When you’re in San Francisco long enough there will be moments of levity. As soon as you leave San Francisco and the general bubble surrounding the city you’ll realize some things right away. What could we be talking about? Read on to discover some moments every San Franciscan has experienced with someone.
1. Indirectly insulting other cities.
San Franciscans are proud of their city, especially how beautiful it is. However, sometimes it may sound like our love for this city may offensive when comparing San Francisco to most any other city in the world, especially in terms of sheer beauty. San Francisco is even beautiful at night, so the pride can be a little unnerving at times.
2. Referencing the "415" or the "City" as if everyone knows.
The area code for San Francisco, 415 is often used as another nickname for the city. For example: Always bring a jacket when you're out in the 415 or the city.
3. Admitting you're neither a hippie or techie.
Perhaps in the past many people may assume many San Franciscans were hippies, but today the tech scene is overwhelming and still growing. Of course Google, Facebook, Apple, Oracle, and countless other companies employ many people living in the city, but many of us are not techies and just work normal humdrum jobs.
4. Weirding people out by wearing costumes for any occasion.
San Franciscans love to dress up or put on costumes for any occasion. However, if you're in Modesto or most American towns this may cause some awkwardness.
5. Clarifying that not everyone who lives in San Francisco is wealthy.
Despite the absurd rental market and average home prices, there are many who are simply working and getting by. And of course, some people in the city have coveted rent controlled apartments too!
6. Telling people from out town that Karl is not a person.
Karl the Fog is San Francisco’s great marine layer and not a person. What other city names their fog? And then often refers to the fog by name?! Karl's importance is recognized by most locals. When Karl is out, the sun is gone and the city is in its chilly, natural habitat.
7. Always bringing an extra layer no matter how hot the weather.
The awkwardness is worst during the summer, especially for San Franciscans who travel out of town. Summer in most places in the world are usually warm, but not in the city. Our obsession with layers and bringing an extra jacket or sweater stem from the intense microclimates here.
8. Realizing not everyone is as tolerant or open minded as you and other San Franciscans.
San Franciscans can tolerate a lot of things from social ills, volatile job markets, and much more. However, the moment you're far enough from San Francisco you'll realize that many people will be angry, disagreeable, or frustrated by your optimism and tolerance.
9. Revealing that you spoil your dog more than family members or friends.
San Franciscans are known to be the biggest dog lovers in the country. Many people love pets, especially dogs, but San Franciscans take this love to another level. Whereas many places in the USA value children and family San Franciscans awkwardly replace family with dogs.
10. Realizing how obsessed we are with rent prices.
San Franciscans can talk for hours about rent, but if you're in Stockton or most places, this rent obsession may seem unwarranted. Everything in a pricey town can be related back to the absurd rent prices, so once you leave you're scarred.