Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
The first day of my retirement
Jonal entry 1066 | August 21 2008
Following up on yesterday's announcement of my retirement from my work in Silicon Valley's high technology industry, this Monday was the first in years (not counting holidays and vacation days) that I didn't have to get out of bed on a deadline. But I got up anyway, did my usual non-work-day routine at Starbucks, and then in the afternoon drove up "the world's most beautiful freeway," Interstate 280, the Junipero Serra Freeway and the back way from San Jose to San Francisco and points south of the City. My destination was one of those southerly points, Half Moon Bay, which is seven miles west of I-280 on the Pacific coast. Here's a 6-minute-45-second video montage of my two-hour hike on the coastal trail on the cliffs above the beach north of the town of Half Moon Bay.
The Bay itself is probably 10 miles or more in length; I walked only a couple of miles of it near El Granada, a village just north of the town of Half Moon Bay. The main attraction in this clip is the fishing marina which was the northern terminus of my hike. In the early video of the fishing fleet my panning is a bit fast, uneven, but I quickly got more steady and the picture improves. I saved this video at double the resolution usually used for GloTube videos, because this is shorter than most of those we've been producing lately, and the whole point here is the scenery, whereas on most GloTube fare the focal point is closer at hand. Because the quality is better, I recommend double clicking on the video to get it to play full screen. Perhaps if you have a high-definition larger screen, the quality will not seem as sharp, but on most computer screens the bigger picture should be worth it.
I learned a lesson in marketing from a man who bought an old boat, a trailer and a motor from me. "Thanks," he said as he loaded them up. "I'm planning to resell them."
Good luck, I thought. I had been trying to get rid of them for months. But when I ran into him a few weeks later, he'd sold everything.
"How did you manage that?" I marveled.
"I took out an ad: 'Heavy-duty boat trailer with free boat.' When the buyer came to get it, I asked if he had a motor. He said no. I told him I happened to have one in my garage. Bought that, too."