June 14, 2005

Lunch A La Car

I once drove down to Silicon Valley for the day to attend a seminar on massively-parallel programming in Santa Clara. It was hot outside, but still quite bearable in the shade beneath the trees on campus. At lunchtime the attendees divided naturally into two groups: a bunch of us Berkeley and Stanford types sat around on the benches in the courtyard, eating lunch and talking amongst ourselves; the Silicon Valley regulars were the ones who got into their cars to eat lunch alone while parked in the parking lot with their engines running for 45 minutes so they could keep their car air-conditioners going, insulated from the rest of us...

(Part of California).


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