DEAN: So do you live in the area?
CHRISTOPHER: No, I had some time so I rode my bike out from Berkeley.
Berkeley is a city on the shores of San Francisco Bay. It’s known for being socially liberal, and famous as the location of the oldest campus of the University of California. It’s the kind of relaxed, student-y, hipster-ish place where Christopher could easily re-invent (or re-market) himself, and the rents weren’t as high in the early 2000s as they are now.