I just wrapped up my first week at the New Job. It’s different in many ways, so I thought I’d document.
This is my first public transportation commute since that one summer gig I had at a gift shop in Chinatown between high school and college. I’ve gone from sitting in my car on 101 twice a day to sitting on Caltrain twice a day.
It takes about an hour door-to-door. This is not that different from my previous commute at peak commute hours, except Caltrain is far more enjoyable… if I get a seat. I’ve learned to get to the depot a little early for the evening train, and to not be shy about plunking myself down in any seat unoccupied by a human, inconsiderately placed bags and awkward seating arrangements be damned.
I’ve finally started to whittle down my giant pile of magazines. This is great, except it comes at the expense of my podcasts. For some reason I can only focus on podcasts while driving. When I’m on a train my mind wanders and I forget to listen.
I haven’t been to the gas station all week and I still have over half a tank left. Weird.
Tasty city is tasty. There are plenty of hipster options around as well as two food truck markets within walking distance every day. We get catered lunch at least once a week, I can meet up to eat with Aaron, and this past Friday I got to experience some birdfeeder creations. (Thanks Dave!)
I think I overdid it on the caffeine last week. I visited Cento (Blue Bottle) twice, Darwin (De La Paz), Chrome Coffee Bar (Four Barrel), and Philz. That’s in addition to the morning latte I make at home. Bzzz!!
There’s a Starbucks half a block away from the office as well. Starbucks was my go-to when I worked in Mountain View, but I don’t think I’ll be visiting it much here.
I had expected to freeze in SF, but I was lucky this week and it was beautiful out.
Still, I’m pretty sure there will be coat shopping in my future. Yay!
Just kidding! I don’t talk about my job here. Suffice it to say that it’s also different in many ways.
Different is good. Because the opposite of different is same, and same + time = stagnant.
Every time I write a run-on sentence I think about the time my middle school English teacher returned my paper with “RUN-ON” scrawled in red ink all over the place, how it traumatized me, and how it made me like her even less than I already did, and I think to myself, “Screw you, I’m an adult now and I can write all the run-on sentences I want!” then continue make the sentence run on and on and on, because I can.
Then I realize what a great job she did teaching me about run-on sentences. Thanks, English teacher I didn’t like very much.
2 weekends ago: MLK Hockey Tournament
1 weekend ago: Vegas Hockey Tournament
This weekend: Super Bowl
Next weekend: Winter Olympics
2 weekends from now: Winter Olympics
3 weekends from now: Winter Olympics
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Update: 2014-02-23 @ 11:55 AM
So the Olympics just ended, and guess what’s on now? The NFL Combine!
Today marks the first day of a 16 day break from work. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever been away from any of my jobs, and all those other times have been for travel. But right now I have a lot of projects I want to work on, so I decided to take some time off to do them.
To keep me honest, I’m going to list the things I accomplish each day and post it all here at the end of the 16 days. I don’t have to work on a project every day, but I do have to do something. Hockey and biking are perfectly acceptable. Seeing friends and family is great. Seeing friends on Facebook (instead of in person) is not.
Bailed early on my company golf tournament Friday evening to go to… a knife skills fundraiser! One of our hockey friends knows everything kitchen knife, and she agreed to do a skills class to help one of our other hockey friends raise money for her upcoming Team in Training event. How lucky are we??
We started with some basics: the pinch grip, the difference between a chef’s knife and a santoku knife, and the claw. We practiced slicing, chopping, mincing, paring…
Learned a lot of magic tricks. Let’s see if I remember them all…
How to cleanly remove the inside of a bell pepper before slicing.
How to segment an orange.
How to super duper easily dice an onion. (The hairy end is your friend!)
How to quickly slice nice basil leaf slivers.
How to remove tomato peel without boiling.
I’m sure I forgot a bunch of stuff, but I remembered enough to segment a grapefruit when I got home. Oh, and I learned how and why and when to use the steel that comes with every knife set. Extra bonus, I learned how to use the sharpening stone in my kitchen drawer.
All that, and I only cut myself once. :) Ironically, it was while the knife was in “safe position” next to my cutting board. Fortunately, the knife was so sharp that it didn’t hurt and likely won’t leave a scar.
The Campanile flashed at us at the conclusion of the race. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but it was amazing to see top of the Campanile lit up so bright in the middle of a sunny day. Turns out it was its newly installed SolarBeacon. Neato.
* They did a really great job designing that space.
** I’m kind of being sarcastic, but I really can’t think of a bigger comeback.
*** I’m not counting the tactician who started the series, lost 4 out of 5 races, and got replaced by a Brit.