Scene from a California Life

Setting: early one July evening, the patio of my condo.
I’m puttering around in the garden. Upstairs neighbor is grilling on his balcony.

Him (looking down): How was your Fourth?
Me: Great, we went back east for the week, and you?
Him: Oh, the grandkids came in, it was nice.

(beat)

Me: Check out how my tomatoes are doing! This one’s taller than me!
Him: Are those tomatoes? I thought they were pot plants.
Me: Um…. no.
Him: Well, these are done. Have a great weekend!
Me: You too Bob!

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100% true story. Happened to me tonight.

Happy Adobeversary to Me

pic-4 As I sit writing this, the sun has just risen over the jetways of SFO. It’s been 3 days since I was last in this terminal. I’m heading to New York for yet another work event. And today is my fifth anniversary as an Adobe employee.

It’s been a pretty amazing 5 years. When I first joined the company, CS3 had just been launched. The tablet I am writing this blog post on didn’t exist yet. I was rocking a red Blackberry Curve for a phone and thought it was the best thing ever. (And actually it was pretty good. I can’t count how many times I dropped that thing and it just kept on working.)

Adobe’s business has changed pretty dramatically since then. There’ve been some days when I couldn’t believe I was lucky enough to get paid to do what I do, and some days when I wondered what the hell I was doing.

Throughout all the changes, and the highs and lows along the way, one constant has been the amazing people and customers I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with. A smarter, more caring, and more dedicated group would be hard to find.

What the next five years will bring, who knows? One thing I do know is that I’m looking forward to the ride.