Posts Tagged ‘bay area’
I’m in the Bay Area once again for what seems to have become my annual visit. I feel at home here, in a strange way.
This is the geek capital of the world. A lot of major software firms have their main office or at least some major office here. If you walk into a random hotel lobby you’ll find a copy of Wired on the coffee table instead of a tabloid. Some electronics shops here are as big as an IKEA. If you have a discussion with a random stranger in a bar, it’s not uncommon that it ends up in an editor flame war. You get my point.
That said, I’m not sure if I would want to live here. I’m one of those weirdos who likes the occasional walk or cycle ride. Preferably without being run over or considered a hobo by the locals. And I prefer my things in medium or large portions, there is no need for triple-XL, thank you very much. Things are very much XXXXL here, from the freeways (7 lanes for each direction), the cars (what is a regular car in Europe is considered a “compact” here) to the shops (I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them had their own satnav) and even the food. There is nothing fucking mini about a “mini” pizza that can feed an entire family.