One day at the company where I worked in San Francisco, we had a lunch party. Just for fun, we decided to put flags on a world map to represent where each of the company’s 50 or so employees came from. We all looked at this map and saw that there was one isolated flag apart from all the others and thought it must represent an immigrant from some obscure island somewhere. Then we looked closer and saw that this “obscure island” was San Francisco.

The flag represented our one employee who was a native San Franciscan. This discovery resulted in a lot of laughter. We had employees from at least 10 different countries. We celebrated three different New Year’s days: the international one on January 1, the Chinese one that has a different ...

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