Some folks hate the Bay Area.
Maybe someday I will complain about it. Maybe someday I will itch to leave. Not yet.
I grew up in a city. I have lived mostly in cities. I love the outdoors and solitude, but on their own terms. Raleigh/Durham NC was a small city or a large town, but it was just too city-like to be solitude, and too small and boring to be a real city. Of all the places I've lived, it's the only one I've disliked.
It cannot be described how nice it was to drive into San Francisco the first time and see an actual skyline.
Why do I love this place? Saturday I had lunch in San Francisco with raph, Ankh, and Ankh's MOTAS, Clyde. The food was excellent. That evening, Amy and I went to dinner at another excellent place. Sunday I went to the beach in Pacifica, a mere 20 minute drive, and got egregously sunburnt. The drive out there itself was a feast for the eyes.
So what? The area is pretty. North Carolina can be pretty, as can many other places (my beloved Miami being one of them). There are beaches and water (a great weakness of mine). Lots of water in lots of places, though. Work is good. Good jobs can happen elsewhere. The variety and quality of culinary choices is excellent. This can also happen in various locations. However, not every location can provide all of this at the same time. And while many locations do provide this, guess what? They're all real cities.
No offense to Raleigh/Durham residents. I just like a greater variety of things to do.