The Jon

Trip to California

I just got back from a business trip to Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA. I actually was there for two business trips put together, so I had a lot more free time than most of my co-workers. I arrived on Monday the 13th and spent the day in San Francisco. This was my first time in the San Francisco area, so I enjoyed going all over. Of course I did see the Golden Gate Bridge:

The next 3 days were spent in meetings at Yahoo!, and I was there for the release of YOS. Visiting Yahoo! sure made Yahoo! Japan look like nothing. Some of the nice things I noticed were:

- [Free coffee](http://flickr.com/photos/emostar/2950440043/in/set-72157608171905436/) (my favorite was a soy chai)

- Lots of extra activities ([foosball](http://flickr.com/photos/emostar/2945458796/in/set-72157608066412799/), [billiards](http://flickr.com/photos/emostar/2969902505/in/set-72157608349940409/), [basketball](http://flickr.com/photos/emostar/2950434943/in/set-72157608171905436/), volleyball, fitness center)

- Most people go home by 5pm

- Subsidized lunches

- A more open feel about the work enviornment

Well, enough about work talk. On Friday, I had the day off and went to play some poker in the afternoon. After about 2 hours, I was up nearly $600 and decided to call it a day. Then went to San Francisco to look around some more, finally saw some cable cars, and walked up the hill they went up to take some pictures. I went back to my hotel room to get ready for Saturday, I would go visit a redwood park for hiking, then go hiking along the sheer cliffs over the ocean, and visit Monterey.

I did spend 5 more days after that, but they weren’t as eventful. Just check out all the pictures to see what I was up to.

After getting back, I’ll be here in Japan for 1 week. And then on Saturday, we are off to go to Hawaii for our wedding! So, check back then, I’m sure we will take tons of pictures.

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