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(Patch)   Mark Zuckerberg lives there, and it's home to Stanford University--so what's Palo Alto like on a Friday night? Try this--people transporting mattresses on the roofs of their cars, and a police chief who tweets about it during a virtual ride-along   (paloalto.patch.com) divider line 57
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2013-02-18 09:30:38 AM
Could you have made this sound any more boring, Subby?
 
2013-02-18 09:33:45 AM
Palo Alto's like New Haven - a wealthy white part, and a dirt-poor black part.
 
2013-02-18 09:34:33 AM
Well, it's in The People's Rebublik of Kalifornia, so by definition it's a self absorbed, self righteous, bankrupt, hole that will try to tell everyone else how to live.
Because being bankrupt is cool.

One of the defining moments of my college education was when I learned that Kali is on an abducting plate and not subducting and as such will never snap off and sink into the ocean.
Such a sad day.
Tool LIED TO ME!
 
2013-02-18 09:42:39 AM

computerguyUT: Well, it's in The People's Rebublik of Kalifornia, so by definition it's a self absorbed, self righteous, bankrupt, hole that will try to tell everyone else how to live.
Because being bankrupt is cool.

One of the defining moments of my college education was when I learned that Kali is on an abducting plate and not subducting and as such will never snap off and sink into the ocean.
Such a sad day.
Tool LIED TO ME!


Still mad about units from California keeping Utah loyal during the Civil War, huh? Hate to say it, but after Mountain Meadows y'all needed to be garrisoned.
 
2013-02-18 09:47:12 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-18 09:52:21 AM
Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns stops a car with unusual cargo. Credit Palo Alto Police Dept.

Is it illegal in CA to carry stuff on you're roof?
 
2013-02-18 10:02:52 AM
Ahh Palo Alto. Lived near there for a year, in Redwood City (Marsh Rd exit, next to Atherton).

East Palo Alto, the literal 'wrong side of the train tracks', was scary, but I bought a lot of stuff at Best Buy there (And the Taco Bell was there too)
 
2013-02-18 10:07:43 AM
hot-dogma.com

/vehicle in question
 
2013-02-18 10:20:46 AM
There's no way a PIO goes along on a ride and doesn't manipulate things in a positive manner.

I did a few ride-alongs with police when I was an Explorer Scout.   My nights tweeting (if they existed back then) would be:

Officer Kelly explains to me how he can catch a nap but still be able to wake up if he hears his ID on the radio

Officer Kelly pulls car into cul-de-sac in a office park at 23:00, shows how to set radar to alarm if anyone walks up to car. Goes to sleep.

We just parked in a lot near a 4 way stop sign to look for people running it.  Officer Kelly just fell asleep again.  I'm bored.

Panic alarm sounded at nearby movie theater. On way to investigate. Finally some excitement.
Officer Kelly pulled up in front of theater door. Another officer hollers at him saying he should have parked out of sight of the front door.
 
2013-02-18 10:22:55 AM
i used to love reading the police blotter from PA/Menlo/Atherton news paper.  full of rich people problems like: 7:52am, resident called to complain the neighbor's gardner is using a leaf blower 8 minutes before 8am.    9:18pm, citizen reported a found bike.

etc.
 
2013-02-18 10:26:25 AM
Take from a guy who has roots for over three generations in the City next door. (Get off my lawn Google.)

There is nothing really glamorous about Palo Alto, just an aging Caucasian crew, slowly being replaced by the Asian community, mingling with the Stanford yuppies, circle jerking over how much money they have, or how well connected or what famous people they know, while straddling their bikes like it was their lover, drinking their coffee, taking their anti-depressant pills because life has been so brutal, shopping or just hanging out in downtown ALL DAY LONG.

Note:
When you notice you are in an area where everybody is looking at everyone else, you know the place is full of jackasses.

The only thing that is good about Palo Alto is that it is neighbors with Stanford/Lucile Packard hospitals.
The University is overrated. The Hospitals are not.

