Re: SF Natives?

02/02/12 - posted by jb

I view it as a birth rite. Born in Fairfax, I moved to Westlake when I was 4 1/2 and if you hopped my back fence into the Olympic Club you were in San Francisco. Yet I always say I grew up "near" or "next door" to San Francisco and would never say "I'm a native."

Not so for a kid who grew up across the street and is now the Bishop of Salt Lake City. He is listed by the diocese as "a native of San Francisco" perhaps because he was born in a City hospital yet grew up in Westlake.

I would rather the term be reserved for those who are born in the City. Makes it plain and simple and certainly never precludes anyone from carrying on an illicit love affair with the greatest place on the planet.


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