I am somewhat late in my response, but I see that Mr. Gardiner has beat me to the punch. Amazing how the two people that responded to his letter felt that they could not do so without name-calling, condescension, and spite. It's a wonder why people like Mr. Gardiner (and myself) can't seem to have a good time in San Diego! What with all of the open, intellectual minds and all. Here's how it is: People have a right to their opinions. That being said, Benjamin H. and Goatskull are welcome to their happy, sunny views of the city where we all live. On the flip side, not everyone enjoys beer, burritos, "tons and tons" of outdoor activities and perpetually temperate weather. Crazy, I know! Can you believe that people actually enjoy different things than other people? For the record, my boyfriend and I moved down here two years ago (from the Bay Area) because this is where he got accepted to grad school. So I guess you could say that we did, in fact, have to move here. It is ridiculous to suggest that we can "always [just] leave". I have met plenty of people around here who are waiting for the day when they can move back home, just as we are. For now, we try and make the best of it. I don't begrudge the happy people their happiness. Glad you like it here! Good for you! And when people say they don't enjoy the Bay Area, do I take it personally? No! It's just different strokes for different folks. Yes, the sunsets down here are nice. No, the scads of image-obsessed bubbleheads are not. There are pros and cons of any living environment, and you could definitely do worse than San Diego. But does that mean that we have to throw on a thong and fake smile, down a brewski and head down to the beach to engage in the endless singles' meat market, and just suck it up? No. Some of us simply don't enjoy living here. There is not much more to it than that. Being from Montana, I can say with a fair amount of certainty that San Diego doesn't even know what a redneck is, but that's a different debate. As for Benjamin H. and Goatskull, it might help you grow as people if you tried to see the world through someone else's eyes. Open your minds a little. We're all human, after all, so what's the big deal? Why are you so defensive? Hm, I guess I'm not suffering in silence anymore! What a relief. Now, can't we all just get along?
— October 15, 2008 2:43 p.m.

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