Possible Thieves in Tysons II

I went to a company party tonight and noticed there was a couple driving around doing something very suspicious. A man and women were driving around the parking lot of Tysons II as though they were trying to find a parking spot. Then I saw a girl hop out of the Land Rover and started to check if cars were unlocked.

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Anyway, they did this a couple of times, and I assumed they were trying to pull a quick one on folks who left their car doors unlocked.



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It was an old Green Land Rover Discovery. Anyway, I reported this to the security immediately and they were on it.

Make sure to lock your doors and don’t leave any valuables in your car this holiday. One of my coworkers had her car broken into yesterday because they left a present visible.

California PT.5: Day 3 (Point Reyes)

So on our way to Point Reyes, we took the scenic route, cutting through the forest and mountains.

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As you can see, Annie enjoying the view of the mountains and the coastline.



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And of course, Annie wanted her selfie. Had to use the flash on this one. ^_^



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The drive was awesome. You can’t really tell phone this photo, but the road undulated the entire way up, down and around.



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It was kind of like skiing, but with 4 wheels. (Ps. Thanks Patrick for lending us your S2000!!)



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I should mention that last time Annie and I went here, we kind of got lost and ended up somewhere completely off the grid. This time around, we kind of knew what we were doing.



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I can’t really express how beautiful the experience was. The variety and change in scenery each mile was overwhelming.



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And here’s a photo by Annie—she *had* to take photos of the deer. I’m not sure why, but it was interesting for her. Lol.



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And now we arrive at what is arguably my favorite part of the trip. This is the California coastline (near Point Reyes) bathed in a sunset. The colors are reminiscent of Dali’s paintings.



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Simply breath taking. I only wish I had that view all the time.



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And finally we arrive at the lighthouse.



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Unfortunately, the lighthouse was closed off… but we still got to see another sunset from a stellar view.



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The sun touching down.



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And look at the gnarly rock. Years of erosion caused the unusual formation.

California Pt.4: Day 3 (Fort Funston)

As you’ll notice, getting up early and watching the sunrise was a nice ritual Annie and I started on our trip… however, Annie was too tired to get up, so I took some photos.

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This photo was taking from Patrick’s apartment. Pretty nice view.



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Later, we went to Fort Funston, a park near San Francisco. You really don’t get the scale of the park in this photo, but that trail is nearly 45 degrees.



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We walked around and snapped a couple photos. I was probably a little stupid and got too close to the edge. Won’t be doing that anymore—I’ve seen youtube videos of people falling to their doom. It’s no joke!



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Apparently the park was some sort of military base, as a first line of defense against an invasion.



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They camouflaged artillery with foliage and dug tunnels to house massive cannons.

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It seemed like there was a view 360 degrees. On one side, you have a beautiful coastline. On the other side, you have civilization (and a golf course).



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I’d probably need a couple more days just to walk around and explore the area.

California Pt.3: Day 2 (Dropbox)

Wow, I haven’t had a chance to post the rest of my photos from Cali. It’s been a whirlwind over here.

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Some of Patrick’s roommates were nice enough to give us a tour of Dropbox. They have a saying over there, “It just works”. It’s probably been one of the most profound things I’ve heard in a while. It’s not just a sign on the wall—it’s in the air they breath.



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I really like how they’ve invested so much into culture. They describe things as looking polished on the outside, but it’s total chaos internally.

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Part of that is because they weigh their organization around product delivery, and making “it just work”. Reaching that kind of level requires doing anything necessary to get the job done right.

Their CTO also has penchant for product. He emphasizes QA and it’s a huge part of the design process there.

Anyway, more on this later. I have more photos that I’ll have to dig up from my iPhone. ^_^

Water Leak Update

Okay, so the water leak has been stopped. The plumber came by today and fixed the hose.

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Apparently, it wasn’t tightened all the way, and part of the hose was rotted.



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The only thing left is to replace the carpet and get this bed frame.

Water Leak in the Bathroom

When I came back from Thanksgiving, I had a nice present waiting for me. A had a water leak from my sink. Total bummer.

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So I called up my insurance, and they’ve sent some people out to clean it up.



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And they’re probably going to replace the carpet. As you can see, they cut out a sample to see if there’s any mold.



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Now my room’s a total mess. I guess my mom was totally right about having less—the more crap you have, the more you’ll have to replace if it breaks.