As much as I totally miss Chicago with all of its art, culture, museums, festivals, libraries, and city life, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the weather here. I have to pinch myself sometimes to really grasp that it's 76 degrees in winter out here!!! I LOVE IT!
Seriously we are so spoiled. I get homesick around the holidays when I really want to see some snow but then by Jan 1 I'm over it. It's by far my favorite city in the US to visit for all that you mentioned but I don't think I could ever go back to live.The weather's a big part of that but not the only reason. We've become so used to seeing gargantuan mountains and an ocean that whenever I go anywhere without these backdrops I feel out of sorts. Tom makes fun of me because if we do ever move to Seattle he always says, "at least you'll get your mountains and ocean." But he's forgetting the 300+ days of RAIN!!!! Ok maybe I would move back to Chicago before moving to Seattle. I'd much prefer snow over rain!
I was born in NY but spent the majority of my childhood through early twenties in Chicago. I swore I would never leave because it is the greatest city not just in the US, IN THE WORLD! But then I was offered my dream job which meant a move to the left coast (started out in San Francisco but have now relocated to Santa Monica, two blocks from the ocean) and now after living here for a decade I'll have to be hauled away feet first! There is something to be said for the quality of life that exists in a temperate climate. It's devoid in some places on this earth, like Canada! No offense Canadians but it's too cold, especially up North. And winters here in the midwest/northeast seem to last longer every year. My friends always tell me to stop telling people how great it is in southern cal because people will move and the last thing we need is more transplants on the 405 everyday!Anyway, just had to say hello and that we are spoiled. Hi to Wrigley -Amy
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