15 08 2012




“A” is for Alvarado. Yes, the famous street that runs right by Mac Arthur Park, the Beverly needle exchange and some other dope spots, so to speak. I’ve spent a lot of time in all those types of places. And just what goes down in that part of town?


Well, for one you can always buy a pack of bootleg Marloboro Reds, Camel filters, or most of your choice cigarettes, on the cheap, right on the corner of Wilshire and Alvarado. Are you a regular? Oh yes, find the whole carton for $25-$35. Sure, it’s illegal-and a great deal if you have your wits about you and don’t mind the occasional Chinese or Mexican pack tasting a little like burning wood. But over time you get used to it. Get a good connect and you may never taste the bad stuff.


Could you really ask for more? You can. In fact at any given time, young white kids can be spotted down there trying to get a fake ID. But not just the young and caucasian are buying these ID’s. You could be an illegal alien or just want a new identity for a minute. Or fuck it, maybe you’re an old guy who wants to appear younger for the school girls. I don’t know what particular inspiration, one may have but you can build yourself anew right across from the park. And if you want that Social Security Card to go with your new ID—no problem—they got you too.


The down side is being offered these treats every ten feet or so can get real old fast. The paisas will not recognize as you continue to say, “no, man I’m good” everyday of your life. We are talking years of this and you’d think they’d get the picture. I guess a salesman is salesman no matter what. After all, we are all potential clients and you never know when one is going to want to impersonate an 18 year-old kid and get with some teenage girls.


Now in the 1980’s, the 90’s and the early part of this century, you could actually go to a few of the many lunch trucks surrounding Alvarado. One in particular used to sell tacos for 50¢ that truly kicked ass. I used to drink a lot of beer and smoke much weed at a couple of different apartments and houses I lived in and the walk for munchies was quick and fun. For the low price of $2.50 the old appetite was quickly history. The other trucks in the neighborhood were just all right. Well, one in particular was much better than any other truck that I have ever come across.


Another excellent truck was located on the corner of Alvarado and Wilshire. Now that was a lunch truck. Let me tell you about that awesome deal. All you had to do was step right up, order your white and you be on your way. That’s right, I said “white”.  Oh, I thought you wanted some powder cocaine for the low price of just $5.00.  You may have been able to pick up some smack there too but I always went around the corner off of Westlake.



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