Ok, I guess I gotsta add my two cents to this one.
I am glad that I, and those better than me, sacrificed so that we can all have the freedoms that we all take for granted. Prolly the biggest of those freedoms is free speech. So, because of this, you have a right to be wrong, Dana, you big dumbhead. ;)
But, seriously, I lived out in California, when I was stationed at NAS Lemoore. It was an awesome state and I loved it. However, if you aren't on the coast, you are in a desert wasteland or in a mountanous wasteland. The only city convenience is right on the damn coast.
Where I lived, smack dab in the middle of the state, it was farmland as far as the eye could see, but not good farmland like Arkansas or something, where it's all green. It's a frickin dustbowl of nasty dirt and pesticide to make the air quality one of the worst in the country.
Then, in this wasteland, middle area, if you need more than the basics of life, you hafta drive like 30-40 minutes to get to any real city like Fresno or Visalia or Bakersfield. I have ridden my motersickle all the way down to Big Bear and I got to see the endless wasteland for hours.
I remember days, this is the part that really killed me about Cali, when it would be a hundred and frickin seven. A friend and I would hop on our bikes and ride out to the coast to ride up and down to different beaches, such as Morro Bay and Pismo. By the time we got there, just a few hours later, it was frickin 50 supm degrees and the water was even freezinger. There is no surf out here In Florida, but the water is always like bathwater.
San Francisco, and even better, Monterey, are awesome places that are places everyone should see in their lives. They are unique and unlike any other place I've seen in the world. However, like I said, all up and down the coast and in the awesome mountains there are amazing places and things to see like Sierra Summit or the Sequoias or Lake Tahoe or San Fran or Monterey or the massive LA area with countless cool things to see or Big Bear or San Diego or the awe inspiring spectacle that is the Mojave desert, BUT, very few decent places to live that aren't plagued with insane traffic or crime. In my opinion, like the Frigid North, it is a great place to visit, but I would not want to live there.
So, in summation, people like Dana are wrong, but they have a right to be a dumbhead poopypants. Ah, freedom.