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You can purchase your visa individually or together with your package. Pro Tip: San Franciscans are a heavily caffeinated group that takes their coffee seriously, so try them all and choose your coffee meetings wisely. One of the first things I noticed when I visited San Francisco a year ago was how fit everyone was. It literally seems like the population as a whole weighs pounds less than their Northeast counterparts.

There are a number of reasons for this. First, the weather is virtually always nice enough to be active and go outside. Access to healthy food here is also pretty amazing. Restaurant menus are also generally tailored to healthy eating as well. Finally, with all the great weather, everyone seems to find some way to be active whether it be rock climbing, surfing, running, sports, yoga or the gym.

Pro Tip: Joining a league or taking a fitness class is a great way to make friends. I made quite a few quick friends from the soccer team I joined and the ultimate frisbee league I play in. A friend told me San Francisco has so many restaurants the entire city could eat out at the same time and be seated. Seriously check Yelp. Pro Tip: Great places to eat and drink are a great conversation topic for any San Franciscan.

If you want to move beyond Yelp and Foursquare Explore, just ask a local for a recommendation. Being 3 hours behind can be difficult. Being a big sports fan, this was a big adjustment. The first time I realized a Celtics playoff game was starting at 4pm was a sad day as there was no way I could watch the game until at least half time because of work.

Most importantly though, is the adjustment with family if they live in another time zone. I used to call my parents at least once or twice a week, especially to talk to my father if I needed business or life advice in a pinch. In Boston, even women that hate sports have to pretend and wear pink Boston gear and watch the games. San Francisco is a city with something for everyone. The interesting thing I found is how that is taken to the extreme. Pro Tip: Use this to your advantage and take one of your interests to a deeper level when you get there.

As a city, San Francisco is at the forefront of a lot of innovation. Even our trash program is progressive as it tries to set us on a path for zero waste by More specifically in your day to day though is all the new products gaining new adoption and hype every day here. A common topic of conversation whether at work, at a bar or just out and about is always the latest the apps people are using.

The most impressive to me is definitely Yelp. I always use it and hear tips constantly after never using it in Boston. It seems like every store and restaurant has hundreds of reviews and there are a crazy number of Yelp Elites. Coming from Boston, startups feel almost like a secret society that flies under the radar; most of the city has no idea the hundreds of early stage startups there nor realize giants like Constant Contact, Kayak, and VistaPrint are all Boston companies.

This was actually one of the most surprising adjustments I had to make in common to San Francisco. In Boston, people are all about routine; you go to your favorite bar or restaurant with a certain group of friends like clockwork. If you find something you like, it quickly becomes the old standby and everyone is excited to recreate that experience.

Cabin fever is a foreign concept in San Francisco. You can snowboard or gamble in Tahoe, taste wines in Napa, rock climb or hike in national parks, mountain bike in Marin, or sail the bay. San Francisco is a city for new adventures and boundless opportunities.

Special thanks to Zach Cole for help with this blog post. I feel the same way. I wrote this about San Francisco a couple days ago. It says that their judgement is poor. Poor judgement? That is ridiculous. To bias your hiring on that fact is completely obtuse. Your presumption speaks more of your character than the quality of theirs. A pity, the person s you chose not to hire might have proven a valuable asset to your organisation but alas….

People that commute are often on time more than people that live close by.

They have to account for delays and therefore, plan ahead for them. The hour ride in the train with my iTunes collection and the nice view and the cool riders were just fine…. Fuck these haters Tyrone, keep excluding people randomly. Most folks get jobs by chance in the first place. Who cares. Im in my mids, I love city life, but I already had Manhattan city life, so… while SF is awesome… it just aint Manhattan. In fact I might argue that since the bay is so outdoorsy in general, living in the city is kind of counter-intuitive.

Now im in this badass south bay suburb and fuuuuuck commutes. I will say that the caltrain is awesome though.

