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April 17, 2019

Facebook – The Sign

For those who have never been anywhere near the Facebook Headquarters on Hacker Way, Palo Alto there is a Facebook sign at where the intersection of Hackers way and Bay Front Expressway.  Hackers Way is the entrance and as you enter to your right is the Facebook sign.  We have been past this sign hundreds of times and have never seen it without people (Tourists mostly) in front of it taking “selfies”, taking pictures of friends in front of the sign,  or just taking pictures of the sign.  (At upper left of this post is the sign).  When we were driving for Uber we would get requests from visitors going to take the Facebook Tour, yes they have a tour and no we have never been on the tour, and the visitors would asked to be dropped off at the sign.

We have heard that the tour is pretty good, but the people are asked not to discuss when they leave.  It was our Uber experience that the people first go on the Google tour and then Uber to Facebook for their tour.

So one day we had a Doctors appointment at Stanford and we hitched a ride with a friend and had him drop us off at the Facebook sign.  Our friend then would continue on Bay Front to catch US 101 to San Francisco.  It’s cheaper to catch a Uber at Facebook so that is why we were dropped off there.  One day there was a group of about ten people in front of the sign so we walked over and asked where they were from.  The said Norway and that they stopped here before going on the tour.  They said they were having a good time visiting the US and wanted to get some pictures at the sign.  As the Norwegian group started to walk away a guy followed by another guy carrying a microphone boom and another guy carrying a professional looking camera walked up and said “Hello” to us.  They said they were from Germany and were documenting their trip to the US and asked if me and my friends would like to be in the video. We said, “They are also visitors but we will ask them”.  We called over to the Norwegian group and asked them if they would like to be in the video and they all said “sure”.  So back they came and everyone started taking in their native language but since we did not speak either Norwegian or German we blurted out “All of you are welcome to the US and we hope you all are having a great time!” We said this in Klingon, yes from Star Trek the Klingons.  When we lived in Southern California in the late eighties we were in a Star Trek Fan Club and we all learned how to speak Klingon so we could talk without other people knowing what we were talking about.  We have not used Kilngon since then and were surprised when we blurted out that statement.  Then to our surprise several Norwegians and the three Germans started talking Klingon back to us.   It sounded a bit weird and the more we talked we started laughing so hard we could hardly stand up.  Then people driving north bound on Bayfront when they got the stop light they would roll down their windows and ask what was going on and of course we would all say to them in Klingon “We are just having a good time with our new friends” and laugh all that much harder.  There were even a few people in the cars that said something in Klingon back to us, which of course prompted belly busting laughter.  The German guys were taping the whole event at the one guy was narrating while the camera man was panning the entire scene.

Then someone pointed up and said “What is that?” We looked up and low and behold there was a drone about fifty feet hovering over us.  When we all looked up the drone came down to about ten feet above us and a voice said “Is there a problem with someone or are you all just having a good time.  We are part of the Facebook security team and it was reported that traffic at the main entrance was backing up because a group of people at the sign were seemed to be having a really great time or there might be an issue.” We said “We are just having a great time talking Klingon to each other and taking pictures of the sign.  We did not notice that traffic was at a standstill and did not see that KRON 4 News truck parked across the street.  We will beak up so that these people can move over to the main complex so they could take the tour.”  The drone said, “Can you wait about ten minutes because we have a Star Trek Group here at Facebook and they want to come and join you at the sign.  The all speak Klingon and rarely do they get to meet other people who know the language.”  Sure enough, we peaked around the sign and could see about fifty people coming our way out the door of the building.   Now we had a fairly large group all taking Klingon to each other and of course laughing and hugging from meeting new friends.  One of the Facebook guys said “Let’s please start moving toward the main building entrance so you all can take your tour and continue to chat.”  We stood in place as the Norwegians and Germans’ started moving toward the main building.  The Face book guy asked “Aren’t you coming?” We said “No, we need to catch an Uber and get to Stanford for a doctors appointment.  We just met those people when we stooped her.”  The guy then said “Look behind you, total traffic tie up and I doubt if you will get an Uber in the next thirty minutes so why not join us and we shall make sure you get to Stanford.”  So we did.

