Stayed in San Jose for the weekend. Thanks RC for taking care of me and showed me around the region and Carroll/Jim to host me for their trimming tree party at their beautiful house. I learnt a lot recently about how the U.S. society works. Some very interesting details I found:
Head in or Rear in?
At all the parking lot, most cars will put their head into the slot and rear pointing to the road. It seems the nature way. In Shanghai, most drivers will reverse to the parking lot, let the head of the car facing the main path. This seems to be abnormal behavior. This unified behavior may be because of “reverse to parking lot” is one of the test in the driving test in China. What an interesting result of the unified education! It is the same case to see majority of people in China only use right hand, dress similar with each other, and keep silent at class….
How the City is Constructed
It is amazing how harmony the community and the neighborhood were constructed. I happened to meet Shiloh from VLG. Her expertise was city planning. I learnt the process one need to go through to make any construction. It is a democratic way – you propose the construction to the community with plan, and send notification to surrounding areas. People who disagree will go to the community council to argue about the plan until everything is OK. :-) It seems work very well.