- It's close to family.
- It's good for the kids (i.e. not necessarily good for me.)
- It's an economic decision.
With the hopes of further adopting the local culture, I have identified a new list of apologies for all of us who have lived elsewhere but have had the misfortune of settling in Rochester:
- I apologize for wanting access to some of the best public high schools in the country.
- I apologize for wanting to live in a highly educated metropolitan area.
- I apologize for wanting to live somewhere recognized for its wine, beer, and coffee (the cocktails are decent, too.)
- I apologize for wanting to live somewhere with food that is both good and affordable, somewhere with an obviously up-and-coming food scene.
- I apologize for wanting to live in an area known for its music-centricity, one that provides access to one of the best music schools in the country and one of the largest summer jazz festivals in North America.
- I apologize for wanting to live somewhere consistently recognized for its arts vibrancy.
- I apologize for living in a metro area that has between 1 and 1.3 million people. Does everyone in Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; New Orleans, LA; Hartford, CT; Salt Lake City, UT; and Tucson, AZ have to apologize as well?
The other option is we can just stop apologizing.