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End of an Era

My last day at work was a memorable one.  In the morning the fog hung over the Bay just right and the view was special.  I’m going to miss seeing this while checking emails, sipping coffee every day.

Last day, looking at the Bay

My analysts surprised me in the morning with a nice bottle of champagne, which really meant a lot.  Thanks again Simon, Diane, and Eric!

Classy send off from my analysts

And the highlight of the day was a company-wide send-off lunch.  Here’s me with Fred, our Founder and Chairman, and Jon our CEO.  They really made it happen for me, and for that I’ll always be grateful.  They were great bosses.

Ironwood send-off

It’s bittersweet to leave a great company with wonderful people.  And it feels good to part on good terms.  But now it’s time to start focusing on my trip.  Adventure is a worthy pastime.

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Wind & Rain at Candlestick

The New York Football Giants marched into Candlestick last night and walked out with the NFC Championship trophy.  The 49ers battled the Gmen for four full quarters and well into overtime, putting Eli Manning on his back all game long.  In the end, a forced fumble deep in Niners territory put the Giants in position to take the victory, and the NFC Championship, with a game winning 31-yard field goal.  In the middle of the the wind and rain in a sea of red and gold Tynes drilled it – setting the stage for an epic Super Bowl rematch between the New York Giants and living legend Tom Brady.

 

Who’s got it better than us?  

 

 

At the 'stick

Tom’s got it better than us, actually.

 

 

 

There goes another birthday

Made it successfully through another birthday unscathed.  Every year my big day is around MLK weekend, so I’ve gotten accustomed to celebrating with friends up in our ski cabin in Lake Tahoe for the long weekend.

Unlike in years past, there isn’t much snow up there right now, so we donned our 80s gear and Lily and I celebrated our birthdays in classic Squaw Valley style.

No snow, no problem

Lily and I managed to have a good time

Happy birthday, Lil!

And thanks everyone

 

Waiting for it

 

El Nino - a year ago

This is happening

A week ago today I quit my job after eight years.  It has been a remarkable time in my life and I’m lucky to have found something that was professionally and personally rewarding for so long.

BUT… it’s time to make a change and move on.  Instead of immediately starting or looking for another job, I’m leaving San Francisco to take a year (or so?) and travel around the world.

Ever get that uneasy feeling when you’ve just lifted your foot off familiar ground to take a massive step forward, but you’re not exactly sure where it’s going to land?  Yeah, that’s the feeling.  This is happening.

Fog on the bay