I Love the Bay Area

It may not come as a whole heap of a surprise but I love California. I’ve never been to Southern Cal but it strikes me as a little too non-fun for me. It’s full of upper crust people that are so full of themselves that anything less than People Magazine simply won’t do it.

I like regular people. People who you can have a beer with and laugh about stupid stuff. People who understand the nuances of business but yet aren’t so caught up in money to be flaky. People who understand a good work-life balance and put it into practice. I enjoy cool summers and warm winters and picturesque mountains within eyesight.

I love San Francisco.

For the second time in my life, and really, the second time in 6 months, I’m in the Bay Area. Sure, the 3 hour time change kicks my ass. I wake up at 7am here feeling like it’s 10am and I never wake up before 9am at home. The flip side of that is that I want to crash at 8pm, instead of going to a jazz club or having dinner with a colleeague.

I still love San Francisco.

See, I have expensive taste on a pauper budget. If I could choose one of two places in the world to live, it would be New York or San Francisco. It’s expensive to live in either of those places. Too expensive for my budget. That can change, of course, but right now I live in Baltimore – because it’s affordable.

I’ll never be a Giants fan or a 49ers fan. Hell, I couldn’t tell you what sport the San Jose Sharks play. But I love the atmosphere. I love the weather. On the east coast, we get super humidity thanks to trade winds from the southeast and the Gulf of Mexico. During the winter, we get Canada’s Alberta Clippers that serves to freeze my tooshie. On the west coast, the Pacific Ocean keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We drove the 101 with the top down in the convertible today. Fantastic weather.

When I was here in August, it took me three days to find someone who was not nice. In Baltimore – give me 15 minutes.

In the Bay Area, violent crime is in two-digits for a city of 6 million. In Baltimore? 300+ in a city of 300,000. In Baltimore, we have 100 degrees with 98% humidity in July. In San Francisco? 70 degrees with 10% humidity. In Baltimore, it’s 35 degrees right now. In San Francisco, it’s 55. In Baltimore, people wear ties to work because of customers. In San Francisco, it’s torn jeans because product speaks for itself.

I love this town.

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Aaron Brazell

Aaron Brazell is a Baltimore, MD-based WordPress developer, a co-founder at WP Engine, WordPress core contributor and author. He wrote the book WordPress Bible and has been publishing on the web since 2000. You can follow him on Twitter, on his personal blog and view his photography at The Aperture Filter.

10 thoughts on “I Love the Bay Area”

  1. I love the Bay Area, too, and was really considering taking a job that I had there, but after thinking real hard, and also considering the fact that it takes a shitload of money and processing time to get an application for a student like myself to be allowed to work at a job there, I decided to immediately focus on Toronto. I mean, I love this city, too! :)

  2. Whenever I hear of San Fran I think of the Simpsons episode with Fidel Castro talking about the street they named after him there… “It’s full of WHAT?!”

  3. Aaron,
    300+ murders per year in so small a city is one of the reasons I haven’t moved back to Baltimore yet. I was born there, and lived there till 19. I’ve been away from home for over 5 years now… and I barely miss it. I like not worrying about getting shot at everyday.

  4. Aaron, It looks like i put in my email address instead of my website – oops. Off topic ( way off topic ) but here’s a question for you – hopefully you know.
    If I try to put in my other website –
    http://www.houstoncars.org – in on a blog comment, the comment fails to post about 75% of the time – is that because it’s a .org or some other bizarro reason?

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