"I hate that question. I never know if they want me to tell them where I am living currently, where I consider home right now, where I have lived the longest, or where I was born. And that’s a problem because they are all different answers."
The above quote is pretty spot on. What’s interesting about living in the bay area is that there are generally a lot of transplants. But most transplants still have a simple enough answer to the “Where are you from” question.
Lately I’ve seen a lot of backlash about transplants “taking over the city” and what not. People rep the bay pretty hard and that’s fine. I rep the bay also. What I have a problem with is people who are like “I’m more SF/bay area than you because I’m actually from here.”
On the flight back from EDC last June, I overheard a drunk guy babble on and on about how the tech industry is ruining San Francisco because it’s attracting all these non-San Franciscans to the city and how SF is losing it’s flavor and originality because of it.
I think it’s pretty hypocritical of “original San Franciscans” (or anyone born in a major city) to think they’re more superior than others just because they had the privilege of growing up here. You’re supposed to be more open and accepting to others, right?
I think it’s actually a shame that most people I meet have only lived in one place their whole life. I may have moved around a lot and lost touch with a lot of friends and have spent years not being around family members, but I still wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I have more experiences in my 28 years of life than some people have in a whole life time. I don’t need to be “from” anywhere. I love being “from” everywhere.
I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, thoroughly surrounded by enough rabid Pittsburgh Steelers fandom that eventually, I succumbed. I was also born and raised a girl, and now, as a fully realized 31 year old woman, I have chosen a career path uncommon to my gender: Professional NFL…
“I gotta tell you, you did a great job, but I’d rather have your dad standing here. Craig, we miss you. You’ve been an important part of all this for a long time, doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court - and I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here. Good luck.”—Gregg Popovich, from his sideline interview with Craig Sager, Jr. (via nbaoffseason)