East Palo Alto has been pushed as a big retail zone more and more.
There are still bad areas, but not the way things were back in the 80's and 90's

Unless you're a walking ego with a brown nose who enjoys shopping and public masturbation, you're not missing much.

And thank god I don't have to attend anymore of their craptastic chamber of commerce meetings.
 
2013-02-18 10:32:37 AM
cdn.carbuzz.com
 
2013-02-18 10:38:29 AM
I've stayed overnight in "downtown" palo alto on business, and found several local watering holes were pretty nice. As was one downtown hotel, which has been around since the 1930s but would be a cardinal sin to reveal to this wide an audience.

nice place, beats the marriot out by the airport.

Just got to remember how many hours coral is worth, and not to park in coral and then lime.
 
2013-02-18 10:39:12 AM

mirazh1976: Take from a guy who has roots for over three generations in the City next door. (Get off my lawn Google.)

There is nothing really glamorous about Palo Alto, just an aging Caucasian crew, slowly being replaced by the Asian community, mingling with the Stanford yuppies, circle jerking over how much money they have, or how well connected or what famous people they know, while straddling their bikes like it was their lover, drinking their coffee, taking their anti-depressant pills because life has been so brutal, shopping or just hanging out in downtown ALL DAY LONG.

Note:
When you notice you are in an area where everybody is looking at everyone else, you know the place is full of jackasses.

The only thing that is good about Palo Alto is that it is neighbors with Stanford/Lucile Packard hospitals.
The University is overrated. The Hospitals are not.

East Palo Alto has been pushed as a big retail zone more and more.
There are still bad areas, but not the way things were back in the 80's and 90's

Unless you're a walking ego with a brown nose who enjoys shopping and public masturbation, you're not missing much.

And thank god I don't have to attend anymore of their craptastic chamber of commerce meetings.


I worked right off of High & University in the late 90's.  It was a great location for food / bars, but it was also rare to find a decent looking woman that wasn't already surrounded by dudes.

I went back recently and was bummed to have found how things changed.
 
2013-02-18 11:15:49 AM
How else do you transport mattresses?
 
2013-02-18 11:19:19 AM

vgss: How else do you transport mattresses?


================

Tied down?
 
2013-02-18 11:22:44 AM

TheSwissNavy: Palo Alto's like New Haven - a wealthy white part, and a dirt-poor black part.


Haha there is no poor part of Palo Alto, my friend. You are perhaps referring to East Palo, which is a different city in a different county.
 
2013-02-18 11:25:13 AM
As opposed to Friday night in Chicago ...

blog.craniumfitteds.com

www.progressillinois.com


www.chicagonow.com
 
2013-02-18 11:29:44 AM

boozehat: mirazh1976: Take from a guy who has roots for over three generations in the City next door. (Get off my lawn Google.)

There is nothing really glamorous about Palo Alto, just an aging Caucasian crew, slowly being replaced by the Asian community, mingling with the Stanford yuppies, circle jerking over how much money they have, or how well connected or what famous people they know, while straddling their bikes like it was their lover, drinking their coffee, taking their anti-depressant pills because life has been so brutal, shopping or just hanging out in downtown ALL DAY LONG.

Note:
When you notice you are in an area where everybody is looking at everyone else, you know the place is full of jackasses.

The only thing that is good about Palo Alto is that it is neighbors with Stanford/Lucile Packard hospitals.
The University is overrated. The Hospitals are not.

East Palo Alto has been pushed as a big retail zone more and more.
There are still bad areas, but not the way things were back in the 80's and 90's

Unless you're a walking ego with a brown nose who enjoys shopping and public masturbation, you're not missing much.

And thank god I don't have to attend anymore of their craptastic chamber of commerce meetings.

I worked right off of High & University in the late 90's.  It was a great location for food / bars, but it was also rare to find a decent looking woman that wasn't already surrounded by dudes.

I went back recently and was bummed to have found how things changed.


Thats not a Palo Alto problem, thats a West Coast problem. What happens when you invite the worlds homeless to your streets then expect all of them to be respectful, law abiding entertaining guests instead of cracked out violent asswits whose own towns kicked them out years ago.
 