We all ended up in a large conference room where the people going on the tour introduced them selves and the German guys continued recording.  Many of the Facebook “Star Trekkies” folks were exchanging emails with the visitors.  After about forty-five minutes they started the tour and an intern came up to me and said “Please follow me.  One of the VP’s has a meeting at Stanford and said you can ride over with him.”  So I followed and went up several flights of stairs.  We though it odd that we were going up, but assumed we were going to the VP’s office.  Then when the intern swung open a door marked roof, we could see and hear a helicopter.  We were being waved over to get in and so we did.  The VP said “This should cure the traffic issue huh?” and we both laughed.  Over too the Stanford Helicopter pad we went and the view was awesome.  In just a few minutes we arrived and we thanked the VP for the ride and wished him good luck in his meeting.

Best day in a long time ever!  We have nothing else to report except that when the nurse checked my blood-pressure it was on the high side when I woke up from the anesthesia.

Thanks all for stopping by and taking a few moments of your precious time.  God Bless you!

(qaStaHvIS tIq poH reH nIvbogh jaj!  pagh latlh ja’ wIghaj jIQongqa’laHbe’ ‘e’ HeghDI’ ‘Iw-joH rop checked rachwI’ Dop jen HeghDI’ vemmoH jIH vo’ anesthesia. roSenQatlh Hoch jaS mev ‘ej puS ghomchoH SumImchugh precious.  pIghov) <<<Klingon for those who can speak the language

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December 27, 2018

January 7, 2017

My Uber Journey Journal Entry – New Year 2017

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 1:35 am
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uber_logoWell folks, we saw a article that said the Uber will be giving about 15 million rides over New Years Eve and we made sure we were part of it.  It proved to be an interesting experience and we even did some research prior.  We found the between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM we were taking party goers to the various parties through out this area.  Then we took a few hours off and started driving again at around 1:00 AM.  All of these trips were taking many happy and one fairly “woozy” passenger home from the parties.  As usual we met some awesome folks and had some great conversations.

New Years Day Revelation —  I don’t know if it was because this was the first day of a new year, but it seems that two Prius drivers broke out of the normal slow speed syndrome and decided to live on the wild side.  I was on I-280 doing about 5 MPH over the 65 MPH speed limit when a Silver Prius passed me like I was standing still.  I was stunned when I realized when had just happened.  I figured that it would never happen again, so I gave a chuckle and drove on.  Then later, I was on the Dumbarton Bridge doing the posted 55 MPH when a Blue Prius passed me doing about 65 mph.  Now we were double stunned.  We thought maybe 2017 marked the start of some secret rule that the Prius community should start speeding, but that came to and end when I had to swerve around a Prius doing 45 MPH in the 55 MPH zone.  Still an amazing start to 2017 we must say.

Google Alert – We had a passenger (Denali) today that we picked up at Facebook and it turns out that Denali just had completed an interview and was seriously looking for a new position.  We asked Denali if Google was on the list and Denali said that she was waiting for Google to get back to her, but late next week she was going to an interview down in Venice Beach.  So to GOOGLE we say “Hey! Denali is a Northern California Native and is well qualified based on my conversation I think Denali would fit nicely in the Google community.  We can’t let a So Cal company steal Northern California techie talent.”  It’s now on you Google, don’t blow this.

Driver-less Car Conversation – The driver-less car conversation goes on and now the question has arisen that if all the cars are built identical then they will all perform the same.  We thought a great test would be to take some of these vehicles to a drag strip and race them against each other.  If they are all in fact the same, then the final race result will always be a tie.

New Uber Driver Alert – Hey Nigel get it done!

We have nothing else to report at this time, but we will be posting the Google result on the Denali interview later this week.  We are in the middle of starting a Twitter movement to get Starbuck’s or any other coffee café to give San Francisco Uber drivers a discount.  (Peet’s Coffee are you listening?)

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