Originally from Chicago, I'm a world traveler (21 countries in 18 months) who recently moved back to the United States after living abroad for work. Now I'm in Silicon Valley working for a large tech company overseeing Quality Assurance and Business Process Improvements.
I'm pretty much bi-costal (SF and NYC) as I spend 1-2 weeks a month traveling for work, so depending on my schedule, you may have the home to yourself.
5 things I can't live without are:
-Sunshine (lots of it here in the bay area)
-Apple products (fantastic design)
-A job I love (which I currently have!)
-Public Transportation (Caltrain is wonderful)