Dave Taylor has been involved with the online world since 1980 and
is recognized globally as an expert on both technical and business
issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related
startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed.
He's a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera and
Linux Journal and frequently appears
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The Business Blog at Intuitive.com,
Ask Dave Taylor,
Dave On Film,
Based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and
frequent guest on radio and podcast programs, as well as active member of
his community and busy single father to three children.
It's interesting to be here in San Francisco too; a city I love. Probably my favorite big city in the world, outside of Rome. But like any city, the time of day dramatically changes the face of San Francisco. Here on Market Street, the main east/west artery, daytime offers an engaging mixture of cultures, ethnicities, and SES (socioeconomic status). Tonight, though, it's a dirty, gritty corner of the city where there are tourists, homeless people (surprisingly many) and young 20-somethings who are either gang members or wanna-be gang members. Sunglasses at night are a giveaway...
As I walked around this evening, I couldn't help thinking "this is so not a place for little kids", but I don't even know if it's a place for people at all... at least, it makes me feel more and more like a midwesterner, living in a quiet, protected small community in Colorado.
But is it really such a great thing to be "tough enough" to be able to live within the midst of the grit and be able to ignore the aggression and pathos? Or is there an inherent "turning off" that comes with this kind of territory, a hardening of the heart that lets you walk past the begger asking for "any change you got so I can get some food, man" without a second thought?
And how about you, dear reader. Do you live in a tough neighborhood or a quiet peaceful town? And why?
Posted by Dave Taylor at September 9, 2003 12:24 AM
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