Reflections and Expectations: Goodness Gracious


Ellie Goulding rocks the Bay Area and discussions about the future transportation workforce at the Commonwealth Club.

This month marks another anniversary for this monthly series on Anything Goes.

That’s right, Reflections and Expectations has been running for three years now. I’m glad I’ve been able to document virtually all of my major life developments on a monthly basis since and I hope to share many more in the years to come.

That said, let’s look back at the month that was in the latest Reflections and Expectations.


Birthday – Much like birthdays in recent years, it was uneventful. I spent that April 4 working on my capstone research project for graduate school at San Jose State University. Just like any other day.

Ellie Goulding – The real highlight of my birthday week came on April 6 — two days after my birthday — when I went to see Ellie Goulding perform at SAP Center in San Jose, all as part of her Delirium world tour.

It’s the first real concert I’ve ever attended and it certainly was “one hell of a something”! I’ve been a big fan of Ellie’s music since last summer (I primarily use Spotify just to listen to music from her last three albums). This experience was all kinds of amazing that came at the best possible time and the best possible location that was so close to home. I should bring someone along to these things next time. Anything could happen. (Also a favorite song of mine from her.)

Driving test – After 2.5 tries (long story on the “.5” part), I passed my driving test on April 15 at a DMV field office in San Jose.

At 27, this marks the first time in my life I have been licensed to drive as prior efforts to obtain a license repeatedly stalled since 2010. Despite this seemingly major milestone, I have no interest in purchasing my own car anytime soon. I plan on sticking with transit and Uber / Lyft for my commuting needs, both of which combined are far cheaper than maintaining my own vehicle. Still, a Zipcar every now and then doesn’t sound so bad.

Transportation Summit at Commonwealth Club – On April 29, I attended an all-day summit on the future of the transportation workforce. This event was hosted by Mineta Transportation Institute — which administers my current graduate degree program — and the Commonwealth Club.

The event consisted of transportation leaders and industry experts participating in panel discussions about preparing a new generation of professionals to take on various roles in this business as baby boomers prepare to exit for good. It’s pretty wonky to describe everything that went on for a general audience in this space although I found it informative and insightful.


  • Capstone research project – I’m now on the home stretch toward completing what I consider to be the most ambitious academic paper I’ve ever worked on. Is it June 3 yet?

I’ll close this edition with one of my favorite songs from a certain aforementioned artist.


2 thoughts on “Reflections and Expectations: Goodness Gracious

  1. Sounds like you had a great month Simon!!

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