3/11/09

THE TOWN I LIVE IN




SIMON, DE AQUI SOY. THAT’S WHERE I’M FROM. CITY SKYSCRAPERS IN THE BACKGROUND. THE FREEWAY SYSTEM CRISS-CROSSES OUR LAND. THE RIVER PUENTE SEPARATES OURS FROM THIS SIDE FROM THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RAIL-ROAD TRACKS.

THE AVENUE, THE MAIN DRAG FULL OF RANFLAS AT ALL HOURS. MURALS OF LA VIRGEN AND ZAPATA COVER OUR BARRIO WALLS. SMALL SHACKS, CRACKED SIDEWALKS AND EMPTY LOTS. LOWRIDERS CRUSIN’ THE BOULEVARD.




MY TOWN, NEXT BY THE RIVER. MY TOWN, SITTING IN THE VALLEY, ON THE HILLSIDE OR BY THE WATERFRONT. TOP OF THE WORLD IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. TUCKED-IN SOMEWHERE INSIDE THE CONCRETE JUNGLE. IT'S THERE AT THE OUTSKIRTS, MIGHT AS WELL BE THE RURAL OUTSIDE.

THIS MY TOWN WHERE I’M FROM. AMIDST THE CITY SMOG. DOWN BY THE OCEAN ON A FOGGY SHORELINE. PERCHED ATOP A HILLSIDE WITH THE MOONLITE SHINNING ABOVE,THAT’S WHERE MY TOWN IS AT. OH’ WHAT A MIGHTY SIGHT!

MY TOWN, MY HAPPY SAD TOWN WHERE OLD MEMORIES DIE HARD, WHERE MI GENTE SMILES AND CRIES. HERE ALL THE LAST NAMES WE KNOW, HERE OLD FOLKS DUPLICATE WHERE THEY CAME FROM. AQUI LA RAZA LIVES BROWN AND PROUD!



RIGHT HERE IN THIS TOWN, AQUI LAS RANFLAS BOUNCE UP AND DOWN AND THE LATIN LADIES STEAL YOUR HEART. THE LIL’ HOMIES BAIKAS SPARK CLEAN CHROMED OUT. THIS WHERE THE OLD HOMIES STILL SPORT WITH STILO. THIS WHERE COOL DEDICATIONS FILL THE AIRWAVES NITE AND DAY, ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS!

IN THE SUMMER, THE WINTER, SPRING OR FALL MESES, AT SUNRISE OR UNDER THE MOONGLAZE, I CAN’T GET ENUFF OF MY TOWN. THIS WHERE I FIRST HIT THE SCHOOLYARD, THIS WHERE I LEARNED TO BE STRAIGHT UP. WHERE I LEARNED TO BE KIND AND WHEN TO PLAY HARD!



HERE IS WHERE HOME COOK AROMAS FILL THE AIR AROUND. WHERE BACKYARDS AND ALLEYWAYS ARE KICK BACK SPOTS. FAMILY GETS TOGETHER FOR CARNE ASADA AT THE PARK. THE LOCAL FAMILY ARE ALL FROM AROUND THESE PARTS, FROM THESE SACRED GROUNDS MOST DEAREST. WHY GO ANYWHERE ELSE, YOU FIND IT ALL IN THIS MY PLACE.

BORLOS, PACHANGAS AND ALL KINDS OF PARTIES. LICORES, MOTA AND EVEN SOME PEYOTE. A DANCEHALL, A POOLHALL AND MAYBE A DRIVE-IN. ZAPATO STORE, A BARBER SHOP AND A SURPLUS STORE TO GO WITH. A CAR WASH, A CHURCH, A KORNER MARKET AND A TACO STAND. SPOOKY STREETS, SHADOW TREES DEFINE THE BLOCK. STRIKE UPS DEFINE WHERE IT SEPARATES OUR BLOCKS!



TANDOS, GAFAS AND CREASES DENOTE THE CULTURE. ACCENT AND COOL SLANG COMPLIMENT THE ATTITUDE. A TRIBAL CULTURE WITH AN OLDEN HERITAGE WHERE STRIKE UPS AND ROLL-CALLS DECORATE, WHERE CHOTAS RIDE IN 4 PACKS FOR SAFETY PURPOSES. DON’T COME AROUND HERE IF YOU’RE NOT FROM HERE. MISDEMEANORS OR FELONIES IT ALL GOES HERE. REFLECTIONS OF THE TOWN WHERE I’M FROM!



AT NIGHT THE EYE IN THE SKY
LOOMS OVERHEAD AND ILLUMINATES. THE BOYS BELOW NEVER SCARED; LIKE HALF DIABLOS AND HALF SAINTS THEY CONGREGATE. THEIR DRAMA, THEIR STORIES NEVER END. NEVER A DULL MOMENT AROUND HERE. STRANGERS EN LAS CALLES BEWARE! FULL CHECK ON SIGHT, DO NOT TRESSPASS. REFLECTIONS OF THE TOWN I COME FROM!



WHAT TOWN YOU'RE FROM?


LATIN TOWN PLAYBOYZ ~ LONGO
TxTOWN FLATS ~ LONGO
BARRIO SMALL TOWN ~ LONGO
BARRIO VIEJO (OLD TOWN) ~ LONGO
DOG TOWN STONERS ~ GARDENA
DOG TOWN PROJECTS ~ LOS ANGELES
DOG TOWN ~ NORTH EAST L.A.
DOGS TOWN ~ INSANE EMPIRE
DOG TOWN ~ SAN'TANA
GHOST TOWN ~ WILMAS
GHOST TOWN ~ UPLAND
GHOST TOWN ~ SAN MARCOS
VICKYS TOWN ~ EAST LOS
VICKYS TOWN ~ NOR CAL
LIL' TOWN ~ ORANGE COUNTY
SMALL TOWN ~ ANAHEIM
HAPPY TOWN ~ POMONA
WOP TOWN ~ SAN DIEGO
OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO
OLD TOWN NATIONAL CITY
BROWNS TOWN ~ LOWER DESERT
ROOKS TOWN ~ BELL GARDENS
RECKLESS TOWNE ~ SUR CENTRO
TOKERS TOWN ~ FULAS
PACHUCO TOWN ~ SAN JO
FOG TOWN ~ DALY CITY
SUR TOWN ~ CHIQUES
FRUIT TOWN ~ SACRA
JIM TOWN ~ WHITTIER
MORTON TOWN ~ WATTS
VINCENT TOWN ~ 818 VALLEY
UPTOWN ~ SOUTH SIDE WHITTIER
TOWNSMEN ~ LA PUENTE
SHELL TOWN ~ SAN DIEGO
FROG TOWN ~ RIVER SIDE L.A.