Concord is NOT San Francisco
On a recent trip trip to SoCal, I met some bay area residents at a graduate school orientation. We were asked to introduce ourselves, give our little speech about why we wanted to go to that institution and identify which city we hailed from. When the two guys to my left both announced they were from San Francisco, I beemed with delight thinking I was on my way to making great local career connnections. We met up after the orientation and I was excited to learn which neighborhood they lived in and talk about this wonderful metropolis. Needless to say, when they said they were from the suburbs, my smile quickly faded. “Suburbs? Where specifically?” One of the guys responded, “oh from uh…from Concord.” I was half shocked and half angry because, Concord is NOT San Francisco.
Hey Mister, I pay a significant premium, perhaps foolishly to live in “the city” and call it my home. You do not get to say you live in San Francisco or even hail from San Francisco, when you’re more than 60 miles away and in a different county all together. Granted we were in SoCal and Concord isn’t exactly a place that most folks are familar with. In which case, saying you’re from the Bay Area would be acceptable. But I repeat, Concord is NOT San Francisco.
Have I become a SF snob or is there any merit to what I’m saying?