May 16, 2010

Marin income No. 1 in state; population grows

Marin income No. 1 in state; population grows

Mark Prado

Posted: 04/30/2010 04:49:10 PM PDT

Marin has once again topped the state in median household income, according to figures released by the state this week.

Also, the county grew in population by .08 percent last year and is now at 260,651, the state reported.

Although Marin led the state with the highest median income for joint returns for the 2008 tax year at $118,704, that was a decrease of 3.85 percent from 2007.

San Mateo County ranked second with $100,165, Santa Clara County third at $100,077, Contra Costa County fourth with $90,956 and Alameda County fifth with $88,138.

Marin, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have led California for 37 years in reported highest median incomes, according to the state Franchise Tax Board.

"That income level is important for our local economy," said Coy Smith, CEO of the Novato Chamber of Commerce. "If people are employed and earning a good salary it has a positive ripple effect on our local economy."

Congrats to Marin on this amazing accomplishment. The Bay Area is definitely on its way back to being at the top of all categories!

Comments (110) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:25 am

110 Responses to “Marin income No. 1 in state; population grows”

  1. Real Estater Says:

    Thank goodness we have a thread that doesn’t dwell on Palo Alto anymore.

  2. SEA Says:

    Yes, as we needed to halt poor Palo Alto from being picked on anymore.

    Poor Palo Alto
    Real Bay Area shrinking
    It’s hard to believe

  3. maryjane Says:

    Yes – let’s all dump on Marin!! And by Marin I don’t mean Sausalito, San Rafael, Novato or Terra Linda. It has to be The Real Marin – Ross, Belvedere, maybe Tiburon if you’re on the water. After you guys my favorite place was http://marinpos.blogspot.com/ but they just sort of gave up. Sad.

  4. madhaus Says:

    I think almost any thread can be brought around to Palo Alto. It’s the real estate version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

    For this one, I’d venture

    Marin may have higher income than Santa Clara County, but Real Palo Alto beats those Marin pretenders with one zip code tied behind its back.

    And then the angry renters swoop in, and it’s Pummel Palo Alto until all that bubble equity sinks down its drains.

    Your turn.

  5. SEA Says:

    madhaus-

    Note how Real Estater brought up Palo Alto. It’s the center of the Universe. If you suggest that Palo Alto revolves around the Sun, you’re likely to be jailed. It’s ok, you’ll be forgiven 400 years later.

    I bet this post is a form of Blasphemy. My sin page for today is now full.

  6. McFly Says:

    I’ve always found real estater’s obsession with palo alto and elitism odd given that palo alto isn’t close to being the most exclusive area in the bay area and realtors are by and large mocked and looked down upon by other professionals. They certainly don’t register on the silicon valley prestige scale.

  7. nomadic Says:

    another approach to the PA connection – Marin may have the highest median income, but Palo Alto has higher median home prices.

    Belvedere Tiburon … 94920… 12 … $1,120,100
    Palo Alto … 94301 … 18…$1,567,500

  8. Real Estater Says:

    McFly,

    Your statements are based on the assumption that the world revolves around your opinion.

  9. madhaus Says:

    Note how Real Estater brought up Palo Alto. It’s the center of the Universe. If you suggest that Palo Alto revolves around the Sun, you’re likely to be jailed. It’s ok, you’ll be forgiven 400 years later.

    SEA, FauxEstater is incapable of not bringing up Palo Alto. It’s like those dogs Pavlov trained to salivate when he rung a bell. Mention any other place, any place at all, and FE must respond that where he (claims he) is from is Way More Special, hence You Are A Loser. Even if you demonstrate any aspect of Your Place is better than Palo Alto, he will refuse to admit it, the way he refuses to admit there can exist circumstances when Now is Not the Right Time to Buy.

    There could be volcanos at Stanford Mall, tornadoes taking out every store on University, and sinkholes collapsing all over Professorville, and FE will be chanting “Now is the time to buy! A little piece of Palo Alto is better than a palace in Cupertino! Don’t let their API scores distract you from the truth! You want to buy where professionals buy, not near all those tech guys who got lucky on stock options.”

