Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

SF trip and such

Woah, had no idea that it would take me this long to actually post something about the San Fran trip but things have been hectic and well... the drinks have been plenty.

Arrived in SF and checked into The Hotel Kabuki and was pleasantly surprised to have a view like this

August SF
August SF
-baller, and it was awesome-

After a quick nap I called up Logan to ask him where the best spot would be to kill some time while we wait for him to get off work. He suggested that the first place that we go to is The Grove for sammitches. It was delicious.

August SF
-I was talking when the shot was taken, gotta be polite!-

We meandered up and down Fillmore street stopping in at random shops, and climbing hills

August SF
-little steps!-

Dropped by an optics place in the marina (I hate myself for not remembering the name of the place and cant find it, BECAUSE THE GUY WAS AWESOME. I tried looking for a place called optiks but if you know of the eyeglass place next to a bar with an orange awning let me know) where we got some sunglasses adjusted and had an awesome conversation about vintage silhouettes and sunglass design

August SF

Shortly after Logan called around and said that he would be back in the city in a couple hours where we met at his house. His room, and roommate were fucking awesome so we all decided to get some Thai at 2001 Thai Stick where we promptly drank Sake and beer and finished off the meal with some awesome rice and whatnot.

Then Logan and I skipped with massive speed to the next block to bring the remaining food back to his place



-Via Elize
==we skipped so fast they couldn't catch our speed==

With the food dropped off we strolled to
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where I already had a good buzz going, and promptly had more drinks, and even better drink drinks were large and strong. Logan showed us a dice game called three man, which in my opinion trumps red/black/high/low/same 10 fold. Needless to say that buzzed turned into a well placed awesome buzz

Next stop was to karaoke at a bar inside of the closed Japantown mall, I was stoked.
August SF

I have not sung karaoke since I was... 21ish(?) so singing a duet with Logan to Aladdin's "A Whole New World" was awesome!

August SF

Elize got in on the action as well with a multi-song set
August SF

We got the crowd up and yelling and left a few songs later.

Next morning we all met at a restaurant in downtown and made our way back to the Marina where Logan and I parted ways with the kids and walked to the Presidio where Logan showed me the statue of greatness, in the land of nerddom

August SF

we walked around talked Star Wars and design, then walked to a bar called The Final Final, had a few brews and then got a call forcing us to head back to the statue and nab a photo of us in front of the statue... this is 5pmish right when Lucas Studios get off work...

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we ran away.

Met the rest of the gang at a neat restaurant (Liverpool Lil's)where the waitress had to super confirm that we were indeed a party of 5 at least a hundred times. Totally worth it as the drinks were cold ad the food was good, and the waitress turned out to be hilarious.

The next day we did the more touristy stuff and drove across the bridge.

August SF

and went to the museum to get japanese tea and meander around before I drove back home

August SF
August SF

It ended quite horribly, but such is life cant have too much good without having the bad. I got back on the road for the 8 hour stint back home, and after an hour or so I pulled off and bought myself a coffee and gas. I look down at the speedo and was pleasantly surprised to find my car just hitting

80k!

BOOM!

I got home around midnight and promptly crashed hard as I had to wake up 6 hours from then. Once I arrive I find out that my favorite coworker is leaving the company, and that the software that I am helping develop needs a massive rush of new design drawings... ugh. Thankfully it was a short week and I made my way to San Diego on Friday to have some sushi and drinks; needless to say good end to a stressful week.

Finally I arrive to this week were I held some interviews to fill the soon to be vacated position, and most of the applicants were laughable at best. One would think that with this economy there would be a rush of either overqualified people or people with fantastic resumes; nope. Surprisingly the best applicant was with a guy that had the least exp of them all, but I have a couple more ahead of me this week so we shall see.

As I am sure some of you had heard we had a California snow day with the power going out; it was awesome. Really, I swear. Granted i have dealt with power outages in the past but dealing with them as an adult leads to soo much more fun as alchy and extreme darkness/quiet is involved. Wade and I built a bonfire out of the dead tree in our backyard

Power outage
-WWOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!-

Power outage
-Skulled-

And then I got a call from Ian saying that he is cooking up some smoked Tri-tip, had my favorite cigars on hand, and a some whiskey and beer to wash it all down. Nearly needless to say, I hadn't had that much fun in a long time, and was a much needed mini-vacation after the last couple weeks. Unfortunately I had to go back to work on Friday after power returned around 11:45pm that night.

Thankfully it was a short work day and was able to get home after I finished up some errands. That night Erin made her way over to the house where Wade had the awesome idea of making some breakfast burritos with chrizzo, a plethora of peppers, refried black beans, and some eggs. It was fucking delicious and really want to start making breakfast for dinner more often. The next morn Erin and I went to coffee where my sis dropped by and killed a few hours. Ian dropped by and after a quick talk suggested that we should watch watch Fear[s] of the Dark that eve. We parted ways and met back up at the house to watch the flick after I made dinner; whole wheat gnocchi with garlic sauce with a spinach salad. While I am not a fan of horror movies the animation was astounding, and the individual plot lines were good (not great as a whole movie, but the segments were rad).

Woke up this morning and finished acquiring the latest Formula 1 race, Monza. While I have yet to see the race as I am waiting to watch it at Jeg's going away party (moving to London to study race car engineering, bitch) qualifying looked great and Hamilton is sitting in a cool second.

Speaking of which I need to pick up some last minute stuff for the party so I am just going to post this without editing it, deal with it.

==on the car note I have decided that I am going the expensive and fast route and am picking up a McLeod Hydraulic throwout bearing this week and am putting a massive halt on all other life projects until the car is done, I MUST HAVE IT DONE BEFORE MARTIN RETURNS!!!==

-'till next time