Today is the first day of my last week working in Pasadena. Starting next Monday my group will be housed in Yahoo’s Burbank facility.
I’ve never worked in any other town. Since my sophomore year in college, from JPL to First Quadrant, The Idza to Visualize and finally Overture Research/Yahoo Research Labs/Yahoo Research (I’m sure the name will change again after our next reorg) I’ve worked in the home of the Rose Bowl, the Doo-Dah Parade, Caltech and that little old lady.
A lot has happened while I’ve been working in Pasadena. The Lakers won the NBA championship three times. The internet bubble came and went. (I hear it’s back again.) The president was impeached, but it all worked out in the end. O.J. was found not-guilty, and a big pack of crazies crashed airplanes in to a couple of buildings. I spent that day in one of Pasadena’s fine bars.
I had a child, got married and divorced, and owned three cars. More friends than I can count got married, and a whole mess of them either have children or are about to. I’ve met some of the best people I ever will. All while working in Pasadena.
Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about leaving. On one hand, it’s an adventure. I’ll get to show up somewhere new every day. I’ll drive on new and exciting streets and eat in new and exciting restaurants. On the other hand, Pasadena is my work home. It’s comfortable, friendly and has been exceedingly kind to me.
So here’s to this one last week. I hope I can be as good to Pasadena over the next five days as it’s been to me over the last ten years.