    There is no point saying otherwise. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

  10. madhaus Says:

    Sorry about missing that bold tag closing.

    #8 is hysterical, but not in the way the author intended.

  11. Real Estater Says:

    This thread should be called “Girl Gone Wild”. Even though it clearly says in #1 that I’m glad we’re not talking about Palo Alto, madhaus brings up Palo Alto in full force. For those who aren’t aware, the infatuation started back when madhaus was hell-bent on finding out everyone’s zip code. The fact is I never had any desire to talk about it, or to compare with anywhere else. It’s just a place to live.

  12. Real Estater Says:

    madhaus says,
    >>Even if you demonstrate any aspect of Your Place is better than Palo Alto, he will refuse to admit it

    I think this statement says a lot about madhaus’ insecurity. I personally don’t feel the need to demonstrate anything.

    I’ve had cases where a Subaru Turbo comes next to my car, and wants to challenge me to a race. I just let him go, because I think it’s pretty clear in his mind what would happen if I step on the gas pedal.

  13. bob Says:

    2009 Subaru WRX 0-60 time: 4.6 seconds.
    2009 Porsche 911 0-60 time: 4.7 seconds.

    So… actually you’d stand a chance to lose and be embarrassed that a car that costs 1/3rd the cost of yours whooped your hiney.

  14. madhaus Says:

    Methinks the compensating amateur doth protest too much.

  15. madhaus Says:

    Nice one, bob.

    I’ve had cases where a Subaru Turbo comes next to my car, and wants to challenge me to a race. I just let him go, because I think it’s pretty clear in his mind what would happen if I step on the gas pedal.

    You’d stall your Boxster?

  16. maryjane Says:

    RE has a Boxster? Now I know for sure someone’s fooling with us. Can that be any more of a cliche?

  17. Alex Says:

    LOL

    Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo are pretty darn fast cars. THey would give most Porsche a run for the money.

  18. anon Says:

    Re #16- that’s right MJ… He’s bad at everything. Except being a pretender.

  19. Real Estater Says:

    maryjane,

    madhaus insists I have a Boxster. She cannot tell the difference between a 911 and a Boxster if one were to hit her minivan in the behind.

  20. Real Estater Says:

    >>Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo are pretty darn fast cars.

    This is analogous to saying CUSD has higher test scores. Like I said before, I have no desire to prove anything.

  21. madhaus Says:

    That’s right, maryjane, he has no desire to prove anything. He will mention where he is from and then when told other places are better he explains why his lower scores are actually higher scores. And even though he cannot help mentioning zip and porsche and trophy wife and sub-zero fridge, he has nothing to prove. Nothing!

  22. Real Estater Says:

    >>And even though he cannot help mentioning zip and porsche and trophy wife and sub-zero fridge,

    Another girl-gone-wild, out of context claim. Where did I ever say anything about my wife? Wasn’t the zip mentioned only after your repeated begging request?

  23. maryjane Says:

    Real Estater – have you ever summered on Nantucket? I think you’d like it.

  24. Real Estater Says:

    maryjane,

    Looks like a beautiful place. Unfortunately, I’ll be tied up with my mega-project this summer, and my traveling will be mostly for business.

  25. SEA Says:

    Real Estater- Were are definitely not talking about Palo Alto. Nope.

  26. SEA Says:

    Real Estater- “Unfortunately, I’ll be tied up with my mega-project this summer, and my traveling will be mostly for business.”

    Are Real Investors ever tied up with a “mega-project?”

  27. nomadic Says:

    This mega-project must be mega-behind-schedule. He’s been rambling about it for a long time now. Better have some more 2AM conference calls, RE.

  28. Real Estater Says:

    FYI: It’s not the same project.

  29. SEA Says:

    Same project?

  30. nomadic Says:

    Has anyone noticed the April report for the low-, mid- and high-tier Case-Schiller prices? As usual it’s only the SF MSA but it’s still interesting:

    http://blog.redfin.com/sfbay/2010/04/case-shiller_home_prices_beginning_to_fall_again_in_the_bay_area.html

  31. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Beautiful Marin county… Check out this place in Sausalito for an example.

