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post #106546 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post

I don't think I could stand California for more than a few weeks, it is ok to visit I guess. Don't like the lifestyles, values etc., diff strokes and all that.

I loved LA, but I don't feel that I could love the Bay Area the same way.  There is not the same sense of adventure.  LA has a lot of rough edges, but there is a strong culture of live and let live, and it's well accepted that people come from all over the place to chase all sorts of crazy dreams, and hey, good on you if you can make it work.  

In contrast, San Francisco is actually, ime, fairly parochial in the same way that Boston is - and not in a good way.  There is a way things are done.  There are proper ways to think.  In LA, there is much more a wide open attitude of "Well, that shit is crazy, but hey, it could be cool.  It's a big world.  Do your thing, man." which I always found to be invigorating.  In the tech world, which is vaunted for its innovation (and rightly so), an orthodoxy seems to have quickly arisen.  And certainly, socially, it's not as open or as welcoming of a place.  

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Yeh so am I missing something with the yen? There's a Geller bomber for 4311 Y which according to xe is $36 USD.......

post #106548 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Dbear View Post

Another thing is that the USD is absolutely crushing the yen right, I'm thinking its close to +50% purchasing power since like a year ago.

My question is...are retailers passing this onto the customers or keeping things more even to make up for when the yen was crushing the dollar Hmmmmmmm?

It's more complicated than this.  Most companies who do well in the US also have distribution agents in the US.  There are toooonnns of good Japanese brands.  The ones that you see in North America and Europe are generally not there by accident.  And for a long time, the margins were pretty poor, with the strong ye, high tarriffs, etc...  The laborer deserves his wages and all of that...

post #106549 of 109053
Yea but the rate has to be a big part of it, no?
post #106550 of 109053
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I loved LA, but I don't feel that I could love the Bay Area the same way.  There is not the same sense of adventure.  LA has a lot of rough edges, but there is a strong culture of live and let live, and it's well accepted that people come from all over the place to chase all sorts of crazy dreams, and hey, good on you if you can make it work.  
In contrast, San Francisco is actually, ime, fairly parochial in the same way that Boston is - and not in a good way.  There is a way things are done.  There are proper ways to think.  In LA, there is much more a wide open attitude of "Well, that shit is crazy, but hey, it could be cool.  It's a big world.  Do your thing, man." which I always found to be invigorating.  In the tech world, which is vaunted for its innovation (and rightly so), an orthodoxy seems to have quickly arisen.  And certainly, socially, it's not as open or as welcoming of a place.  

Oh yeah, LA is quite something, it's just that a place like Boston feels too outdoorsy for me at times (all these runners everywhere scare me) so I just couldn't face it. Maybe if I stayed real long and did yoga. Street food is almost unparalleled in LA and diversity of (crazy) opinions is much bigger than in NYC or other big cities. San Francisco just has nothing I'm remotely into aside from some Berkeley researchers. I go to a lot of places though so there's something I can enjoy for a short while anywhere.
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I'm the opposite. Almost none of the other areas around the country appeal to me. I'm also not really a city person, although I could do it if there was an end date in sight. NYC - no thanks. Chicago - no thanks. LA - nope. Austin - nope. Boston - nope. Seattle - nope. There's no other places I can think of.
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I'm the opposite. Almost none of the other areas around the country appeal to me. I'm also not really a city person, although I could do it if there was an end date in sight. NYC - no thanks. Chicago - no thanks. LA - nope. Austin - nope. Boston - nope. Seattle - nope. There's no other places I can think of.

Having one of those modernist pre-fab houses in Phoenix sounds pretty cool. In the end I just wouldn't be a good american, I'm just not that positive about the future.
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Having one of those modernist pre-fab houses in Phoenix sounds pretty cool. In the end I just wouldn't be a good american, I'm just not that positive about the future.

What do you mean? While the idealized American character may include a certain degree of positivism, I think there are ample groups in the US who are disdainful of the future for one reason or another (enviromental, religious/rapture, bad government, or otherwise).
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Originally Posted by misterswag View Post

What do you mean? While the idealized American character may include a certain degree of positivism, I think there are ample groups in the US who are disdainful of the future for one reason or another (enviromental, religious/rapture, bad government, or otherwise).

Indeed, there are 300 million people in there but taking, say, Jewish humour, it just works so well in the USA precisely because the expected national character is otherwise. I was also thinking of Cali where the sunny side up side of life is just through the roof. I mean tech-morons think they'll solve world problems through gamifying our interactions, it just makes me feel like joining ISIS.

note: I am not seriously considering joining people that would, anyway, decapitate me with glee.
post #106555 of 109053
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Having one of those modernist pre-fab houses in Phoenix sounds pretty cool. In the end I just wouldn't be a good american, I'm just not that positive about the future.

But you wake up in Phoenix every morning...
post #106556 of 109053
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

But you wake up in Phoenix every morning...

That sounds pretty cool to me but not gonna argue.
post #106557 of 109053
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post

Oh yeah, LA is quite something, it's just that a place like Boston feels too outdoorsy for me at times (all these runners everywhere scare me) so I just couldn't face it. Maybe if I stayed real long and did yoga. Street food is almost unparalleled in LA and diversity of (crazy) opinions is much bigger than in NYC or other big cities. San Francisco just has nothing I'm remotely into aside from some Berkeley researchers. I go to a lot of places though so there's something I can enjoy for a short while anywhere.

What I look for more than anything is that "Live and let live" attitude.  LA has that in spades.  I can't think of any place on the East Coast that is truly like that, including NYC.  Ignoring people, and being actually open, are completely different things.  I think that part of it is that LA is a true car culture, and that is where people get their space.  So there is no need for the defense mechanisms that people in congested cities develop to survive, like the public transportation 1000 yard stare.  When you are near people in LA, it's because you chose to be there.  I have walked (well, run) the length of 3rd street between downtown and Beverly Hills without meeting a single person.  

 

I have felt similar things in some parts of Arizona.  And oddly enough, in Idaho, or at least in Moscow ID, I feel that as well.  There are old hippies, really conservative farmers, Evangelical Christians, guns rights nuts, militant atheists, all living in actual harmony.  There is a sense that "Yes, that person's ideas are stupid, but so what? He is my neighbor/friend."

 

I could never live in any part of Europe that I've visited.  I could, and would, visit, many places, but ultimately, because in Europe, nationality and ethnicity are, to a large degree, correlated, I think that I'd always feel the part of an unwelcome interloper, at worst, and an interesting oddity, at best.  I remember walking with a girl (white, usually local, sometimes American) in Norway, or in France, or in Italy, or in Germany, and I always had the feeling that I was constantly being scrutinized in a not so friendly way.  

post #106558 of 109053
London is the answer man, plus you get to wear baller outerwear in three, sometimes four seasons
post #106559 of 109053
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Originally Posted by robinsongreen68 View Post

London is the answer man, plus you get to wear baller outerwear in three, sometimes four seasons

I really like London.  Of all the European cities, I think that London would be the closest, but there is an aggressive politcal stance (I find the same in Berlin) that is, at least to me, slightly offputting.  The "Yeah, we are very open!" is pretty aggro.  It's a political statement.  LA is not like that.  It is the most apolitical cities I've ever been in.  It's not "conscious" openmindedness.

post #106560 of 109053
Fok you are sure, it wasn't because of the hawk and the scooter wink.gif

The french hates everyone, but themselves, even I had that I could pass for french.


FYI, you are brining up the subject you wanted CE''ed 24 hours ago.
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