Originally Posted by Manton
I went through that phase but I am over it.
It's almost a reverse for LA I think. You come here and hate it, because on the surface it can be really awful. I remember the culture shock when, on our first 4th here we asked neighbors where the fireworks for the neighborhood were going to be and they looked at us like aliens. We ended up watching thugs set off illegal ones in some shitty part of Northridge I think.
But after about 15 years slow appreciation develops into a strong boosterism.
Or you move back to Chicago and tell everyone how terrible weather is really essential for building character.