    And since we have to mention Real Estater’s favorite place on Earth, I would say that this place beats any $2.3M house in Palo Alto. And nomadic would agree with me.

  32. nomadic Says:

    Think so?

  33. Real Estater Says:

    Not feeling it either…

  34. nomadic Says:

    The place is Sausalito is ten times better than what you can get for the money in Palo Alto – just for the view if nothing else. Either place would require me to work from home anyway.

  35. Real Estater Says:

    >>The place is Sausalito is ten times better than what you can get for the money in Palo Alto

    That’s exactly why this place is not special. Specialness requires paying a lot and getting less than you expect.

  36. Real Estater Says:

    Case in point: Austin, or any one of Bob’s favorite cities.

  37. Insecure Techie Says:

    Are Real Investors ever tied up with a “mega-project?”
    —–

    And don’t forget that his every project is a “mega project”. And he needs to mention it every time when he needs to mention his project. He hops one mega project to another mega project. Just remember it is always MEGAAAAAAAAA. Don’t believe it? He just signed a NDS. Mega project is proven.

  38. Real Estater Says:

    …would be 100 times better than what you can get in Sausalito.

  39. Real Estater Says:

    Damn, Pralay, you posted at the wrong time.

  40. DreamT Says:

    I don’t think Palo Alto will ever win any value-for-the-money contest on any scale. Not sure why RealEstater’s so obsessed about flaunting his zip to his bosses and people online he’s never met (what kind of person flaunts his zip at strangers anyway?)
    In other news, California weather remains ridiculously gorgeous.

  41. Real Estater Says:

    DreamT,

    Follow the thread. I gave my zip at madhaus’ request. Unfortunately, people automatically assume flaunting based on the zip. It’s like seeing a good looking person and assuming the person is stuck up about his or her looks. Basically a reflection of your own insecurity, I’m afraid to say.

  42. Insecure Techie Says:

    Where did I ever say anything about my wife?
    —–

    That’s right. Real Estater never said anything about his wife. Occasionally he talks about “mate” and “trophy wife”. But those are only to describe “low end of the spectrum” or “high scorer”. Nothing about his own wife.

  43. Real Estater Says:

    Thanks for the clarification, insecure Pralay.

  44. Insecure Techie Says:

    Unfortunately, people automatically assume flaunting based on the zip.
    —–

    They are not flaunting. They are showing respect – just like “people at work” do.

  45. Insecure Techie Says:

    Thanks for the clarification, insecure Pralay.
    —-

    :) LOL! So I am assuming you are living in “low end of the spectrum” and definitely not a “high scorer”.

    Oh, yes, I forgot you got diploma in “electronic school”. Definitely not a good combination of “diploma, address and mate”.

  46. Insecure Techie Says:

    Better have some more 2AM conference calls, RE.
    —-

    You mean conference call at Burbed, right?

  47. Real Estater Says:

    >>Oh, yes, I forgot you got diploma in “electronic school”. Definitely not a good combination of “diploma, address and mate”.

    Follow the thread, Pralay. I got nothing to prove.

  48. Insecure Techie Says:

    Specialness requires paying a lot and getting less than you expect.
    —-

    I didn’t realize Palo Alto is that bad! Got to be true, after all Real Estater is insider.

  49. Real Estater Says:

    I thought we all agreed not to talk about Palo Alto in this thread?

  50. Insecure Techie Says:

    I got nothing to prove.
    —–

    That would be catastrophic for your persona on Burbed. Because your reasoning and comprehension skill so bad, the only way you can make your argument sound better by adding some tags like “Porsche” or “mega-project” or “diploma, address and mate”.
    More details here.

  51. Insecure Techie Says:

    Real Estater – have you ever summered on Nantucket? I think you’d like it.
    —–

    Before that he needs to complete his mega-project for learning how to spell Nantucket. He is not done with his current ManhattEn (mega) project.

