SF Makes Me Mean?

There are many things I like about living in San Francisco but the intangible offerings surpass everthing else. And what makes this place really great is how it makes me feel. And this city…makes me mean. I never felt this way in LA, although thats not for lack of trying. Nor did I ever feel mean growing up in the central valley. Only here have I flourished because I am mean.

Before you get the wrong idea, i’m referring to statistical mean as it relates to the Bell Curve and not the adjective. You may remember from Geometry, that the bell curve represents a distribution of variables where 80% of the values are concentrated in the center and remaining values decrease on either side. The peak/center of the curve is where the average variable or mean is concentrated. So how does this relate to San Francisco? Checkout the picture below, originally produced by the North Central Interenet News (or Ensign) and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.


I would replace the words Unfortunate and Elite all together, but hopefully you get the idea. Growing up in the Central Valley, I would fall under the tail of the bell curve indicating that I was nowhere near the mean or the average person. Living in SF, surrounded by like minded individuals, I find myself representing the average. So thank you SF…for making me normal…for making me mean.

1 Comment so far

  1. Aaron (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    I think I get what youre getting at here. Err, sort of.. What characteristics do you use to judge whether a person is unfortunate, average or elite? Wealth? But you mention about like mindedness. Also, is this just by gut feeling? This seems like a really B R O A D generalization here. While you may generally be right, how does it affect your impressions of the random individuals you come across daily?

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