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Thx for following our adventures. Here is our next blog.
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India here we come! Here is our first report. Enjoy, and feedback welcomed. Namaste.
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If you make it to Bangalore, please do stop by the Google office.
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As a follow up on my story from last week, you know I am on to something when you see the video attached (funny and witty) ... and more importantly the hilarity of Burning Man's response - sending in their Corp lawyers with threats to sue. Now who's "the man"?!. 

As I said, I just think it's time for the BM leadership to take action to either re-set the event closer to it's core (which I would love), or stop pretending, let it be the soft commercial event it has become, and cash in. OK either way, but it's the lacks integrity that gets me.

I guess time will tell.
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 As you may know, I decided to spend more time with family and to travel the world. Well, what better way to start than with the Canada Ironman last week end, where my daughter Celine and I completed the course. Amazing father-daughter and family experience. Highly recommended. And congrats to all finishers. Stay tuned for the next stories... :)

P.S. what a pleasure to come back home to Canada - with it's warm and welcoming people, and the breath-taking views. Ohhh, Canada....
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Comme vous le savez, je desirais passer plus de temps en famille et voyager le monde. Et bien nous avons commence du bon pied alors que Celine (une de mes deux filles) et moi avons complete le Ironman Canada a Whistler en fin de semaine derniere, avec le support de la famille. Felicitations a tous ceux et celles qui ont complete cette experience extraordinaire. 

P.S. Quel plaisir que de revenir au Canada, avec ses gens extraordinairement accueillant et chaleureux, et nos paysages a vous couper le souffle. Ohhh Canada...
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Hello Mr. Patrick
I am trying to reach someone in charge at Google for a very important subject, I have developed massive concept for google could change a lot of things.
Please I hope to hear back from you, So I can present my concept.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bell-promises-to-bring-fastest-internet-possible-to-toronto-1.3127407

Suivant les traces de Google Fiber - Bonne nouvelle pour le Canada et Toronto!
Following in the footsteps of Google Fiber - Good news for Canada and Toronto!
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Toronto will soon have the fastest internet on the planet, Bell Canada announced on Thursday.
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Might have to move to Toronto.  Hey, Telus, do you think we're going to get this on the North Shore any time soon?
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Our latest post of our travels around the world. The journey continues. :)
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Our Adventures in India continue . Enjoy! Comments welcomed.
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Re: mosques and loud speakers : good example of why "freedom of speech" always needs some limits. I can think of several examples in the US.
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Last stop - Rock climbing in Yosemite. 
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Go Habs!!   When are you going to come up to the Kenai River and go fishing?
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By popular demand, here is the first installment of our travel blog. Feedback Welcome.

Patrick (and Tamar)

P.S. une version francaise suivra sous peu.
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+Birgit Schmid+Nik Von Einselen​ BM just vanished from my bucket list. I knew it was way too late anyways 
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Bonne fete/Happy Birthday Canada
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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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