  52. Real Estater Says:

    Insecure Pralay,

    Why are you talking about me all the time? This is a real estate forum, not a Real Estater forum, right? If you really like to talk to me, why don’t you cook up some curry and invite me to your home?

  53. DreamT Says:

    #41 – No doubt exhibitionists do think they’re sharing their good looks with folks who must be filled with insecurities. Thanks for the primer on the zip flaunter’s psychology! Well at least it (reportedly) worked on your boss.

  54. Insecure Techie Says:

    Not sure why RealEstater’s so obsessed about flaunting his zip to his bosses
    ——

    Because “it takes certain qualifications to be there”.

  55. Insecure Techie Says:

    Why are you talking about me all the time?

    I am actually talking about diploma, address, mate and mega-project.

  56. Insecure Techie Says:

    If you really like to talk to me, why don’t you cook up some curry and invite me to your home?
    —-

    I will definitely make a special curry for you, once I get hold of this chilli here. After all, a special man from special zip code needs a special treat.

  57. Insecure Techie Says:

    #41 – No doubt exhibitionists do think they’re sharing their good looks with folks who must be filled with insecurities. Thanks for the primer on the zip flaunter’s psychology!
    —–

    He is an exotic zipcoder with exotic plants.

  58. Alex Says:

    That’s exactly why this place is not special. Specialness requires paying a lot and getting less than you expect.

    Then by your definition, you ought to like the pile of turd I have waiting for you.

  59. nomadic Says:

    A sign of a truly pathetic existence: when someone believes that “specialness” is all about money.

  60. SEA Says:

    Real Estater- “I thought we all agreed not to talk about Palo Alto in this thread?”

    Oh, yes, we would never want to mention Palo Alto. Mentioning Palo Alto would be the worst thing that could happen. I can think of so many better things to discuss other than Palo Alto. We shall not discuss Palo Alto. I am not sure why anyone would mention Palo Alto. I wonder who brought Palo Alto up in this thread. Why would anyone mention Palo Alto?

  61. madhaus Says:

    I had to mention Palo Alto in today’s thread. I don’t recall anyone here agreeing not to mention Palo Alto, anyway. It’s unavoidable. It’s the Katrina of burbed.

    Too bad 94301 had been kicked out of the RBA, and isn’t even a runner-up. That makes it the Boxster of burbed.

  62. bob Says:

    This is analogous to saying CUSD has higher test scores. Like I said before, I have no desire to prove anything.

    … Then why even own a Porsche? Isn’t the point of the car that its supposed to be fast? I mean seriously- the cars certainly don’t win any beauty contests since they look more akin to something you’d see in a package of Jelly Bellys. Thus its only positive attribute is that it is fast… unless we’re talking about the Boxster, which has a speed of around 0-60 in 5.0 seconds. At that point the WRX would toast you. Thus at that point you’re driving an ugly-ass car that doesn’t even really go all that fast. Whoopee.

    In the last house we rented we had a German Professor from Berlin stay with us for a summer program. His opinion about people driving Porsches, Corvettes, and upper end BMWs in the US was that it was totally stupid since we have something called speed limits. Its like owning a case of beer in a country where drinking it is illegal. In Germany of course they have the Autobahn. Even so, he said most people over there drive Hondas, Opels, Fords, and lower range Mercedes and BMWs. Its mostly Americans and their obsession with trying to look like something they’re not.

  63. nomadic Says:

    Its mostly Americans and their obsession with trying to look like something they’re not.

    ahh, you arrived at RE’s reason for driving a Porsche.

  64. madEstater Says:

    I thought he talked about owning a Porsche because he can’t afford one. How would anyone on the internet know what he drives or where he lives? He’s not trying to prove anything, you know.

    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  65. Sio2 Says:

    There’s more to a car than 0-60. A WRX is fast 0-60. It also has a low-rent interior, a vibey engine, relatively soft suspension. A 911 has great handling and a nice interior in addition to 0-60. But don’t dog the Boxster or Cayman. With mid-engine, some prefer the handling to the 911. They are both very nice. WRX is pretty cool too, and a great value, but it’s basically a really fast economy car. Which has its place, but for those who can afford it, I can see why they might get Porsches. And not only to project an image.

