Welcome to the valley! I promise it is every bit as exciting as you would imagine!
Well, we went straight through the meat and bit right into the bone with this premiere! You saw me as a fat kid, then fast forward and I'm 40 pounds lighter, spray-tanning my mostly-naked body on national TV. I then shared all about my cosmetic procedures in a level of detail I haven't shared publicly before. And wow, telling people, it's like a bomb went off! I'll admit, it's not something most programmers in the valley do, but the truth is, I really think it's NFBD (no f-cking bid deal). It's not something a person should be ashamed of. Moreover, one of my favorite books, The Happiness Hypothesis, reveals that scientific studies show that people who have had plastic surgery tend to be happier than those who don't -- that's real data, y'all! Also, my start-up is making a consumer-facing app that's focused on personal goals like weight loss and quitting smoking, so it certainly doesn't hurt to invest in my own appearance. Even with all that said, the truth is that plastic surgery in Silicon Valley is not as dramatic as ::cough:: other places ::cough:: and most people didn't even know I had anything done. Some still don't believe me when I tell them, LOL. So deal with it, y'all! I'm wearing my face as proudly as Joan Rivers till my death bed.
Well, beyond sharing a LOT about my body, I also shared that I'm broke. And that's no joke. (Who wants want me rap that? LOL!) Honestly I’d be willing to wager that I have less cash on hand than every one of my friends by a few orders of magnitude. Sarah said her tweets are worth $10k a pop -- I'd say my tweets are worth about 5 lumps of coal, maybe 6 if I'm lucky! The truth is, as long as I have enough money to stay in my house with my partner, Dave, that's all I will need. I do have to mention that my mom just sent an email that ended in, "PS, Do you need any money? - Mom". LOL, well I haven't taken money from her before as an adult, so I'm not about to start now! Nevertheless, I hope I didn't give her a heart attack!
Beyond all my personal…issues, I was glad to share with the world the very unique relationship I have with Sarah, who is, to say the least, a one-of-a-kind woman! The truth is, I do spend a lot of time programming most days (8-12 hours), and even though I get out and exercise, I happen to be <sarcasm>gifted</sarcasm> with a complexion that rivals what you might see in a Twilight movie, so as much as I don't identify as someone who tans on a regular basis, Sarah always manages to convince me to do something a little out-of-the-ordinary to get me out of my programming daze.
I think it's great that you shared your story. I was 80lbs over weight and I'm still losing weight. I'm at 140 now and I feel like I still need a lot of work done. I know in order to get where I want to be I need to go under the knife. Being overweight did a lot of damage to my body and I'd like to repair it. I can't tell you the last time I've been in a pool just because I'm too self conscience. I lie and tell people I hate the water but I'm too ashamed to show my body due to the excess skin. It's fustrating because I worked so hard to lose the weight but I can't be happy about it. I recently started talking to family and friends about getting a tummy tuck and the subject is always taboo. I'm trying to feel comfortable about it and talk about so i feel like its NFBD, but the feedback is always negative. When I heard you talk about it and your other precedures...I understood where you coming from. I need more friends like you because I guess what I'm looking for is for someone to tell me it's okay. Now I just need to come with up with the money. Thank you for sharing!
Interesting that these bloggers aren't blogging when this would be such an awesome forum to promote a start-up. I guess Hermoine wouldn't consider how this wouldn't be a "Silicon Valley" kind of thing to do!
I find it interesting that this is a show about bloggers (or net savvy youth) yet you are the only one to have taken the time to blog. Good job. You are adorable, by they way.