[Chugalug] Caly-fornee is the place ya oughta be ...

Kite, Mike Mike-Kite at utc.edu
Wed Jun 26 20:27:22 UTC 2013

I was in California for work for several months in the mid-90s.  It was fun.
And I used my job to travel as much as I could when I was in my 20s.  That's a good time for it.  I wouldn't do it now though, that I'm older and travel isn't as fun as it once was.

But I'll tell you one important thing about California: those people are just as different from Tennesseeans as are the Chinese, it's just an accident that they speak the same language as we do.
Just try holding a door open for a lady in Los Angeles, or saying 'thank you' to a convenient store clerk.  They'll think you're nuts.  And if you have a more traditional Southern mindset, you might even hate it.  However, if you're left-leaning and progressive, you'll probably love it.  But make no mistake, the different parts of America are not culturally like Tennessee, they are all very different each with their own pros & cons.

Dating for me in California was a nightmare.  I kept trying to be a gentleman, but that was perceived as chauvinistic.

I was cussed out completely for holding a door open for an elderly lady when there was lots of ice on the ground at a Burger King in Boston once.
People act differently in different places.

Oh, and I don't believe for a moment that the only place talented IT people can be is on the West Coast.
I've had friends here in East Tennessee who went on to be at Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Adobe, Amazon, Intel, AT&T and Pixar.
Some came back, some went on to different places.  But one thing I learned that's important: there are no super geniuses out there, not at Google, not at Amazon, not at the NSA, nowhere.
Everyone is a plain, mortal human being of probably average intelligence and education, prone to mistakes.

Mike Kite
Linux Systems Administrator
University of TN Chattanooga

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