I flew up to Washington and picked up my motorcycle. Riding it down the coast home. It’s a beautiful ride. Bike is handling great.

 

It’s hard to believe how fast time has gone by. It seems like yesterday that I interviewed at Apple and moved out to the Bay area. The madness of getting out here, finding an apartment, starting work with the contracting company, etc. It was completely nuts. Then a few months later another full set of “fit” interviews to make me a full time Apple employee.

And now I’ve received this in an email. My 1 year anniversary as an employee of Apple.  It seems like yesterday that I started this whole adventure.

I took my old 2007 Harley Davidson Street Bob up to Seattle in November to have some work done to it over the winter. Well, let’s say it’s had an upgrade.

Here is my new 2019 Harley Davidson Fat Bob. It started out as a stock 114 Cubic Inch Black Harley. This was the first time I had seen the bike. I purchased it sight unseen.

 

After a “few” tweaks. Here is the motorcycle now. My cousin Paul, who runs a parts and service department at the Harley dealership I purchased it from has been setting it up for me.

Paul had one of the local airbrush folks add a memorial for John on the rear fender. Pretty awesome touch. 

 

This was the bike the first time I saw it after the majority of the upgrades.

 

 

List of upgrades so far.

  • Anti-Lock brakes (stock upgrade)
  • Cruise control (factory add on)
  • Heated grips
  • S&S Grand National Exhaust
  • Engine and accessories powder coated gunmetal grey
  • Windshield, quick release
  • Passenger backrest and rack, quick release
  • Painted Burnt Orange
  • Memorial airbrushed on the rear fender for John
  • Little Boy Atomic bomb airbrushed on battery cover
  • Engine upgraded.
    • 465 cam
    • Feuling Cam Plate and oil pump

We should be getting the motorcycle Dyno’d later this week. We are expecting the outcome to be about 110-115HP at the rear wheel. But more interestingly it should have about 135 ft/lbs of torque. Which means it’ll pull your arms off and can ride straight up a mountain.

 

A video of the initial startup after the engine upgrades and new exhaust installed.

 

 

 

 

Well. Working for Apple has sure kept me busy. In the last few months I’ve been to

  • Seattle Washington
  • Dallas Texas
  • Haifa Israel
  • Orlando Florida
  • Calgary Canada

I like working for Apple. It looks like my traveling is coming to a halt for a while. My one HPC co-worker has put in notice. He’s off to a startup. An interesting one. Groq. A machine learning silicon startup spun from some top Google folks. He should be in for some interesting and fun times.  Which means all the systems he and I maintained will now be taken care of by just me.

Life in Silicon Valley is good.

 

One of the perks of working for Apple is the occasional travel. I ended up going to Israel for a week. We went over to do some systems moves in a data center we have there. Most of the time was spent in Haifa, in the northern half of the country. Haifa was a beautiful area. It reminded me a lot of the central coast of California, but on the Mediterranean.

When I took this picture there was a bit of an overcast. But it was very pretty from on top of the hill where my hotel was. The people I met were really friendly. Even thought I don’t speak Hebrew, most of the locals had at least some English ability. So, that made life a lot easier.

Overlooking Haifa, Israel

Sunset over the Med

 

One of our local people took us all out for lunch while we were there. I definitely recommend having the local person choose the lunch spot. We would never have had this awesome experience with him showing us. It’s a little hole in the wall place that was amazing.

Lunch in Haifa

On our last day in Israel we had the opportunity to go sight seeing. So, the five of us chipped in and set up a private tour of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Something I didn’t ever really expect to see. I’m not a religious person, so seeing where Christ was arrested, tried, crucified, and resurrected, weren’t on my bucket list. But, guess what? I saw all of those places that day. And then some.

Overlooking old Jerusalem from Mt Olive. Next to where Jesus was arrested by the Romans.

 

The Church of Agony was built next to the Olive Garden where Jesus was arrested.

 

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The church built over the place Jesus was resurrected

 

 

What’s funny is that the church is run by 6 different Denominations that cannot get along. It’s so bad that there is something called the “Immovable Ladder“. Basically a ladder that has been leaning against the wall for over 200 years because they can’t agree to move it. Seriously.

The Immovable Ladder

 

The Wailing Wall

And of course, while in Israel we checked out the Dead Sea. The lowest place on earth. 400+ meters below sea level. And guess what? There was a bar there. The lowest bar in the world. So of course we had to have a beer. 🙂

 

Just a picture I really liked from the trip

 

I have a 3 hour layover in Vancouver, unexpectedly. So, after getting through US customers I wandered around a bit.

This airport has museum class pieces of art on display. Plus native art, humorous pieces.

I have so been this guy in the past.

There are also quiet corners that just make a person relax.

This wall art was on one of the cart paths between sections

I’m sitting here at the San Jose airport having a beer at The Brit Pub. I’m paranoid when it comes to making my flights. I grabbed a Lyft 2 1/2 hours early because I was unsure of San Jose traffic. Turns out, 20 minutes later and I’m at the terminal, 10 minutes after that I’m through security and chilling at the pub.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the San Jose airport, in the middle of Silicon Valley now has robots. Kind of a creepy robot in my opinion. But interesting.

My first trip in a storm of Trips over the next few months. Calgary, Orlando, Las Vegas, Dallas, New Mexico, and Possibly Seattle.

We found Mozilla this time durimg one of our adventure walks in San Francisco.

Buddy of mine was giving a painting class at Fuegos, a local bar/restaurant. I figured, why not? I have no talent but it should be fun.

Besides beer and painting. What could go wrong? 🙂

Sitting here outside of Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub down in Sunnyvale Town center on Murphy Street. Today there was a summer festival. Lots of crafts, art, foods. It’ll continue tomorrow also.

Here is Murphy Street. It continues on several parallel roads.

Today was a warm summer day here. Mid 80’s and sunny.

I decided to grab a table, a beer, and relax for a bit. Read my book and let the world flow around me.

This week was my first week as an actual Apple employee. In fact I’m writing this post on my new iPhone X. I have been assimilated into the Cult of Mac.

It’s hard to look back on the last few years and realize how good life has turned out. It sure didn’t look that way. Funny how things turn out.

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