2013-02-18 11:40:13 AM
I work in downtown Palo Alto and am getting a kick, etc.

The smug is intolerable. They closed down both half-way houses in town and forced the mentally ill onto the street and into the public parks, then they closed down one if the parks in the middle of winter and pushed them onto the streets.

There's a lot of money here but no community willingness to take care of those who can't take care of themselves.

Famous for housing startups it actually is dominated by two taking up most available real-estate making it difficult for smaller places to get space. It's a landlord's wet-dream.

Worse are the out-of-state families of new students clogging the narrow streets not knowing you can turn right on red after full stop or that you move into the box before turning left so that more cars can also turn on a green/yellow cycle. Also too many freshmen in $100K cars and the entitled mindset from those who were given wealth and didn't earn it.

It's really warped for those who didn't win the stock option or VC pump-and-dump lottery.
 
2013-02-18 12:54:15 PM

boozehat: I worked right off of High & University in the late 90's.  It was a great location for food / bars, but it was also rare to find a decent looking woman that wasn't already surrounded by dudes.

I went back recently and was bummed to have found how things changed.


So, I've only been to California once, and it was only for two weeks, but the majority of it was in Palo Alto/Stanford and a bit of time in San Francisco. I thought Stanford was pretty cool as a University, but I was there as a non-student doing research with a collaborator. So hanging out with fellow scientists all day long means you don't meet all of the jerk offs. Walking by a Nobel Prize winner in the hallway is also pretty awesome.

I liked Palo Alto but man, I've never seen so many crazy homeless people in my life. We don't get that quite so much here in Canada, particularly on the east coast, and there is far more pressure to have adequate beds in shelters since people will die in the winter sleeping on the street.

In San Francisco my friend, who is also Canadian, was telling me the stories of how it is perfectly normal for guys to blatantly hit on her while she is out with her boyfriend because the dating scene is so competitive in the Bay area with way too many single guys. That and "I'm CEO/VP/President" of "Jerk-off startup X" is the major pick up line.
 
2013-02-18 12:56:58 PM
Who hasn't driven somewhere holding a mattress on the top of the car?

/you should have seen the canoe we put on my Triumph Spitfire with the top down. No need to tie it off...
 
2013-02-18 01:37:23 PM
I miss the New Varsity Theater (and bar).
The following pic sums up 99.9% of Palo Alto perfectly:
3.bp.blogspot.com
/Hot, like so many of the anointed of that town seem to think of themselves.
 
2013-02-18 01:52:14 PM
Stanford sucks, GO BEARS!!

tho i admit Palo Alto is much nicer than Berzerkeley and also has a FRYS
 
2013-02-18 02:09:17 PM
I have a few friends who live in Palo Alto and I interviewed to work in Palo Alto a little over a year ago.

Sorry, but it looks like the most boring place on Earth (and worse: overpriced).   The only remotely interesting thing was seeing the guys in the coffee shops talking techie deals.  Yeah, its upscale but its a true suburban hell to me - just boring sprawl and strip malls.  And from what my friends say - its also a bad place to be single - the worst male to female ratio outside of engineering school.

If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?  I would take The City over living anywhere in the South Bay any day.  Shiat, I'd even live in a nicer part of Oakland over Silicon Valley, atleast there's a bit of variety over there.
 
2013-02-18 02:11:26 PM
There are shiat parts of Palo Alto, over towards El Camino Real/Arastradero Rd area. Go figure, away from 'happy campus land'.  Personally, everything besides The Counter and Patxi's, maybe a BevMo for that 'Gotta Get Drunk on Wine' feeling, sucks and is full of the MSDS attitude. It pretty much reminds me of the old movie The Slums of Beverly Hills without Natasha and Marissa
 
2013-02-18 02:12:30 PM
SirEattonHogg: ...
If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?
...


That's pretty much exactly it.  Succinctly put.
 
