I love Michigan, and am glad I moved here. It's full of great history and natural beauty, and extremely affordable. But it has two major disadvantages over San Francisco.
No, not the weather. I love winter, including the snow. Fall has always been my favorite season, and Michigan does it far better than Northern California. And while I could live without all the mud, at its height, spring is just gorgeous.
What I hate are the mosquitoes, and the allergies. I lived 50 years without allergies, moved here, and started sneezing and coughing and wiping my itching, running eyes. Allergy testing revealed I was allergic to a nice little array of weed pollens that simply don't exist where I've lived before but are apparently common in every field, ditch, and garden in Michigan.
We've had a very mild summer so far, and my allergies have been correspondingly mild. Last night, though, I noticed I was starting to cough and my nose was stuffed, and when it was worse this morning, I checked the pollen alert.
Oh weeds of Michigan, I hate you. Not like I hate the skeeters, but still: hate.