Best Part about Living in San Francisco?
Here are a few of mine:
- The Outdoor Activities. This should come as no surprise to anyone who reads my regular forum posts. Today I was out rock climbing at Castle Rock State Park. Last weekend I was enjoying the redwoods and beaches of Sonoma County. Tomorrow I head to Yosemite. Monday I'll probably spend some time relaxing at the beach in Santa Cruz. Let's face it: whether you are a kite boarder or a mountain biker, a lover of the ocean or of giant trees, a day hiker or a marathon runner, this area has it all. And if that's not enough, the Sierras are only four hours away.
- The cutting edge of technology. Northern California is like Hollywood for the computer world. Everything in technology, social media, computer parts, or web 2.0 somehow ties back to this area. The two hottest cell phones on the market were developed in adjacent towns. The only social networking tool that has its own biography AND major motion picture is now headquartered only one town over from there. Design tools, computer chips, semiconductors, design software - ANYTHING tech-related - is home based right in this area, or at least has a major presence. And it SHOWS. It shows in the cars driven, the architecture, and the brand-new iPad being used by the average Joe in your neighborhood coffee shop.
- The palm trees. Yes, artificial or real, I am a sucker for palm trees.
- The progressive cultural feel. It's more than just left-wing politics and wind energy. There is a diverse, hip, up-and-coming cultural feel that seems to define all people of the Bay Area, young and old. There is no aristocratic history or southern gentility, no governing religion or other group that takes over. People here seem to know who they are but are open to new ideas, and diversity is certainly not lacking. This one is a bit tougher to pinpoint, but it's a biggie.
- The Food. Any place that can offer up top-notch Italian Food, vegetarian/vegan food, Mexican food, sushi and Indian food is A-okay in my book.
- Stuff to do. San Francisco is like a college town for grown-ups. From swing dancing to street festivals to big wheel races to movie nights in the park, there is always something going on. The city already has a lot going for it, but SF still manages to always deliver events that are not only fun and have mass appeal, but are also unique.
Those are a few of mine...what are yours?