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Silicon Valley is suburban wasteland...
Ha! choster's right. San Francisco is about forty minutes away although choster's point about traffic is true. Hwy 101 after 3pm can be hellish. Fortunately there's a commuter train that can take you into the city and back.
What do you mean by action? There used to be a horse track out there but they're tearing it down to make room for even more Whole Foods and Bed, Bath, and Beyond stores surrounded by yellow faux-Tuscan condos. Oh joy. That's pretty emblematic of what's wrong with that part of the world in the South Bay, where things with character get pushed out in favor of the same crap you'll find from coast to coast. Bitter? You betcha. But on the bright side I now have no reason to ever get out of my car in San Mateo, the bland shaved armpit [cityofsanmateo.org] of Northern California.
You might want to check out the SF Bay Guardian [sfbayguardian.com]'s event page to see what's coming up in terms of public events, museums, theater, and live music. Wicked [shnsf.com] is enjoying another run.
NBCBAYAREA.Com [events.nbcbayarea.com] may have some ideas for you, too.
I've lived on the peninsula 20 years now so I do know where some places are to go hang to dine, drink and entertain.
True, you have to go to SF to get the most party per sq. mile, but that doesn't mean we don't have some party tucked away here and there on the peninsula.
FWIW, at least our faux-tuscan condos are seismically sound opposed to all those rustic shacks in the north bay that can come crumbling down when a big truck rattles down the street a little too loud.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 12:02 am (utc) on Feb. 5, 2009]
That's the kind of stuff I was looking for. Action? No party animal here anymore. I drank enough beer trucks in my life. Beer trucks? Yup, 12 pack a day x ten years equal 1 1/2 beer trucks. I used to sell the stuff too.
I was lucky enough to get chatting to a Google developer in a Bar in Sunnyvale who offered to give me and my brother a tour of the plex one evening which was VERY interesting.
Skyline BVD is worth a drive if you have a car, and Sand Francisco itself is unmissable. Alcatraz, Lombard street (I drove this in a mustang, to be honest you wont be short of things to do, watch Bullitt/Dirty Harry etc etc and decide what you want to see!