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Responding to the livability rank Santa Barbara received and how the stats skew how we are perceived.

We are mostly young,

Actually barely legal.

We’re single and fun,

Ordinary yet regal.

In some skewed surveys

Our rents are average,

Not the cause of soup days —

Potatoes and cabbage —

And of course we rent

Out of preference,

Not because we spent

Every cent in adherence,

For the price of prestige,

To live in tenth place,

As a loyal liege

In the lifestyle race.

Inspired by comments found here and here.

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At some point you have to decide whether it's really worth continual sacrifice and shelter insecurity to live in a particular ZIP code. It took me about 40 years to figure out that no....it's just not worth it. Endless summer, and the existence of mountains and ocean (both of which have fees attached should one wish to enjoy them close up), crushingly homogenous architecture and a culture of tourist-worship are just not things I'm willing to work three jobs and live like a pauper in order to be near.

There are, as my late father used to say, many ways to live. SB and California are not the only places to live, or in fact even the best places to live overall. Of course, if you s**t money and don't mind being regulated to death and charged a fee in order to breathe and metabolize nutrients, that's another story entirely, but for the grand majority of humanity, SB and California are just not a great bet.

I see people with kids and I have to wonder what is there for those kids when they turn 18 and have to strike out on their own if indeed they are even able to make the attempt? This is a very real consideration for a majority of the population.

Spending your life renting...if you're lucky enough to pass the stringent requirements and own no pets...is not a life...it's an existence. Renting is fine in some circumstances, but when it's an endless trap and you spend your days running like a hamster in a wheel just to keep the landlord's mortgage paid, etc...that is not a life.

There are many ways to live. This is a huge country. True, there is a large part of it that doesn't have mountains, ocean and cruise-controlled weather, but for those of us who find ourselves going to these places, there is great joy and peace in knowing that your home is secure and it's yours. There is a lot to be said for being around people who aren't pissed off and terrified all the time and racing on the wheel to nowhere. Seeing people smile, stop at the sign, hold the door open, and being able to go to a restaurant or store and the children in those places aren't screaming hooligans is a pleasure beyond compare. Yes, the weather can get a bit rugged and requires attention...well..boo-hoo...I'll take it over shelter insecurity, road rage, bratty kids, gangbangers, and rich winos pretending they aren't alcoholics.

I can get on a plane and go to California anytime I want if I absolutely must, and NOW I can actually afford to do that. When I lived in California, I was lucky to be able to meet my monthly expenses without a major sacrifice of some sort.

So carry on SB...keep parroting that party line about how you're paradise and it's the price one must pay in order to live there...that it's better to be homeless in SB than to own a nice place and some acreage elsewhere.

Meanwhile I'll keep on enjoying waking up every day, feeling safe, and looking out my back door at pastures, woods, and nature instead of concrete, stucco, and traffic.

Holly (anonymous profile)
October 28, 2013 at 8:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR YOUR NEGATIVE COMMENTS HOLLY. Why do you keep talking sh** about Santa Barbara? We get it, you hate it here blah blah blah. OH WAIT, YOU DON'T LIVE HERE! Why don't you stick your nose somewhere in the "blissfull 1,800 miles" away from Santa Barbara that YOU THANKFULLY LIVE IN. Get a life!

AnnaV (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 2 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So you speak for everybody AnnaV?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 2:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why do you keep talking sh** about Santa Barbara?

I too and deeply disturbed by Holly's comments. My guess is that Holly is from Goleta and probably went to San Marcos high and suffers from bitterness because the celebrities and in crowd all live in S.B. Those crosstown rivalries REALLY can get ugly and as you can see, can last well into adulthood.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 5:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I meant to say "I am deeply disturbed". I AM deeply disturbed.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 5:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Have to admit, I comment on the sports pages of an east coast paper because I still follow my "home town" teams. However, I can't imagine commenting on local politics or events (after not living there for several decades) or sending in a diatribe about "bad" it was in ol' Beantown (ah, gave it away) and sort of gloating about where I live now.

That being said, it's her "right" to do so although I don't get the motivation.
Many of the points raised by the commenter who's irking others may even be valid. I'll likely head back east to retire and the older of my SB-born and raised kids has already reverse-migrated back east for college and I suspect she'll remain there. The economics of living in Santa Barbara, or California in general, are certainly an issue, one perhaps that could be better addressed than by the doggerel that inspired these comments.

zappa (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 6:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Holly may comment on SB's problems, Anna illustrates them.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2013 at 12:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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