Georgia v. California ... FIGHT!

I spent last week in San Francisco, visiting Jen and Alan, Amanda, June, Fiyin, and Kyle. Jen, Alan, and Amanda were each amazing hosts, and they kept me busy during the entire trip, covering a good chunk of the Bay area. I enjoyed seeing the campuses of so many high-tech companies, both big and small: Google, Facebook, Intel, Marvell, Microsoft, Oracle, Azureus, Meebo, etc. etc.

I spotted plenty of differences between San Francisco and Atlanta, as well. Here's a bullet-point list:

  • People in the Bay area drive the speed limit. It's easy in ATL to drive 15-20 over without feeling like a speed demon, but driving 10 over in SF would leave you passing most people on the freeways. On the other hand, posted speed limits in ATL are usually too low to begin with.
  • Downtown SF has some crazy traffic rules, but they seem to work very well. Traffic can be dense, but it generally keeps moving. Good luck figuring out how to drive to a particular place in Golden Gate park, though.
  • Hard liquor in grocery stores, even on Sundays! What a novel concept!
  • ATL's Publix and Kroger are supplanted by Safeway, Lucky, and Trader Joe's (though we're now getting the latter in ATL)
  • Valero and Standard gas stations
  • Where do I get cash from my Wachovia account?!
  • I was able to get Mexican and Italian Coca-Cola in restaurants in the Mission district and Haight+Ashbury, respectively.
  • A ad on TV showed two guys getting to know each other romantically. Yay, equal-opportunity advertising.
  • SF seems to have about 23 different public TV and radio stations.


ahahaha, fiyin has a myspace page! *points, laughs* :D
  • Kyle
  • April 29, 2008
  • 2:13 pm
What on earth is Lucky? I do TJ's occasionally and only go to Safeway when I need deodorant or cleaning supplies. Usually it's the grocery store in my neighborhood or the vegetarian co-op down the street. I hope that doesn't make me sound like too much of a snoot.

It was fun seeing you, however briefly. Glad you had a good trip!
  • Matt M.
  • May 2, 2008
  • 12:54 pm
I was entirely impressed with the Bay Area's NPR programs. It helps when you have 20+ million potential contributers though.
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