I want to name a few facts that have popped up recently. Most of them you’ve probably already heard, but it seemed to me that it would be fun to make a little list.
Santa Clara County, meaning the Silicon Valley, meaning our home, meaning this place you come to visit us in, was just reported to have the strongest economy in the entire country. Not that it hasn’t been clear for some time that our recovery was happening faster than that of our neighbors, but being given that first place prize is always a sweet moment.
The San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin area was named number 36. Not so impressive until you think about how many counties there are in this country.
Last October the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. For the second time in three years.
In two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers will play in the Super Bowl.
Something that you may not have noticed is that our governor is no longer the Terminator. The man in that office today is sitting in it for the second time. His first stint was in 1975 and in the interim he went to Japan to study Buddhism, worked with Mother Theresa and invited his spiritual advisor to share his home. Most recently he did some kind of a mind meld where he actually convinced Californians to vote to raise our own taxes, and he’s just balanced our budget for the first time in who knows how long.
Also, I’m writing this on January 25th and it’s 65 degrees and sunny.
I guess the point of all of this is that I’m having a moment of feeling like I’m living in the country’s sweet spot. And aren’t you lucky that you get to stop by from time to time?