Last weekend DJ and I explored SF. It was cold and cloudy for most of the morning but the clouds broke and we were able to enjoy some time in the sun with Little Miss Bear. Friends say that she is the most over indulged dog in the world. They are correct.
I’ve been home in the Bay for a few weeks now and have slowly started catching up with old friends. It feels great.
This place stretches your brain. It is intellectual, driven, innovative. People care about what they’re doing, they care about making an impact in their work, and they believe that change is possible.
I’ve met with fellow ex-Googlers, old girl friends and colleagues. And I’ve realized that place isn’t what makes a home. It’s the people. There are millions of places in the world, each with their different flavours and offerings. But if you can find a few good people to share experiences with, place doesn’t matter. It’s the sense of community that brings a lasting sense of happiness and belonging.
Being here reminds me of all the possibilities. This is where dreams and ideas are born. Life changing companies are incubated here. It is powerful and inspiring to see it in action, through the eyes of good friends and old colleagues.
Imagine Pitbull’s Calle Ocho blasting throughout a 400,000 square foot building in the middle of Golden Gate park, on a normal Thursday night in San Francisco. Alcohol, low lighting and otter skull dissections. It’s NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Here, Science is Cool. Super Cool.
We learned about baleen and grizzly bear teeth, traveled 100,000 light years from earth, and got drunk off whiskey and coke – all in one night’s outing in the world’s largest green certified building to date (I love hippie SF!). There’s a living roof and a Philippine reef tank. A tidal petting pool and a 15 year-old albino alligator named Claude. And of course, the planetarium – a time machine into the future, where we learned about our galaxy and the millions of others out there. Did you know that earth is the 3rd rock from the sun? And that it’s in the “comfortable zone” for life to form? My mind stretched so much that my head still hurts (or maybe that was the whiskey?).
Last night banks 3 day’s worth of new things learnt. =)
Unlike London, the Super-Rich here in the Bay can look just like you and me. He can be in sandals and shorts and a baseball cap. He can be driving a Prius. And he can be worth billions. I love the understated version of wealth here. SO SO SO opposite to London.
Sunshine all day, every day is such a wonderful thing. It is not over-rated.
Skippy peanut butter!
Tech is everywhere. And I have missed it! Tech companies, start ups, news, gossip, products. I am a technophile and being back here feels wonderful. No corporate BS. Innovation and creativity. I love it.
I <3 my parents.
Malls are evil. I never wanted for anything while I was in Europe but now, with the abundance of stores and products and product offerings, I want everything! It’s terrible.
Hi there! I'm Denise. I share my name with Dionysia, the Greek god of wine, pleasure and joy. I'm a photographer, writer, marketer vagabond. I take photographs of enchanted places and the people seduced by them. This blog is an account of the wisdom, joy and grace that I've encountered along the way, and a place where I showcase some of my favourite photographs.
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