I love California. It’s my home. If you ask me (hell, even if you don’t) I will tell you that California is the greatest state in the universe and that the little town in which I was born – Los Angeles – is the greatest city in the greatest state in the universe.
For a time in my life I lived in various other states and visited more cities around the world than I can count. When asked where are you from I always said simply California. What came next was always one of two questions:
Why the hell would you move here?
No one ever asked if I was from Pacoima, or San Francisco (suck on that Giants fan) or Redding. Always: LA?
There’s a reason people come here to make their dreams a reality. There’s a reason there are so many songs about California girls. There is hot and then there is LA Hot.
I am proud of my home. Unapologetically.
But here’s the thing… that first question: Why the hell would you move here? always bothered me. I heard it in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Delaware and Pennsyltucky I get saying that. I mean, it’s Delaware and Pennsyltucky. But Ohio?
You have the fucking Professional Football Hall of Fucking Fame. You are the birthplace of 1. the greatest sport ever played, 2. the motherfuckers who invented the fucking airplane and gave us the gift of flight (also, you are the home of the inventors HOF in Akron) 3. you gave me AND my brother two of your finest white women! Ohio fucking ROCKS!
Oh yeah, I haven’t even mentioned that Edison guy.
It’s just me but, if I was from Ohio I wouldn’t be asking why would you move here? I’d be expecting you to move here because fuck you, my state is better than yours.
And that’s the thing I’ve realized when I am on the road. I go to all these tiny little towns across all of these so called flyover states and meet some of the most interesting people. Whether I’m some little town in Kansas, Montana, any of the Dakotas, wherever, there is always that one or two people who not only aren’t impressed by the guy from LA, they won’t hesitate to tell that guy from LA why their little town is better.
I fucking love those people. Their pride is damn infectious. Those people let me see their part of the world in a way I would never get to otherwise. Those people are why I want to go back to visit places like Kalispell, MT or Albany, OR, or even visit Dothan, AL for the first time.
Have pride in the place that made you, you.
Have a nice day.