Friday 28 June 2013

Silicon Valley


The names San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto and Menlo Park are lodged somewhere in the mists of my memory, and in the last few days have been dredged up by 'direct personal experience.' I am in the middle of Silicon Valley. The Thai restaurant seemed quiet and deserted on a hot summer day, but all of a sudden, at around 1215, it filled up, with young and not-so-young people of all kinds, Chinese, Indians, Causasians, Hispanics, African-American, probably professionals from the various industries around. The Caltrain connecting downtown San Francisco (4th and Kings) with the valley is a wonderful service. But this is the America of cars and distances, and most of my friends here have rarely or never used it. The space: perhaps that is what is remarkable about the West country: enormous distances, huge roads, low-lying houses, all conspiring to make it almost impossible to walk around from one place to another. 

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