53%

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Getting back over 50% after I missed the 2016 Automattic Grand Meetup was a tall task. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without assigned meal seatings, the new homeroom groups, and activities.

If we hire 140 people before next year’s GM, I’d only need to meet about 50 new people to get over 50% again.

The Sasquatch Zipline

In the weeks leading up to our yearly Automattic Grand Meetup, people organize all kinds of activities. I’ve always wanted to do a zipline tour and I was lucky to get my name on the list early enough to secure a spot. There were 2 different tours available and I picked one out of the blue because of the date and time.

THE SASQUATCH® IS THE LONGEST ZIPLINE IN WHISTLER, ALL OF CANADA, AND THE USA.
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I didn’t even realize what I was signing up for! While the total tour time is 1.5 hours, the estimated time on the zipline is 90-100 seconds. The single line spans over 2 km, reaching speeds of 100+ km/h!

Talk about a rush! It was much harder to spin around than I expected, so once I got myself situated I spent a lot of time with my hands on the handles.

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Right On Time

Heading off to Whistler, Canada for the 2017 Automattic Grand Meetup. I usually pack right before I fly and always fly out of MBS. I can leave my house an hour before the flight and still have plenty of time.

8:25 am

Fresh out of the shower. Time to get dressed and pack.

8:39 am

All packed, though I did end up adding one more hoody. One week in a carry-on.

8:43 am

Remember when I said I like to leave an hour before my flight? Departure time is 9:43 am.

Right. 

On.

Time.

CrossFitting Automatticians

Organized a trip to CrossFit Park City again this year. Had 34 people (one of the coaches is also in the picture – far right) go this year, up from 13 a year ago. That’s almost 10% of the company!

The workout was…

12:00 AMRAP (Teams of 3 with 1 person on each movement)

  • 200m Run (Pace setter)
  • 10 Thrusters
  • 10 Burpees