Erin Rapacki 
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Re: “The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

Maybe the author should have done more math homework.

I do not disagree with many of the points made in this article - I am a 28 yr old female in tech who lives this depicted lifestyle: I live between AQ and Sight Glass (I have met investors there), my next Burning Man project is a slide made from irrigation pipe, and am figuring out how to dress "silicon valley business casual chic" for jumping between business meetings and places with heavy machinery.

I'll go on: my only real threat in life is a mugging in SOMA, I make more money than my parents, and attend parties to specifically target the most important person in the room and try to find a genuine connection.

The one question I beg the author is:

Why can't the author feel happy for me?
Why do I have to feel bad, why do I owe something more?

Also, in San Francisco, six figures does not go far (*cough* student loans *cough*).

- I was the kid who did my math homework in school, got easy As in class, and was made fun of for it.
- I was the kid called “four eyes.”
- I was the kid who had trouble making friends, and couldn’t figure out why.
- I was the kid who read books.
- I was the kid who dreamed of getting out of my boring middle-class blue-collar town.
- I was the kid who fought through two engineering degrees to make the salary I want.
- I was the kid who’s Mom told me I wasn’t smart enough to be an engineer.
- I am the only kid who could help my parents with a good retirement, because they got screwed over pensions.
- I am living the life I had hoped for myself.

The SF bay area is a haven for the geeks, nerds, smarty-pants, artists, dreamers, activists, storytellers, and weirdos – we are all with common company here, we can be ourselves, and we can change the world.

I decided when I moved here to not let common thinking, working class family kind of thinking, drag me down and stop me – the SF area is an escape from the people who say cannot.

The only thing I feel I owe society is to tell little girls to do their math homework, its culturally acceptable to stay interested in science, and get a degree in comp, math, science, or engineering – if they want a fun, awesome, and exciting lifestyle for themselves too.

The software positions are open, nobody is stopping others from joining this world/lifestyle – just feel good about doing math homework ☺

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Posted by Erin Rapacki on 04/01/2013 at 12:06 AM

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