    It’s true that we have speed limits, but frankly, cruising at 100 mph is not that exciting. Driving around on rural side roads is more fun, and less likely to result in a ticket.

    Hey, everybody has a hobby.

  66. Chris Says:

    > Driving around on rural side roads is more fun, and less likely to result in a ticket.

    True, but you’re also increasing your chances of killing a cyclist. I only drive my Atom on the track and save the Prius for the road :)

  67. Real Estater Says:

    Everyone knows Corvette has very fast acceleration, but look what happened to this guy.

  68. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure I can find a case of Porsche driver having diarrhea but it does not mean there is correlation…

  69. bob Says:

    Well, the bottom line is that spending 70k on a car is stupid in any case since the car will immediately begin to depreciate. All I can say is whenever I see someone driving a Porsche or upper end Bimmer, Mercedes, etc, I can’t help but feel that the person driving it is an imbecile. They are overcompensating for whatever seems to be lacking in their lives and what better to do so in a car that makes everyone else think you’re a prick?

  70. SEA Says:

    “Well, the bottom line is that spending 70k on a car is stupid in any case since the car will immediately begin to depreciate.”

    Unlike any other asset, $70k cars “immediately begin to depreciate.”

  71. bob Says:

    Oh, yes, we would never want to mention Palo Alto. Mentioning Palo Alto would be the worst thing that could happen. I can think of so many better things to discuss other than Palo Alto.

    Yes, because we should not want to mention Palo Alto. Doing so would be the most terrible that could occur. There are more palatable things to discuss rather than Palo Alto.

  72. DreamT Says:

    I never understood that fixation on what cars others purchase. Why would anybody care if RE is driving a Porsche? Why get all opinionated about it?

    After reading bob’s #69, I’d be wary to let him know if I shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or Ranch 99. I would get the feeling that whatever the answer, I may be judged “stupid” and “overcompensating” for something. Same if I let him know what book I just finished reading. Jeez a car is just a tool, and so are you bob. Did you know that the more you belittle others for their own lifestyle choices, the smaller you look yourself?

  73. bob Says:

    Whatever. If I judge people for blowing 70k on a car then that’s my opinion.

  74. DreamT Says:

    Just seems like a very stupid way to waste your energy. Maybe you’ve overcompensating for something?

  75. maryjane Says:

    Some cars mark their owners as total narcissists who deserve mocking. I laugh whenever I see a Ferrari. You can’t go fast enough to enjoy it, you can’t park it where it’ll get dinged but you get to pay huge amounts of money to maintain it. Enjoy, genius!

  76. anon Says:

    “All I can say is whenever I see someone driving a Porsche or upper end Bimmer, Mercedes, etc, I can’t help but feel that the person driving it is an imbecile. ”

    Hey bob – assuming this person actually paid for the car, they’ve figured out how to make enough money that they can afford to take a (not insubstantial) loss on an asset.

    Have you been able to figure out how to make enough money that you can afford to take such a loss?

  77. SEA Says:

    “Whatever. If I judge people for blowing 70k on a car then that’s my opinion.”

    For some people, especially Real Estater, $500k is not a lot of money.

  78. Petsmart groomer Says:

    I did not realize bob was into fine art, fine wine an fine automobiles. You know, the kind of things that don’t depreciate…

    Same comment about the Ferrari: “huge amounts of money” is not the same for everyone.

  79. anon Says:

    “For some people, especially Real Estater, $500k is not a lot of money.”

    SEA, if that were true he wouldn’t waste his time going to open houses trying to be a landlord…

  80. Insecure Techie Says:

    SEA, if that were true he wouldn’t waste his time going to open houses trying to be a landlord…
    —–

    Well, he “wastes” his time in open house because he can’t find a BBQ table in PA parks. It’s not easy to be a Palo Alto resident, especially in weekends.

  81. bob Says:

    Have you been able to figure out how to make enough money that you can afford to take such a loss?

