Originally Posted by LA Guy
California, though: Mountains just three miles north of me. Dry, warm days in March. Grilling in January. In a t-shirt. Friendlier people in better stores. More fit people in general. Joshua Tree and Yosemite. Better drivers. The beach. Actually, the sea. In 'n' Out Burgers. I need a double-double animal style please. And a Vanilla shake so thick you hurt yourself drinking it. Taco trucks. Geniunely chilled out people (it's not a pretense - I think it's the weather.) Jamba Juice. Bookstores where people actually talk. It's not a library, people. Better bookstores (I shit you not. Vroman's in Pasadena is better than any bookstore I've been to in Boston). Ridiculously large newstands. People who can actually dance (whether it's upstep or Tango.)
QFT. To this I would add, to represent NorCal: The Napa valley. Sonoma. Biking through the Marin headlands. Big Sur. Mission taquerias. Wearing a hoodie in the evening in June. And to add to the SoCal list: waking up on a January weekend morning and having to decide, "Do I want to go snowboarding today, or do I want to sunbathe on the beach?" Then deciding to just do both. And a big +1 on the sea for both NorCal and SoCal (no +1 on "the beach" for NorCal, though). All things I can't believe I live without. On the other hand, from the Philly perspective: I can't believe you all live without easy access to NYC despite not actually having to live there. Also, for the Californians and basically all Americans not from the Northeast: I can't believe you (we, formerly) live without actual public transportation.