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What do You Tell People When They Don’t Know Where Eagle Rock is?

“Between Glendale and Pasadena” is a common response—but there are bound to be others.

“You live in Arkansas?”

That was the response veteran Eagle Rocker Richard Espinoza got when he told someone years ago that he lives in Eagle Rock.

Evidently, the person had never heard of Eagle Rock and thought Espinoza had said Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas whose name is almost synonymous with the state’s most famous native, former President Bill Clinton.

(These days, when asked where Eagle Rock is, Espinoza, who writes the Neighborhood Nomad column for Eagle Rock Patch, replies facetiously: “Malibu adjacent.”)

Patch asks: What’s the most bizarre response you’ve ever got when you’ve told people where you live—and what do you usually say to them if they don’t know where Eagle Rock is?

Note: Our question was inspired by a story on Highland Park-Mt. Washington Patch Wednesday by editor David Fonseca. Click here to read the story, titled, “How do You Describe Highland Park to Someone Who Doesn’t Know the Neighborhood?”

Christina G. August 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
"On the 134 it's to your left/right (depending on whether you're going East or West.) Don't blink or you'll miss it."
jayres August 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Located between Glendale and Pasadena, 15 mins NE of downtown LA. If that doesn't do it, then I tell them its just off the 134 and the the 2. If thats not enough, the person probably hasn't lived in LA for too long and its not worth trying.
Bob Arranaga August 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Similar to the 'between Glendale and Pasadena' routine, but when the lights don't go on it is, 'Do you know where the Rose Bowl is? Yes, well we are five minutes from it.'
Bud Strong August 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I've been amazed at meeting some long time Los Angeles residents who don't know where Eagle Rock is. Or they might say, "Oh, its pretty up there....where is it?" Some westsiders reference us in terms of "the other side of Silver Lake." Perhaps using their hipster compass?
Gwen August 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
When we first moved to ER 11 years ago, a friend facetiously asked if we got cell service "out there". Since then, the neighborhood coolness quotient has raised a bit and more people know where we are. To those who don't, I tell them it's in the very NE corner of LA.
Jinx August 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
it's that triangular mile between highland park and the 134. Small town in the big city.
jason blandford August 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I tell people it's where Occidental College is and they usually say, oh, okay! but the look on their faces often tells me that they've never heard of Occi either.
brochacho August 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Funny fact-- could tell people where it's where Cole Trickle was from in Days of Thunder.
Sarah Bucolic August 24, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I've always said between Glendale and Pasadena. People seem to get it once I say that.
K Ivan August 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I thought "Harry" said he was from Glendale...
K Ivan August 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I use the "between Glendale and Pasadena" explanation. Sometimes, "It's where the 134, 2, and 5, meet." "It's where Obama went to college... or where the Reservoir Dogs coffee shop scene was shot (Pat and Lorraines)." haha.
OmarA. G August 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
North of Dodgers Stadium, in between Pasadena & Glendale. Oh and a few exit's from the Rose Bowl.

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