Walking home from work through China Town

While walking home from work I sometimes cut through China Town.  This evening was especially lovely out.  Every once in a while, even as someone who lives in this city, I just have to stop and recognize how beautiful it can be.  I think in our day to day lives we can get jaded or at least just take for granted that we live in a city in which tens of millions of people visit per year.  Also as anyone living in San Francisco knows, more and more people are wanting to live here resulting in outrageous housing costs.  So, who knows how long we’ll even be able to live here, but for now, I’m just going to try to appreciate my surroundings a bit more.

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So Jo and I decided to take a road trip from San Francisco to Killeen Texas to visit her family.  I made the trip from the Bay Area to Texas once before and I’m glad Jo was up for the experience because it was something I really enjoyed.  There is something very therapeutic about a long road trip.  Having that much time to think, reflect, and if you are with someone, to talk with them with no distractions is just something that many people in their day to day lives don’t necessarily get.  Also in the age of immediate gratification and travel via airlines, the idea that it will take some significant time to get to your destination, there is just something liberating abut that, being on the road, only stopping for food and rest.  So on our trip we saw some amazing landscapes and skies.  I thought I’d share some of our photos.

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Wow, so I have realized it’s been a while since I last posted.  Well, where to start?  Jo and I spent Christmas, our anniversary, and New Years in Rome.  We spent two weeks just in Rome, no rushing around to other cities or trying to keep a schedule.  It was relaxing and honestly I fell in love with the city.  If only I could figure out how to move and live there permanently.  It was an amazing trip.  We have too many stories to tell so instead here is a slide show of some of our photos.

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Shortly after we returned from Rome I made the career move from Epicor to Teachscape.  I was at Epicor for over 9 years.  I think I stayed there too long to be honest.  I guess I was always hoping that they could turn things around but after too many missed opportunities in my opinion it was time to move on.  In a fortunate turn of events I had a recruiter contact me about a position in the city and for a great company.  Teachscape is a very nice change of pace for me and I am extremely happy with the move.  I am working with great technology and looking forward to being a valued member of the development team.

The job change comes with a huge change in lifestyle.  I no longer commute via BART to the east bay and Jo and I walk to work together in the mornings and home in the evenings pretty much every day.  We never have to touch a vehicle of any kind.  We stop at the Starbucks right in front of the gate to China Town on our way into work.  It’s down right civilized.  Working and living in the city makes me feel like I am truly a resident of San Francisco now that I don’t have to commute out during the week.

Well there’s been a lot more to write about but I’ll have to save more for other posts.

Cheers,
Tim

On my run this morning I noticed some of the yachts for America’s Cup preparing for an event.  The cup isn’t until 2013 but I hope to get to see a few of these up close and in action.  As a former aero engineer I find these yachts fascinating.  They operate at the boundary of two entirely different fluids, and these yachts don’t just operate, they perform exceptionally well.  I remember the 12 meter yachts from the 80’s and being interested in them then.  The IACC yachts today are less traditional in appearance but still amazing.

http://www.americascup.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America’s_Cup
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_America%27s_Cup_Class