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You Know the Way to San Jose?
Is that song really music to the ears of people who actually live in San Jose? As most
of us residents have come to realize, very few people actually know where San Jose is
located, either on the map or even within California. When I travel and am asked where I
live, I'm usually greeted with blank stares if I just say San Jose. When I add California,
I get smiles. Then I'm informed that they have relatives in El Centro or Redondo Beach.
Like we're neighbors, or something.
At least 800,000 people have found their way to San Jose so it must be a decent place to live. On the plus side we have sunny and dry weather when it's not an El Niño year, lots of job opportunities, decent wages, close proximity to the ocean and other pretty places; and San Jose is considered one of the safest big cities in the country. On the minus side, we have continual traffic and commute nightmares, outrageously high housing costs, more drought years than wet ones; and we have graffiti, homelessness and all the other assorted urban problems.
The Plumed Serpent: a controversial piece of public art
The San Jose Arena, home of the San Jose blue and teal Sharks hockey team
As you can see from this list, we like to party, drink, eat and watch other people doing interesting things on stage.
When visitors come to San Jose, there are a couple of items on their short to-do
lists. The Winchester Mystery House is usually on it. After that, the list contains
Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf (both in San Francisco, of course), and Carmel (on the
Monterey Bay, of course) and sometimes they want to see Silicon Valley. Well, San Jose is
the heart, if not the soul, of Silicon Valley. That's what I tell them, anyhow. So, just
what else is there to do in San Jose? I pulled out the phonebook and discovered that, in
San Jose, there are the following:
And as if that wasn't enough, you can easily find access to the following sports activities: golf, tennis, kayaking, paddle boats, skate boarding, wind surfing, water skiing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, ice skating, fishing, boating, swimming, volleyball and just plain old picnicking. After looking up all this stuff and taking several hours to think about it, I'm not sure I really want total strangers to know too much more about San Jose. They might want to stay.
Oh, and by the way, that photo of the Plumed Serpent, Quetzulcoatl, you just looked at (above) is located in Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose. It is quite controversial because some critics think it looks more like dog-doo than a respectful ethnic and cultural symbol. Be sure to add it to your list of things to see the next time you're in town.
Summer of 2001: The Sharks - a public art display ~ Here's a photo essay of San Jose's newest attraction!
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