    Its not a matter of trying to figure out how to take such a loss. Its more than I fail to see how that would improve my life in any way doing so. If others want to go out and spend 70-80k on a BMW, Mercedes, or Porsche then they can go for it.Its still a big waste of money.

    And DreamT, I’m not wasting energy voicing my opinion. If anything it brings me satisfaction to do so thus it only stokes me ego a bit more. There- I felt good typing that. Now its time to go to work!

  82. Sio2 Says:

    Line of the month
    “Jeez a car is just a tool, and so are you bob.”

    Bob, surely you have hobby that others might mock. “What kind of fool would spend hours posting on a Bay Area housing site, when he hates the Bay Area?”

    I can’t see why people spend thousands of dollars on pets, for example, but if it makes them happy good for them.

    I personally wouldn’t spend $70k on a car, but $70k cars are very nice indeed. And if the buyer can afford it and it makes them happy, good for them.

  83. SEA Says:

    bob- “If others want to go out and spend 70-80k on a BMW, Mercedes, or Porsche then they can go for it.Its still a big waste of money.”

    We should talk about things that are a “big waste of money.”

    How about dumb little girls? Like nice cars, they can be quite enjoyable, but costly.

  84. bob Says:

    Ahhh… back from work. Now for more comments! Let’s see…

    Bob, surely you have hobby that others might mock. “What kind of fool would spend hours posting on a Bay Area housing site, when he hates the Bay Area?…but $70k cars are very nice indeed. And if the buyer can afford it and it makes them happy, good for them.

    For starters I don’t spend much time here these days because I’m not only busy, but making plans for “the move”. And, are 70k cars very nice indeed? Well seeing as how an awful lot of those 70k BMWs and Mercedes spend more time in the shop than on the road makes them sound like mechanical nightmares.

    See, here’s the deal. For me its less about the car and more about what its financial impact is on my savings. Perhaps some people find a red BMW M5 sexy. Personally I find a big wad of cash more sexy. If I spend 70k on a car that’s going to be outdated and un-sexy in 5 years then to me that seems like a big waste. Obviously others think differently, which is fine because they help keep German autoworkers employed, which is rather important because we need those Germans to bail out Greece, Spain, and whatever other EU country turns out to be in debt.

    Who’s to say you can’t get joy out of less exotic cars? For example I drive a 14 year old Toyota. Its not going to win any beauty contests or win any races but it was the first vehicle I bought out of college. I’ve kept good care of it, and even wax it every month or so. It still looks like new. I’d even say I’m proud of it. 240,000 miles so far and it just won’t quit. Meanwhile the longer I drive it the more money I can pocket into savings versus car payments.

    We should talk about things that are a “big waste of money.”

    How about dumb little girls? Like nice cars, they can be quite enjoyable, but costly.

    uh… I think I’ll pass on that statement…

  85. SEA Says:

    bob- “Meanwhile the longer I drive it the more money I can pocket into savings versus car payments.”

    Ever considered paying CASH?

  86. nomadic Says:

    bob, while being a saver can be a good thing, I hope there’s something in your life that you enjoy enough to not turn into a purely cost vs. utility calculation. You can’t take it with you, even though at your age this isn’t a “real” thought just yet.

  87. Petsmart groomer Says:

    bob, do you and your Wife go out at all? Did you ever don your gay apparel for a frolic evening, dining out and maybe having dessert even if really you were already full?

  88. Petsmart groomer Says:

    bob is the kind who likes saving money so much he will never spend it and never retire. Good for the kids. Too bad they don’t have any.

  89. nomadic Says:

    That’s just it. Maybe he wants a new wing for the local community college’s library with his name on it after he’s gone.

  90. DreamT Says:

    You gotta admit, it beats having your name engraved in a brick.

