Caltrain love poem

I ride caltrain from my home in SF to work in Mountain View just about every day and unfortunately for me, my train is about 80% male.  That being said, every now and then there is someone on Caltrain who has caught my eye.  Just tonight, a neighbor of mine who is a new Caltrain rider asked ”are there any hotties on the train?”.

It’s only appropriate that this evening I stumbled across an article in the Chronicle about a Caltrain love poem contest.  I may have to enter.  If I do, I’ll post it here.

Happy birthday Golden Gate Bridge

Today, in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic.  Aside from the fact that my grandparents drove from Iowa to San Francisco on their honeymoon, the bridge was:

  • Completed in 4 years
  • Completed ahead of schedule
  • Completed under budget

Ah, savor the days before lawsuits and politicians got in the way of bridge construction.  Sometimes I think that this country’s government institutions have lost their ability to get things done efficiently (or at all).

Record High Temperature in San Francisco (and I’m in Philly)

Most San Franciscans know that there are about five drop everything and have fun outside days per year.  Without fail, I’m out of town for most of them.  I think I’m going to start sharing my travel plans with weather forecasters.

In related news, it was a cold and dreary in Philadelphia and the red-eye flight out, all day meeting and late flight back were productive.

Geek Dinner in San Francisco

Okay, so in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a geek (but a cool one).  I guess that means that I can attend “geek dinners.”  I dined with a bunch of cool people last night amidst spicy Chinese food and conversations of digital media, Windows, content and blogs.  It was good to see some old eHome / DMD people again.  Thanks to Omar for the invite.


… and yes Omar, I do post to my blog.  I even beat you on this one.

WGTB has a new web site

The college radio station that I revived has rolled out a new web site –

It’s great to see that they are still going strong after almost 10 years.  I still remember one administrator saying that she didn’t think it would last more than three years.

Check out their online stream.  Very eclectic Georgetown radio as usual.  The only thing they’re missing is the Karl Marx classical music morning show we had one day a week.

I love Sunday

Here’s why:

  • Sunday starts one minute after 11:59pm Saturday night.  Usually Saturday night is pretty good around that time and it tends to get a little better before it winds down.

  • Breakfast – Simply put, I love breakfast food and on Sunday mornings I almost always make a frittata (an Italian omelet), coffee, juice, cereal and bacon or sausage

  • I’m pretty much caught up from the past week.  I work a lot of hours during the week and have a fairly long commute between SF and Mountain View.  That means that a lot of stuff that people do when they get home from work gets put off to Saturday for me.

  • Jazz – My Jazz group usually jams on Sunday morning.

  • Football – Packer games at Zeke’s, the main Packer sports bar in San Francisco.

  • Sunday night TV - I record all of it on my DVR so I can watch it when I want to, but I usually watch some of it delayed on Sunday night.

  • The Sunday paper – The Chronicle is a little weak as a newspaper (I prefer the WSJ or NYT) but there’s just a ritual about reading my local paper on Sunday mornings.

  • Heading to the coast - I try to get some time in at the coast, whether it be hiking, reading the paper, reading magazines or just relaxing.  That doesn’t happen much during winter, but you did see the bullet about football above, right? 🙂

Goodbye 2004 . . . and good riddance.

For a second year in a row I’m glad the previous year is gone.  2003 was hell for me thanks to school, weekly commuting to Seattle from SF for work, two new teams at Microsoft and my Haas MBA classes.  I thought 2004 would turn the page with school completing and me getting some traction with my new team.

Well, 2004 was better than 2003 but not by much.  I’ve never worked so hard in my life.  Those who know me will probably shudder at hearing that, given how hard I worked during the launch of WGTB at Georgetown.  60 hour weeks were looking like light duty last year.  If it wasn’t for the quick trip to Italy with my family, short visits with family and friends and the launch of our MSTV product in Washington state, I probalby would have gone nuts.  Thank God I really enjoy the stuff I work on.

Then, there’s the war, tsunami, sluggish economy, etc. to provide a gloomy backdrop for the year.

Here are my aspirations for 2005:

  • Reclaim my personal life

  • Get some more great people to work on my team

  • Cook more

  • Take care of myself and have more fun

  • Volunteer

  • Take a really long and restful vacation

I made some traction on these things in 2004 but it was either a late-breaking development or it was aborted due to varous reasons.

Here’s to 2005 being what 2004 was supposed to be!