If you live in anywhere in the West and refer to “the Bay Area,” people know exactly what you mean. It isn’t Tampa or Virginia/D.C. or Galveston or Seattle or Samish Bay — it’s a fairly expansive area around San Francisco Bay, an area large enough (in various ways) to include Haight-Ashbury hippies, Oakland Raiders fans and San Jose tech geeks.
The Bay Area is also where Joanna grew up, worked in electronics, and was a bit of a hippie. And, taking a phrase from this Scott McKenzie song, she is definitely one of the “gentle people” — meaning, fortunately, that she could never be a Raiders fan.
Lyrics here, with video below: