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Date: 2003 May 06
Subj: Just Enjoy
It never ceases to amuse me that people who live in San Francisco somehow correlate the beauty of the typography with their own value.? St. Louis isn't, never was, and never will be San Francisco or New York ... even when it was the fourth largest city in the U.S.
I grew up in St. Louis, lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas (presently)?and all are fine.? I've visited San Francisco at least 8 to 10 days a month for a few years and many other times and found it delightful ... in spite of the attitudes of the inhabitants. ? New York is the center of the world. ? It's pulse is invigorating. What I like about New?Yorkers is their wit and their ultimate confidence ... they?wouldn't take the time to knock?another place; they just accept it or ignore it. ? Chicago is like New York except the people are nicer (Midwestern) and the city more manageable in size. In addition to those cities. ? I've also lived in Topeka Kansas ... small, insular ... and it was also fine. ? In all cases, I enjoyed myself both as a visitor and as a resident. ? Why? ? Because?all of the locations had positives .. and negatives. ? I?didn't try desperately to prove how "cool" (is that still used?) I am.? I just enjoyed it. ? People who don't look for the good and try soon hard to find the negative to?reinforce?their desire to be whatever - I live?(in San Francisco)?therfore I am (cool?) .. need to just enjoy.
When people ask me where I'm from, I always say, "I'm from St. Louis ... but I presently live in (fill in blank)."? You see, I'm very proud to be from a nice, midsize city with good values?and good people, some good restaurants, some cultural facilities .. in other words a little of a lot.? In those other cities mentioned above, you get?a lot of a lot. ? But it's like when a New Yorker asked me how I could possibly live in a city with only ONE MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM (not being a good enough fan to even know about the St. Louis Browns and the St. Louis Cardinals being in the city for close to 70 years and playing in the 1944 World Series).? I asked him, who do you root for the Yankees or the METS.? He said "The Yankees!"? I asked if he ever went to a Mets game.? He said "No!"? Then I wondered what was the difference.? He only had one team.? It's like having 10,000 restaurants in San Francisco. How many do you tend to frequent.? Probably 5 or 6 ... over and over again.
?If you don't like?St. Louis, we understand ... but then?St. Louisans?live here, you don't.? Hope you come back ... but only if your attitude changes.? Otherwise, you need to stay and enjoy San Francisco ... please!