SF: Your so vain, I bet you think this blog is about you


Carly Simon crooned “You’re So Vain” to an unnamed former lover, but she might as well have been singing to San Francisco. After all, we’re the country’s vainest city – or says The Daily Beast.

“In the age of Botox, the commercialization of everything from eyelash tinting to spray tanning and the continued growth of fad diets and trendy exercise regimens, being ‘perfect’ has never been so attainable nor the pursuit so tempting,” the Beast begins.

The Web-site ranked 20 cities using the following formula: A 25 percent weight for the percentage of residents who belong to a gym (according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association). A 25 percent weight to the percentage whose Body Mass Index puts them in neither the overweight or obese category (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

And a 50 percent weight to the average monthly spending per household on personal care. Think dollars spent at spas, salons, gyms and the cosmetics counter. That information comes from Bundle.com, a database of spending data.

(Yes, that’s right – we won without the cocky assuredness of certain politicians even being a factor!)

Anyway, only 20.4 percent of us belong to a gym. Does that entire 20.4 percent live in the Castro? Exactly half of us are slim. And we spend $111 monthly on highlights, lipstick, bronzer and the like. Boston, New York and Los Angeles are right on our heels. You know, the ones we bought at Saks.

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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