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Absurdly cheap compared to NJ Transit for the same distances. Come down. You as an employer, just as some of the landlords out here are not all of that just because you have a little piece of something in desirable area. If you are too poor drink water and save your chips for a good beer. PBR is a novelty item that tastes like shit. Fernet, Jameson and Fireball are the official drinks. But California and the West Coast in general is the center of the beer brewing universe these days.

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Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, etc. So I used to live in SF at back in ish and can provide some hopefully helpful historical context here. PBR underwent a huge and wildly successful rebranding campaign nationally. It has been a long time since that campaign ended and the effects are wearing off. Anchor Steam is brewed in Portrero Hill and the brewery has tours , so any self-respecting SF dweller will drink that when there is little else.

I totally agree that PBR is an import. As a native San Franciscan gasp! I never saw or heard of PBR until the hipster community took over certain neighborhoods guess which one. That is if you can even find one for that cheap anymore ;. Wrong on this one but agree on everything else. Agree, have lived in SF for many years and never heard of PBR either, great article otherwise and agree with all you said.

SF native here, PBR is definitely a hipster drink. People have been drinking it here and everywhere for decades. Get over yourselves. First impressions are simple and shallow. I lived in SF for 9 years. PBR was fine but Tecate always won if there was the choice. Before it was hip. Which makes me uber hip. PBR is for bicycle messengers and the hipsters caught on. I like the history of PBR comment from D Ryan, since all messengers know where to get free beer of course. Tecate is more true, since living here for 14 years, but for after hour parties only.

When out, folks drink Anchor, Sierra, or Lagunitas, most commonly. Otherwise an excellent description of a SF overview. I marvel that I can actually afford to be in the area. Thank goodness I arrived so long ago to get a toe hold in the economy. Who are you you to call anyone stupid or any names at all? Bottom line, people like whatever they like, prefer, or can afford. Respect that. BTW, have lived here for 14 years. Thank you for this interesting post. I enjoyed reading it very much.

Thanks so much for the UpOut shout out, Jason. Let me know if you wanna swing by our party next week. Just curious about the dogs. Are the dogs allowed to go inside the restaurants and the offices? Of course the answer is a percentage. Just an aprox please.

I would not consider the city dog friendly because it would be MUCH more difficult to find a rental with a dog especially a medium or large sized dog. If you think finding an apartment in the city is tough already, having a dog makes it nearly impossible! I moved in Sept. As far as taking the dogs in places, the workers at Precious Rainbow Grocery told me that there is a loophole in the law that basically allows you to take your dog anywhere just by stating an emotional need.

Voice control means the dog comes when called, not just if it has nothing better to do, not just when it feels like it, but reliably, all the time. There are a lot of dog owners who push the limits of acceptable behavior with their pets and there is a palpable pushback from many. If you want to really see SF at its worst, ask someone to put their dog on a leash. Now just imagine if rentals let everyone have a dog and think about that for another god damn second — dogs of single apt dwellers who work????

Basically anywhere humans can go in SF, so can dogs. Save some apartments that are not pet-friendly. California State law prohibits animals inside restaurants, unless they are service dogs. I doubt it. There are workplaces that allow dogs, but I would say they are in the minority. Finding a place to rent if you have a dog is definitely more difficult, but once you have one, this City is really great. More and more restaurants are starting to happen way more often because of the hipster losers who think they can abuse a right some people need merely for their convenience.

If this is you, then stop. We all are happy to make compromises for people who truly have disabilities, but if you want to game the system, I hope karma bites you someday. It is indeed prohibited — by federal, not state, law to demand proof. What can be asked is whether the dog is a service animal and what the dog is trained to do.

Only narrow types of services qualify, e. It basically comes down to the owner. The owner can refuse admittance, and the only recourse the dog owner would have would be a law suit. They would stand little chance of winning however, if they can not or refuse to show proof of their dog being a service animal. You presume too much TLH. This is San Francisco after all…cheers.

