Visiting Automattic in San Francisco – Part Two

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Back to San Francisco for the remainder of the digital pictures from the trip. There are a pile of films to be developed too, so they’ll come later.

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I switched from proper shirt and sensible-ish glasses to beanie hat, skinny jeans, white glasses, and full-on hipster t-shirt at this point.

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Here is a box of $75 worth of donuts. I’d been assured they were some of the best in the world, and they also had gluten free. I’ve not had a proper donut in ages, so it was amazing. Also, is it donut or doughnut? This transatlantic malarky has screwed up my spelling.

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There isn’t a PC to be seen anywhere. “It’s an Apple town, for sure.”

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This is Jeff, making an effort to look decidedly more menacing than he actually is.

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As luck would have it, Pam‘s birthday fell on the Thursday that we were there. Finding this out, some of the Automattic crew put out a request over an app called taskrabbit to see if somebody would make a cake with certain specifications. Someone replied, and as luck would have it, turned out to be a WordPress.com blogger. Can’t get much more suitable than that. There were some jokes that the other people who responded were Tumblr users, but no comment.

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It was a day filled with doing cool things in San Francisco.

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Dedicated gluten free bakery/shop place that sold amazing sandwiches.

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Look at these crabs.

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Look at him.

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eating the famous clam chowder in a Bistro on Fisherman’s Wharf… after being terrified by the World Famous Bushman – a celebrity homeless person.

Yes, seriously. Go read the link.

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It came in a bread bowl, which was so good I had to eat some of it, even despite its gluten filled ways.

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…and then onwards to drink Irish coffees in a place that reportedly was the first in America to serve them.

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What could please a bunch of geeks more than a trip to a museum of playable, vintage arcade machines?

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I played him.

He won.

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Air hockey was probably the best value.

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but definitely not the weirdest.

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Whac-A-Mole. Something every kid in the UK sees on American shows, but never gets to play in real life.

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There erupted a bit of a competition.

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At which I didn’t do too well.

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but which Joey took by storm.

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obliterating the machine’s high score by about 200 points.

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Rolling back to Hawthorne at 4.30pm.

Note to self: Homemade Irish coffees are not as good as ones bought in bars who have served them for decades.

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What sort of office do you actually want to spend time hanging about in?

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This kind.

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5 thoughts on “Visiting Automattic in San Francisco – Part Two

  1. Carolyne Janssen

    You should know that Grace had a brief but emotional relationship with the Fisherman’s Wharf Bushman when she was around 11 or 12 years old.

  2. Michael Arestad

    Oh man. Looks like you had a blast. I can’t wait to eventually visit the office! And there’s no way I’m not hanging out in that arcade for hours when I go.

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