The one with THE BOSS

It was Wednesday; Sally really wanted to go climbing. I tried to resist as I was feeling very lazy and my wrist hasn’t fully recovered, but the force is strong with her. So we did end up going.

She finished her climb, and it was my turn. I was going around the gym looking for an easy 5.10a when I saw a familiar face. On taking a closer look, that did seem like a face I see every week. At work we see it every Thursday during TGIF. It was Larry Page’, for real. In the climbing gym. It was super exciting to see him up so close. He was not climbing though. Someone who was with him was climbing, while a staff member was belaying her. He was watching her climb. At one point Sally tricked me into climbing a 5.10b when we ended up on a trail right next to them. Half way through the climb I got really scared thinking what if the rope breaks and I fall on him. Talk about irrational fears and stuff. And yeah nothing like that happened. Phew!

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Sonoma Canopy

We’ve done this before, an year ago I think. I tried to remember where but it was not coming back to me. I am talking about Zip lining. One of the zip lines we did was clearly overlooking the beach. I remember it being beautiful and it was an adrenaline rush. But for some reason I am blanking out on where we did it. Nevertheless I don’t want to go digging into the past pictures to figure it out; it’s a scary preposition. Nvm, Kiran just helped me out. It was in Catalina Islands.

Well the reason why it is relevant now is a bunch of us went to Sonoma Canopy yesterday to Zip Line through the Redwoods. The place is beautiful with tall red woods expanding everywhere till your eyes can see. And we had a Master of Puns as one of our tour guides. It was hilarious. We got to do 7 zip lines, walk through 2 tree bridges, a tree staircase and end our session jumping off a rappel. Healthy red woods trees, even the tall ones, flow with the wind. So on some of the zip lines we could actually feel the platform moving. That was pretty cool. While it was no adrenaline rush this time, the entire experience was pretty chill and calming. Being in middle of nature does that to you, I guess. This was Sally’s idea. It was her birthday and she wanted to spend it close to the nature. Pretty cool if you’d ask me. Thanks Sally and Happy Birthday :).

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They asked us to act scared

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That was the tree stair case

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This time they asked us to pose 😀

After we Zip Lined we went to a French Restaurant for lunch. It was a bougie (I learnt this word last week :D. More on that later.) place with yummy bruschetta’s. Their Tiramisu was the best I ever had (I haven’t had many. More of a cheesecake person). After an impromptu Tiramisu birthday cake and a happy birthday song later, a few of us went to the Russian River Brewing Co in Santa Rosa. I never saw a line so big outside a beer place; it took us about ~45 mins before we got in. A friend was telling me that one of their beers (Pliny the Younger) was rated as the 2nd best beer in the world. Woah! That beer is sold only for a week once an year and unfortunately this was not that week. We did have Pliny the Elder though. It was pretty good, and along with it, we had a bunch of other beers too.

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Beer Platter 😀

After we got back we watched an episode of Black Mirror. This show is thoroughly fucked up and does the same to you. Its tripping. Luckily for us we were in the city; I could go out later with a few other friends to dance it off. Phew!

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Pretty neat setup right? Beats watching on a TV.

Maverick!

It was a simple enough change but I had no clue why the hell it wasn’t working. I was lost between staring deeply into the monitor trying to make the code talk back to me and rubber batman-ing (ducking) to figure things out when I get a ping on hangouts…

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The watchful protector of my code, the friend of unit tests

Ivan: Dude! are we still doing Defenders? or did you figure out what we are going as?
me: Don’t ask me. That was your job.
Ivan: WTF!!
me: I know.
Ivan: Lets go to party city tonight.
me: Sure.

A couple of days later… again on hangouts…

Ivan: Did you get aviators?
me: Shit! I forgot.
Ivan: I called you last night to remind you. Why the hell didn’t you pick up?
me: I was sick. I crashed.
Ivan: It’s ok. Will figure something out. I already changed, waiting for you.
me: Give me 5.

I think it was a couple of weeks ago when we watched Top Gun at our place, and within the first 30 minutes of watching the movie I was fairly certain what I was gonna wear this time. The key was finding Goose to accompany Maverick and Ivan was on board. Call it coincidence but a day later Nithesh came in as a Top Gun pilot as well.

While I did make some half assed attempts for the last two halloweens, this was the first time I was getting a full fledged costume. The scary part was walking around in costume at work. My team started clapping when I got back to my desk so that it would draw more attention; it was so scary that I had to quickly borrow glasses from a co-worker and rush out. Ivan was at ease though; he owned it. Things were much calmer by the time we got to the venue. Seeing a lot more costumes does put you at ease.

The event itself was a lot of fun. Apart from the halloween themed cocktails, the most fun I had was at the ‘Clash of the Clans’ game where we got to shoot arrows at other people. It was like paint ball but replace paint guns with bows and arrows. The goal was to eliminate other team members and hit the tower bell on the opposite end of the field. It was intense! I remember a couple of my arrows grossly missing their mark and hitting the spectators outside the field. Score!

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Goose & Maverick!

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He is the one who knocks! Get it? 😀

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Fire type kicks ass!

This time Halloween was on Monday, so there were a lot of exciting things happening over the weekend. Most of the gang already decided to go as Wizard of Oz characters; it was a few others and me who were the odd balls and deviated from the larger theme. I was better ready though than I was for the work event. Boddu and I went shopping for aviators in the morning and I was all set. Well I guess it doesn’t really matter when you go to a costume party with hundreds of dressed up people in a large hotel with drinks, 4 grand rooms with different kinds of music and dancing. Things got pretty confusing that night… and intense, and exciting! It was weirdly fucked up, hard to explain and fun. I guess that’s what happens when hordes of people get together to party. I would’ve slept through entire Sunday if it wasn’t Diwali that day, and I hand’t already made plans to meet a friend and had not forgotten where I parked my car the night before.

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That was most of the gang. We lost a couple by the end of the night.

Tons of sleep did help me recover for Monday, and you know how Mondays are… but this time it was Halloween. Half day through messages started pouring in and turns out one of us found another event which was in the city. I did leave the costume in my car, including the aviators and this was anyways after work. We met at Margaret’s for pre-gaming, and off we went. This time it was in a night club and there was a costume competition. It was basically ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ (Tsotso) kicking ass. Bring it on San Francisco!

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It was a smaller team on Monday