Almost nobody will care, but I’ve boiled it down to several possible choices for getting to work.
If I want to drive, I need to leave Los Altos around 8:15 and take 280 N to Page Mill to Alma North. No other route will suffice.
If I want to take the train, I need to leave Los Altos no later than 8:25, take 85 N to Evelyn, and get to the Mountain View train station no later than 8:44. This is the only way to get a parking space. The train arrives at nine. Sometimes I intentionally miss the nine o’clock train and wait until 9:30. This allows me to camp in a coffee shop I like near the train station, and the train is an “express style” (read: much more comfortable, much less crowded) than the nine o’clock.
On Fridays in the Valley all bets are off. People here are weird on Friday. I can roll into the Mountain View train station during primetime and still snag a spot, no problem. It’s a delight. So now I’m establishing a pattern of easy parking in Mountain View around 8:30 and then coffee shopping it until 9:30 when I can leisurely take the express train. Some would say I get more done in that hour between when I park and when I board the train, as opposed to being in the (noisy) office.
The office is much too cramped, but we’re working on it. In the meantime, I do enjoy working in downtown Palo Alto. I’m two blocks from Stanford, a block from the train station, and every conceivable type of cuisine is a short walk away. I’ve bought 4 phones from the T-Mobile store a block away, so they’re starting to like me. The people at the Mediterranean restaurant are probably starting to think I visit too often; it’s the same at Subway.
Oddly, I’m not doing a lot of virtual reality at the new (virtual reality) company, but I’m hoping that improves. In the meantime I’m insanely busy, but it’s with standard IT stuff… backups, servers, networks, systems, etc. Virtual reality is almost here, I just need more time to shove it into your faceholes.
(Photo credit to Flickr user Peter Thoeny.)