The receptionist at work is deeply into Facebook. Last week she came across this list -- a list of things that prove that one is from the Bay. There was much laughter involved. And the occasional, "Everyone doesn't do that? What?" So let's get onto the list -- with my commentary.
Gas prices are a dollar more than anywhere else in the country.
"We got purple.. we got graaaaapes!" We have the best damn weed in the country. Everyone knows it and anyone who doesn't live here is jealous. Might have to do with our close proximity to Humboldt. Also reminds me of Sunday night at my bar. Not that I smoke because me on drugs? Way scary thought for most folks.
Thizz is your term for E pills.
Broadway is not the plays and theater ... but the bars and stripclubs. Also the reason why when I used to hit the bars around there, guys used to ask which club I worked in. I can't help the way that I dance at times.
Stupid, Dumb, n Hyphy are your descriptive words for a party/club that you went to. Check out the video at the end of this post if you are unclear with these concepts.
Ghost ridin' your car and rollin' with your doors open is the cool shit to do. Nope. That's a cool way to kill yourself. And I think of the Dubs every time I hear "ghost ridin'."
Underage drinkin' starts at the age of 12. What else are you supposed to do when hanging on the pier at the Berkeley marina?>
You've laughed at the Bushman at Fisherman's Wharf.
You've paid money to the robot man dressed in all silver. The robot man is the sheezay.
You've seen Alcatraz from a distance ... but never go. Yep, never been there. That's a tourist thing to do. And one day some tourist will come to town who insists that we go there.
You know someone who runs in the Bay to Breakers every year ... usually naked. I'm not sure about naked but I do know some Hot Tamales.
You can't smoke in restaurants, clubs, bars, or 25 feet near a door of a business. Not sure about this one. Obviously the person has been hanging at the wrong places.
While going over the bridge you think to yourself, what if another earthquake happened right now? After seeing the post-Loma Prieta photos (I was outside of the area at the time.), I try my best not to think about this kind of stuff while crossing bridges.
You went to Club X/City Nights when you were 16 or 17. Ummm. Why would you go there when you were older?
When you hear "I got 5 on it", you yell "Oakland!"
(WHERE YOU FROM??? OAKLAND. SMOKIN')
First of all, you're not supposed to yell out? And if it is OK, what the hell else are you going to say? Because when I was at that firefighter party with Jade and the DJ played this song, everyone called out, "Oakland. Smokin'," at the right point in the song. I think it's the unofficial song for Oakland.
When you from Richmond you holla out, Yee!Yee! Not so sure about this one. Must be some new shit since I left Richmond.
You know exactly who: Mac Dre, Keak Da Sneak, Richie Rich, Spice 1, Turf Talk, The Team, Federation, Mistah FAB, E-40 are... Doesn't everyone? And I've gotta thank my former students in east Oakland for teaching me what "ripper" and "runner" mean. Hint -- they're synonyms.
You've called into Wild 94.9 sayin "St. John you so fierce!" I listen to him regularly but I refuse to say those words -- unless the prize is primo.
You listen to Wild 94.9, 106.1 KMEL, or Live 105 everyday. First three preset buttons on the my car radio.
You actually know a bum or crackhead by face or name. You mean that you're not supposed to?
You've been to a Giants game and seen the Rally Pumpkin.
You've been to an A's Wednesday $1 night. I probably have been but I don't like the cheap seats. I need to be on the third base line.
You've tailgated at the coliseum. Gotta say "no" to this. Raider Nation? Scares the crap out of me -- and there isn't much that scares me.
Ridin' the yellow bus...is not actually ridin' the yellow bus. Well, duh.
You've seen or been to the Chinese New Year Parade. Yep.
You know someone who is a DJ, or tryin' to become a rap artist. And?
There are many white kids in the high-class suburban areas thinkin' they are from Oakland. And then they get their asses kicked.
You get charged an arm and a leg to go across a damn bridge. Hell yeah. I remember the days when you could give the toll person a roll of pennies and roll on.
You own a pair of stunnas. I did. Then they broke. I need to head out to get another pair. Can't lean properly in the car without them.
You know the words to "California Love." You mean that there are people who don't? Oh, and I've always thought that the sign near the beginning of the video was missing a word. It should read, "Welcome to Oakland biotches."
You've been to a concert/rave at the Shoreline. Why would I go to a concert at that toxic waste dump? Obviously a young 'un wrote the list. Someone older? Would have definitely said Day on the Green.
You or a friend have Gas, Break, Dipped in front of a club. Doesn't everyone?
You've gigged on the dance floor.
"YADDYAMEAN" or "SHABOOBALABOOPY" comes out of your mouth at least once a day. Not sure about the second but hell yeah I do the first.
You've been to the Cow Palace for some event. My mother would not allow me to go there. Something about drugs and violence. Whatever.
You know exactly where Pier 39 is. Of course I do. Gotta avoid the tourists.
You got a piercing or tattoo on Telegraph. Check. Need to go back for the tattoo though. Not sure if I'll hit Zebra for the ink. They do a fan-fucking-tastic job with piercings though.
You are still confused why Cal State Hayward changed to Cal State East Bay. It's still Cal State Hayward in my mind.
You know "Goin' Dumb" is a dance ... not an insult to your intelligence. Once more -- duh.
You always represent your area code. Shout out to the 5-1-0. Oh, and hell. Shout out to the 7-0-7. Area code of Vallejo. Home of E-40. Birthplace of my "real parents."
You say "HELLA" at least 50 times in one conversation. Depends on the conversation. Could be more. Could be less.
"...IT'S OFFICIAL LIKE A REFEREE'S WHISTLE...I'M SO BAY WIT IT!!"
Just be happy that I couldn't find my favorite Too $hort song, "Invasion of the Flat Booty Bitches."