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San Francisco!!

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I have been living in San Francisco for the past two and a half months. This is the first time I have ever been outside Bangalore for so long and the first time I have ever lived by myself. Though I am missing home I am really enjoying my solitude. Lots of time for myself that I can't crib for a long time about the lack of it.

I love San Francisco. The city's very charming. (Some people say that it's really a town that likes to call itself a city) And the people here are really polite. So far every driver I have seen on the road has waited for the pedestrians to cross. I mean, they actually wait, just the hint of a pedestrain twenty feet away from the curb is enough to make them stop and signal the person to cross. We in India will jerk our necks impatiently to signal someone to pass, but here one would politely lift their hand, curl their fingers and signal people to go. Usually with a smile and a nod. How polite is that? Why can't everybody do that? Don't believe me? Here's a small example of how one catches the bus to their workplace.

How you walk to the bus stand:
Blr: Don't notice anybody except to avoid colliding with them. Cut in in front of people if need be.
SF: Greet everybody you come across with a smile and a Hi. If you have just had your morning coffee, greet them with a 'Hello there!'. Never cut in on someone's path.
Always wait patiently for the other person to pass. (Note: this might sometimes result in both the people waiting politely for one another for an infinite amount of time)

How you stand at the bus stop:
Blr: Just mind your own business and avoid eye contact. Not that anyone will chit chat with you, you don't really want to talk to anyone either.
SF: Smile and nod at your neighbour and occassionally exclaim to your neighbour 'What a beautiful day it is today!'

How you board the bus:
Blr: (I don't need to say this)
SF: Wait for the person in front of you to board first. Stay atleast two feet away from the person in front of you. Let the women go first. (Always. Everywhere)


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That's where I catch my bus

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That's actually a sports bar located at the same corner where the bus stop is

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kandarp
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I had exactly the same experience in Chicago!
But before you conclude that the West is more 'cultured' than the East, just replace 'Blr' by 'NY' in your post above and it will still make sense!
fiveonehalf
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had been to LA. And that seemed more like Bangalore.
hyperbrain
Jul. 9th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, LA is very much like home. Probably worse. I was once threatened by a man for accidentally conking his kid on the head with my elbow, on the bus. Heh, made me nostalgic for the fighting hordes on the BMTC :P
la_alena
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
WOW, its really very polite there. They are very sociable
fiveonehalf
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yup, I didn't find it that way when I visited LA. My friend from NY who came to SF was also charmed by it
la_alena
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
LA is a town of cars, and each of citizen has one, so they no need to chat
la_alena
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
aw,that puppy is so cuuuuuute! ^)
bipin
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
I agree: SF is totally adorable! :)

Where in SF did you take these pictures?
fiveonehalf
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Union and Laguna
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
SFO = Airport
Many fresh off the boats make this mistake unwittingly and use SFO to indicate San Francisco

SFO is NOT San Francisco city

SFO = Airport miles away from SF City

You will never find locals saying SFO for SF. SF is just called "City"
fiveonehalf
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: SFO = Airport
Oops, yes that's my bad. Thanks for correcting me. Would have been nice if you had identified yourself
pramodbiligiri
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Wow. SF sounds like a nice place! Must have been a welcome change after the jostling in Bangalore :) So did you also wish Hello to random people on the street?
fiveonehalf
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do sometimes! I have become quite chatty with strangers.. talk to the sales ppl behind the counter or chat with people in the elevator in my building. Almost look forward to it. That's what living by yourself for so long can do!
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