I like Gina, I'll go with that.
I don't think we ever argued too much about mechanical things, did we Lazs? I took the distributor off my Lambo without marking it, and it was sounding like West Oakland with all the backfiring when I put it back. You are right that I was lucky not to blow the chains off. I don't remember that being contentious, but who knows.
The late-2000s and early 20-teens was a shitty time for me generally. Blackout drinking, all kinds of other personal stuff. I was really long dark walk in the woods. I bounce back though. I don't remember where I left off with a lot of people actually. The best thing about sobriety is being able to drive in the afternoon.
You are right about the population thing. I use an "asshole/square mile" metric, and that metric is much, much lower here. Only 2 million people in the whole state, whereas the Bay Area had 9 million just there. The demographics are better here. Many of the Hispanics here are descendants of the Spanish ranchers and have lived here since the 1500s. Smart, manners, all of that. Less of the peasant aboriginals that jump the border and pop out a litter of babies, like in CA, although we have that too for sure. Lots of white trash meth heads too, but for the most part everyone is polite and together. If I leave my neighborhood it's usually to go out into nature, and this part of town is all very nice. Postcard nice. I seriously love this place.