[svlug] Guess who has a Linux port of its SQL database?

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Fri Mar 11 10:30:18 PST 2016

On Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:20:12 -0800
Josef Grosch <jgrosch at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 3/10/16 4:11 PM, Steve Litt wrote:
> > On Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:38:37 -0800
> > Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> >
> >  
> >> (Disclaimer:  This is a stereotype in broad strokes.  No, it's not
> >> universally true, so please spare the Edge-Case Theatre.  Danke.)
> >>
> >> If your ANSI standard San Franciscans were told about an exciting
> >> Linux event in the South Bay, the spinal-reflex reaction was always
> >> 'Wait, San Jose?  Isn't that somewhere south of Army Street?
> >> Nobody goes there.'  
> > An anecdote this reminds me of for oddball reasons.
> >
> > 1984. I'd lived in LA (Venice Beach) for 4 years, and was taking
> > programming classes at Santa Monica Community College for twenty
> > bucks a class. I was very, very single.
> >
> > By 1984 I was one of the "go to" people in the computer lab. This
> > cute brunette woman, about 20 years old, asks me for help, so I
> > help her. It's clear she hasn't got a clue. I'm sitting there
> > typing in code for her, and she starts a conversation, mentioning
> > that she's from San Francisco and likes it better than LA. I asked
> > her why and she said "San Francisco people are so much more
> > cerebral than LA people." I continue coding her homework assignment.
> >
> >  
> Yeah, it's all that reading stuff we do.
> Let me ask you a question, this cute girl, did she continue to talk
> to you after you finished helping her. If your experience was
> anything like mine in the computer lab the answer is no.

I don't remember much after she made that
"cerebral" statement. The minute she said that, I thought to myself
"what a dumb-ass poser", and suddenly she wasn't cute anymore.


Steve Litt 
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