  91. Tuno Says:

    I envy Bob. he both holds thrifty views, AND is convinced he’s right. now, I have a Honda that’s just as old as his Toyota, which I could easily replace with something costly. but, like Bob, I’d rather have the money. however, I think it’s kind of silly of me, since everyone I know who is this thrifty, has come to regret it.

    fortunately I waste HUGE amounts of money on something else irrational.

    the big problem with cool cars is that you’re on display. today on El Camino, a guy in the lane to the left of me was driving a BMW convertible that was really attractive and I’m sure costly; cool car. but for about three miles, he had his right signal going. I tried to let him in, but actually he was just spacing out. now if it were my car or Bob’s, or Grandma’s Oldsmobile, a viewer would think, well, what do you expect from someone who drives *that* thing. but with a car like that, it was just wrong, wrong, wrong.

  92. nomadic Says:

    not when that brick is in Palo Alto. ;-)

  93. Real Estater Says:

    Bob,

    If you can’t take a hit, you can’t take a hit, but don’t assume everyone is in that predicament.

  94. SEA Says:

    “not when that brick is in Palo Alto.”

    Yes! One should never leave Palo Alto, where they have it all for life after death.

  95. Real Estater Says:

    >>bob, do you and your Wife go out at all?

    You do realize he found his wife online, right? (I’m not kidding. This is a serious post)

  96. Real Estater Says:

    Great news! Toyota to invest $50M in Tesla electric car plant

    “We’re going to create electric cars together,” Musk told a news conference at Tesla’s office in Palo Alto.

  97. Alex Says:

    How about dumb little girls? Like nice cars, they can be quite enjoyable, but costly.

    A word of advice. It can be quite painful getting thrown in Federal-Pound-Me-In-The-Ass-Prison, I imagine.

    Just stick with the younger, legal chicks. Like me, I get kicks out of dating women in the early 20s for the past 20 years. LOL

  98. Alex Says:

    Great news! Toyota to invest $50M in Tesla electric car plant

    Gimme a friggin break. That’s like me spending $50 on a two-bit whore…a drop in the bucket.

    When it comes to investments in car companies, you gotta do what Uncle Sam does. Throw billions at it.

    Like you said, $500K is not a whole lot of money. 100 x not a whole lot money = still not a whole lot of money.

    **sneer**

  99. SEA Says:

    Alex- Most early 20s “younger, legal chicks” are dumb little girls.

  100. Real Estater Says:

    From my experience, the people who chat about chicks all the time are the ones who don’t get any.

  101. Alex Says:

    I get some alright. Just not some redhead and Asian at the same time :(

  102. Alex Says:

    Alex- Most early 20s “younger, legal chicks” are dumb little girls.

    Yes, that’s the downside. That would explain why I’m still not married.

  103. Real Estater Says:

    >>I get some alright.

    Yes, and Bob drives a car alright.

  104. madhaus Says:

    And RE owns property alright.

  105. Real Estater Says:

    …and madhaus plays guitar alright.

  106. Alex Says:

    >>I get some alright.

    Yes, and Bob drives a car alright.

    Don’t believe? Just ask your wife.

  107. DreamT Says:

    that’s what she said
    (contribution of the night. thank you)

  108. madhaus Says:

    Bow chicka bow wow.

  109. Real Estater Says:

    Alex,

    I’m convinced you’re not getting any. It’s pretty easy to tell, really. You can have multiple shows going on at the same time, but you can’t put them together. If you had any experience, you’d know that. To get what you’re after, you need to be in porn.

  110. Real Estater Says:

    More evidence why the tech world literally revolves around Palo Alto:

    Steve Blank, who teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford and studies Silicon Valley history, said it may be time to think of two valley cultures, a “social Silicon Valley” on the Palo Alto-San Francisco axis where entrepreneurs are finding ways to fit technology to social needs and human relationships, and a “traditional Silicon Valley” in southern Santa Clara County, where companies focus more on technology, like software algorithms and designing chips.

    From startups such as Yammer, CoTweet and Klout, to maturing mainstays of the social Web such as Facebook, YouTube, Yelp and Twitter, “Web 2.0″ social networking companies are increasingly flocking to the area between Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto and Market Street in San Francisco, drawn by a more urban environment that appeals to their younger, hipper work force.


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