2013-02-18 02:13:53 PM

Sniffers Row: There are shiat parts of Palo Alto, over towards El Camino Real/Arastradero Rd area. Go figure, away from 'happy campus land'.  Personally, everything besides The Counter and Patxi's, maybe a BevMo for that 'Gotta Get Drunk on Wine' feeling, sucks and is full of the     MSDS    attitude. It pretty much reminds me of the old movie The Slums of Beverly Hills without Natasha and Marissa


Material Safety Data Sheet?
 
2013-02-18 02:19:09 PM

SirEattonHogg: I have a few friends who live in Palo Alto and I interviewed to work in Palo Alto a little over a year ago.

Sorry, but it looks like the most boring place on Earth (and worse: overpriced).   The only remotely interesting thing was seeing the guys in the coffee shops talking techie deals.  Yeah, its upscale but its a true suburban hell to me - just boring sprawl and strip malls.  And from what my friends say - its also a bad place to be single - the worst male to female ratio outside of engineering school.

If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?  I would take The City over living anywhere in the South Bay any day.  Shiat, I'd even live in a nicer part of Oakland over Silicon Valley, atleast there's a bit of variety over there.


Actually, the funny phenomena is Apple.  The Apple people are suuuuuper grandiose, yet they have to work in the armpit that is Cupertino.  They take great pains to let you know what part of The City they come down from - so you don't mistake them for some poor subarban shiatheel.
 
2013-02-18 02:27:10 PM

noitsnot: Sniffers Row: There are shiat parts of Palo Alto, over towards El Camino Real/Arastradero Rd area. Go figure, away from 'happy campus land'.  Personally, everything besides The Counter and Patxi's, maybe a BevMo for that 'Gotta Get Drunk on Wine' feeling, sucks and is full of the     MSDS    attitude. It pretty much reminds me of the old movie The Slums of Beverly Hills without Natasha and Marissa

Material Safety Data Sheet?


My Shiat Don't Stink, but I can see where using that acronym wasn't the best choice
 
2013-02-18 02:32:20 PM

nosferatublue: Could you have made this sound any more boring, Subby?


I clicked the article because I read mattress as mistress.

/stupid brain.
 
2013-02-18 02:39:44 PM

noitsnot: SirEattonHogg: I have a few friends who live in Palo Alto and I interviewed to work in Palo Alto a little over a year ago.

Sorry, but it looks like the most boring place on Earth (and worse: overpriced).   The only remotely interesting thing was seeing the guys in the coffee shops talking techie deals.  Yeah, its upscale but its a true suburban hell to me - just boring sprawl and strip malls.  And from what my friends say - its also a bad place to be single - the worst male to female ratio outside of engineering school.

If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?  I would take The City over living anywhere in the South Bay any day.  Shiat, I'd even live in a nicer part of Oakland over Silicon Valley, atleast there's a bit of variety over there.

Actually, the funny phenomena is Apple.  The Apple people are suuuuuper grandiose, yet they have to work in the armpit that is Cupertino.  They take great pains to let you know what part of The City they come down from - so you don't mistake them for some poor subarban shiatheel.


Question: How do you get from SF to Apple HQ in under an hour?  Because driving is right out, and Caltrain doesn't go anywhere near Apple HQ.

/Same question for Google, because 101 is even more of an absolute parking lot than 280 (which is actually fairly decent for much of the route).
 
2013-02-18 02:54:54 PM

meyerkev: noitsnot: SirEattonHogg: I have a few friends who live in Palo Alto and I interviewed to work in Palo Alto a little over a year ago.

Sorry, but it looks like the most boring place on Earth (and worse: overpriced).   The only remotely interesting thing was seeing the guys in the coffee shops talking techie deals.  Yeah, its upscale but its a true suburban hell to me - just boring sprawl and strip malls.  And from what my friends say - its also a bad place to be single - the worst male to female ratio outside of engineering school.

If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?  I would take The City over living anywhere in the South Bay any day.  Shiat, I'd even live in a nicer part of Oakland over Silicon Valley, atleast there's a bit of variety over there.

Actually, the funny phenomena is Apple.  The Apple people are suuuuuper grandiose, yet they have to work in the armpit that is Cupertino.  They take great pains to let you know what part of The City they come down from - so you don't mistake them for some poor subarban shiatheel.

