2012 Year In Review

2012 was a fantastic year for Nathaniel Welch. When 2011 ended, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with my next year. That being said, wandering aimlessly through the year I managed to have a lot of fun thanks to my friends and family.


January was a simple month. I moved to a new office at Google (GWC2), attended Heroku's Waza and cooked dumplings with my roommates.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/6745638701/" title="Roommate dumpling party! by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7034/6745638701_f1307aeae3_n.jpg" width="310" align="right" alt="Roommate dumpling party!"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/6681985939/" title="Traditional Sake Barrel Ceremony #waza by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7165/6681985939_44438b9d96_n.jpg" width="310" align="" alt="Traditional Sake Barrel Ceremony #waza"></a>


In February, I celebrated my 24th birthday. I also went up to Santa Rosa and tasted the delicious "Pliny the Younger" at Russian River Brewing Company and went snowboarding in Tahoe at Squaw with Google Commerce.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/6887524341/" title="Today... by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7176/6887524341_aedf2cb95c_z.jpg" width="310" align="right" alt="Today..."></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/6873675519/" title="Success! by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7048/6873675519_e2ce48c5ce_n.jpg" width="310" align="" alt="Success!"></a>


In March I traveled to Missouri with my mom to visit with my grandma for her 90th birthday and to see my mom's side of the family.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7292808144/" title="Paul and Lydia by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7292808144_88396d9f12_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Paul and Lydia"></a>


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/6943763724/" title="Justice was amazing. by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6943763724_f515f213a3.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="Justice was amazing." align="right"></a>

In April I switched jobs. I started working as an Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco for Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Storage. I visited Seattle for work and saw Justice perform at the Fox in Oakland.


In May, my roommates and I watched fireworks on the Golden Gate Bridge for its 100th Anniversary. I also started dating Diane.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7290105812/" title="Jeanne, Shen, Richard by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/7290105812_b50b88db86_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Jeanne, Shen, Richard"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7290104246/" title="Diane and Nat by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7229/7290104246_b77792a157_n.jpg" width="310" alt="Diane and Nat" align="right"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7149726039/" title="Three amigos. by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7149726039_f4f0360776_n.jpg" width="310" alt="Three amigos."></a>


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7406027382/" title="View from Mark's apartment. by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7406027382_7d2204ce3b_n.jpg" width="240" height="320" align="right" alt="View from Mark's apartment."></a>

I visited Portland and Seattle in June. I went to Seattle for work and Portland for Open Source Bridge, a tech conference. I also walked in the San Francisco Pride Parade with Google.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7468587734/" title="Last day in Portland. by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7265/7468587734_fe958ea0a6_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Last day in Portland."></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7580633888/" title="Google Pride by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7273/7580633888_8ce0e13ecc_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Google Pride"></a>


During July, I saw the Stone Foxes perform at Stern Grove, celebrated one year since the Punchd acquisition, and continued loving the San Francisco Google Office.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7548258204/" title="Nat on Wood by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7548258204_cbe3d4d2b7_z.jpg" width="310" align="right" alt="Nat on Wood"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7580636516/" title="The Stone Foxes at Stern Grove by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7580636516_4d767dcd99_n.jpg" width="310" alt="The Stone Foxes at Stern Grove"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7309260814/" title="Porcellian by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7309260814_7860965dc3_z.jpg" width="310" alt="Porcellian"></a>


In August, I attended Outside Lands, broke up with Diane, and attended Burning Man. Burning Man was amazing.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7990111323/" title="Duckpond Friday Afternoon by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/7990111323_83020e1dac_z.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="Duckpond Friday Afternoon"></a>


In September one of my good friends Beck moved to SF and I visited NYC for a weekend.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8118358385/" title="DSC_0480_edited by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/8118358385_c17f34b98c_z.jpg" width="420" align="right" alt="DSC_0480_edited"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/7984638997/" title="Consuming now with Beck. by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8299/7984638997_2d9bf47f1b_n.jpg" width="200" alt="Consuming now with Beck."></a>


In October, I attended Startup School for the second time. Also, Alex Baldwin DJed a Halloween party at my house.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8106797845/" title="Tom Preston-Werner by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8106797845_363551a35e_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Tom Preston-Werner"></a>


During November, I saw Matt Nathanson perform in SSU's gorgeous new concert hall and visited Seattle again for a week for work.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8149444894/" title="Gorgeous concert hall at SSU by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8149444894_fff5fb8745_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Gorgeous concert hall at SSU"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8155319995/" title="Dumpling Sunday! by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/8155319995_51b2b77cd5_z.jpg" width="310" alt="Dumpling Sunday!" align="right"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8193278607/" title="Samurai Panda by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/8193278607_640c4d2491_z.jpg" width="310" alt="Samurai Panda"></a>


In December, I went to the Google Infrastructure Holiday Party, and also started dating Annie.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8315852472/" title="Gorgeous day in SF by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8315852472_a29d05df24_z.jpg" width="640" alt="Gorgeous day in SF"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8237229262/" title="Hot date.... by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8342/8237229262_572dbdb1d4_z.jpg" align="right" width="310" alt="Hot date...."></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icco/8246816652/" title="Vegan Chinese by Nat W, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8350/8246816652_50da448104_z.jpg" width="310" alt="Vegan Chinese"></a>

The whole year...

I listened to a lot of music:


And wrote a lot of code:


Next year I plan to...

  • Code More
  • Get in better shape
  • Do More Art
  • Graph more of life
  • Publicly launch something at Google.

Happy new year everyone!



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