Would you ever really want to return to a restaurant that had dog pee on the floor? My dog Dribbles is very good about such things but …. I am from Spain, living in Germany, and I can go to almost any restaurant with the dog. I do it daily, and never had a single problem. Never saw a dog pee in a restaurant. Now I am thinking if move to SF is a good option or not. Guillermo, worry not. I eat out regularly in San Francisco and have been doing so for over a decade. Dog urine in a restaurant…seriously…. Every restaurant I know of where owners would actively look the other way have been reported to the health department.

Those owners will tell you this with a wink. Dog shit is a real quality of life problem. Gives those of us who pick up after our dogs a really bad name. Duboce Triangle is a neighborhood, not a park. Duboce Park has a large off-leash area but the vast majority of owners pick up after their pets. That nickname for Duboce Park goes back to the days before the poop pickup law was passed in the 70s.

Never heard anyone use it in the last decade. Dogs are illegal inside restaurants unless providing an essential service guide dogs for the blind, etc. If nothing else, most dogs shed copious amounts of hair, who wants that in their food? Outdoor seating areas are generally okay though. Who shops in supermarkets? My buddy and I wanted steaks for dinner, but figured eating out would be too expensive.

So, we went to Whole Foods and bought 2 steaks, mushrooms, green onions, garlic, and a bottle of wine….. May just be WF though. At Whole Foods. Cheaper to eat out than whole foods or even trader joes. Nothing in the city can compare to the prices Amazon hits. Try local ethnic specialty food markets I like the Mission small markets they have fresh produce and seafood and meats a more reasonable prices than the big chain stores.

Nothing is easy in the city including food. I defy anyone to tell me that those are real food. But Safeway has a bigger selection. Clubs, jazz, music, etc.. You live like moles up there. I lived in Mountain View for 2 years when I moved to California. Been in SF for the last 6—never looked back. I live in mtn view and I cannot agree more! If weather is a main point, SF is foggy and cold. Even in the summer it sometimes stays cold and cloudy. Also, the start-up scene is still quite vibrant in neighboring Palo Alto. Full disclosure…. I have never lived in SF, only visited. Still, mtn view and PA are not all that bad.

The night scene in PA is also vibrant. The real tech happens in the valley, which is south of SF. It really depends on your age and situation. My husband and I ended up in Alameda because you can take the ferry to work and it has the benefits of a small town with easy access to the big city. Rent is a lot less and you can gasp! The island is flat, so even a less than stellar athlete can make their way around on one easily. We mucked around with the beer far too long and missed out on some amazing opportunities. You guys have the time for it to be worth your while.

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I just fell in love with SF all over again! This was a fun post and very thorough. Thanks for sharing your insights. I agree on most fronts except PBR microbrews are huge here … and you should totally give Oakland more credit than a 1 liner! No way! My friend is dating a guy there and flies to PDX about every 3 weeks for the weekend. Yes they are not has warm as Mt View but what is a few degrees. I was raised here and the whole Bay Area is way too cold for me, all year round.

Great blost blog post. I would add two things though. First, there is definitely two San Franciscos. One that you have described which is filled with transients. The second San Francisco is old SF. If you know what the Bruce Mahoney classic is then you are old and some would argue legit SF. I love that you brought up the Bruce Mahoney. The basketball game just happened a week or two ago!

Amen, from a fourth generation San Franciscan. Old San Francisco, like old single malt, must be learned; takes time to enter that group; once you do, and are accepted, you can call yourself a true San Franciscan. San Francisco was in large part a middle class family working town; that still exists, but, again, you need to find that San Francisco. There were old rituals that tied us together. One of the few reading this that was actually born in SF, Mt Zion. There are 2 Cities for sure; mostly a tale of transients pricing out the locals. People like you are ruining San Francisco.

Please move back to the east coast and so that middle class families can afford the rent here again. Did you know such natives existed, young Jason? This place has always been unique and uniquely different from anywhere else or at least comparable to other unique places in ways that inform and explain, and contribute to the wonder of it.

