Goodbye, San Francisco
Sorry for the delay in posting here, everyone (as if you have been waiting with baited breath)! My trip ended on Friday, but between being jam-packed with meetings, and then travel, then recovering from the red-eye, I have been so busy that I didn’t get a chance to sit down and make some final pithy remarks and ponderings. So here goes:
- I love SF. Outside of NY, where I was born and raised, there is no other place I would rather be. If I didn’t have such a good job, I would seriously consider making a move.
- Your restaurants rock! I only got to visit a few of them, but Postrio was in my hotel, and that was incredible. Then, on night #2, I got to visit Le Colonial. While pricey (thank you, corporate expense account!), it was truly one of the better meals I have had in a long time. TOTALLY worth it.
- It was nice to visit a city that is not so egocentric. I come from a city that is, besides LA, the most egocentric place in the country. So many people have the attitude of “If it’s not about NY, it sucks.” I am the opposite. While there is much to love about Manhattan and the surrounding areas, there is plenty to piss you off as well… Most notably, the people. The populous is becoming more and more pretentious and flashy by the day. San Francisco seems to be the opposite. Laid back people, who are always willing to help and always seem to have a smile on their faces, with good attitudes toward their neighbors and visitors, and a friendly demeanor that makes an outsider feel welcome and wanted. This is one aspect of your city that NY could never compete with.
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- I am amazed that the cost of living seems to be more expensive than NY. Yes, the city is incredible, but when you factor in that it is seriously lacking in some areas (public transportation options, seasonal changes, water pressure), it is frustrating to know that if I did live here, I would be doling out even more wasted dollars than I already do in NY.
- Speaking of which, what’s the deal with the water pressure? I was told that it is low because there are not enough water pumps. But in a top-5 market, it staggers me to think that the city or state wouldn’t build more pumps to increase pressure! I have played Sim City, I know how easy it is. There must be another reason. The showers honestly feel like you are getting peed on by a person with an enlarged prostate.
- Oakland Airport is great. I have never flown to or from SFO, but coming into and leaving from Oakland proved to be extremely easy and painless. If that is your second rate airport, I would be amazed at SFO. Your second tier is significantly better than our top-tiers!
- Would it be possible for JetBlue to kiss their own ass anymore? All they do is talk about how they are better than everyone else. They are like the Dallas Cowboys of air travel. Don’t get me wrong… I love the airline. It is far and away better than any other option. But it gets a little uncomfortable having to listen to the flight crew enjoy a verbal masturbation session.
- On the way back to NY, I had one of those flight attendants who acts like she is soooo good at her job that she doesn’t need to be nice. Like, she gets on the loudspeaker to give you her bullshit speech about what to do in case of a “water landing” (AKA deadly crash), and she breezes through it like the Micromachines guy, even adding in her own little pieces just to prove she is the best. But then when you ask for a pillow, she rolls her eyes like you are requesting a kidney. Chill out, lady.
- One thing that does piss me off is that JetBlue, Southwest, and the other low-fare carriers all request that you go through the front pockets of the seat and throw out garbage. First, there is no way they are trusting people to do that, so you know they have people doing it after we leave the plane anyway… they are just being lazy. Second, they throw that verbiage at you that the reason they are low-cost is that people throw away their stuff. Cut the guilt trip bullshit please… While you are lower cost than most airlines, it is a function of good management, less burocracy, and a different business model than the legacy carriers. Don’t tell me it is because you have to clean up less snickers wrappers.
- This is a similar phenomenon to the hotels that put up signs that they are making efforts to help the environment, so if you don’t need your towels washed, hang them up. Bull shit. They are trying to save money… That is fine, and as a businessperson and a capitalist, I am all for it. But don’t do it under the guise of “saving the environment.”
- Another similar trend is when all customer service phone lines include a warning that they are “experiencing higher than normal call volumes.” It could be 5am at a local motel, and they will still force this wrote message down your throat. Are they seriously expecting us to believe that since 1984, every inbound calling organization has had serious bottlenecks in their operation that they are still working through. When you hear that message, know that what they are really saying is “we did not want to pay another person from Bombay to answer phones, so you may have to wait.”
Anyway, those are my final thoughts on my trip, as well as a few rants/complaints about stupid stuff that has come up in the last week. Sorry it got a bit lengthy. None the less, I look forward to my next visit out to the Bay area, which hopefully will be in the next 3 months or so. Thanks for reading my posts, and comment your asses off!