Question: How do you get from SF to Apple HQ in under an hour?  Because driving is right out, and Caltrain doesn't go anywhere near Apple HQ.

/Same question for Google, because 101 is even more of an absolute parking lot than 280 (which is actually fairly decent for much of the route).


The big dogs all run shuttle busses to/from SF now.  Google and FB do, so I'm sure Apple does as well.

Other strategies are:
1) Get a Leaf or plug-in Prius or a commute buddy and carpool lane 101
2) Suck it up and drive for 3+ hours every day
3) Suck it up and sit on CalTrain and Muni for 3+ hours every day
 
2013-02-18 02:56:47 PM
noitsnot:
Question: How do you get from SF to Apple HQ in under an hour?  Because driving is right out, and Caltrain doesn't go anywhere near Apple HQ.

/Same question for Google, because 101 is even more of an absolute parking lot than 280 (which is actually fairly decent for much of the route).

The big dogs all run shuttle busses to/from SF now.  Google and FB do, so I'm sure Apple does as well.

Other strategies are:
1) Get a Leaf or plug-in Prius or a commute buddy and carpool lane 101
2) Suck it up and drive for 3+ hours every day
3) Suck it up and sit on CalTrain and Muni for 3+ hours every day


This.
 
2013-02-18 03:18:46 PM
noitsnot SirEattonHogg: I have a few friends who live in Palo Alto and I interviewed to work in Palo Alto a little over a year ago.

Sorry, but it looks like the most boring place on Earth (and worse: overpriced).   The only remotely interesting thing was seeing the guys in the coffee shops talking techie deals.  Yeah, its upscale but its a true suburban hell to me - just boring sprawl and strip malls.  And from what my friends say - its also a bad place to be single - the worst male to female ratio outside of engineering school.

If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?  I would take The City over living anywhere in the South Bay any day.  Shiat, I'd even live in a nicer part of Oakland over Silicon Valley, atleast there's a bit of variety over there.



Actually, the funny phenomena is Apple.  The Apple people are suuuuuper grandiose, yet they have to work in the armpit that is Cupertino.  They take great pains to let you know what part of The City they come down from - so you don't mistake them for some poor subarban shiatheel.

I understand the point of suburbs (or suburban like communities) - raising family, having a yard, less crime and not as expensive.  But, Silicon Valley can be even more expensive than the City.  And let's say you become fairly wealthy and can afford a nice home in Palo Alto.  Apart from the places where the Fortune 500 CEO's live, those 3/4 million dollar and up houses are not impressive at all.

Second, as other posters noted, the attitude down there is hilariously arrogant.  And I've lived in SF which is no slouch on narcisstic people.  Again, as I said before, other than being close to work, I can't see one good reason to live there.
 
2013-02-18 03:32:27 PM

meyerkev: Question: How do you get from SF to Apple HQ in under an hour?  Because driving is right out, and Caltrain doesn't go anywhere near Apple HQ.


It depends where you life in SF. If you live on the west side near 19th Ave around Stonestown Mall (SF State) you can do Apple HQ in about an hour with no traffic down 280.
 
2013-02-18 03:34:52 PM

noitsnot: Other strategies are:
1) Get a Leaf or plug-in Prius or a commute buddy and carpool lane 101
2) Suck it up and drive for 3+ hours every day
3) Suck it up and sit on CalTrain and Muni for 3+ hours every day


4) Motorcycle

It takes me 45 minutes to drive to my office in Palo Alto from SF (West Portal) but it takes me 45 min on Muni to get to 4th/King (without transfer on the K/T) and then 37 minutes on the Baby Bullet Caltrain from SF to PAlto.

Fark that. I gave up using the train as it doubled by commute time.
 
2013-02-18 03:36:10 PM

SirEattonHogg: noitsnot SirEattonHogg: I have a few friends who live in Palo Alto and I interviewed to work in Palo Alto a little over a year ago.

