Wow! I know the majority of the places you mentioned - like going back home! There are times I miss So Cal, but every time I go to visit, I'm reminded why I'm not moving back any time soon - smog is worse again, traffic (that still hasn't changed), and cost of living.
Just read that you are now in NY - my boyfriend was born in NY, grew up in Connecticut, but calls either one his true home. I love NY, especially Manhattan (go figure). [following your hubs now - great selection!]