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Subject:Re: Reality Check Time From:Kate O'Neill <kateo -at- CINEBASE -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 18 Jun 1999 16:08:01 -0800
> Oh, please! I'm getting really tired of this board providing fuel for
> legends that aren't true. I can't think of a single place in the Bay Area
> you have to pay $12 for a cup of coffee. We've dissed Silicon Valley -
> and the
> people who work here - enough, thankyouverymuch. People choose geographic
> for a variety of reasons - what's wrong with simply acknowledging that
> folks like diff'rent strokes and let it go at that?
[O'Neill, Kate] Looks like I should have left my original phrasing
intact: I initially made a parenthetical comment about perpetuating
misconceptions, and then changed it to the version about expensive
habits 'cause it's Friday and I thought I'd play along with the
You're right that coffee doesn't cost $12 in Silicon Valley, of
and there are plenty of things I pay less for here than what I used
pay in Chicago, but I couldn't resist.
OB-TECHWR-L: I think the point about "marketing writers" making
less than technical writers is an interesting one, but I wonder how
many writers use this terminology, given the apparent consequence
of earning less dough? Are there any writers on this list who
primarily as "marketing writers"?
Kate O'Neill: Manager of Documentation
kate -at- cinebase -dot- com ... direct -at- 650 -dot- 568 -dot- 7343