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VIP Grand Meetup

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In October WordPress VIP headed to the Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the VIP Grand Meetup! This was my first VIP GM and the first year not attending the main Automattic GM. I had a blast getting to know the amazing folks in VIP. You can view some photos of the trip here.

Hawaii

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I had a great time with my wife and my team (Tatooine) in Hawaii. We were there 12 days total. The only thing I would change is the location in Hawaii. Honolulu is very crowded. It’s a big city that felt like Los Angeles, only the driving was 100 times worse. It was hot and humid as well. If I was to go back to Hawaii I would choose a different island. We rented a car for 7 days and left...

Hawaii: Team Tatooine MeetUp!

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My team is having a MeetUp in Hawaii and it should be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to spending some time with my team, Tatooine in WooCommerce, as well as a team from .com that is having their MeetUp in the same location. We have some cross team stuff planned that should be really great learning experiences. When I have been on team and company wide meet ups, I have really enjoyed fitness...

Closing Party

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Last night was the closing party which officially ends the Grand Meetup.

The party was held at Epcot Center not too far from our hotel. It was a blast! The food, the band (our own Automatticians), the fireworks, just an amazing experience as always! View the album here!

A8CGM – Harry Potter

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Tonight we took over Universal Studios and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just us! The entire park to ourselves. No lines for rides, unlimited food and drinks, including my favorite beer and Butter Beer! I had 4 cups of the frozen Butter Beer! I can't even begin to describe how amazing the experience was. My team, my co-workers, we are like a huge family and we got have a blast hanging out...

Keynote Speaker

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During the GM we have a few speakers come and give a talk. This morning was Cheryl Strayed. Until today I had not heard of her, but it seems like I may have been hiding under a rock. 🙂 Her talk was great and very inspiring. I enjoyed it quite a bit and had several moments where I felt like she was talking directly to me. I was able to grab her book “Wild” and have it signed. I am...

Team Meetup in Austin Texas

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Tatooine Meetup, Austin Texas. Once a year our team has a Meet Up. A Meet Up is where, as a team, we select a location and then we meet in person. We do this because we are a fully distributed company. We also have a yearly Meet Up as a company that we call the Grand Meetup. The idea of a Meet Up is to bond as a team, tackle special projects together, mingle with other Automatticians in the area...

Grand Meetup Recap

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Grand Meetup Recap <- Photo Credit: Eduardo Villuendas The approach this year has been to be purposeful about three things. The first was to be sharp and alert for the PHP class that I chose to take this week. The second was to meet people and be involved while also being real about what I can handle and only pushing myself to do more when it made sense. The third and last was to eat well and...

The Grand Meetup

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2017 Automattic Grand Meetup Every year we get together as a Company, all of Automattic, and we have an incredible week together. It’s really hard to describe this event because you really have to experience it to understand. For a week brilliant and creative people get together and collaborate, learn, take classes, do projects, share experiences and make memories. We do this all over the...

Ireland Days 7-13

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I just got back to California and will work on the finishing touches for this blog post in the next few days. My wife joined me for days 7-13 and we had an amazing and magical time. We rented a car, which deserves a post of it’s own, driving in Ireland is it’s own adventure! We drove all over and stopped at places tourist never see, interacted with people and got an excellent...

Ireland Day 6

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Day 6 was mostly working, but we did have a really great time in the evening eating a second time at Boxty and then Karaoke. You’ll need to be on our Instagram to see those videos. 🙂

Ireland Day 4

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Day 4 was mostly spent seeing Ireland! We all piled into a tour bus and traveled all over. We saw two different counties and even passed through the town where “P.S. I love You” was filmed, which is our favorite movie! We went to Kilkenny and Glendalough. Glendalough Monastic City was pretty amazing and we hiked a rather difficult hike to the top of a hill for a killer view. We saw so...

Ireland Day 3

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Day 3 started at 4:00 AM. I know, right? I could not sleep much at all. Being 8 hours ahead is just not fun. Knowing I had to be up at 5:00 and navigate my way to CrossFit Navitas by 5:30 made me a little anxious, but it was easy. Sunrise is 6:53 AM, and so it was dark, but walking 22 minutes to Camden was very enjoyable and felt safe, even though it was dark. The perfect amount of cold, one...

Ireland Day 2

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Day 2 started with working together with my team at a co-working space here in Dublin. After that we hit a nice place to eat and grabbed some coffee on the way back to work on our project for the rest of the afternoon. Following our project we did an Escape room that was a lot of fun and then had dinner at The Crack Chicken. Not the best place we have eaten here, but it was okay. Looking forward...

Ireland Day 1

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The day started with a wake up kiss from my wife and a long hug goodbye. She was off for a field trip in San Jose and had to leave early. That was also my signal to start my day. Got the kids ready and off to school and then finished the last minute packing and off to the airport. Overall the travel was not too bad. LAX was a long lay over and I met up with my fellow Automattician Yuki. After...

Cancun Trip In Photos

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Team trip to Cancun. Lots of good food, fun and sun. It was really humid, which was really, really not fun. Glad to have visited, but I am happy to never return. 🙂 Here are just a few photos.

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