And the reason super high rises should never be built to make us a Tokyo or Manhattan as young Jason suggested. Not true. All the old-timers call it Frisco. Why do you think the Hells Angels here are called the Frisco Charter? Actually it is true. Come on. If you wanted to anger my great Aunt, who went through the Quake and spent several weeks in the emergency campgrounds, you used that word.

Only Filipinos are allowed to call The City Frisco. Plus also too, the fog may end at Divisadero but originates from our cousins rice cookers down in Daily City. You betcha. I am 4th generation. Besides go out of the city and call it The City and no one knows which one.

And yet, my male friends who come in from other parts of the country are always astonished at how attractive all the ladies are. In fact I know of 4 good looking guys who have moved to the east coast primarily for the female issue. I live in Oakland and commute to SF daily for work. Womenwise there is absolutely no comparison to NYC. Not even a close second. I have come across very few ladies here that have sparked my interest, and its depressing. There is also a very serious lack of ethnic diversity in SF, which transcends into the culture it could use some soul and the style here sucks.

And, if you want the slightest bit of diversity go to Oakland. The style and presentation is unbelievably worse in Oakland but you can at least get a lil taste of ethnic diversity if you have an appreciation for that which is why I prefer to live in Oakland. Ladies, I really appreciate how fit you are but where is the presentation? Where is the flava? I apologize in advance for my ranting.

Is there a famous person you could give as an example? Gemma Tate — I highly doubt you are being serious, more like insulting. Believe it or not, I prefer not to assume what other people mean online. But, feel free to feel insulted instead. I love to travel if only to remember not all fit and attractive men are gay.

It is impossible to find a hot guy in SF who is straight. SF is the worst as far as attractive women go. Plus the ratio totally favors the ladies. We used to call it Man Francisco. Born and raised in the Bay, but have lived in NYC for the last 12 years. No comparison. I like it here more. I live in San Mateo and which has a decent number of restaurants, better weather, and parking. The crime is way less too. Or Divis. And that is not the fog line. Fog comes in past Masonic. Using pronouns is a SoCal thing. Fog lines happen: 1.

Park Presidio Ave 2. Mid Haight at Buena Vista Park 5. Alamo Square near Divis but Divis is not the break point. You know its taking over the City when it hits Dolores Park. Great post! Excellent introduction for people coming from the East Coast. Pro-tip, watch more ESPN man.

Nowhere close to the frenzy people get into over basketball and football in the Midwest and on the East Coast though. You nailed it, TKSF. People in Boston live and die by their sports team. A 3 game losing streak in April is a disaster and any big Patriots loss is the end of the world.

That said Go Niners!! Natives tend to be pretty good sports fans hell, my gradeschool had spirit rallies whenever the Niners went to the Suberbowl. Real sports fans suffer the team when it sucks. How about sitting through games at Candlestick huddled in parkas and sleeping bags? Were they Giants fans in ? Or maybe they were there in when the strike happened and they mourned with all the hot dog vendors the last day of that abbreviated season?

Or maybe they were in the stands in when all the overcapitalized start-ups had season tickets and the seats were all empty? Everyone celebrates when the team wins. Chicago gets that. Mets fans get that. Redskins fans get that. Anchor is the real San Francisco beer.


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Neighborhoods definitely define the experience. I work at a startup and I am not the norm in my neighborhood. Excellent list. I relocated from Boston to San Francisco 13 years ago at the peak of the dot-com boom. PBR is not the drink of choice in my circle. In fact, I would say people in San Francisco take their drinks seriously—so expect to learn a lot about wine and cocktails if you live here. I love that nearly all waitstaff in this city are pretentious about these drinks, just well informed and happy to share what they know. Take up hiking. Most everyone here loves hiking.

Cross the Golden Gate bridge and within 30 minutes you are far, far away from the city and enjoying the splendor of the redwoods and amazing endless views of the Pacific Ocean. People have always complained about high rents in this city, which continue to creep up … so, if you plan to stick around, find a place you like and stay there you do not want to know how low my rent is. People here do not care where you went to college. You are who you are out here, not where you spent four year of your life.

