I caught an early plane to San Francisco this morning by jumping on a flight that was headed to a different airport.
It’s the second time I’ve flown into San Francisco booked into Oakland Airport and having ended up at SFO. What a convenient move to be able to make. I just figure out which flights are leaving the soonest, and I try like bananas to get on it.
Popping up out of the train station at Embarcadero is always a really refreshing feeling. That part of this city has some grit to it, and it’s familiar grit so I always feel like I’ve ‘arrived’. Boom, back in the Bay. Palo Alto just a train ride away.
I only said that because it rhymed.
I sat next to an older woman who asked me, “are you a student?” the second I sat down.
Laughing, I asked her if I looked like a student, because I’d been asked the same question last week on my flight back from Austin.
She recoiled and said that I actually didn’t, but that the plane seemed full of kids her son’s age, and she was wondering if it was Spring Break time up in Seattle, where our plane was leaving from. I told I thought there was a decent chance there was an exodus of sorts happening.
“You look like a very mature young man, sir, and I didn’t mean to suggest otherwise. You probably run a tech startup in the Silicon Valley and have a very proud mother.”
I laughed, and told her about Foodtree.
She in turn told me about her attempts to study and capture real information on the way we all behave when thinking about our energy use. Things like our hopes to behave a certain way, and how we actually behave. Her thoughts on how to aggregate data and make use of it were refreshingly relevant to our thoughts around the long tail affect of our work in Vancouver.
Yes, this conversation happened on a flight to an airport I wasn’t booked to fly to.
“It’s so nice to meet someone who gets the general ideas behind what I’m doing right away,” we both said to one another.