I don't truly consider myself a New Yorker in the proper sense. Frankly I don't truly have ties to any particular place, and just bounce to where I'm told or the most comfortable.
Part of the reason I want to learn how to fly, so I can just have a much large area I can live. >>381471
There is a difference between people on facebook and IRL. At the end of the day it's all anecdotes, but hey I can only speak from my experiences.
Having already said that I grew up in NYC - the Twin Towers effected me deeply. You combine that with the strong sense of pride for being an American (as instilled in my immigrant parents), and you have a person that wants to help the country in whatever capacity available. So I went into University and learned how to be a good paper pusher.
I think I continue doing it because I feel like I'm doing the most good in my position by trying to keep things honest, but maybe that's just me playing mental gymnastics to justify my conflict of interest.