Archive for January, 2007

Week in Philadelphia

Last week I made my first trip to Philly for a business trip, namely to attend the AA|RF Global Solutions Summit. Besides team events, training in the Philly office, and an evening walk to find the Liberty Bell, the week was much about leveraging data and cross-discipline knowledge sharing. By the time the week was up, my head felt saturated with cookie-this and extended data-that. As things came to a close on Friday, I met up with my friend Tom who is attending Penn Law there. We only got to hang out for roughly twenty-four hours, but it was a grand time.

Independence HallWe met at my hotel and then walked off where he gave me a historical walking tour, telling me stories along the way. This was perfect and reminded me how Tom is just as much a US history nerd enthusiast as I am (if not more). We visited Christ Church, the place of worship for folks like George Washington, Betsy Ross, and Ben Franklin; Independence Hall, where the Declaration and Constitution were signed; Washington Square, where GW’s army lies buried below; as well as other places along the way like Penn’s Landing. Afterward, he took me to a place to get a real Philly cheese steak sandwich and I was far from disappointed. Drippy cheese and all. It was awesome. We then took a cab back to his apartment and hung out for a while, catching up before heading out for a taste of the Philly nightlife where we met some of his friends at bar called Noche. Before calling it a night, at my request we stopped at a diner for some late night food.

Philadelphia Museum of ArtThe next day we had brunch at a greasy spoon-sort of place called Tony’s that was pretty good. It was a clear sunny day and the brisk 30-degree weather made for a refreshing walk. Under Tom’s suggestion, we walked to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Think Rocky.) The place was massive and impressive even from the outside. The exhibits inside really made the day though. My favorite was actually the Arms and Armor exhibit featuring actual European weapons from 1400-1800. That and seeing my favorite hazy Monet’s and Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Moulin Rouge”. The museum did an impressive job in creating an experience as you walked from room to room, from stone archways to a dimly lit reconstructed Indian temple. The museum was a definite win.

All in all, I had a really great time and it was a perfect way to spend my first trip to Philly and see an old friend. Now back in Seattle before I’m off again (next week Florida). It’s going to be a busy week.

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2006 Year-in-Review

Here’s my third annual Year-in-Review blog entry! As usual, in words by season, in photos by month. In sum, it was a year of new stuff. Between getting the hang of life at the agency and playing in the roda, ’06 started with new challenges, in the good sort of way. It was also a year of new travel for leisure and business (San Francisco 3x, Las Vegas 2x, New York, San Diego, Minnesota, London, Chicago). And in general, it was trying new things like geocaching, knife defense, and cooking with vegetables.

Winter began with starting at Avenue A | Razorfish’s Advanced Optimization group as team member #4. It was working out at Capoiera, battling colds, and bumming around inside with Ryan. Not to mention one truly golden birthday. Spring was a trip to San Francisco with Ryan, our two-year anniversary, and my second visit to NYC. It was having tea with Val and Case, a murder mystery train ride, David’s curling outing, exploring Seattle parks with Ryan, and my Memorial Day Weekend Cupcake Decorating X-Men 3 Potluck Dinner Party. Summer was nice, but heavily work-filled. It was late nights in the office, time with the team, and a flurry of client presentations. On the flip side it was two trips to Las Vegas (with the INFO crew y la familia), a wedding in Minnesota, summer dinner parties, Mariners games with Darrin and Bree, Capoeira outside, and a long awaited return to practicing Kung Fu <3. Autumn began with DMB at the Gorge and a camping trip with the crew to Deception Pass. It was pumpkin goods, going out on weeknights to watch Frankie and Irene’s bands, and my very first trip to the UK on business. Finally, it was holiday festivities, spending more time with friends, a new role managing projects at work, and a delightful preoccupation with snowmen.

January

Trevor, me, and Kevin at Jillian’s

February

First Hockey Game! Some guy gave me the bear.

March
Weekend in San Francisco
Ryan in San Francisco’s Chinatown

April
AA|RF Analytics Summit in NYC
Analytics Summit in NYC

May
Mariners Game at Safeco Field
Me and Ryan at Safeco Field

June

Las Vegas with the INFO Crew for Fly-Back

July
Paul's 23rd Birthday
Irish Emigrant with Casey and Jules

August
Minnesota: Day 4 - Minehaha Falls
Geocaching at Minehaha Falls, MN

September
Frankie Starr and Marlon Turner Performing at Studio 7
My Brother Performing at Studio 7

October
Roaring 20's Halloween Party - Colorized
Roaring 20′s Halloween Party

November

Can I eat it now? Pumpkin Season!

December
Buckingham Palace Gates
Buckingham Palace Gates

Flashback!
2005 Year-in-Review
2004 Year-in-Review

New Year’s Eve 2006

Happy New Year +1 day!

This New Year’s eve I went out to dinner with friends at May Restaurant in Wallingford. The service was a bit slow, but otherwise the food and drinks were all pretty good and I really dig the ambiance of the place. It was also just nice being out on New Year’s Eve with friends, without the manic crowds or traffic.

Afterward everyone came back to my place for drinks, games, the countdown, and more games. The countdown was a minor part of the night and the fireworks show was a bit disappointing. In fact, was more enthused over the pop-sparkler things that Bree brought for us to pop at midnight. Also, I finally got to try hot buttered rum for the first time and unlike the fireworks, it lived up to its reputation (its warm, yummy reputation).

Afterward, we played everything from Taboo to Sequence to my new electronic Catch Phrase. We also played probably the best game of Cranium I’ve taken part of in ages (all-star team with Justin and Ly FTW!). Ultimately, we ending up playing poker ’til 4AM (even Ryan!) and it was a really good time.

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The gang at May Restaurant

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