Your community is a “tinsel town” when…

  • It’s named Hollywood, whether it’s situated in California or not.
  • There are more talent scouts than boy scouts or girl scouts.
  • Searchlights scan the sky nightly even when you are not at war.
  • There is a giant tic-tac-toe board standing in the middle of town with bored


    celebrities waiting for Peter Marshall to ask them a question.

  • You recognize the hand prints left in wet cement along the sidewalks.
  • You don’t have an NFL team! Ha – take that LA!
  • Agents exceed lawyers…which is tough to do.
  • Everyone carries their personal 8’ x 10’ glossies with them at all times.
  • Celebrities sit courtside at high school, college, or pro basketball games.
  • There is a red carpet at the high school graduation.
  • Joan and Melissa Rivers interview people about their evening wear as they arrive at the prom.
  • Wardrobe malfunctions are an everyday occurrence.
  • Streets get closed at random for filming.
  • High school pranks are referred to as “beginner stunts.”
  • Gossip is more important than news.
  • Plastic surgery is a growth industry.
  • You have actually met a Beach Boy or a Valley Girl.
  • You have been ticketed by Adam-12.



  • You can find/buy dusty old Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys at the pawn shop or the antique mall.
  • People routinely make jokes about beautiful downtown Burbank and the Slausen Cutoff.
  • You are never quite sure if you are existing in reality or a prolonged special effect.
  • Everyone gets 30 minutes of fame instead of 15.
  • There is a land use category called “box office.”
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