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Old 10-26-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm a native Californian and truthfully, we're not that friendly, at least not in the big cities. Any friendly Californians you meet are probably just transplants who haven't been here long enough yet. California makes you stressed and hurried and road rageous and lots of other things that make it hard to be nice sometimes.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: formerly Gillette, WY now Sacramento, CA
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It is not like Californians are unfriendly but more cautious and guarded. Personally I am suspicious of anyone who is too friendly that I do not know well. I would call it fear of the hustle. Because a lot of the time here if someone is too nice then they want something from you ( not the nice stuff) It is just a product of living in a state with lots of people. We won't be rude but usually we won't be too "share our life story with you" nice at first.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:46 PM
 
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I have lived in San Diego, Monterey, San Francisco and Sacramento. Aside from the folks in military housing, I found the general populace to be a little stand-offish. It might have been the fact that I was military, and they were civilians. I was especially displeased with the people in the Bay area, but that was the tail end of a little police action that turned out to be a little unpopular with the residents of the Bay. My favorite morning was sailing back in to the Bay after a 6 month deployment, and having them express their displeasure by dropping ripe trash onto the flight deck when we stood out there in our white uniforms. Yep, made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

And Mayor Dianne Feinstein of SF, staunch supporter of the US military, made us feel especially welcome (after all, we were the USS Coral Sea "San Francisco's Own") by suggesting we not wear our uniforms on liberty in SF. Fond memories indeed.

If the California Republic ever gets a new military base, I will be the 1st to protest it's establishment outside the borders of the rest of the US. And if I EVER have to reside in said state, I will think about becoming a Canadian.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I've visited L.A., SF, and San Diego and found people Texas-friendly in all of them! The first time I visited SF, I met a woman on the street who invited me to her apartment and proceeded to make pasta for dinner while I watched a recording of pre-Pee Wee Herman Paul Reubens she wanted me to see, and this was after she gave me a mini-tour of the city earlier that day!
WHAT???
That's Mexico friendly, not Texas friendly...
may I ask for an elaboration

For the 'Mexico Friendly' thing.
In the culture there, it is acceptable to just pop over at your friends house uninvited. People don't usually stop at Rico's at like 4 de la madugada (Morning)...but people will invite total strangers passing by to a party, and you can basically walk into someone's house anytime...
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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WHAT???
That's Mexico friendly, not Texas friendly...
may I ask for an elaboration

For the 'Mexico Friendly' thing.
In the culture there, it is acceptable to just pop over at your friends house uninvited. People don't usually stop at Rico's at like 4 de la madugada (Morning)...but people will invite total strangers passing by to a party, and you can basically walk into someone's house anytime...
huh...

people keep to themselves for the most part
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:49 PM
 
Location: southern california
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warm friendly engaging supportive and utterly disconnected.
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