"They bore the hell out of me," said society maven Denise Hale of SF techies in a recent Vanity Fair interview. "They're one-dimensional and can only talk about one thing. I'm used to brilliant men in my life who leave their work, and they have many other interests. New people eventually will learn how to live. When they learn how to live, I would love to meet them."
Although the word is thrown around at the high-IQ hoodie-wearing ilk littering Dolores Park on any given Saturday, Hale is, in fact, an innovator. (We've talked about this before.) Among other noteworthy achievements, you wouldn't be watching Downton Abbey (legally, anyway) without her.
But Hale's not here to trash, but to lift up. Never push someone down with one hand without extending the other to help them back up, etc. Hale lavishes praise on one SF tech worker, Yahoo C.E.O. Marissa Mayer. (And she's right.)
"Marissa is something which I like. Marissa has a handsome husband, in love, beautifully dressed, a lady. I don't go for this slob culture—leave me alone."
Is it too early to nominate "When they learn how to live, I would love to meet them," as this year’s quote? When “living” seems to be defined by so many as conforming with the plebs at Burning Man or waiting in line for an overpriced taco served to you from a goddamn truck, Hale deserved to be heeded.