Well I'm roughly half way through my trip to the US and I'd like to think it's been a worthwhile visit for both myself and Mashery. I've had a solid amount of training paced with meetings, reading and coffee. With just one day left in the San Francisco office, there's a good chance I will have covered the majority of topics required to get started with my job!
San Francisco is a great place. I've only had the opportunity of seeing the slightest fraction of the city, and there's a whole lot more to see. I will have to come back on holiday to take in some of the sites. I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but if I have it bears repeating: there are a lot of homeless in the city. I mean, a dozen for every street block along Market/Mission. Seems to be quite a problem.
The advantage to being a costal city, especially on the Pacific with a strong multicultural diversification, is Sushi. I've never had sushi as good as what we had in Seattle, but yesterday we went to a restaurant that certainly delivered on my expectations of the state that coined the 'California Roll'. The universal problem still exists however, that to have a full meal, you will likely end up spending £40/head (including Saké). The whole team went, and I think it would be a fair assessment to say a good time was had by all.
I was hoping to play football (of the Association variety) this evening but it looks as though that may not materialise. Probably for the best as I think kick off was scheduled for 10.30pm. Yes, 10.30pm PST. Crazy. Still a shame as I could do with a run about. These business trips to seem to revolve around eatin' and meetin'. Speaking of which, a lot of people in the office have adopted the 'standing desk', myself included. Basically, you have no chair, and the desk is adjustable to about 5 foot high. It's almost like standing at a bar. I quite like it actually: it doesn't feel like you're 'trapped' at your desk.
I suppose that would be a good cue for a photo...
|A small panoramic of part of the SF office|
|The snack station and kitchen|
|Entrance to the office|
|Some of the Mashery artwork|
|My standing desk|