The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
> I have lived many years in both NorCal and SoCal, and currently commute
> regularly between the two. My personal opinions about the major
> metropolitan areas are as follows:
> San Diego: Easily the finest big city in the US. Fantastic weather year
> 'round, fantastic beaches, well-designed freeways, and very clean. It is
> becoming something of a retirement community in recent years, and the job
> situation is less than optimal, though improving. If technology wasn't my
> industry, this is where I would live.
San Diego is the most fuckin' boring place on the earth. If your not
dealing with retired old people, your dealing with service men, idiot
surfers, or speeders coming into town from the desert or North County.
Yeah, other than that it's just wonderful.
> Los Angeles: This city has a unique culture from which the "California
> lifestyle" stereotype has come. While an interesting place to live, I find
> it dirty and not nearly as friendly as most other places in California.
> However, if you are into content/media development, this is the place to
> be. (San Francisco has a small media district, but not nearly as
> prominent.) Also, the drivers in Los Angeles have an abrasive brand of
> aggression that takes getting used to if you are not from there (You have
> been warned!).
What part of Los Angeles are you talking about? Westside? Eastside? OC?
Valley? South Bay?
Los Angeles is a great place. You can be anything you want and do anything
you want. Yes is it more conservative than San Francisco but common' what
city isn't other than maybe Hamburg or Amsterdam?
The only other problem is you probably are used to driving a Honda. Get a
sports car or SUV like the rest of us and it isn't scarey to drive at all.
> Silicon Valley/San Francisco: Silicon Valley is most notably extremely
> diverse culturally. In some areas, "white" is not the majority race. It
> is also home to virtually all "hard" tech companies. While it is a clean
> and safe place to live, it is also very expensive and somewhat bland
> compared to the other metropolitan areas. The social scene isn't quite up
> to par with Los Angeles and San Diego (San Francisco excepted!) but the
> place is fairly boiling with intellectual energy. Silicon Valley is also
> where the serious tech startup scene is, if that is what you are looking for.
I hate San Francisco. I hate the people. They are rude and arrogant. They
think the sun revolves around them, and all it ever does is rain. People in
Silicon Valley will stab you in the back in a New York minute while fucking
their mothers. They have no morals or scruples. All that matters is making
more money than their buddies. They all suck.
> I have lived in all three areas, and all three have their advantages and
> disadvantages. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to
> ask. I currently spend most of my time in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.