(This is not much of a rant, so it contains very little profanity. I don’t need any ratings, thank you.)
Okay, this will probably piss some people off, but I am getting annoyed. Over the last year or so, I have noticed a number of people complaining about all the Californians and how the don’t like all the Californians moving to Arizona or Washington, or Oregon, or New Mexico, or wherever. Most recent example is visible in this thread: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=35772
As a Californian, I have one thing to say to you whiners: piss off. First, I live in the most expensive housing market in the nation. I simply cannot afford to get my own apartment, and will probably never be able to afford a house here, unless I wake up tomorrow with mystically acquired computer engineering skills. But I’m supposed to lump it, because I’m a Californian, and wouldn’t want to offend anyone else with my horrible presence. I don’t want to hang with the other 30 million-plus people here? Oh well, I was born here, I guess I have to stay!
In addition, this is just plain old unfair. People have been coming to California from other states and countries for hundreds of years. This didn’t become the most populous state because Californians breed like rabbits. Just take a look at the (wonderful) Bay Area Dopers. The great majority of our number originate in other states. I’m hardly upset, because a great number of the people I have known throughout my entire life came here from elsewhere. So although people are allowed and sometimes even expected to come to my fair state, I can expect hostility and rudeness if I decide to relocate. Gee, that’s fair.