To the angry locals of Portland, Seattle, Denver, New Orleans, Kansas City, Phoenix, Austin, and elsewhere, please hear this defense: The Californians who are coming in and “ruining” your cities are not snobs.
“We can’t get just get a regular compliment... I know that people think that calling me chocolate all the time, or talking about ‘your skin is beautiful’ is a compliment. But why can’t I just be beautiful?”
Dan Mancina was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was 13. By his late twenties, he couldn't drive anymore and started to consider himself a blind person. That's when he resumed skateboarding.
I used to run a lot. I remember running in the park, and some dude is like, “Is [your cane] tracking your distance or your miles?” I’m like no, man. I’m blind. You get everything under the sun, but the skateboarding’s random. People are just tripped out.
Despite the fact that when-you’re-here-you’re-family, I’m not looking to settle down with any of the women I bring to Olive Garden. In fact, I know that after we make out in the parking lot or hook up at her apartment, I’ll never see her again.
Often, what you actually want is an authoritative stranger...but with no strings attached, no connections, no fear of seeing them in the grocery store and them asking if you took their advice. The opposite, in other words, of the rest of the Facebook feed.