Dining out in SF is far cheaper than other cities Boston, for example. Re: 5 I find that a lot of people talk about where they grew up and which college s they attended. Very few buildings in the city are actually rent-controlled. You guys seriously need to look up what rent control is.


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Capping rent increases is NOT rent control. Rent control is arbitrarily setting the maximum amount that a building owner can charge in rent. That amount does not change even after one tenant leaves and another moves in. ANY building built before is rent controlled in San Francisco. Anything built after 79 can have unlimited rent increases. Most rental stock was built pre Rent control sets the highest percentage of increase a landlord can impose in a year after your original lease runs out. Agreed people actually do care where you went to college.

Been in SF 13 years and happens all the time. In my 20s, I used to avoid mentioning it in conversation. The bragging thing is new. Sports is actually pretty important here. They have a decent beer selection and great food. The mission spot has a full bar, as well. Totally thought I would scoff at such a list when I clicked on the link, but this is a solid one. Good compilation. Go figure… January is usually very mild. AC in Oakland — using it less and less, never used it in SF. Compared to the only reasonable winter produce being carrots, lettuce, bananas, citrus, and apples.

By April, my palate would be anxiously awaiting the first of the stone fruits. If you meet someone you like, make sure to get their number and email. Frisco or SF will do just fine. Good points on 2 and 4 though. I like to change it up. Karl The Fog commented on my blog. Definitely a big item crossed off the bucket list :. Reblogged this on Renelly Morel and commented: A fantastic article that sums up my personal experiences of living in one of the best cities in the world, San Francisco.

Abso-freaking-nailed it…with the glaring omission of Fernet anywhere. How can he forget the Fernet… : and PBR??? Maybe for transplants. Not even close in my opinion. Give me Prohibition and some Boont Amber Ale please. NYC and Paris are awesome dude. There were a ton of sunny days in October and November. I was lying in the sun at Dolores Park the day after Thanksgiving. Find a used copy of San Francisco at your Feet, and read while you walk. So is West Portal. Downtown, walk the streets on Sunday and look up — the architecture at the tops of the buildings is often beautiful.

Look for the quiet, upscale, older alleys and the bookstores or restaurants there. Excellent restaurant and bar, open to the public. And…but I could go one forever, so consider this a start. The ocean is fucked up by some industrial shit. Rents are crazy. The city is full of shitty zombies making too much noise. Same question counts for Tokyo, too.

But the city itself is full of good, very lively streets, parks… People are very friendly, environment is clean, transportation is awesome…. Let me guess, New Yorker right? Guess SF is not for you. The city is nice for a lot of things but, you are right, it is not a great city. Second that. Right on. Quite accurate.

Some of your thoughts were exactly mine too. Typical internet flamer — just looking for a reaction. Hey, SF just called, said the feeling is mutual!

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Traveling to MV or PA may not be a 90 min trip. The short walk, followed by some quiet time on the train is one of the things I miss most. For a developer who works on their local machine, the spotty 4G signal while moving is really no big deal either. I do love San Francisco. Go Sox! Routsey uses the GPS on the busses, and is almost always perfectly correct. Technology is certainly huge here, but there are people working in restaurants and bars and stores and making clothes and teaching school and selling real estate and everything else that happens in any other city.

Your impression that everyone works in tech says more about your social circle than our city. Inequality in this city is off the charts — no mention of the Outer Mission, Excelsior, let alone Sunnydale or Hunters Point. Dear god this is well done. Great job! Yes, SF is the most expensive city, but when you compare it to New York, you also have to count the other four boroughs, which brings down the average. Great list Jason! Right on point for all your points. One more thing I would add which is important about San Francisco is how its one of the greenest cities in the world.

