Pretty much everyone who is from Minnesota asks me that question when they realize I’m not a local, but also from California. While it might seem like an innocuous question, the manner in which it is delivered is always the same…shock and confusion. It’s as if this state is some sort of sci-fi prison planet to those who have been born and raised here.
You people know you can leave if you want? All you have to do is go.
Regardless, it’s kind of awesome here in the Twin Cities. Why wouldn’t someone want to live here? There’s tons of stuff to do. Sporting events, concerts, festivals…not to mention the shopping and restaurants. Heck, I haven’t even had a chance to really check out any museums. Plus, the unemployment rate is REALLY low…I think it was around 4%. Good economy spells good times.
Sure the weather kind of sucks. But, it kind of sucks all over the country. Plus, sucky weather is really a matter of perspective. While I think the best weather in the U.S. is found in San Francisco, many people would disagree and cringe at the idea of a foggy, cool summer.
Of course, I have yet to live though an entire Minnesota winter, but I do know this about summer…the heat sucks big time regardless of humidity. If the temp rises above 85, I’m annoyed and probably sweating for no good reason.
I sort of like cold weather. It’s easier to warm up than it is to cool down.
The answer I always tell people is that I fell in love. While this is true (and very sweet), I might start telling people random stuff:
“I was feeling orange so I moved to the Midwest.”
“A leprechaun told me to leave California forever. Minnesota seemed like a place safe from fairytale creatures.”
“Why? Did someone ask you about the Sea Monkeys?”
“I heard about this magical place in the Twin Cities where chocolate and wine springs forth from the ground like a Fountain of Youth for all to enjoy.”
“I forgot to turn left at Albuquerque.”
Seriously, Minnesota, is it really that bad here? I contend that it is not…in fact, I believe it might even be awesome.