I'm a native born San Diegan. I grew up three blocks from the beach and still surf when I'm out at my home there. I do encourage everyone raised in California to live elsewhere at some point in their life. In fact, no one, in my opinion, should live and die within 100 miles of where they were born. I've lived in Europe, traveled for work and pleasure throughout Asia and now live half to 3/4 time in Washington, DC. This perspective has led me to conclude that native born Californians are very shallow and have no idea what life is like for others in the world. Immigrants from foreign lands are the most hard working and appreciative to be there. Those that have "immigrated" from other parts of the United States seem to be running from something and have brought their loser mentality with them as well as very "un-Californian" attitudes. Yes, good life does exist outside the tarnished State of California. My memories of growing up in a Beach Boy era will always be cherished but the overcrowding and other woes have killed the goose that laid the golden egg called California.
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