Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
1. Being incommunicado or flaky -- The biggest turn off EVER in my mind. My time is valuable and canceling at the last minute is an excellent way to get booted out of my cellphone.
2. Cheesy pickup lines -- No, I have not been running through your head all day. And no, I do not want to attend the party in your pants. Do these really work anymore?
3. Stupid bar tricks -- While pounding a beer might have seemed cool when I was in high school, those days have long gone. I'm not going drink for drink with you either.
4. Talking smack about my friends -- Don't tell me that you think my friend is a b*tch, because I just met you and I've known her for half my life. I wonder who I will side with?
5. Bringing up an ex girlfriend -- We just met, so why are you even going there? It doesn't show sensitivity, it shows that you just want to talk about your ex-girlfriend who is the LAST person I want to hear about on a first date.
6. Looking at yourself in the mirror behind the bar -- Really? Seriously? I'm standing RIGHT HERE. I can see YOU!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
But this brings me to the larger topic of parties and how prevalent and expected they are in the valley. Networking is like a sport here and the more people you know, the greater likelihood that you will turn into a Internet celebrity (think Kevin Rose, Robert Scoble or Jason Calacanis) which is every tech geek's dream. What's up with this economic downturn that everyone seems to be talking about? While I'll note that quite a few tech companies are dropping employees like a bad habit (Yahoo, anyone?) that doesn't seem to affect the SF/silicon valley social scene. There is always some new company launch, social media happy hour, tweetup or tech panel. There are weeks when I attend 3-5 parties before Thursday which in itself is pretty disgusting. Whatever happened to having an independent work and social life? I guess I shouldn't really complain since I am constantly meeting new young tech guys and gals like myself, checking out new interesting venues in SF and learning about the hottest new web software...but a tech gal needs something to complain about, right?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
1. Hauling a** to the bus -- or other forms of public transpo...I know I referenced this before, but I don't think I can stress how often I do this. I blame nextmuni.com and the crackberry...as soon as I see there is a bus coming and by sprinting two blocks I will save myself 15 minutes of waiting, I just can't say no. Sunday is an excellent example; I forced my brunch mates to sprint across Van Ness in order to catch the bus before it sped off. Of course, I was the one leading the charge and who triumphantly caught the doors while gasping "HOLD THE BUS" -- but what did you expect?
2. Climbing hills in SF -- and by climbing hills, I mean just trying to visit my friends. SF is full of hills (my friend who was here this weekend was flabbergasted that we walked everywhere/no one had cars) and you have to be prepared. I carry flipflops in my huge purse pretty much 24/7 because if I don't, my feet bleed from the heels and I just can't handle that. Have you ever tried walking up to Union from Polk street? What about up Dolores street through Noe Valley? And North Beach is a whole other issue that I'm not even going to bother going into.
3. Carrying all your crap -- Being a city girl I have to carry everything with me. This means when I go to the gym, grocery shopping, or even lugging my laptop from work, I gotta handle it all on my own. Now if you combine carrying all your crap with numbers one and two above, you've got yourself an even bigger problem. I received my wine club shipment today and let me tell you, dragging an awkward box on the bus was definitely not enjoyable. Plus, I find myself limiting my grocery options to things that are light so this means no heavy liquids, canned goods and forget laundry detergent!
4. Stairs -- My office building has seriously the scariest elevator ever. Every day I feel like it's touch and go. I know you may think I'm making a big deal out of nothing but seriously our mail lady told me our elevator was the worst out of any on her ENTIRE route! It often acts up which forces us to climb the five or so flights of teeny tiny devil stairs and by the time you get to the top, you practically keel over in pain. Of course this is completely independent of stairs in residential dwellings (SF, people, SF) that I'm not even going to get into!
Ah, the joys of being a tech gal! At least we burn calories faster than your average chica, right?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Enter Mail Goggles, a new labs feature that aims to save us from ourselves. As noted on both Valleywag and Techcrunch, Mail Goggles will administer a math test when you attempt to email late at night. While Mike Arrington points out "if I want to send a drunken email, and all that’s standing between me and success are a few math problems, I’m gonna go find that calculator," I guess it's the thought that counts.
Monday, October 6, 2008
- Amazing friends
- Consistent tech tools
- A bus pass
- A very large purse
- A high tolerance for bullsh*t and alcohol
1. I have amazing friends. Seriously, these girls rock it hardcore. Even though none of them are in tech, they always listen to me ramble about twitter, respond to my late night texts and sometimes even come with me to happy hours. Whether near or far (wink-wink to my ladies who don't reside in SF) I am surrounded by some pretty great gals.
2. Tech tools that actually work are key. My crackberry saves my life on a daily basis. Whether checking nextmuni.com, finding a restaurant anywhere in the city or tweeting while on the bus, it keeps me in the loop. An ipod is also key. I do a ton of walking around the city and music makes everything go faster. And of course a laptop, duh.
3. Fast Past...'nuff said. I take the bus probably 4-5 times a day and it makes my life a better place. Plus, I'm ALWAYS running to the bus, so it's great to not have to dig in my wallet for change every time.
4. While Teddy R. carried a big stick, every tech gal needs a huge purse. Whether it's flipflops because your heels will hurt after one lap around the bar, snacks for a long night out, or your laptop, jacket, phone charger, camera and a ridiculous amount of schwag you have accumulated over the period of a night, it pays to have something to lug it around in.
5. Both are important. Falling over after a beer is not a successful networking tool neither is walking away from someone even if they are boring. Trust me, I have seen both in action and it never ends well.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
With the crackberry in hand (every good tech gal needs one!) I was able to find an Obama rally/debate watching party less than two blocks away at Temple. It was an interesting crowd; young professionals mixed with older hippies, SF locals and East Bay visitors...all exceptionally passionate about Obama. Good times were had all around.
Some stories are personal, some are work-related and some are just down right ridiculous, I make no promises that you will like them all. But isn't that what a blog is all about? So that's it...for now.