July 1-2, 2010
For our second quarterly meetings of 2010, the entire company went to our new Paris offices—the Parisians had moved from a small 3-room closet to enough room for everyone in the company to meet and do break-out sessions.
In the evening, we had the chance to learn to cook from a real chef—and we had a great time. Half the team started by preparing cocktails, while the rest worked on the main dish:
Is this sanitary? Maybe by French standards.
A few people got carried away with their creativity (but that’s why they’re in the R&D department, right?):
Besides the chance to meet face-to-face with everyone, I really enjoyed being in Paris overnight because that meant I could go running the next morning. Our offices are not far from les Champs d’Elysées, so I did a grand loop from l’Arc de Triomphe, past le Louvre, then along the Sienne, got lost, and eventually ended back up at my hotel. The biggest problem in asking for help to get back is I couldn’t pronounce the name of the street correctly!
On the way home, I caught a glimpse of something I’d never see in the states—look at these pizza delivery vehicles! Miam, Miam!