nothing in california has never been the same since the 70’s. With the technological advancements, everything seems like Back to the Future, really.

I agree, although the advancements aren’t what bothers me really. I’m all for modern technology and architecture for the most part, but it’s the tech industry itself (the Silicon Valley “boom,” as it were) that really tarnished the area and made the Bay Area virtually uninhabitable. The homeless population has increased dramatically over the past 30-40 years or so, due to the skyrocketing rent prices… areas have fallen into disrepair, taxes are through the roof… I could go on, but I really don’t think I have to.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a wonderful place. If I could afford to live there, I absolutely would… but that’s the thing – NO ONE can. The tech industry has brought too much wealth into the area (an area which, let’s face it, was already geared toward the affluent in the first place), and it’s really dimmed the brilliant culture of the area by driving those less fortunate out.

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ahh yes not only studio apartments but really everything they have to offer! It’s such a disappointment for such a beautiful location to come with a not so beautiful price

Absolutely! There are still some hidden gems in the city and the surrounding areas that’ve remained reasonable throughout the years, but a majority of the local businesses have (unfortunately) seemed to keep pace with the big-name chains in that way. Sad, really. San Francisco isn’t what it once was in the 60′s, or even the 70′s… but it’s still a wonderful place, rich in culture (albeit rich in other ways as well).

thank you very much for those recommendations. I must ask, why did you leave San Francisco? I’ve been before and it is a lovely place to be.

Ohhh that’s a very complicated question, with a very complicated answer.

I suppose the easiest way to explain it would be to say that I originally left the area to attend college elsewhere, and it’s just not what it used to be these days. It’s a lovely place, to be sure… but the tech industry has taken over, and made the area uninhabitable to many. Drove the property rates up sky-high, and the homeless population is through the roof as a result. Have you seen the cost of a studio apartment there recently?? But I digress…

You’re very welcome though, my dear anon! I hope those recommendations have managed to help you in some way, however selective they may be. If you have any more questions about California, feel free to send them in… I’ll try and answer them to the best of my abilities

You condone, but your wife doesn’t, (if I’m wrong correct me) so how does that affect your relationship?

raunchyrichardramirez:

It doesn’t affect it, except if I say something dumb or too awful, I’ll get smacked in the arm haha. But I don’t care if people kill people really, some deserve it in a way, and I don’t mind the actions of others. 

But no, as long as I’m not an asshole, she doesn’t do anything. Sometimes will laugh as well. I’m sure she can add in on this. 

Agreed… it doesn’t really. It’s entirely complicated, and at the same time – not complicated at all.

I still say this goofball over here doesn’t REALLY condone (again, more of a passive acceptance than a gung-ho “GO DO IT, ALL PEOPLE SHOULD DIE LOL” sort of thing) but I’m not entirely innocent either. That’s where the complicated bits come in that don’t complicate anything at all.

Clearly I’m against those close to me being hurt… that’s a given. But others? Eh. I’m not generally pro-harming others, unless I feel they deserve it (for instance – if you fuck with someone I care deeply for, I would show no remorse if I were to go after you… I protect my own, and I’m not sorry about that), but I also tend to have no real emotion attached to anything else. I see a school shooting, or I hear about a double homicide on the news, or some shit? I’m clearly not cheering about it, but I just… don’t care? I’m apathetic about it. I feel nothing at all. Sometimes I wish I could, but that’s just the way I’m wired I’m afraid. I just don’t connect to it at all, so I’m indifferent.

I’m not pro… I don’t condone… but I generally don’t feel, either. The only time I feel anything at all in regards to the topic is if someone I love is hurt, or in trouble because of it (i.e. they’re either locked up for committing the crime themselves, or they were physically wounded by whoever did.)

None of that really interferes with or has an effect on our relationship.

Does that make sense? I have no idea. But there you have it.