I've been here for 20 years, and I've had the time of my life. Sure it's crowded, dirty, noisy, and way over-priced, but those of us who came here didn't expect (or care) about being comfortable. I came for the adventure, the art, the promise of a new start, and to breath the smoggy air of Liberty.
I got what I came for, and I'm still getting it in this melodramatic place. I can walk streets once familiar to a lot of very great people, whose ghosts I can summon whenever I visit familiar places. I've met some great and amazing people that I don't think I'd have met anywhere else. I've had some great adventures. I'm doing here everything I set out in life to do, everything that for years I was told that I couldn't and shouldn't do.
Also Andrew, no, I don't think the Republican Party will eventually turn into something like the British Conservative Party and take a secular libertarian direction. I think it's going to double down on the bat-shit crazy, win or lose in November.