Things like the elimination of plastic bags, electric driven public transportation, required composting and recycling, and energy efficient building design make SF a leader in sustainability. Bay bridge is 8 miles long and the last subway heading east leaves the final SF stop at Oakland is an awesome place but not very conducive to going out in the city. Brilliant post Jason. Thank you! In fact, people actually used to move here specifically to experience that, and work toward making the world a better place. Not sure why they move here now, judging from this somewhat naive piece.

Sorry for the confusion. Just a fact of walking through some rougher areas of town. Um, no. I live in the Tenderloin. Some of it is from dogs, and some of it is from humans. They had to call in a hazmat team. And God forbid the city do anything to actually address homelessness. Someone might call us a big meany!

A pet is a privilege, not a right. If you have nowhere to use a bathroom, at least go into an alley or a gutter or on a piece of newspaper that you fold up and throw in the trash. Do we really have such low expectations for people? I was really impressed when I moved here about how smart and talented most people are. I came here from DC where most of the people I interacted with were not brain dead, but overall in comparison to DC I am very impressed while living in SF.

I am going to diverge fro, everyone else and agree on the PBR front. Even in the Marina you can find PBR on tap. I totally agreed with almost everything you said! While this is a legitimate need, many people use this loophole to get their dogs into apartments that otherwise do not allow animals. Move to Atlanta. We manufacture beautiful women here by the thousands.

I visted SF in September for the first time. We thought it was pretty cool and had a lot of fun there. The views are spectacular. Mission are was pretty rough looking like you said. We could have stayed for a month. What rock or bar were you sleeping under? SF has tons of beautiful fit smart women.

Celtics who? You sound like a peach to be around. I disagree with you wholeheartedly on the matter of sports. This is a city of US-Immigrants, meaning that, more than a lot of other cities, people come from every corner of the country and world. So, sports opinions are varied at best, and potentially the most bandwagon of all. You gotta be kidding me. I think you should try living in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Boston or Philly, and then tell me that, comparatively, sports matter here. While I agree with about half, the other half seems inconsistent with my experience here for the past year and a half.

In fact is absolutely perfect. There are a lot more crazy homeless people here, but there are almost no beggars. In fact, I used to drink beer exclusively as my alcoholic beverage of choice until I moved here. Everywhere I know here drinks whiskey mainly or other hard alcohol. Ive also only seen people drink PBR a handful of times.

My friend had a similar experience and was the hardest thing for them to find. We ended up leaving our pet in Portland with family because we were unable to find a place that allowed them. Being that I was born and raised in the East Bay this post was really interesting to me.

The cold thing has always been funny to me. People never believe you and they always compare it to their snow and what not. The need for layers every single time is no joke. It still is in some parts of the city. Cheap beer at night clubs was Miller. You people are out of your mind saying there are no attractive women here. What insane standards have you set for yourselves. Annoying crackheads? Not quite. The sports thing is misleading too. Local indigenous people love the local teams as much as Bostonians do. The fan base of course stretches all the way down the peninsula too.

I agree that Fernet and Jameson are huge here, although I personally like scotch. How about just avoid MUNI and bikes altogether. MUNI is slow and unreliable. Bikes suck on all the hills. Have some empathy and keep it on the up and up — homeless or addicted people are still human, and they certainly are not miserable by choice. Leaving this bit out would make for a stronger post. I agree. I find his comments about the homeless to be totally dismissive and offensive. Pull your head out of your ass.

Uh, Aidn? I see people smoking it in broad daylight in the Tenderloin, particularly at bus stops. Crack never went away. Good grief! I agree with you. Seriously, there are geniune people who have had misfortune in their lives and then there are people who are druggies, alcoholics, or just plain crazy. I want beer. Having moved here a little over a year ago, I mainly agree with most of what has been written on this blog. However, I agree with many of the comments about PBR. I too came from Boston which has a couple microbreweries I love. In and around the city you can find quality brews like 21st Amendment, speakeasy, lagunitas from up North, Racer 5, and Rogue—which is actually from Oregon but has a fantastic bar in North Beach!

