I just got back from a weekend trip out to the West Coast and I LOVED the Bay Area, even with this rare rain storm that will be gone by Thursday.
The nation’s friendliest people, I love the steep up and down streets, great food, ALMOST always great weather, 2 hours from snow ski resorts, 2 hours from Desert, 1 hour from vineyards, 2 hours from Gigantic redwood trees, Marin County was AWESOME, Berkeley speaks for itself, work ANY job low-skill or high-skilled and you get 100% of the amenities just like that!
This city is incredible, if I were jobless I’d find a way to the Bay Area, I’d dumpster dive, live on Telegraph Street Berkeley, get 50 people together to share a car.
This would be challenging and adventurous, and WAYYY more fun than sitting in some crappy East Coast town whining that the economy sucks.
Because in the Bay Area, a lot of what makes life good is what the natural earth has to provide, you know….the stuff that doesn’t cost money but instead results in higher real estate costs. BUT…if you share housing together with lots of people, it’s the BEST deal in the world!!!
and now I’m dying for a Ghirardelli Cable Car Rocky Road Ice Cream Sundae and can’t believe the whole Northeastern USA has not one SHOP! Not even NEW YORK has it!
Boulder is next on my travel list
About San Francisco parking, simple solution. Park at a BART station, ANY BART station, then use the train and the muni to get around. Save yourself the parking hastle.