My partner and I are like 'yin within yang' here in Berkeley. The Bay Area is a very Yang place - lots of airy open space, cars whizzing at high speeds over long distances on freeways that tie the whole bay area together. Wind off the ocean, hard surfaces of rocks, hillsides, canyon walls and so on. Tremendous clarity that alternates with murky fog. And people who are very very ambitious, very goal-oriented, leaders, starters, etc.
Gary and I are more about a quiet, reflective lifestyle that I don't see much evidence for among other Bay Area afficianados, with the possible exception of other Berkeleyans. We like to read, to garden, to walk in nature (when we can dodge the whizzing bicycles), and to philosophize. We Berkeleyans have always been, in general, a more introverted set, yet we've always had an emphasis on community: witness the old Co-op, various political groups, the arts, etc, and now there seems to be more spiritual grouping as well.
I need community too, but I must say I can't take too much of it. *smile* Well, it kind of feels good to be the yin within yang. Sometimes I feel homesick for my homeplace, too: southeastern Penna and south Jersey, but that area, especially Philadelphia and surroundings, is much more yin to begin with: soft, sultry in summer, a place where things mildew overnight. (even Wallace Stevens wrote about our mildew problem in a poem). Anyway, it's just nostalgia. In the meantime, I'm here, in the Yin-Yang (slightly Yang predominant) cold windy Bay Area, in exile from my native place, and finding solitude here, a different lifestyle from the warmth of home.