I’ve spent the last week hanging out in Silicon Valley for PyCon as well as to hang out with my co-workers. This year’s experience was very different from the previous years, which I can probably attribute to a couple things.
First, I drove down with my friend and co-worker Rob Hudson, which allowed me to bring my bicycle. Having a way to get around that isn’t just relying on the public transit is pretty amazing. I’ve gotten lost a few times but overall it has been pretty fantastic. It also means I am not getting out of the habit of spending time on my bicycle each morning and evening.
Second, I am sharing a house with co-workers and new friends of mine (Tarek, Alexis, Oliver, and Julien) which changes things pretty drastically. I no longer go back to a lonely hotel room, I have a comfortable house with friends. I can cook breakfast or dinner, spend time chatting with about code, projects and linguistics until late into the night, etc. It also means I am forced to explore the surrounding area a bit since I bike through it.
Finally, I am a Mozilla employee this year. I am not a funemployed guy who has only worked at small time startups, instead I’ve worked on a high scale website at a company that plenty of people can recognize.
It has been a wonderful time at PyCon, I have another day of sprints left, then I head to MV to hang out with my co-workers for a day before I take the long train ride back to Portland.