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Post 1

Bluebottle

Hello Sea Change

"I must go down to the seas again,
To the lonely sea and the sky,
and all I ask is a tall ship,
And a star to steer her by..."
- from Sea Fever, John Masefield

Hello, and welcome to the guide smiley - smiley I'm Bluebottle, I'm from the Isle of Wight, and I'm on h2g2 a lot. So, can you say a bit more about yourself?

As you are new, here are a few suggestions on where you could go on h2g2:

New user page:-
http://www.h2g2.com/A5752
Guide to H2G2
http://www.h2g2.com/A344756
and the Beach, a good place to meet other people:
http://www.h2g2.com/A208676

Well, I hope to see you around - feel free to chat smiley - smiley

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Post 2

Sea Change

I am from San Jose California, United States of America.

San Jose is the biggest city sprawling in Silicon Valley, but not really the Heart of the Silicon Valley, that is more true of the cities that surround her.

San Jose is pronounced sannaZAY by natives. There is no 'H' sound from the J, because if you were to pronounce the name exactly phonetically Spanish, it'd be something more like sahn hoass EY, which is the capital of Costa Rica.


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Post 3

Bluebottle

I've heard of San Jose, but I've never been anywhere near California at all. Is that the same as in the song "Do you know the way to..." etc?


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Post 4

Sea Change

Yep, same city, now it is the third largest city in California.


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Post 5

Bluebottle

Oh right. So, what's it like as a city, and what type of city is it? Industrial, port...? What is the city's heart, and what employs the most people? Hope you don't mind me being curious. smiley - smiley

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Post 6

Sea Change

San Jose used to be an agricultural land, with orchards all around. It *was* an affordable place to live, if you worked north in San Francisco Oakland, or parts on the way there. As a result, the city is still primarily and largely single story detached residential in nature. It had a very short sighted city manager for many years, and so the houses were built first and then the roads came later, so traffic there is awful, even compared to LA. The main difference is San Joseans obey the traffic laws, in spirit in title, and LA drivers only do this if they have been caught. San Jose traffic used to be particularly polite, but this is no longer the case.

The reason this is no longer the case, is the Silicon Valleyization of the area. Many surrounding cities to San Jose still had orchard left over when this happened, so the work sites are not in San Jose, by and large. San Jose's environmentalists and it's own geology prevented the city from sprawling up the hills and mountains surrounding it. Thus, my folks' 1913 bungalow is worth $400K, and the Silicon Valley employees *can afford to live as our neighbors*. If you were earning a god-awful amount of money, and if it were going into your house, which you cannot begin to afford to move from (or even afford), and if you pay San Jose and Santa Clara County taxes on it (which is how the traffic problem was solved, locals paid for the roads, unlike in Southern Califonia, where the State does)you start to get to feeling you really truly do own the whole damn road, and drive accordingly. Road rage amongst the 'Starter Mansion' set is huge.

This answers your questions, but there is lots more. In particular, how San Jose is still and pretty much always has been the feminist capital of the nation, and how the US of A's groundwater pollution regulations and standards were finally solidified and created as a result of chip manufacturer slovenliness, and the whole phenomenon of Monster Houses and the peculiar San Josean reaction to them. Are you amused by these, or something else?

What can you tell me about where you live. Does it have an h2g2 entry?


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Post 7

Bluebottle

Thanks for your extremely detailed answer!
I'm from the Isle of Wight - there isn't a single guide entry about it, but I have written a few articles about different aspects of it which you can find here:
http://www.h2g2.com/C546

My home seems quite different to San Jose in many ways. Firstly, though, the traffic is a lot calmer, and road rage is very unusual for the locals, but mainland drivers take a while to get used to Island roads. And secondly, the Island is calming down in recent years. It used to be quite calm and not many people lived here until the 1860s, when it became a very popular tourist resort, and it retained it's popularity until the late 1970s, when cheap flights and package holidays to Spain were introduced, and so now fewer and fewer people come here, which is a shame.
Housing prices here are quite cheap for the area of the South of England, but unemployment is amongst the highest in the country, the average wage here is also the lowest in the country, with it being about £6,000 per year. The population is about 120,000, yet despite there being a lot fewer tourists here than before, we still get about 1,200,000 visitors a year. The Island is also the largest political constituency, with only 1 MP between the 120,000 people here, the second largest constituency has 1 MP between about 75,000 - so an Islander has less say than anyone else in the UK.
But despite all of that, it has the greatest sense of community that I've found anywhere, and I love it. Most people I know love it, and consider it a home they'd never leave.
It's a different world to the rest of the world, and we wouldn't change it.

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