Being from LA has its perks and downsides!

15 Signs You Are Definitely From L.A., Hollywood Sign Included

True Angelenos will know some of these things are the worst or the best!

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Living in the city of Los Angeles and/or Los Angeles County is amazing, but some of the perks also have downsides.

For example, you may fall in love with a restaurant or food truck, but then it will become popular with the entire population so there's always a long wait or a long line.

This is just one of the many signs you might be from L.A. Read on to discover!

1. You love In-N-Out

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Yes, there's In-N-Out all over California, but have you ever got off the freeway during rush hour for it? You can never go wrong with a juicy double double and a chocolate shake with a side of fries. Or, you can get the special Lemon-Up (7-Up and lemonade)!

2. You have driven down Pacific Coast Highway

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Everyone knows it is one of the most beautiful roads in the state. The waves crashing against the cliffs and sand along with the smell of salt water in the air make this drive even more enjoyable.

3. You avoid driving starting around 5 pm

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One word explains this. Traffic. A drive that should take 30 minutes ends up taking 3 hours.

4. You get to Dodger games over an hour early

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Nobody wants to miss the first pitch due to ticket-booth traffic. Plus, you want to cheer for your favorite player(s) as they announce that day's batting line up.

5. You love Dodger Dogs

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You have to at least eat one at a game, maybe even three. Top them with some ketchup, mustard, onions and relish. Pair with a Coke, and you are set.

6. You have gone to the beach to watch the sunset

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Golden hour is absolutely beautiful even though light pollution can mess with the colors of the sky. Toes in the sand and the sound of the waves makes this moment 10 times more enjoyable.

7. You brag about going to the beach during Christmas break

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Sorry but not sorry about how we don't get "winter." Us Southern Californians call it "swinter" since it's summer during winter.

8. You have been late to work . . . more than once

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Once again, LA traffic is horrendous. If you think you can make it to work fast on the freeway everyday then you are just like everyone else who thinks the same and causes the traffic build up.

9. When it hits 60 degrees, the sweaters come out

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We will do anything we can to experience "sweater weather." Cozy blankets by bonfires and sweaters are one of the best things ever. If you haven't experienced it, I recommend you do.

10. Your GPS can't pronounce street names

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Cahuenga Bl. Mulholland Dr. La Cienega Blvd. Sometimes the pronunciations are just hilarious, and you can't help but to laugh.

What tongue twisters!

11. You have been to the Staples Center

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LA Kings, concerts, etc. They get you with the price of parking, but show up early and hit up one of the amazing restaurants near by.

12. You jumped for joy when Lebron came

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The king is home. Especially loving the Lakers because of the new Jayhawk on the team.

13. We put "the" in front of our freeway numbers

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The 405. The 10. The 605. I personally don't know why we do this, but we do.

14. It's sprinkling, and we act like it's pouring 

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We just tend to freak out when it starts to drizzle. We don't know how to drive very well in the rain either.

15. Every waiter is an actor waiting for their big break

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Good ole' Hollywood. Everyone thinks that they will become famous and get discovered.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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I'm 20 Years Old And Still Love Dying Easter Eggs

Who doesn't love this historic tradition?

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Easter has always been an important holiday in my household. It holds both the religious and family aspects. However, there is one tradition that I still hold very close to my heart.

My favorite part about Easter is getting to paint the eggs. Not an Easter has passed that my family hasn't partaken in it. I look forward to it each year, and it wouldn't be Easter without them.

Every year the designs become more and more intricate. The weeks leading up to Easter, I look up different designs on Pinterest in preparation for the "big day". Nothing can make me more excited about this holiday.

Now, that I'm away at college, we have to plan when these traditions will take place. It becomes hard trying to fit in a week's worth of stuff over one weekend, but this will not be missed.

Fitting an entire Easter dinner the night before Easter and dying eggs all in the same day, but it will be done. I love getting to become creative on such a silly thing.

In all the years I've been dying the eggs, I don't think I've ever actually eaten the egg after I've been too afraid to crack into the beautifully decorated egg. Also, hard-boiled eggs are not exactly appetizing to me either.

As I'm getting older, it's even more important that I carry on these traditions. Something so small as dying eggs holds a lot of meaning, and I enjoy having time put aside each year to spend it with my parents.

Going from a little kid who loved to drop the eggs in multiple color dye and drawing crazy pictures, to being in college and still wanting to continue on the tradition.

So yes, I'm 20 and still enjoy partaking in a little kid activity. Through my eyes though, it's so much more. It's carrying on a tradition and getting to spend time with my parents. I couldn't ask for anything better this Easter season.

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