The Pirate sent me a funny article about how locals blame all their ills on ex-Californians who move into their state. The piece mostly focuses on the public smoking bans we Californians are so fond of, but people also apparently don't like they way we drive up home prices.

Since 1991, the number of Californians moving out topped the number of people moving in to the state. And where do they go? The top five states Californians moved to between 2000 and 2005 were Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Washington and Oregon, according to William Frey, population expert for the Brookings Institution.

For many Californians, they want what eludes them in their state — open space, clean air and not so much traffic. So they sell their houses for a chunk of change, move somewhere else in the West, buy a bigger house and start driving up the housing prices, much to the dismay of locals.

Sherrie Watson has lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since she was 16 and is quite fed up with Californians.

“They complain how cold it is. And they just moved here because it is cheaper and to ’get away,’ but then they keep saying things like, ‘We did it in California this way, so why don’t you change?’ ”

“They came here because they liked it the way it was when they visited, but then they want to change it. I don’t get it,” she said.

Hopefully the rest of the country won't be assimilated by expatriate Californians and won't replicate our bizarre behavior -- except for the public smoking bans. C'mon, smoking is gross.

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