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Work and…not work

Wow. It’s been a long few weeks since I last posted. I’ve spent almost all of it working my butt off. It’s been stressful, and I miss coding, and I have lots of sleep debt to pay off…but my team is making good progress on our project, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

In between pushes, integrations, and firefighting, I still managed to get out a little. I went down to LA a couple weekends ago to visit friends, family, and generally party in fine style. I took my grandparents to a concert at the Arcadia Arboretum, less than a mile from the house I grew up in. I visited my house, my high school, my elementary school, my church, and of course, the In-N-Out just a five minute bike ride away. Yay memories…

I also met up with lots of friends I don’t see often enough, including Nicky, Charlie, Maureen, and Sam and crew for his globetrotting 24th birthday party. Four parties in four cities in four nights, Tel Aviv to Chicago to Seattle to LA! Props to Sam. He’s ridiculous, and he always throws great parties.

I spent most of this past weekend in San Francisco at Love Parade, Paul van Dyk, and Folsom Street Fair. Think amusement park meets rave, then sprinkle in hundreds of thousands of people. The fairs were great, but I was most psyched to see Paul van Dyk, even though we had to brave 1015 to do it. He’s probably one of the top three DJs in the world, so I was really excited to see him spin in person. His set lasted for over three hours, and it was incredible. I don’t often hear really good trance or house live, so it was worth fighting through the club kid scene and staying out until 7am. I can’t wait to find some free time to dig through the message boards and find the songs he played that I hadn’t heard before.

For now, it’s back to work for a couple weeks…and then off to Hong Kong on vacation! Not that I could have picked a worse time to leave work, but we’ve been planning it for a while, and there’s no way I’d cancel it. Plus, I’ve never been anywhere on the Asian continent before, and I’m going with Walter, who I’ve known forever, and who just happens to be from Hong Kong. It’s shaping up to be a great trip.

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