Day 1: Sept. 20th 2014
Bob drops me off at the bus station, so I can catch a bus into San Francisco. I am grateful that I can leave my car with them until I finish my short contract job.
I get on the bus
And review my GPS just to make sure I get off at the right stop. Thank you Google Maps.
I head into the office.
And begin working on the server racks.
Slowly hacking away at it.
Cables, cables and more cables.
This goes here right?
After getting everything wired we begin our first tests and the 3 original Monkeys: Marc, Christian and Rudi review some of the content.
And after a long long day of work, Christian, Rudi and I head over to a restaurant nearby for sushi.
We catch up on old times.
Cannot wait to dig into my my delicious sushi dinner.
Christian and I head over to a nearby bar and watch a football game and catch up on old times in Dubai and US. Good seeing him and having him around.
Day 2: Sept. 21st 2014
I continue working on the servers and understanding the server software.
For lunch we get burgers from the local burger joint below the office: Roam Burgers. You can actually order it online and then walk downstairs in a few minutes and pick it up.
Really good stuff. I think I got the bison burger.
Later in the evening after a long day at the office, Christian and I head down to Mel's Drive In - because it is late and all the restaurants are pretty much closed. Mel's Drive In should not be confused with Mel's Diner.
I pop some quarters into the jukebox and get some tunes cranking.
And then some dinner and beer.
Day 3: Sept. 22nd 2014
I get a Elk burger without the bun and it is delicious.
I setup a new desk area for myself and work on my Windows Surface device. Never thought this baby would come in handy for actual work - besides blogging and watching Netflix and Hulu.
We are all up late at the office and so Marc orders some pizza. Everyone is in munch down and work mode.
And also being a little goofy.
After another long night I decide I need to venture out of town a little and see the various scenes of San Fran. I bounce around to a restaurant: Verbena and order the Octavia Blvd: Bourbon, Gran Classico, amaro, and orange. It is really really good - of course it is... it has bourbon in it.
I bounce again to another bar called Taps Social House and Kitchen where I get a beer and then I see this live feed social screen in the bar.
So I decide to test is out.
And it appears it does really work.
Another long day at the office, but it is good to get out and explore San Francisco even if solo. I need to do more of that to experience the city.
Day 4: Sept. 23rd 2014
The last bar went into was a tequila bar: Mosto and I got a few free drinks. I definitely enjoyed the freebies.
Day 5: Sept. 24th 2014
At the office the production team was reviewing the final edits... but realistically no edit is really FINAL.
And after that last review we pack all the gear into the Monkey boxes for shipping to the Moscone Center tomorrow where the Oracle conference Oracle Open World will be held.
Marc is taking a phone call outside. He looks stressed.
After work I head over to meet my extended family member Rommel at the W downtown for a Charity Event.
We had a great time and I meet some more people from the San Francisco area. Definitely had a little too much celebrating today.
Coffee: $7.25 (Starbucks)
Beverages: $82.70 (W San Fran)
Beverages: $49.50 (W San Fran)
Day 6: Sept 25th 2014
They finally arrive
And in a few hours we setup and get everything working.
Just before we leave I take a pano of the entire area.
Time to head back to the office and wrap up.
After work I decide to hang out at Roam Burgers and catch up on a few blogs.
Lifting the server cases for Oracle Open World was intense. Especially the largest one. You can literally break your back if you don't be careful. Setting up at Oracle Open World was fun and tedious. I learned I hate DVI cables. Chilling out at Roam Burgers was refreshing and it felt good to catch up on some blog posts. The staff were extremely friendly and attentive. Great place to have a meal or takeout.
Dinner: $32.41 (Roam Burgers)
Day 7: Sep 26th 2014In the morning I met up with Christian and Marc and we headed to the conference center. Along the way I saw this sign and chuckled. Only in San Francisco.
Back at the center we begin our tests.
At lunch time I get a bite to eat since I'm starving.
We dim the lights and it looks amazing from behind the stage.
Later in the evening I go to meet up with a friend I made a few nights before at an Art Gallery
All local art and artists.
And I run into a friend from the past: Niels and his wife Maura. We are perplexed and esctatic at the coincidence of running into each other randomly in San Francisco.
Behind the beautiful backdrop of the lighted Bay Bridge. Only the western side of the bridge is lighted and according to Wikipedia (very reliable source) it only costs $15.00 a day to light up. The other side of the bridge is not lighted.
After dinner we head downtown for drinks at Hi Dive.
The bar lights are amazing.
And then I head home for a good nights rest.
Day 2 at the Oracle Open World was quite easy generally. I made a few mistakes and learned how to fix them and toggled with some of the controls. The rest was the other Monkeys making sure all the sequencing worked.
Meeting up with Guilia and her friend at the Art Gallery was great. Running into Niels was the highlight of the day. And seeing and spending time with Shilpa and her friends was icing on the cake.
Lunch: $15.34 (The Roastery)
Beverages: $13.00 (Local Edition)
Beverages: $7.00 (Hi Dive)
Day 8: Sep 27th 2014Today was the last prep day before Oracle Open World. The guys are busting ass on getting the presentations finalized.
We get our backstage passes. I just wish they would get us into the Macklemore and Aerosmith concerts.
The front stage is being setup.
I need to get some light so I go out and take pictures of the Oracle sailing boat that won the America's Cup in 2013: An improbable win.
When I get back we run a few tests and the view of the front stage is impressive.
It was a long day at the convention center so I just head back home and sleep. No outings tonight.
Day 9: Sep 28th 2014
Long day at the office and we head back really late. Time for bed.
Day 10: Sep 29th 2014
When I got back to the convention center Brace asked me if this was my iPhone. Apparently it created quite the stir at the 3 Monkeys table.
Rudi is heading back to Dubai. It was great working with him. I am in awe of his intellect, documentation and attention to detail. I have learned a lot under his supervision.
After work for dinner I headed back to my stomping ground: Roam Burgers. I have officially become a regular.
Time for bed.
Outside the relief in finding my iPhone and the deliciousness of the Chocolate Milkshake the day was pretty standard.
Day 11: Sep 30th 2014
Then I headed to the local CVS for some supplies in the hope that I could shake of this cold. And then time to go home and attempt to sleep it off. Tomorrow is the last day of the Oracle Open World conference and then we wrap up.
Please don't catch a cold was resonating in my head all day. It was great to see my friend Heather again. I just wish I was in better shape to be fully present and enjoy her company but by evening time I was feeling myself getting worse.
Day 12: Oct 1st 2014
It was a very difficult day to work today. My body has a full blown cold. My best friend is the tissue box. Somehow I manage to stick it out through the laborious process of packing up all the cables, lifting the cases back into office and setting them up again. All I want to do is go to the hotel room and sleep but I also don't want to leave the team hanging on the last day. Marc letting me I can go home is music to my ears and I don't waste anytime and head on to bed. Hoping for a speedy recovery.
With that said, my time with the 3 Monkeys (Marc, Christian and Rudi) and the rest of the 3 Monkey SF team (Brace, Kyle and Megan) was fantastic. Great teamwork and spirit. Definitely enjoyed the experience.