CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2001 |
There's a favorite little form of hazing in Sierra Madre. Ask a local for a phone number, and they recite only the last four digits. "Oh, sorry, we only have four numbers in Sierra Madre," they like to say. Insiders know the prefix is 355. Outsiders have to ask. There's a newer prefix--836--but if you have it, you're new in town. The residents of Sierra Madre, snuggled against the San Gabriel Mountains between Pasadena and Arcadia, go to great lengths to define themselves as small-town people.