August 30, 2006
Yesterday I met up with a few more Google folks. It was good fun, I’m still amazed at the number of smart and all around great people to be with concentrated in such a small area. That must be the Silicon Valley aspect of my overall culture shock. Or maybe my inner geek is just breathing relief at finding like-minded people in high numbers.
One of the interns I met had an interesting thought: she pointed out that the good mood of people in the San Francisco bay is probably largely related to the amount of sun we get here. It’s true that, in just 48 hours, I feel incredibly alive around here, when objectively, I have no special reason to. I got over the dopamine high of being let into the country without getting shot, and yet I feel much more alive here than I’ve felt in a while.
I also note that, while I’m never properly aligned to european timezones, here I’m perfectly adapted. Sure, I wake up a little on the late side in the morning, and I certainly miss Damian and Daniel going off to work, but I’m much closer to a normal sleep cycle than I was in europe. Maybe it’s a sign that this is where I’m supposed to be :-).
This afternoon, I’m taking the Caltrain up to downtown San Francisco. The menu is largely composed of exploration, with a side of photography, and then a meetup with Karl Fogel, one of Google’s open source gurus and fathers of Subversion. I can’t wait!