A lot of people from San Jose are realists. Everything follows a timeline. Everybody is an engineer. They know how to use everything but they can’t even build a personality. And if you’re a realist, this place is perfect for you. Work 8 hours, grab dinner with a friend, have a beer, go to bed, party with your so-called friends all weekend. If you’re a dreamer, you’re stuck. Silicon valley is a huge place with millions of people ranking up in numbers on their savings account but void of any real goals. I think it’s worse than east coast. East coasters are very driven to succeed, that’s why Boston is such a good place to live for people in their mid-20s. It’s where your aspirations come alive, and everybody works step by step, day and night to achieve it. People may be more judgmental there, but they’re driven to succeed. People here in California have sort of this peter pan complex. A lot of people who want to be surrounded by passion for their future career actually leave California, because they love the challenge and hardiness of east coast, whereas California is just kind of take it easy (forever). Whereas east coasters are looking for stability, whether through a relationship or graduate school, people in Silicon Valley are looking to survive. Being alive is parallel to being drunk. I don’t think San Jose is a warp, in the sense it twists your dreams, and you forget them. I think people who grow up here just don’t have many because they’re deluded by the idea of a “successful” life and follow the rules on how to attain it. I would hate to grow up here as an innate dreamer stuck in a realist’s mind. That’s why I don’t go out much and stay in my studio.
In Santa Cruz, you WANT to walk around downtown and on campus and anywhere. You want to explore your surroundings, you want to hear what people are conversing about. You want to know about the latest environmental, political, educational propositions or issues. You’re always informed. There’s a lot of activity going on all the time, yet everybody is moving at their own steady pace. I go to dance performances, improv shows, the culture in San Jose consists of eating dinner with a friend. Everyone in San Jose huddles in their car. It’s not a walking city, I think that’s what so detrimental about it. On weekdays they look for money, on weekends they look for love. People in Santa Cruz understand there is much more to life than just living their own, and they spread that message whether through words, action, or simply just their energy.