You Know You Live in Silicon Valley When..


  • You make 100,000 a year, yet still can't find a place to live.

  • Would starve if it weren't for Trader Joe's frozen dinners.

  • Your commute time is 45 minutes and you live 8 miles away from work.

  • Two-thirds of the people you know are from Boston or New York, but you are living in PST.

  • Know vast differences difference between Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Cantonese, and Korean food.

  • Your home computer contains mostly hardware/software that is not on the consumer market yet.

  • Go to The City on weekends but don't live there because you like your car.

  • Think that "I'm going to Fry's" is an acceptable excuse to leave the office for a while, and your boss does too.

  • Lost your alarm clock. You'll get to work when you get there.

  • Go to an industrial-heavy-metal bar and see two guys get into a fight over what flavor of UNIX is better.

  • Own more than 10 articles of clothing that has hardware/software companies printed on them. Bonus for embroidered stuff.

  • You know where Woz Way, Resistor Ave, and Floppy Dr are located.

  • On your drive to work you're amazed by the mysterious 'phantom mountains' outlines.. Are they there or aren't they? Only the smog knows for sure!

  • You know 280 North runs west, and 680 N runs East.

  • Even though Microsoft employs quite a few programmers in the Bay Area, they only work on Powerpoint, and the company is still the embodiment of Satan. Even if their stock IS worth more than yours.

  • You see a billboard that says "FPGA2ASIC" and aren't fazed.

  • When you need the updated Diamond Monster 3D drivers, you just walk across the street.

  • You have more bandwidth in your apartment or condo than most major universities.

  • You scan yard sales for back issues of "Dr. Dobbs."

  • Your favorite computer reseller speaks only Cantonese.

  • Your workplace vending machines dispense "100% natural twig-bars" right next to Jolt cola and Instant Espresso mix.

  • No one brings radios in to work - they just use RealAudio and listen to the dj.com, rebelradio.com, or other out-of-state stations.

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