Working in San Francisco at the Academy of Sciences is quite different from working in Reno. Reno was great. I like the “World’s biggest little city”. I would never compare it to San Francisco. That would be unfair. The UNR campus was very pretty, neat and old. But the place where I work now is just… Special. Let me explain why. I don’t know if you remember the view from my workplace in Reno. You can see it here:
Well, this is how my new workplace looks like:
When I look to my right, this is what I see:
This is where a part of the plant collection is stored. This room is cooled down enough that I still feel very cold despite my wearing a heavy winter coat. Now you probably think this is a pretty terrible step down from Reno.
Well, what can I say, my early morning commute makes up for that a little bit. I walk up the street towards Golden Gate Park, where the California Academy of Sciences is located. I turn right at the rose garden. This is what it looks like.
I cross over the street next to the de Young museum:
And walk around it.
I reach the Music Concourse and the Spreckels Temple of Music.
If I don’t get distracted by the Japanese Tea Garden,
I stand right in front of the Academy.
I was told to not walk through there, so I walk around past these stone cats.
I finally reach the staff entrance of the Academy:
What I usually do then is get my work place setup, my lunch into the refrigerator and a cup of coffee. If you work there, you get as much free coffee (100% arabica, the sort is called “Venezia”) as you want so I drink lots and spice it up with chocolate, cinnamon, megnut, sugar and/or cream. When I walk over to the cafeteria from the herbariumI can see some of the sights of the CalAcademy Museum. Like “the swamp” with the ultra-extremely-rare albino American Alligator.
Or the Osher rainforest building within the building with its 4 floors.
Or the giant skeleton of a blue whale, right above the earth quake simulation room.
Or the Megalodon-decorated entrance to the Steinhart Aquarium with its uncountable giant fish tanks.
On my way back to the herbarium I sometimes stop by the main entrance, where visitors are greeted by this Tyrannosaur-skeleton.
For lunch I walk by this guy here.
Most of the day I work sitting in that cold room I showed you in the second photo. But nevertheless. This academy defies description.
Life is good to me.