Now that I’m done with several weeks of travel, it’s time for a little update here.  And first things first — I’m engaged to Claire!

Here’s a basic recap.  A little more than a month ago, without Claire knowing, I flew to Seattle to ask her parents for their blessing.  Fast forward to two weeks ago, Claire thought I would be arriving in D.C. on a Tuesday.  In fact, I secretly arrived in D.C. a day early.  I had Claire’s roommate Ashley invite Claire out for a roommate dinner.  Ashley pretended that they needed to drop her boyfriend Rick off at the National Cathedral for a photography class.  Rick came and met me in the nearby Bishop’s Garden, then called Ashley to say he “forgot” a lens in the car.  Ashley drove back and had Claire run the lens to Rick.

When she did, I walked towards Claire — she didn’t even recognize me at first because she thought I was driving up the next day (but she assures me she thought this strange gentleman smiling at her was very handsome).  I took Claire to a nearby corner of the garden with a pretty arch and fountain, asked her to marry me, and gave her the ring!  After calling friends and family we went to a lovely dinner, and the next day went to a high ropes course in Maryland — something Claire’s wanted to do for a while now.

The diamond in the ring is from my grandmother Tutu’s engagement ring.  We’re pretty darn excited, and are planning for a fall 2013 wedding in the San Francisco area.  Speaking of the San Francisco area, the other good news is that I’m accepting a job offer from Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto for next fall.  The offer came about 24 hours after the proposal, so it was a pretty amazing couple of days.

I’m now back in Williamsburg to begin my third and final year of law school.  We’re well underway into our volume at the Law Review, having on-boarded a fresh batch of 2Ls last week.  I’m taking a Copyright Litigation seminar, Patent Law, First Amendment, and Federal Income Tax.  Claire is starting her final semester of nursing school at Georgetown, and looking for jobs in the Bay Area beginning around February 2013.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference.  There are usually a series of significant announcements during the keynotes each day.  Rumors for this year include a possible Nexus tablet. I was lucky to get to go twice while I worked at Google — it’s a pretty cool event.

Google has this new liveblog tool that will stream video and announcements.  I’m embedding it here.

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Adventures in personal metrics. Here some interesting stats on my email habits since May 2007 – five years ago next week, when I graduated from college and first started using Gmail full-time.

~22,000 conversations. I started 15% of them and replied to 17% of the rest. 4,011 different people sent me emails, and a surprising 78% of those were sent directly to me rather than to a mailing list.

(Note: although I wasn’t originally, I have become more judicious about actually deleting emails that don’t need to be archived, like promotional emails or newsletters. So I think some of these numbers may be skewed).

I like that my responses to people are shorter and quicker than their responses to me. :)

(Collected using Gmail Meter).