Sorry, but it looks like the most boring place on Earth (and worse: overpriced).   The only remotely interesting thing was seeing the guys in the coffee shops talking techie deals.  Yeah, its upscale but its a true suburban hell to me - just boring sprawl and strip malls.  And from what my friends say - its also a bad place to be single - the worst male to female ratio outside of engineering school.

If I'm not in technology or from Stanford then what's the point?  I would take The City over living anywhere in the South Bay any day.  Shiat, I'd even live in a nicer part of Oakland over Silicon Valley, atleast there's a bit of variety over there.


Actually, the funny phenomena is Apple.  The Apple people are suuuuuper grandiose, yet they have to work in the armpit that is Cupertino.  They take great pains to let you know what part of The City they come down from - so you don't mistake them for some poor subarban shiatheel.

I understand the point of suburbs (or suburban like communities) - raising family, having a yard, less crime and not as expensive.  But, Silicon Valley can be even more expensive than the City.  And let's say you become fairly wealthy and can afford a nice home in Palo Alto.  Apart from the places where the Fortune 500 CEO's live, those 3/4 million dollar and up houses are not impressive at all.

Second, as other posters noted, the attitude down there is hilariously arrogant.  And I've lived in SF which is no slouch on narcisstic people.  Again, as I said before, other than being close to work, I can't see one good reason to live there.


Here's how it breaks down these days.  Traditional Silicon Valley is dying (Santa Clara county).  Apple is the only thing really left down there.  Everything cool is happening on the peninsula because Stanford is there and all the big brains, and especially all the money, comes out of Stanford.  If you went to Stanford and you have any half-assed idea, you can get money and then spend a few years blowing it, declare failure, put it on your resume and repeat.

This has been happening for a while, but the most recent trend is to put your start-up in a funky part of SF - in the mission or the dogpatch.  And even though they aren't the good parts of the city, the rent is obscene so you blow your seed cash even faster.  But, so what, it wasn't your money, right?
 
2013-02-18 03:54:47 PM

MadSkillz: Ahh Palo Alto. Lived near there for a year, in Redwood City (Marsh Rd exit, next to Atherton).

East Palo Alto, the literal 'wrong side of the train tracks', was scary, but I bought a lot of stuff at Best Buy there (And the Taco Bell was there too)


Don't forget the Ikea. Otherwise, yeah, no reason to be over there. Once drove a coworker home from a bar who lived somewhere in EPA, and was approached by drug dealers the minute I dropped him off. Fortunately my car only had two doors to lock.
 
2013-02-18 03:58:41 PM
noitsnot and even though they aren't the good parts of the city, the rent is obscene so you blow your seed cash even faster. But, so what, it wasn't your money, right?


Ah, the Bay Area.  I miss you (parts of it, sort of).
 
2013-02-18 04:25:19 PM

TheSwissNavy: Palo Alto's like New Haven - a wealthy white part, and a dirt-poor black part.


There really isn't a dirt-poor part of Palo Alto.  You may be thinking of East Palo Alto.  They're actually two different cities.

/used to tutor in EPA
//so depressing
 
2013-02-18 04:48:39 PM

cyberspacedout: MadSkillz: Ahh Palo Alto. Lived near there for a year, in Redwood City (Marsh Rd exit, next to Atherton).

East Palo Alto, the literal 'wrong side of the train tracks', was scary, but I bought a lot of stuff at Best Buy there (And the Taco Bell was there too)

Don't forget the Ikea. Otherwise, yeah, no reason to be over there. Once drove a coworker home from a bar who lived somewhere in EPA, and was approached by drug dealers the minute I dropped him off. Fortunately my car only had two doors to lock.


Was the Ikea there in 2000-2001? I don't recall. I moved back home to Canada when my job went sideways.

/what's the deal with searching your bags when you leave the store anyhow? I got that all the time there or at Fry's in Mountainview (or was it Menlo Park, i always got those mixed up). I thought that "unreasonable search and seizure" was something in your constitution.

/always found it odd that one of the richest cities in the US was separated only by a rail line (and Hwy 101) from one of the scariest.
 
