- Number of years of my life I wanted to live in California: 0
- Number of years I lived in California: 24
One of my brothers went to Stanford and worked at Genentech, so I had a chance to visit the San Francisco quite a few times. Loved it. Nice climate. Foggy. Clean city. Clean transportation although inadequate. It was a place that seemed a lot nicer than Chicago at the time
In 1996, I lived in North Carolina. Racist. Homophobic. A mix of educated and highly ignorant people.
I always loved technology but was too poor to buy any of it. I remember seeing a NeXT machine at the university bookstore and the education price was $10,000—at that time I made $18,000 a year!
I didn’t want to be rich, but being poor felt like I was unable to do things that were very important to me.…