Well, I’ve been here for just over 3 weeks now and I’ve yet to write a blog post. Normally I’d feel really guilty about that, but I don’t this time. I’ve been having a blast so far and I don’t really mind that it isn’t chronicled in excruciating detail. It means I’m finally experiencing rather than observing. And it’s about time.
So what have I been up to? Let’s see…I think I’ll go week-by-week:
Week 1: My flight from Newark was great. I don’t think I’ve had a better experience on a plane. I had the whole row to myself, the flight was peaceful, and the movie (27 Dresses) was great. Things were off to a good start. Once I settled into my hotel, I grabbed my camera and went out exploring. It seems that I really lost my bearings over the course of the school year because I was having issues navigating the Muni and re-orienting myself to the city. Everything seemed backwards to me.
Since I wasn’t exactly sure where I was AND I was starving, I decided to go somewhere familiar: the Fisherman’s Wharf. Touristy, I know, but I was really craving a chili bread bowl! After that I walked around the hotel for a bit to see what was available (I was going to be there for the next 6 nights after all). Full and dead tired from traveling, I went back to my room and crashed in front of the TV for the evening.
The next day was Monday, but since it was Memorial Day Weekend, I had another day to settle in. I spent most of the morning doing nothing. It was wonderful. I didn’t feel compelled to go out and explore the city. Partially because I’ve been here before and partially because I wasn’t yet over my Spring Semester Sleep Deprivation. I did manage to go out and walk through Chinatown for the first time though. Very cool. I couldn’t get the song “Grant Avenue” from Flower Drum Song out of my head!
Tuesday was orientation. I took the Caltrain in. It was so different being there for the second time. I knew my way around campus and the shuttles. I ran into people I knew from last summer. I knew what I needed to accomplish before I left (Commuter checks and a VTA pass). It was so much less stressful! AND, to top it off, I got to leave early because I’m working in one of the San Francisco offices.
Wednesday was my first day at Flickr. I met with Tara (my
wrangler err… boss) I don’t really remember much of it, actually. It was kind of a whirlwind of introductions and trying to make sense of everything. I did get an awesome hoodie and a flip video though, both of which have come in handy pretty often in the last few weeks! My first week also involved cheesecake courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum. Thursday and Friday are also a blur so I’ll fast forward.
I moved into my apartment on Saturday. I also got the packages I had my mom ship out with pots and pans and such. Saturday was spent getting the necessities (sheets, pillow, toilet paper, you get the idea.)
On Sunday I met up with Aislinn, one of the interns I met last summer and have kept in touch with over the course of the year. She was just about to start at Y! full time. We went to CupcakeCamp, but ditched early in order to go see Sex and the City.
Come to think of it, my second week at Flickr is a bit of a blur too (perhaps I should have written this blog sooner?) Heather came back from vacation and I got a better idea of what I’d be working on for the summer. I remember what I did, but you remember the deal from last summer – I can’t really say. Lame, I know, but hey, it makes it way more fun when things finally go live! Suspense is part of good story telling ;) To hold you over though (and to congratulate you if you’ve made it this far), I present a FlickrHQ original:
I met up with a friend from Cornell (Alex) and his intern friends from Google on Sunday. We walked up and down the Haight Street Fair (you remember that one from last summer, don’t you? It’s the one that involved the pink cadillac of bongs?) and then roamed around Golden Gate Park until we found the Japanese Tea Garden. That park is massive. And confusing. It’s great for people watching though.
Back to work on Monday. Things proceeding as usual. Finally getting some stuff accomplished. Then the real fun begins. I also met Stewart Butterfield, which was pretty cool. This pretty much sums up his visit. Later in the week, I met up with Mark from Cornell who was in town for WWDC. He, Michelle and I went out for dinner. Fantastic Guinness Stew. I also had a glass of sangria that puts CTB to shame. (aside: being 21 this time around has really changed the whole dynamic of my time in SF. It’s nice not to be separated from the rest of the interns or occasionally my coworkers because I’m too young like last summer)
AHhh then there was Thursday. The Amazing Intern Race. We had an intern event down in Sunnyvale that involved us doing a Go Game scavenger hunt around Y!’s campus. SO much fun. I got to meet a bunch of the interns which was cool especially considering I’m the only Flickr intern and one of two interns working in SF (until tomorrow). I also ran into Jane (who took me on that insane hike last summer) and went to SFlickr. SFlickr was great! It was so much fun to hang out with photographers and play with all sorts of cool camera equipment!!
Which (FINALLY!) brings us to this past weekend. Joey (a Y! intern) and Nick (a facebook intern) came up to the city on Saturday. We hit the SFMOMA, the Fisherman’s wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, crashed in my apt for the evening and then went to the North Beach Festival and Chinatown on Sunday. We found this great light at the Golden Gate Bridge that made for a really fun photo session.
Back to work today and now I’m here finally updating! How was that for excruciating detail?? I’m really enjoying my time here so far. It really just cements the idea that this is where I need to be after graduation. The lifestyle is just awesome and there are so many cool people around that I can’t imagine ever being bored.
There are lots more photos and videos to come. As always, check the Flickr stream and twitter updates for more in between coverage. I also promise to share a bit more about my work this summer at some point :) And if you’re in the area, drop me a line!
Well, until next time!