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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.

Roommate dumpling party!

Traditional Sake Barrel Ceremony #waza


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.




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.

Paul and Lydia


Justice was amazing.

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.

Jeanne, Shen, Richard

Diane and Nat

Three amigos.


View from Mark's apartment.

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.

Last day in Portland.

Google Pride


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.

Nat on Wood

The Stone Foxes at Stern Grove



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

Duckpond Friday Afternoon


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


Consuming now with Beck.


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

Tom Preston-Werner


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

Gorgeous concert hall at SSU

Dumpling Sunday!

Samurai Panda


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

Gorgeous day in SF

Hot date....

Vegan Chinese

The whole year...

I listened to a lot of music:

Nat's 2012 in music

And wrote a lot of code:

Nat's 2012 in 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!