Well, you didn't exactly state that you wanted to meet up with anyone in the first post, or where these meetings would take place.
You asked if there were any C2 guys in Southern California, and these guys were just wondering if they met the requirements of who you were looking to talk to, since they don't really live in the south. I highly doubt they were trying to yank anyone's chain.
In my own experience, this is one of the friendliest communities I've been a part of, with very few people trolling. I'm not american myself though, so all I can do is wish you good luck with finding someone to meet up with.