What could be more techy than being a geek in Silicon Valley? Having grown up here before the digital age, my associations of this region are different from the post-dot-com millionaires. I come here not to seek my fortune, but to visit family. That does not mean that one cannot be a geek.
I started my vacation here with a visit to the Apple Store on University Avenue in Palo Alto. The latest upgrade of to the Sierra operating system has put my photo activity into havoc and guerrilla warfare tactics to try to get is functioning it correctly. Two Apple Geniuses later, I sort of had a solution, which is really to delete all my photos from this year and reload them.
My mother does not recall seeing any of the Star Wars movies. As I took her to see Episode VII back in January when I visited, I decided to bring the DVD’s for Episodes 1, 2, & 3. Three evenings in a row we watch each of the DVD’s in sequence. Okay we now know who Oby-what’s-his-kanoby is and how Garth Vader came to be.
Then, today, while walking back from the grocery store, my brother spotted a Google-bike parked along a side street. “We could go for a bike ride later and return the bike to one of the Google office buildings.” “Might someone have parked it there with plans to ride it back.” “No one’s riding it now.” I’m caught between the moral concerns that if I take the bike someone else will be deprived of a ride back to the office (on a Saturday morning?), but if I do not, then the bike might not make its way back to Google.
We had a lovely ride down along Steven’s Creek to the bay; out along the levies that circumnavigate Moffit Field naval air base, Ames Research wind-tunnels, and a highly secretive tech company, which posted signs “No photography or sketching…” But, there was this great view of the bay and lots of waterfowl. I decided to leave my camera in the GBike basket until we found a competitor, at which the irony of photographing the GBike in front of its sign was too tempting.
We did return the GBike to the Google Executive office parking lot. I walked about a mile home.