Sunday, September 12, 2004

The election is getting closer. Many people were calling this the most important election in decades. But as the date nears, I find that Kerry is standing for less and less. Bush certainly has all the advantage. And sadly, I think the Democrats really just gave up on this race a long time ago when they did not give the ticket to a better person -- I still think that Clark had the upper hand. Unless something crazy happens, I really think that Bush will just win again. In fact, I don't think that it'll be as close as last time. Gore at least had some of the Clinton momentum behind him. Kerry's opinions on issues is not very strong. He can't even tell us what he really thinks about the war. I know he's trying to appeal to more people by staying neutral. But that's his biggest problem. As much I don't like Bush and his foreign policy, I certainly will not be happy voting for Kerry. I'm going to wait until 5pm in November. If the race is not close, I'll vote for Nader. At least he stands for something. And he's a smart guy. I doubt that this election is going to have a bigger turn out than usual. You really think that everyone is going to get out and vote after the fiasco of what happened in 2000. That's really sad. I think there should be a tax penalty or something for those who don't vote. It's so sad that people don't exercise the right that many people in history died for.

Friday, September 03, 2004

I just moved to Seattle after 7 years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in a lot of cities and countries in my life. Therefore, my stay in the Bay Area was my longest stay in any place in the world. I really enjoyed the ethnic/cultural diversity of the Bay Area and its unique juxtaposition of the beautiful California nature and the fast-paced Silicon Valley life; the great ethnic food, in particular amazing Mexican food, Alfajores, and Soltani's at Maykadeh, were simply amazing artifacts of being in the Bay Area. Though I felt more ties with Cornell as my true Alma Mater when attending Stanford (mainly because undergrad years are a lot more fun), over these seven years I slowly became more attached to Stanford because I was a lot closer to Stanford alumni since I left college. I'm surprised to find that I miss the Bay Area so much despite the fact that I'm also familiar with this area and have a good circle of friends here. Don't get me wrong. Seattle is a nice place and certainly much more in tune with my style than the East Coast or even Southern California.

I'm really interested to find out more about the differences and similarities between the tech culture here, which is heavily influenced by Microsoft, and the Valley. I'll write a few posts about that later. But for now, I'm happy to have survived the move.