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The Solution to San Francisco's Problems

So, after five years in San Francisco, we decide to move back to the East coast and, to tell you the truth, we're more than a little excited. We start reading the Hartford Courant and Advocate newspapers on-line, we write to the Hartford Chamber of Commerce for relocation information, and we start to tell people that we're moving.

And do people wish us well? Do they share in our excitement? Do they say, "That's great, I'm happy for you"? The answer to those questions is a big, fat NO. I can't tell you how many cracks I've heard about Connecticut, how many snide comments people have made about Hartford, how many "expert" opinions people feel all too free to spout about how horrible the weather is back there. And if I hear one more "Well, it's no San Francisco!" comment, I can't be held responsible for my actions.

To all of the people who've made snotty, unsupportive comments: You're right! Hartford is no San Francisco. News Flash! That's exactly why we're moving there. In case no one has picked up on it, we don't like San Francisco. We don't want to live here anymore. So disenchanted have we grown of this city, in fact, that we've devoted nearly a year of our lives to venting about it on this very website.

The weather? Well, we both grew up in Connecticut, so we're quite aware of the weather patterns. We're actually looking forward to the couple of months of 70-degree weather and the hot summers which we remember so fondly, as well as the crispness of the fall. And you know what? Snow's not all that bad!

To be fair, not every person has made negative comments about us moving, but it has gotten to the point where it is noticeably more than just a few people. A friend of mine moved from San Francisco to Manhattan just last month. When I found out, did I say "Oh, New York, the crime blah blah blah, the weather ick blah blah too crowded blah blah what the hell do you want to move there for?" No, I didn't, and it honestly boggles my mind why anyone would feel the need to. Do people think that by me hearing their skewed, inane list of why the East coast is Bad and why San Francisco is Good that I will cancel the movers, rip up my plane tickets and stay?

Jesus Christ, people, coordinating a cross-country move in a month's time is stressful, to say the least! I'm quitting a job without having another, I'm putting all of my possessions into a truck and sending it off to drive across the country for seven days, one of the cats won't go anywhere near her cat carrier, and that just scratches the surface. At this point, I honestly do not welcome anyone's comments about how much my new home is going to suck, and I don't like having to constantly justify why I am leaving.

All in all, I'm very disappointed in a lot of people.

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