What’s Up | 06/11/11

Hey all! Life’s been good back up north. I drove back to Berk on Sunday, and I finally have my car up! Except…I’ve only taken Baxter to the grocery store once so far. Busing’s a lot cheaper and much more efficient in the mornings.

Speaking of mornings, this is the first summer that I’m working full-time. It definitely has its perks and differences. Of course, it’s nice to not have to worry about classes or school-related things.

So here are my typical mornings the past week: I’ll wake up/stumble out of bed around 7:15 AM, make it to the bus stop by 7:35 AM, and arrive at the bus station in SF by 8:25 AM. The next 1.5 miles/10-ish minutes consist of biking through busy SF traffic to get to my workplace.

I love biking in the city. It’s a lot more vibrant, I have to look out for a lot more obstacles, and I get to beat cars when they’re stuck in traffic. I’m also getting good exercise because roundtrip is 3 miles, and I go through some of the busiest streets of SF’s Financial District. Case in point, I biked past the building where Apple was holding its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. After my daily bike adventures, I arrive at the office by 8:40 AM and eat breakfast.

Pretty typical bike scene in SF. Photo credits to Chronicle/Kurt Rogers.

I’m interning at OpenDNS, and my first week there was definitely a good week. OpenDNS is “the leading provider of security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS.” It’s a pretty tech-oriented firm, but I’m working as a marketing intern for the summer.

My boss is very nice and pretty chill, and I spent this week getting some of the basics down and learning more about the company itself. And you know what? The more I learn about the company, the more I can appreciate and respect the work that we’re doing.

OpenDNS has been around for a bit, so we’re a lot more organized than typical startups, but not as hierarchical as large firms. The CEO works on the same floor as everyone else, and people are pretty friendly. Oh, and I’m definitely not doing typical intern busy work. I’m looking forward to what the next nine weeks will bring – I’m sure that I’ll learn lots and also have a good time.

I finish work around 4:50 PM, bike back to the bus station, and catch the 5:10 PM bus back to Berkeley. When I get back, I grab some dinner and watch an episode of Mad Men. I don’t watch much TV, but I was impressed with the show – it’s smart, interesting, and entertaining. I’m currently in the first season, but I plan to catch up by the end of summer.

Around 10:30 PM, I play basketball at the RSF. Surprisingly, there’s been a good number of people playing ball, so I’ve gotten in some pretty good pickup games. I average an hour and a half of playing time before I head home, absolutely exhausted. I check over my email, read and blog for a bit, and fall asleep around 1:30 AM.

So this past week has been good. I’m learning, exercising, working, and enjoying life. Oh, and I finally bought a dresser today, after a year of searching for the right one on Craigslist. Another summer tradition. Good times indeed.

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