Iris has one week left of Elementary School and our little Cal Ripken has never missed a day of school due to sickness. But when the 5th graders were going to Six Flags and she clearly had no interest in going, I convinced Cherise that she’d need to come down with something. But we couldn’t waste the day, so I played hooky and we did Daddy-Daughter Day right. Imagine Ferris Bueller’s Day Off if Ferris and Cameron were a curious 10-year old and her nerd dad.
Following a hot chocolate & cinnamon roll breakfast at Peet’s, we drove down to Silicon Valley with stops at:
- Facebook HQ where we walked around campus and talked about the thousands of people who make the site go for billions of people around the world.
- Stanford and the engineering buildings to see where Google and Yahoo started (with a quick break to throw around a football and grab a Jamba Juice among the students).
- the HP Garage that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started one of the greatest companies in the world.
- and the Tech Innovation Museum, where we did everything from program strands of DNA to build a Mars Rover.
Unfortunately, the Computer History Museum was closed, but I think we got plenty inspiration regardless. At every stop, we’d talk about people like Mark Zuckerberg coming up with Facebook in his dorm room, Larry & Sergey in the Stanford CS Building, and the HP guys in their garage. We talked about the problems in the world and that smart people could solve them. Clean water and vaccinations in 3rd world countries. Cures that could’ve saved her grandfather’s life or could someday save ours. 3D Printing organs to use for transplants. She even got to learn about cryptography, which is what I’ve been working on for the past few months. As she put it, “I might want to be a doctor. Or I might want to be an engineer. Or maybe both.” I wouldn’t put it past you, kid.
I have to say this day was the coolest gift ever. Now, I just need to figure out what to give Iris in return…