RE: The Cost of Living in the Bay Area as compared to Boston

Pang, Hokkun (
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 11:51:09 -0400


i just want to be among the 3% who wants to experience living in a few
major cities in the US
before i die. is it too much to ask? is OC = orange county? well, i
lived in LA before, not ready to do
it again.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gregory Alan Bolcer []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 1998 10:55 AM
> To: Pang, Hokkun
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: The Cost of Living in the Bay Area as compared to
> Boston
> > its fair to say they make at least 25% more than in boston but the
> housing
> > price is at least that
> > much higher. i picked up a copy of silicon valley today during a
> recent
> > visit and was horrified to
> > see the average housing price in san jose was 270k last year. this
> friend
> > living in a small single house
> > in redwood city put its worth at 300k. i'm sure a similar one can
> be had for
> > 200k in the south shore area
> > in boston.
> And you wonder why there are so many more hippy communes in the
> Bay Area than Boston. You see, Hokkun, it's like software piracy,
> the people who legitimately go out and pay the full purchase price
> get screwed because that full purchase price includes the cost
> of about 4.5 pirated copies. Now, is it fair to penalize the
> legitimate consumer with the illegal actions of others or the
> technical shortcomings of their own product? Similarly, since
> there are so many freeloading, free-loving living in the same
> housing unit, it only makes sense to the landlords to raise the
> prices. UCI follows the same model and does a one-upmanship. They
> discriminate by age, class, marital status to force you into
> little commune boxes. Of course, this all goes out the window if
> you openly declare you are gay, then to prove they aren't
> discriminatory,
> you can live anywhere you want. Special rights, not equal rights
> they always say.
> Anyways, send me a check and a resume I will give you a completely
> bogus career assessment that is 97% better than any other you might
> get from any of these completely bogus career counselors. If you
> want a job doing Web-based, e-commerce, financial market stuff, in
> OC, I can hook you up. I just turned a job down.
> Greg
> > another concern i have is the job opportunities. i'm not in R&D and
> i've
> > alwayed worked in financial
> > and IT consulting doing mostly client/server, e-commerce. there are
> lots of
> > these companies in boston,
> > i.e. fidelity, putnam, state street, cambridge technology, sapient
> etc.
> > what's the chance of finding
> > something similar in the bay area?
> >
> > - Hokkun
> >