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Natala Menezes
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reminded me of the drive on sat!
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my puffy face post trekking up to Annapurna Base Camp is now famous!! 
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we are safe and following the state dept guidelines to shelter in place. hearts are broken by the tragic impact of this quake on so many Nepali people. love + peace.
 
I'm in Pokhara, Nepal; +Natala Menezes​ and I are safe. We are sheltering in place for a couple days to see if things calm down enough in Kathmandu to catch our flight out on the 28th.
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Boston Snowpocalypse Adventure with Alishya Mayfield 
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Hope you enjoyed the thundersnow!   We've had sunny spring-meets-fall weather here for a whole week.  Weather-wise, I am DEFINITELY glad I moved.
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Thanks +Melinda Belisle  for sharing this :) 
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i have no idea how these photos were selected...but there are some good memories in there!
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Abbey Road at the beach! 
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We were so luck in every way on this trip. A truly amazing experience -- both trekking up to ABC and experiencing the earthquake. Susan's not really captures how tenuous things felt. My heart remains with the people of Nepal. 
 
Update from Pokhara, Nepal, 31 hours post-earthquake:

I think 'unsettled' is the word of the day. Only got a few hours of sleep last night due to periodic aftershocks. I think there've been 20+, including a big one around 5am and another 6.9 magnitude today around lunchtime. We've all got "go bags" ready (passport, cash, water, headlamp, etc.) and are sleeping with our clothes on, ready to run out at a moment's notice. There's nothing quite like waking from a sound sleep and going straight into grab-your-bags adrenaline mode. And then the shaking stops, and you sit there in the stillness wondering if or how to go back to bed.

Many shops were closed today (photo below) as people are nervous about being indoors; now it's 7pm and people are starting to gather in the fields and streets again to spend the night outdoors. I've had a strange feeling of ping-ponging back and forth all day between the seriousness of the situation and our relative comfort. There are basically no damaged buildings to be seen in our part of Pokhara; but we're meeting local people whose homes (in the surrounding villages) were damaged or destroyed. In the morning we sipped fresh lassis on a sunny verandah by the lake, and then a moment later the glass was shaking and people were screaming and running for open ground. In the afternoon we discussed various options for getting home, and how many days it might take... while sitting in an air conditioned room with plenty of fresh water and snacks. It's a strange juxtaposition, tinged by a constant underlying tension and uncertainty.

The aftershocks are unsettling because you never know when they'll happen or how long they'll last. The earthquake, okay, I could deal with that, but after experiencing a day of random aftershocks, every time I hear a truck rumble or a door creak I tense up, trying to feel whether it's accompanied by shaking or is just a random noise. In the afternoon I felt like things were shaking even when they weren't, and was too creeped out to stay in our third floor room; I had to go down to the ground floor for awhile to calm down.

I'm not exactly worried, because we're covering all our bases logistically, gathering as much info as we can and making backup plans for our backup plans. There's not much more we can do, and our hotel staff is taking good care of us. We are prioritizing safety over speed in our evacuation plans. But it's all just... unsettling. I can't imagine what it's like in Kathmandu.
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When will it be time? 
 
After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.


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remembering my first little one. thx for the reminder +Jennifer Kattula 
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aw, Cuba was such a great name for such a great little dog.  Fond memories of her.
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A week at the Ranch at Live Oak +Jennifer Kattula 
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snow flurries in Boston!!
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I'm interested in figuring how to build efficient, beautiful self-serve web applications. I think about leveraging mobile devices, on-demand media,  location awareness and crowdsourcing to build community. I work for Neustar to improve our overall product experience for PlatformOne. Previously, I spent time at Google, Microsoft, Amazon and awesome startups, including TeachStreet, Gigwalk and Aggregate Knowledge. 
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I had a wonderful experience with the ladies of Hot or Not yoga when I was lucky enough to be at the Xinalani retreat center in Mexico. I joined their retreat for multiple yoga classes a day - led by Sam and Joell and each class was AWESOME. Both in terms of technique and instruction -- and music! Additionally, everyone on the Yoga retreat had a wonderful attitude. Truth be told, if I had just taken the classes at Xinalani I would have been bummed -- but the teachers from Hot or Not saved me -- and helped me get my body back in yoga shape. It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend them for everyday classes and retreats!
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My dog loves Citizen Hound and so do I. The team is fantastic -- they truly love your dog and work hard to make sure they get good healthy adventures. David, the owner, is really well organized and on top of things. It has been a 100% delightful experience -- and I have a tired happy dog to prove it!
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i didn't want to love blue bottle. but in a blind coffee taste, they won hands down. it is exquisite coffee, no bitterness, smooth, delightful, dark perfection. go. i like embarcadero best -- it is the most efficient. mint plaza line is insane.
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I love this place -- it is my "local" farm-to-table restaurant. My menu favorites are the kale salad -- amazing! and the bianci pizza with a side of marinara. They also have great seasonal salads -- i've been digging the bitter greens and sardine salad. Also, the wine selection is excellent and I've found the staff to be awesome at giving good recommendations. The prosecco by the glass is great.
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Dr. Chiu is amazing -- she understands the sensitivities (both personal and technical) of dealing with your physical appearance and skin, and is able to provide intelligent treatment plans that work and make sense. I've been going to her for over 5 years -- and continue to see her even thought it now means flying from SF to Seattle! My experiences have ranged from skin rashes to minor cosmetic procedures -- specifically around skin over-pigmentation (I have dark skin). Dr. Chiu was amazing at explaining the procedures in detail, how the healing process would work and the risks. She has a gentle touch that makes the procedures painless. In addition to awesome care, her staff is wonderful. They are always delightful to work with scheduling and have great insight and advice. I can't recommend the Bellevue Laser Center highly enough.
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the line is always long. show up early and folks will already be in line! this can be annoying, but truly, this is an exceptional and tasty rustic french bakery. i love the daily bread pudding or the chocolate mousse pudding. it is divine. the cream (aka chantilly) is perfect. they also serve nice pickles with their sandwiches. go. lines go fast.
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I didn't want to love Blue Bottle. But in a blind coffee taste, they won hands down. It is exquisite coffee, no bitterness, smooth, delightful, dark perfection. Go. I like embarcadero best -- it is the most efficient. Mint plaza line is insane.
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