Today was my last day working at Stanford as I’m moving on to a new job Monday, but I’m kind of sad. I won’t miss the sometimes monstrous commute, but I met some uber-intelligent, amiable people, who I intend to stay in touch with. I had a wonderful experience doing something outside of the box, career-wise, and in the process got to experience a “campus life” that I never had going to law school and college at night and during the weekends. What’s more it was in a very progressive, prestigious and physically gorgeous, world-class locale, that I had previously never ventured into, despite being raised mostly in the Bay Area.
On the radio this morning I heard that the Atherton part of the Bay Area has the highest percentage of educated people, but my neighborhood — Cherryland, part of Hayward which I find to be very charming — has the lowest, at 15% with bachelor degrees. I guess that means I need to stay put to keep our numbers up since I have a doctorate and we need all the help we can get with those numbers.
Went to Palm Springs, Cathedral City, San Dimas, Santa Monica, Echo Park, West Hollywood, Claremont, that observatory near the Hollywood sign, and Long Beach. Hung out with old friends and new. I was born in San Pedro, so it was cool to get a shot of the Queen Mary, docked nearby from Long Beach. I have a picture of my mom somewhere when she was a few months pregnant with me in front of the same ship in early 1968.
I brought the dogs, who were exhausted, but I made sure that they had plenty of food and water. There were 47 bears who met and most of whom car pooled from the Safeway on Market Street in San Francisco. Some of us went to the San Rafael area afterwards for root beer floats at A&W.
Some of these pictures are mine and some are courtesy of the group album on Facebook.