This city is strewn with great bars and brews! Very spot on with many things, but totally misleading about the sports thing. Sports is HUGE here. There are many sports teams and fans. And people are WAY passionate. Remember the Giants World Series parade? Buildings being lit orange through the playoffs? They want to know where you went to highschool in SF. Sixth generation represent! SF is actually not that large. Every district is about minutes walking distance from the next.

Even older people have more stamina up those inclines then the youngsters. You meet the crazy as you note, but you meet some very heart warming people. There is always someone drunk walking around.

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I lived in the City from Real SFs walk up all those hills, only pausing to light a cigarette halfway up. Even at 4 pm! C We have a GREAT music scene out here…lots of talented, local musicians and you can pretty much catch some live music any night of the week. E You can travel from Mexico to China to Italy with just a 45 minute walk. I may be biased but I grew up here, traveled and lived all over the world including Boston and came back…the view from the top of Hyde and Lombard never gets old…never and San Franciscans always appreciate what they have…they really do:.

That is so true! Yes — my pharmacist in Arroyo Grande called my dentist on Ocean Ave. You should have a special edition specifically for people who move to SF from LA. Most of what has been said still holds, but there are a few extras like:. Who knew?! Try not to take it too personally;. This manifests in 2 ways. You can be a hipster, a hippie, a punk, a biker, a yuppie, a pot-head, etc. Some examples: At one biker friendly SF bar, in one afternoon I was told not to put my beer on the edge of the pool table, not to stand in two different spots, and I watched them kick a girl out of the place for wearing patchouli.

This was a palce where you could smoke weed openly. A fashiony appearance will get you lots of odd looks from people, many of whom are wearing clothes that would get them ushered out of most restaurants in nearly any other city. Homemade burlap overalls? See-through peasant-top with no bra? Waxed mustache that curls around like Captain Hook, worn with a pair of homemade, star-shaped antennae? No problem. These are all real-life examples BTW But walk down the street in a pair of trendy high heel boots, or a tailored blazer and you will get some funny looks.

If you have been living in LA for a while, you will find San Francisco downright cold and gloomy, most of the time. I never go out without some outerwear handy. From the outside it seems like the perfect blend of California attitude and East Coast urbanism. But living here is very different from visiting, and though SF is a vibrant, unique city with a lot to offer, life here is often more expensive, less comfortable, and grittier than life in LA, and the attitude is considerably less welcoming.

SF has its own story, and just living here is not necessarily enough to make you part of it. You are not necessarily welcome here just because you decided to show up. Aaron, I grew up in the Bay Area. I recall LA co-workers looking down on No. Your comments brought back memories in which I used to wonder why people from LA moved up to SF and then talked non-stop about how much more cool LA was.

I recall feeling on the defensive. Your points in 2 are very insightful. And within the counter-culture, there are micro-counter cultures. Through reading this blog, I see there is greater diversity than what I grew up with, but suffice it to say, I left many years ago because I wanted to be more than the cultural norm of the city could accept.

And since everything is so spread out, it can be harder to find your place. You meet new people and do new things that change your perspective about San Francisco every day. No self respecting techie has had one of those since the iPhone debuted in The best simple answer is rent control. If the avg unit household is 2. Given the large amount of replies, I doubt you will even get to this one, but let me say: I dislike your articles headlines. I say this only because I did not take the time to read your entire article.

Ummm, lets see what we learned from your writing: there are dogs, a different timezone and you are defined by what bike you ride. I just moved here from Boston in August, and I think most of what you said is accurate and the advice is pretty good. Always enjoy reading newbie comments about our City.

Are you simply following employment or is where you live important and a part of defining who you are? Living is an art and takes work; I have been in San Francisco for 43 years, taught public school and never made a lot of money, but have a comfortable life in a condo with equity near Mission Dolores with my wonderful husband. Public transport, creative shopping and being street savy make it a joy to still be here at age seventy. Super Awesome Article — it put a smile on my face and really made my day… moved to the San Francisco Bay Area just a little over years and am really impressed with the spot-on accuracy of this article.

Well done and kudos.