Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.

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GLOSSARY
+: Pachuco Cross
A la brava: To do something whether you like it or not.
Amá, mira a Rano!: Ma, look at Rano!
Aquí estoy: Here I am.
Aquí nomás: Just here, doing nothing.
Aquí para Sangra -- ¿y qué?: Here stands Sangra -- what are you going to do about it?
Así es, asíserá: This is how it is, this is how it's going to be.
Barrio. Neighborhood. Also the territory of Chicano gang groupings.
Bienvenidos: "Welcome," the community center which once served South San Gabriel.
Blancas: White amphetamine pills.
Bolero: A slow ballad/dance.
Borlote: A party; a rowdy scene.
Botánica: A barrio herb and tonic shop. Known for religious and medicinal items.
Bruja: Witch.
Cabrones: Bastards.
Caiga: Come here.
Caló: Chicano street slang. Not just "Spanglish" but urbanisms which are neither Spanish or English. Linked to the Gypsy patois of Spain and Mexico.
Cantón: One's house; "the crib."
Camaradas: Partners.
Carnal(es)/carnala(s): Brothers or sisters, literally "of the flesh." Also an affectionate way to greet fellow barrio members.
Carrucha: A beat-up car.
Chale: Slang for "no."
Charrangas: A popular Cuban-based rhythm.
Chavalas: Slang for girls. Derogatory if referring to males.
Chicanos: The Mexican people in the United States.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 3
  • Chapter One 13
  • Chapter Two 35
  • Chapter Three 55
  • Chapter Four 80
  • Chapter Five 108
  • Chapter Six 132
  • Chapter Seven 160
  • Chapter Eight 189
  • Chapter Nine 210
  • Chapter Ten 235
  • Epilogue 247
  • Glossary 253
  • Other Latino Titles Available from Curbstone Press 263
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