Visit Google SF and California Tour
Van Riper invited JUG leaders and Java Champions to visit Google San Francisco. After the last sessions of the JavaOne conference, circa 5pm on Thursday evening, we walked as the motley crew from Hilton SF, to Google’s office next door to the Embarcadaro bridge. It was a real blast, and the hosts treated us fine. I thought it was pretty cool to see the USA Googler’s in their environment. We went on a mini-tour of the building. The views from the terraces of the Embarcadaro were stunning. Of course, a visit to Google is nothing without eating in the cafetaria, I have to say that the food was really nice, plenty to go around and it was after hours for working people, and I was impressed.
The day after JavaOne, I hit the road, jack … I took a shuttle back to San Francisco Airport (SFO) for fifteen bucks and hired a rental car for the remainder of my stay.
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On my checkout-of-hotel day in SF, Uniqlo had just opened a new store near Union Square, they had shipped in an old 60′s motor just for show. The queue for the new store were quite long, and therefore the police closed off a couple of streets, the nearby traffic was brought to a standstill. I caught these men wrestling with an Oldsmobile.
Baywatch! Los Angeles at Sunset or very nearly the end of day. The sea is liveable and swimmable compared to 500 miles up the coast at Santa Cruz, where it was extremely cold even to skinny dip! Be warned, the waves are much more powerful here, in California, if you come here yourself, please don’t take any risks. I did not. And yes, they have lifeguards and helicopters on duty along Vernice, Santa Monica and Long Beach.
This is actually meant to be distant photograph of the lead singer of King’s Leon, Caleb Followill, at the Oracle Appreciation Event, JavaOne. This is the iPhone 4S though, so it is not too bad, having said that.