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Old 11-14-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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I've noticed a lot of people that claim they live in cupertino, campbell whatever when they really live in San Jose.

I understand the reasoning is probably that these people want to give off the impression that they're really well off or whatever.

But when you're giving someone your address so that they can come to your house, stop insisting you live in Cupertino because when I put it in my GPS it won't show up under Cupertino or with any luck, the same street with the same street number will exist in Cupertino and I'll go to the wrong place completely.

I myself live right at the very edge of San Jose but I tell people I live in San Jose and that my address is in San Jose.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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The names are treated more like neighborhoods than cities. It's easier than saying "I live in that part of San Jose that you drive through for like ten seconds on 85." Outside the valley, someone actually from those cities might say they're from San Jose.
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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I agree. Unless you're from the South Bay, not many people know where Cupertino, Mountain View are in relation to San Francisco (other than its South, haha) -- so its much easier to just say I'm from San Jose.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:19 PM
 
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Or claim they are in Saratoga when they live in SJ, or claim they live in PA when they live in EPA, or, claim they live in SF when they live in DC, etc.

Not that SJ is downscale like EPA or much of DC ... especially not the part near Saratoga, which is certainly beyond my own capability were I to be buying now.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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When I lived in SoCal I sometimes encountered people who lived in Hollywood yet did not realize that Hollywood is a district in the city of Los Angeles, not an independent city in its own right. It always sort of baffled me: how can you not know the name of the city you live in? I guess the confusion is not limited to SoCal.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: yeah
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When I lived in SoCal I sometimes encountered people who lived in Hollywood yet did not realize that Hollywood is a district in the city of Los Angeles, not an independent city in its own right. It always sort of baffled me: how can you not know the name of the city you live in? I guess the confusion is not limited to SoCal.
Well, Hollywood is a broader area. West Hollywood is a city but North Hollywood is part of Los Angeles. I guess the same applies here. The difference between neighborhood and municipality does not register in most minds. Campbell may have a mayor but, to locals, it's on the same level as Alum Rock or Santa Teresa.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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City boundaries in the South Bay are arbitrary, and sometimes mysterious and rather silly. Not many people around here spend great amounts of time delineating these, or worrying about such. Neighborhoods and microregions are more thoroughly discussed.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:32 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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City boundaries in the South Bay are arbitrary, and sometimes mysterious and rather silly. Not many people around here spend great amounts of time delineating these, or worrying about such. Neighborhoods and microregions are more thoroughly discussed.
Agreed. But a common theme is that no one seems to be want to be lumped into San Jose. When I lived in Milpitas, people used to tell me they lived in Milpitas even though they lived at Morrill & Cropley in the SJ North Valley. I mean, seriously. People told me they lived in Milpitas instead of San Jose. That should tell you something.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:33 PM
 
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yep vanity. they are the ones with the BMW that hasnt had an oil change in 6 months. worse a 3 ft surfboard on the roof, would have to be a world class surfer to do 3 ft board in 4 ft surf. look inside car a 200 lb fat boy with a big mac driving.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:40 AM
 
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Agreed. But a common theme is that no one seems to be want to be lumped into San Jose. When I lived in Milpitas, people used to tell me they lived in Milpitas even though they lived at Morrill & Cropley in the SJ North Valley. I mean, seriously. People told me they lived in Milpitas instead of San Jose. That should tell you something.
NO WAY! I've always heard Milpitas people say they are from SJ. Milpitas ..... literally smells like one. I don't mean to offend people, but Milpitas is not desirable at all! I mean it is not bad... you know what I mean.... I hope.

I think if you are in the South bay and talking to South bay people, they tend to say the city they are in, ie. Milpitas, Cupertino, LG, ect... Though some may claim to live in some other town because they are so close to the border.

But once you hit the East Bay, or any other place in the state, they all say San Jose. Although some that are from the more snooty areas like Los Altos, Palo Alto, ect will say they are from those towns, or SF, or near SF.
When I went to Cal, all the kids from the south bay would just say San Jose, way to hard to explain Bay Area geography to out of state folks or SoCal folks.
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