2013-02-18 04:52:38 PM
Oh, and after working there, I can say one thing:

fark Stanford.
 
2013-02-18 04:56:12 PM

fugeeface: I miss the New Varsity Theater (and bar).
The following pic sums up 99.9% of Palo Alto perfectly:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x155]
/Hot, like so many of the anointed of that town seem to think of themselves.


Ah, the New Varisty. Summer of 1984 (or 1985?) Saw Michael Hedges live many times in that courtyard. Easy to get served. Watching Quadrophenia with a beer in hand was plenty good. Once that theater closed I never returned.
 
2013-02-18 06:31:04 PM

MadSkillz: Fry's in Mountainview (or was it Menlo Park, i always got those mixed up).


I think you mean Sunnyvale.   Or, maybe Palo Alto.  No Fry's in Menlo Park.

Also, how the hell could confuse Mountain View and Menlo Park?  The two cities couldn't possibly be more different.
 
2013-02-18 07:30:27 PM

Finger51: fugeeface: I miss the New Varsity Theater (and bar).
The following pic sums up 99.9% of Palo Alto perfectly:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x155]
/Hot, like so many of the anointed of that town seem to think of themselves.

Ah, the New Varisty. Summer of 1984 (or 1985?) Saw Michael Hedges live many times in that courtyard. Easy to get served. Watching Quadrophenia with a beer in hand was plenty good. Once that theater closed I never returned.


I was a regular there for years.  I was there the last night--took 30 minutes just to get to the bar there were so many people jammed in there.  I went back years later and walked around in the Borders that it had become. Now it sits empty.  Sad.  Saw Rocky Horror and Stop Making Sense there many times.  Always a fun crowd with a mix of all ages.  Good times.

/git off my lawn seems appropriate here
 
2013-02-18 08:11:56 PM

SirEattonHogg: I understand the point of suburbs (or suburban like communities) - raising family, having a yard, less crime and not as expensive. But, Silicon Valley can be even more expensive than the City. And let's say you become fairly wealthy and can afford a nice home in Palo Alto. Apart from the places where the Fortune 500 CEO's live, those 3/4 million dollar and up houses are not impressive at all.


$750,000 barely gets you a starter home in PA. You might get a rat infested cardboard box for that amount.
 
2013-02-18 08:31:38 PM
stilleto_the_wise  $750,000 barely gets you a starter home in PA.  You might get a rat infested cardboard box for that amount.


Gosh, all that, and I get extra attitude because I didn't attend Stanford?  Where do I sign up?

No thanks, I'll deal with the superficial celeb worshiping "Industry" idiots in SoCal instead.  It's a different kind of snobbery, but I can deal with that kind of silliness.
 
2013-02-18 09:01:10 PM

stiletto_the_wise: SirEattonHogg: I understand the point of suburbs (or suburban like communities) - raising family, having a yard, less crime and not as expensive. But, Silicon Valley can be even more expensive than the City. And let's say you become fairly wealthy and can afford a nice home in Palo Alto. Apart from the places where the Fortune 500 CEO's live, those 3/4 million dollar and up houses are not impressive at all.

$750,000 barely gets you a starter home in PA. You might get a rat infested cardboard box for that amount.


Zillow 94301 Real Estate
 
2013-02-18 09:08:24 PM

lohphat: stiletto_the_wise: SirEattonHogg: I understand the point of suburbs (or suburban like communities) - raising family, having a yard, less crime and not as expensive. But, Silicon Valley can be even more expensive than the City. And let's say you become fairly wealthy and can afford a nice home in Palo Alto. Apart from the places where the Fortune 500 CEO's live, those 3/4 million dollar and up houses are not impressive at all.

$750,000 barely gets you a starter home in PA. You might get a rat infested cardboard box for that amount.

Zillow 94301 Real Estate


Yea, I've pretty much given up on the idea of ever owning a home on the peninsula. We're looking East Bay, but currently the market is crazy. You have to offer at least 10-20% ABOVE asking price to even be considered, and most conventional loan offers are getting crushed by ridiculous all-cash offers.
 
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