I grew up in SoCal, but spent a number of years in "The East", including 6 in Ocean County N J . Then back to SoCal for 15 years, and now in Indiana (Louisville area). There are times when I miss my SoCal Desert homeland a lot and I look at the scenery everytime I can….but I love our home in Indiana and would not return to SoCal to "Live" again. Different choices for different folks, thats for sure.
No offense intended, I’m just narrow minded in comparing my first 20 years off Exit 14A with the next 35 in Surf City.