My upbringing is solidly Midwestern and the first half of my adult life was spent in the South. The last six years have been here in Manhattan and I love it. I think that gives me a good mix of East coast traits.
When I first moved here, I thought the New York is the Center of the Universe attitude was a little over the top. Now I kind of get it. While I don't believe in being pushy about it, I think this place is pretty darn special.