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Issue Number 116
October 2012
 
 
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Two YEPs worth


There are some days I will always remember.

I think I was about 14 the day it snowed in Johannesburg.  I was in high school then and it was the day that FUN came to town.  Everyone and I mean everyone played that day - the city was filled with people having fun, the schools were a total blast - we were all kids that day and it didn't matter who or what you were - which was something very special during those cold days of apartheid.

And more recently, the space shuttle Endeavour made its final flight over California on top of a modified jumbo jet.  It couldn't have been a more beautiful day - pristine, clear beautiful skies.  I am fortunate enough to work with a bunch of geeks (love love love geeks) and so they all started tracking the flight path.  Then we abandoned science and just parked ourselves outside on the grassy edge of the parking lot and waited.  Our company is located close to the Boeing complex in Seal Beach.

No one worked.  Hundreds and hundreds of people lined the streets, parking lots, climbed on rooftops and then we saw it coming straight down the street towards us - everyone cheered and celebrated the moment.  It went right over our parking lot at a height of 1500 feet.  It was totally freaking amazing.

I was in the middle of the road with people who just stopped their cars in awe sharing the moment - and again, it didn't matter who or what you were.

It will always be a cherished memory for me.

I wish there were more days when it didn't matter who or what you are.


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