Day 3: Good friends with special skills

Was contacted by Erick “flying is my day job, but the other stuff I do is even cooler” Methot. Friends in Ixtapa need a flying trapeze catcher for the week. Alas, being “on call” for work means no leaving the country for me. Maybe next time. Erick does a brilliant Austin Powers impression, baby. Science: Mom and Dad had joined forces to write for three different biotech training grants, and today they were awarded all three. That’ll create a lot of future scientists. That’s something my folks do well. This post is going to be a little too long (I … Continue reading Day 3: Good friends with special skills

Day 2: Hats, Whips and Oysters

Morning: Hats & Whips First thing in the morning, I went to a screening of our company’s new movie. When the theater is full of your friends watching their hard work on the big screen, cheering out loud comes naturally. The morning muni train on the way to the movie was packed. People in Batman costumes, fishnet stockings, and what looked like Dr. Seuss brand headwear. Hooray for Bay to Breakers. The world is truly a good place. Afternoon: Music & Food After the movie, I wandered over to the SF OysterFest and had some tasty bivalves. When I got … Continue reading Day 2: Hats, Whips and Oysters

Day 1

I’m still technically “on call” for the next two weeks, and I will be called, but I’m starting the 3-month Secret Plan now, and bumping it to 3.5 months. That’s fair. Morning: I spent the morning with my muse, and then put her on a plane to Hong Kong. I love HK. It’s like a spaceport; people from all over the world have found a sort of hyperproductive coexistence. There’s just something cool about major port cities (says the guy in San Francisco). Afternoon: Captain McGee’s Birthday. Chris is one of those guys where the strength-of-character is built in so … Continue reading Day 1

About Secret Plan 158

I’ve been an acrobat for longer than I’ve been a software engineer. The two go surprisingly well together. If the house were on fire and I could only save one possession, my Secret Plans file would be safe. I started making the list when I was eight, but didn’t start writing them down until I was almost thirty. Most of the plans are secret, but I’ll write about some of them here. Secret Plan 158: What would I do with three months off work? I work with the most talented people I’ve ever met, in a fantastic company, in an … Continue reading About Secret Plan 158