Giant Squid Fishing in Monterey

Click for SlideshowOn a day (Feb 13th) when 40 to 60 foot waves fueled the excitement at the Maverick surf contest, Yong, Michael and I went fishing for Humboldt Squids (aka Giant Squids) in the Monterey Bay. Fishing at the depths of 200 to 500 feet, we caught squids that weigh in at 20 to 50 lbs. Their size and strength tested not only the limits of our equipments (Yong’s old reel eventually seized up) but at times our physical endurance as well. It was a tug-of-war between man and the beast. Man prevailed, but a couple “large” squids got away (one snapped my 50lb test line). Collectively, the 3 of us caught 8 giant squids. It was a fun and memorable day, capped off by sightings of Whales, Sea Otters, Seals, and schools of Brown Jellyfish. We enjoyed the outing and came away with a whole new appreciation and respect for the ocean and the Giant Squids. Definitely an unforgettable experience.

Farewell Sun Microsystems

Today is my final day at Sun Microsystems 😦  After 12 1/2 years, I’m still not ready to let go.  It has been such a fun ride!  I had the opportunity to work with some of the smartest and most wonderful people, many of whom I consider my personal friends.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with many ass-kicking technology, and implemented world class Websites and download infrastructure.  Along the way, I have gotten married, bought a house, completed my Masters in Engineering Management, started a family (1 child so far) and gained a few pounds too.  Aside from the dot-bomb era and the many RIFs that followed, the journey has largely been rewarding!

Although the spirits of Sun Microsystems will live on, as a company it has already been subsumed by another great company, Oracle.  Soon after the deal was approved on Jan 27th, 2010, it was with mixed blessing that we raised the Oracle brand on www.sun.com and the various Sun Websites in the US.  It felt weird to be wearing another team’s jersey for the first time, despite having over 9 months (April 20, 2009 News) to mentally plan for this transition.  Many great Sun employees have bid farewell to this great Silicon Valley icon.  Our fearless leaders Jonathan and Scott are gone too, though they left some kind and inspirational words for the lone troopers who are still here.

Last Thursday, I submitted my acceptance of the offer from my future employer, Oracle.  I’m lucky that I will be joined by my long-time Sun buddies:  Yong, Gary, and Michael; though it still won’t be the same.  This reminds me of a popular saying at Sun that “change is constant”.  Well, I’m looking forward to both the challenges and the opportunities that come with this change.  Next Monday, I will start the new journey.  Farewell, Sun Microsystems.  You have been good to me.  To all the former Sun employees, I look forward to staying in touch with you via LinkedIn and FaceBook.

In the words of Scotty, we sure “Kick butt and have fun!”

Alfred Chen, Sun Employee #39534

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