So the Merc had a poll: Is the Bay Area worth it?
Here’s my favorite response:
The answer is: HELL YES YES YES YES YES!!
I’ve lived in Boston, Portland, and Atlanta during the past 10 years and to put it simply, there is no place like the bay area!
And here are some of the reasons:
It may not be perfect, but 95% of the time, I can plan on a good tennis match without checking the weather. Oh, did I mention that I’ve lived in Boston? Why anybody would even consider living there is beyond me, unless you like blizzards EVERY FREAKIN WINTER! I mean, you can bank on it! You can complain about earthquakes all you want, but I haven’t felt a single earthquake since I’ve been here. And the natives have felt ONE in last 100 years. Pretty good odds if you ask me.
TOLERANCE! Yeap, I’ve also lived in Atlanta and people there throw the “N” word around like nothing! Generally speaking, irregardless of your religion, color, political views, … bay area people will accept you the way you are. Of course, there are assholes everywhere but you won’t find the kind of bigotry and intolerance here like the way you’ll find in Georgia (or any other southern states). You may, but not in mass numbers like in the south.
Here are some of the other reasons, Carmel by the Sea, Golden Gate Bridge, 17 mile drive, wine country, … all within few hours of driving distance. I mean, if you can afford it, you gotta be nuts if you don’t want to live here.
But we all pay the price. The price of paradise is lots of money. So drink your coffee in that dreary portland weather but I’m on my way for a bike ride across the golden gate bridge to Sausalitos… nice lunch and a ferry ride back. Tomorrow, hike by Muir woods…. day after that, maybe a walk with my dog in beautiful carmel beach.
People, weather, scenery, tolerance for difference, educated people, diversity, best ethnic foods, tons of outdoor activities, … I can go on and on… only bad thing…. TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE… Ah… price of paradise.
Interesting… so this person compared the Bay Area to Atlanta for tolerance… the same Atlanta that had a race riot in 1906?
Aside from history, is it even comparable?
- Black (61.4%)
- White Non-Hispanic (31.3%)
- Hispanic (4.5%)
- Other race (2.0%)
- Two or more races (1.2%)
- Asian Indian (0.6%)
- American Indian (0.5%)
- White Non-Hispanic (36.0%)
- Hispanic (30.2%)
- Other race (15.9%)
- Vietnamese (8.8%)
- Chinese (5.7%)
- Filipino (5.4%)
- Two or more races (5.0%)
- Black (3.5%)
- Asian Indian (3.0%)
- Other Asian (1.6%)
- American Indian (1.5%)
- Japanese (1.3%)
- Korean (1.1%)
And as for this comment: And the natives have felt ONE [earthquake] in last 100 years. Pretty good odds if you ask me.
Apparently this person is writing from the year 2089… and has a very poor understanding of probability.