Mon. Sep 25th, 2023

The Quarantine House roommate game has been making the rounds on Twitter. It’s essentially a pandemic-era riff on the thought-provoking questions heard for years at parties — as in, “Which three historical figures would you most like to invite to dinner?” — with pop-culture notables substituting for Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart.

Now that we’re a month into the sheltering-in-place, we say it’s time to play. Want to switch up your family members or roommates? Virtually, that is. After all, here in Silicon Valley you could be quarantined with some of the biggest intellects and biggest talents and biggest names on the planet.

We’ve divided our notables into six groups. For the purposes of this list, we have defined Silicon Valley as the original Silicon Valley (sorry, nouveau SV). And we’re including the Santa Clara-based 49ers and the now-living-in-Atherton Curry family.

Every room has a mix of personalities. For example, if you want to hang with Jimmy Garoppolo in Room 4, you have to put up with Elon Musk. (But let’s face it: We don’t know whether the seemingly affable JimmyG is annoying as hell when cooped up at home or whether Elon is a total charmer one-on-one.)

You still game to play? Pick your room! And vote below.

Room 1: Steve Wozniak, Ayesha Curry, Craig Newmark, Krazy George, Elizabeth Holmes, Brent Burns

Room 2: Sheryl Sandberg, David Kinch, Peter Thiel, Jerry Rice, Carl Guardino, the ghost of Sarah Winchester

Room 3: Reed Hastings, Amber India’s Vijay Bist, Dr. Sara Cody, David Woodley Packard, Harry Edwards, Ellen Pao

Room 4: Elon Musk, Jimmy Garoppolo, Teddy Ruxpin, Anne Wojcicki, Gordon Moore, any valet from the Rosewood Sand Hill

Room 5: Meg Whitman, Steph Curry, Mr. Roadshow, Larry Ellison, Tara VanDerveer, Ike Shehadeh of Ike’s Sandwiches

Room 6: Mark Zuckerberg, Joey Chestnut, Laurene Powell Jobs, Joe Thornton, Guy Kawasaki, Brandi Chastain

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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