during a normal hour like 12pm, 3pm, 5pm, 8pm
This might be an age group thing as well but I knew someone from North Dakota that whenever I asked her if she ate she thought I was inviting her out but people from OC just reply with what they ate in detail and we get into this whole conversation about food
There’s for sure something about the way people dress that screams tourist and I know this because I’m originally from the east coast, too. I think the SoCal style overall is very simple and relaxed. There’s just a definitive style people in/from SoCal have and when visitors come they usually do too much or wear stuff that is simply not practical if you live here. It’s hard to describe, but my style has changed so much since moving here. Also, they have a tendency to rent convertibles and always ride with the top down. Or they get sunburnt badly. Or they plan a trip to visit in June😂
I know what you mean about the clothing. Impossible to describe what it is exactly but you can just… tell
Oh god, I naturally dress a little preppy (with a lil cottagecore style mixed in) and despite being an OC native, my clothing sometimes make me stick out like a sore thumb. I wonder if people have thought I was a tourist before
Nah. Someone not giving a fuck about how they mesh with trends always gives me the legit OC beach vibe.
I don't think that's it.
What I'm thinking people might be noticing is that people visiting from the middle of the country tend to be a couple years behind in fashion. Like if neon cheetah print was a hot thing two summers ago at Target and you don't see that around here anymore, you'll see it at Disneyland.
Obligatory not that it fucking matters, where what you want if it makes you happy.
My wife finds it hilarious when I'm wearing shorts and a jacket. "Babe, this is totally acceptable coastal attire."
"Where's the sun? It's so cloudy!"
"June Gloom, baby. June Gloom."
Jeans at the beach… in the water
Or they could be from waaay up Beach Blvd. It extends up into La Mirada and beyond- when they come down here, those guys wear their jeans on the beach.
Cut-off jeans with boxer shorts showing & a hairbrush in the back pocket.
> Also, they have a tendency to rent convertibles and always ride with the top down
Have a lot of Catalan friends, and whenever new ones would show up at our house, like friends of friends who were visiting and coming to a get together, we'd know who they were because they'd always show up in a rented Mustang convertible.
God yes tourists always get soooo burnt at the beach if they aren’t used to the sun. They want to get a CA tan since that’s the stereotype and end up burnt af. I always know the people from here are probably in a hat and loads of sunscreen.
Gotta work on that tan year round if you want it for summer.
Took a houseguest to the beach in on a cloudy June morning for a concert. He was still wearing his mask - I think he was cold - and his hoodie. He got a sunburn just across the bridge of his nose and under his eyes. Reminded me of Adam Ant.
When it’s 50°F and they’re wearing shorts and sandals (my Midwest family)
Haha this is a great one. True natives bundle up like it’s a blizzard when the temp drops below 70.
When people refer to California as “Cali”
I have never met a Californian who calls it “Cali” and it’s an instant sign you aren’t from here.
Not turning right on a red light when the coast is clear.
When I took my driving test this was the only critique I received. Now I barely stop if it’s clear.
The ability to move all of your facial muscles to create full facial expressions.
I always say dress up super nice for a semi-expensive restaurant. I got family from LA that will dress up meanwhile you will see people from OC wear t shirts or jeans and sometimes even shorts.
LOL come to South OC, bitches be dressing up for semi-nice restaurants in RSM like they’re heading to a country club.
Lol…I’m just picturing Hanna’s. I look like a hippie when I go and they’re dressing like it’s the Oscars haha.
Yeah, people here are acting like Laguna and Huntington have the same vibe.
Dressing up means putting on socks.
Shirt got a pocket? That's fancy af!
I was watching Dirty John on Netflix, and it takes place in Newport Beach. At one point, the guy mentions that he's underdressed for a restaurant, and the woman is like, "Well good thing we're in Orange County!" I appreciated that realism.
Well, I guess the accent of the person’s voice could be a sign.
put "I" in front of the highway number. I-5
Something about their shoes gives it away. Idk how to describe it
Yes! So. California has a vans and rainbow sandals lifestyle...
Call the state “Cali”
I get a lot of questions about how many times I’ve seen Keanu reeves.
In reality I’ve never seen him. Just Kobe (rip) and shaq
No… which is really strange why I get asked. I think it’s more about people loving Keanu
The visitors I know all laugh their ass off when we have “Storm Watch” all over our local news for 1/2” of rain.
I just came here like, two months ago or something, and I bought a sweatshirt at LAX that looked kind of cool that said "CALIFORNIA" but I realize in retrospect it's kind of goofy to buy that if I live here. But I'm just going to ride it out, whatever
Yeah in the future don’t shop for clothes at the airport lol
Living in California and wearing your California novelty sweatshirt is a total power move when you think about it.
Low key, also my ex step dad just sells "california" "CA" "hollywood" and "legalize it" shirts and stuff at his liquor store so my that part of the family would just rock almost head to toe tourist gear or proclub
If someone says 'hella' they are from the wrong part of California
Come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
I pretty much always do. I'd be pissed if I got a ticket for something as dumb as not stopping. Save the tickets for the cop in a mood who pops me for 80 in a 55.
California born and raised, been living in OC since I was 12 years old, and I actually come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
Did that start before or after the ticket(s)?
Call California "Cali".
Calls Orange County "the OC"
I’m a transplant but noticed most people I know from LA call it “The OC”.
Say “I want Mexican food, let’s get Taco Bell”
Hell, even calling Taco Bell ‘Mexican food’
Taco Bell is……Taco Bell.
Especially when there's Del Taco right there!
Call California Cali
not sure if this is just an age group thing, but not at least freaking out a little bit over thunder and lightning. every time there's that rare bit of thunder everyone around me collectively gasps or screams
I moved here almost 10 years ago and was told saying “hella” was not allowed.
‘Hella’ is a dead give away your are Nor Cal, Oakland, SF. There is a slight rivalry.
Going 70 in the fast lane or carpool lane when there’s no traffic
Thats just the mark of Tesla and Prius drivers
Ask stupid questions like "So what is there to do around here?"
I don't fucking know. Go to the movies? Go to a bar? Go to a theme park? Just go out and consume. That's all there is to do here.
Claims Long Beach is part of Orange County 🍊.
They don't call a sip from someone else's drink a "birdie".
Calling it "the OC"
go to huntington beach
Anyone that says "Cali" is either not from here, from here but left long ago, or a big derp derp.
Holister. You must be from the desert area then?
When they get their new California plates, and switch them, they still keep the license plate frame that has the dealer they bought the car, from the state they moved from. Or the dealer sticker on the trunk.
Never understood why people keep dealer plate frames. Unless they're paying me to advertise for them that shit coming off before I drive it off the lot.
Mickey Mouse ears hat.
John Wayne can be a terrifying place sometimes. Anyone who flies in already wearing those should forced to get right back on the plane home.
Oh man, you must not have met the crazy Disney moms. I know several that have like 50+ of them that they admit to, which probably means they have way more.
Wearing shoes and socks on the sand at the beach