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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:47 AM
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15. I've been reading this thread with some bemusement.
Living in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif) for 15 years, I became addicted to the Art & Wine Festivals every weekend during Daylight Savings Time. Every weekend a different town - the main streets closed off and booths along both sides and down the center. Towns competed, but cooperated so their scheduled weekends didn't conflict. A day in the sun and fresh air, noshing on ethnic food, greeting other fruits'n'nuts, and just enjoying the day. The format was almost always pretty much the same with some notable exceptions (e.g. The Gilroy Garlic Festival) - start on Friday at 6pm and wrap up on Sunday at 6pm.

I NEVER had problems with other people banging into me with their strollers. People would bring their kids and dogs - even if the temperature was in the high 80s (normal) - and always kept them safe and under control. The thing is - people in Silicon Valley, for all their human faults and frailties, were very accustomed to being around other people and being considerate. I rarely had to growl at someone halting foot traffic because they blocked others while they cluelessly engaged in navel-gazing, conversation, or head-scratching. It just staggers me to be back in Michigan and deal with such "unsocialized" people absolutely every time I'm in the supermarket or a crowd anywhere. Virtually everyone in Silicon Valley, whether they were Asian, Eastern European, Middle-Eastern, or whatever, knew to shuffle off to the side when they had a cranial CPU crash so they didn't get in the way of other people.

Then again, Silicon Valley (and the bay area) is far more socially liberal - even those who vote Republican, strangely enough. I think people there enjoy people more - or at least aren't afraid of being around large numbers of other people. I can't even count the times I've hear folks in rural or semi-rural conservative areas voice negative feelings about "too many people" - as though there could be could ever be too much of a good thing. I really think that the most fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives is whether they like people. Conservatives really don't. I sometimes think it's just that simple. I like people - I think we're a fascinating species.

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