03/14/2014 - 03/19/2014 70 °F
There was once a time that I boasted that I could fall asleep and stay asleep anywhere - a car, train, bus, plane - wherever. Perhaps that wasn’t ever totally accurate and I just liked to think that, but it most definitely is not true anymore. Even flying Virgin America, which seems to have significantly more overall legroom per seat, I have been tossing and turning for the past couple hours. I figure that I may as well make the time productive. Plus Virgin has great free on flight WiFi, which allows me to do this.
You know 1 strategy that I’m very confident will help me sleep on the plane? Flying red eye flights on 2 consecutive nights! After not sleeping the first night, I will have to be able to sleep on the second, right? Well, I will let you know how that works out in my next post (which I hope doesn’t come tomorrow night). If all else fails, there’s always drugs I suppose, haha. Maybe this’ll help adjust me to the European time zone in some strange way.
So how do I end up having 2 consecutive red eyes? It has been a whirlwind. To share the highlights - the plan was to spend a leisurely 10 days between the Schunk wedding and my flight to Stockholm sleeping on couches and hanging out in NYC and Boston. I found out late last week, right before my bus up to Boston on Friday, that I had scored a final-round interview at Medallia, a CEM company in Palo Alto (look it up if you’re curious). They asked me to supply them with a few different dates that I would be available. Considering I was leaving for Europe the following Wednesday, we didn’t have very many options. They were great to make it work and so, after arriving to Boston on Friday, I flew BOS to SFO on Monday (St Patty’s day ). That smiley face looks strange. I then interviewed on Tuesday and am currently taking a red eye flight to JFK. I will land about 8 am local time and then fly to Stockholm at 9:30 pm, so I get another afternoon to tromp around Manhattan (hopefully without my full backpack which I should be able to store in JFK… hopefully). Colleen is actually in NYC for like 2 days or something before she flies back to Europe so I’m hoping we can meet up.
Though the itinerary is a little nuts, it’ll definitely be worth it if I get the job. And just between you and me, without jinxing anything, I killed it, haha. So much for not jinxing it. Really great interview at what looks like a great company that is trying to maintain that magical atmosphere of a startup despite growing by 50-100% per year for the last 2 years and projected to continue that. They are up to 350 employees with a goal of 650 by the end of the year. Seems like a very fun company to work for in which the employees hang out quite a bit, both after work and during work. With ping pong tables, fooseball tables, a relection pool (filled with plastic balls), a beer fridge and happy hours every Friday, they definitely seem to be doing that part right. Man, I’ve really got to get better at taking pictures to spice up this blog.
Comical side note - you should have seen me walk in to the interview this morning. Looking quite dapper in my suit, I choose some unusual accessories with my big backpack, CamelBak, and suit bag, (I’ve REALLY got to start taking pictures) I made for a strange looking interview candidate, which illicited some laughs, some confused looks, and also led me to explain my exciting plans to a few of the recruiters I talked to. The enthusiastic reaction from those at Medallia when I told about my trip was definitely a turn-on for the company. And if everything goes according to plan, I’ve been led to believe that if I do get an offer, I can set start date for October or so without a problem, which would be ideal.
Honestly, I was mostly sold the minute I woke up in the morning to a bright, beautiful 70* day. Checking the forecast, yes they were in for more of the same for the rest of the week (of course). After the winter we spent in Madison this year, they could have shown me where to sign right then and there. And I’m only kidding a little bit. Plus - added bonus - I’d get to work with Preeti, one of my good friends from Cornell. I’m going to stop thinking about how awesome this opportunity could be until I actually have an offer.
So, by noon tomorrow I will have crossed 11 time zones (3 in one direction then 8 in the other) on 3 flights (2 red eyes) in 3 days to go from the east coast to the west coast of the US and then to Northern Europe. Not the most insane flight plan I’ve heard, but it ranks up there. Ironically enough, I can’t wait to get to Europe so that I can stay in one place at least for a few days. The always-tentative plan will be Stockholm from March 20th - the 25th or 26th and then on to Copenhagen until the 31st when I fly to Amsterdam. I figure I will bounce around Amsterdam, Germany, and Prague (with possible excursions elsewhere) for the month of April and then I get to Helsinki, Finland on April 29th to party it up there (April 30th is their big graduation celebration) until I fly back to the Bay Area for a wedding on May 6th. I can’t believe it is all so close. Talk to you again from Europe!
3 Crazy Days
There was a time
When life caught you by surprise
(Very soon I hope)
PS - I didn’t include anything about Boston which is unfortunate because it was absolutely awesome. In many ways, spending time with Rooney and Dan, a couple of my oldest and best friends, is beyond words. I got to spend some quality time with 2 awesome guys, see an Irish music concert in a beautiful Harvard performance hall (pictures below), fit in some great rock climbing, and had many the intellectual debate. I also found out that I think in almost the totally opposite way that they do (I’m an ESTP, they are both INTJ. If you don’t know what that means, check this out Free Myers Briggs test).
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This is the beautiful entrance hall at Harvard's Memorial Hall. The people are all milling about during intermission.
Another picture of that main hall, highlighting the wonderful ceiling
This is a shot of the house seating inside the concert venue
Here is a bad picture of a beautiful stage lit by Dan Jentzen. He makes sure to call attention to the incredible architecture behind the stage
ROCK CLIMBING IS THE BEST! And Dan has his typical dumb-founded look on his face