Monday, September 8, 2008

Au revoir Google

4am Sunday, my first job as a paperboy.

Well, my time as a Google contractor is almost up and it’s time to move on. So what’s the past year been like? Well, I’ve had some truly fantastic co-workers, particularly in Santa Monica. They are the reason I work so hard and go the extra mile, and I’ll miss them all. It’s been a great learning experience and introduction to corporate life. I leave with a deep understanding of interactive advertising, a great resume, and some new friends. My future looks bright, and I’m ready and eager for the next phase of my career.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Labor Day camping

So this weekend I went for a little hike. Well, it looks little on my Forest Service map, but actually it’s about 11 miles with +/- 2000ft. elevation changes. I started out at Switzer Falls picnic area, hiked the length of Bear Canyon, and then went over the ridge to the Tom Sloan Saddle where I camped for the night. Bear Canyon turned out to be appropriately named, because four miles in I came across a brown bear. It was probably around 300 lbs, but didn’t want anything to do with a bunch of sweaty hikers. Once he spotted us, he climbed up the steep canyon walls and disappeared into the brush to munch his berries in peace. I pressed on and when I finally got to the ridge I was completely exhausted and had burned through a gallon of water. I set up camp on a sandy peak with an incredible view of LA that stretched out to Catalina Island and beyond. Forgot the can opener, so dinner was prepared with a swiss army knife and a large rock. After the sun had set, the city lights stretched out to the horizon. It was a great way to end the day. The night was temperate and relaxed, apart for the scorpion guarding the water bottle. The next day, I woke up early for the long trek back. I saw a baby rattlesnake and the bear’s cave, but nothing much else. First stop in civilization; In-N-Out.