So, it’s a regular work day… kinda.
I had planned on working remotely- but everything kept me from getting away from the office. Frustrated? Just a little. Anyhow, we got an email from Angela (NEW ME Accelerator founder) informing us that we had all been invited by an impact investor to a small party over in Oakland. Cool…
So around 4pm I headed out with two of my colleagues here- Brit and Charleson who both happen to be from the Memphis NEWME Pop-up. Brit had to go to Best Buy and replace her laptop which had bit the dust the first day here. After we left there, we headed over to Oakland. The plan was to find some food first. We went to find the location of the party- the area was Merritt Lake and it was beautiful. We scrambled to take pictures from the window of the car.
After exploring a bit, we didn’t find food in time and went ahead to the party. We rode up in an elevator with a really cool chick named Morgan who was going to the same place. There were a few people there at first but as the night progressed, the room filled quite a bit. It was an easy atmosphere- everyone was super approachable… Which was great for me since I usually sit in a corner and let Matthew ( #MrMaria ) do the networking. I felt my little chicken wings stretching out. It felt really good knowing that I could hold my own, on my own. Still, I wished Matthew was there to experience what I was experiencing.
The view? I felt so dumb that I attempted to take a good picture from the car. It was absolutely breathtaking.
YES- I took that picture with my phone. Here’s one that was taken by one of my fellow NEWME founders-
Toward the end of the night, the host (who’s home it was) called our attention and directed each of us to introduce ourselves to the group. QUICKLY. lol-
With a room full of brown faces (there were a couple non-minorities also), I realized that we were standing among a group of African Americans who had created, bought, sold, and funded companies far into the billions.
More than ever I wished Matthew was here!! Continuously I felt gratitude and excitement. More than I can really describe. I met some very extraordinary people and by the end of the night, my feet ached- even though I was wearing Sperrys.
We said our goodbyes and headed out. We all (6 adults) packed in this Nissan Altima and began our trek to San Francisco. The trio- Bryan, Jarrett, and Kwame were going out and only needed a ride not far across the Bay Bridge. Little did we know, we’d be stuck in this sardine can for about 40 minutes with all the construction we encountered.
Once we finally made it to downtown San Francisco, the trio exited and we wandered a bit. This turned out to be yet another fantastic voyage. We haphazardly found some of the most stunning views.
I felt like a little kid as we all sang the Full House and Rice A Roni songs. lol- It was great. Finally we decided to go to the apartment, order some GrubHub, and watch Netflix. We realized we were going the WRONG direction when we saw the Golden Gate Bridge coming closer and closer. I had been wanting to see it and BAM. There it was. Bad news was 1. We didn’t see an exit to turn around 2. There is a toll and we had no cash. CRAP.
Just as we thought all was lost, we saw the Presidio exit right before the bridge. We turned off and found the viewing spot and hopped out long enough to snap some photos. It was super cold by the water.
(Just to prove I was actually there and this isn’t a stolen picture)
By the time we got back in the car and up the road, I knew I wasn’t going to be watching Netflix. I fell asleep in the car and as soon as I got home, I laid in the bed. My plan was to lay there and wait to take a shower after Brit. Well, the next thing I knew, it was 10am. lol- so much for that plan.
That everyday- day turned into yet another unforgettable experience here. I think back on when I was crying on the plane from MEM and praying to God- “I trust you.” Hmph. Yep, still do.