Archive for August, 2007

Jamie and Val in Frankfurt

Currently stranded in SFO waiting on a delayed flight. Since I haven’t gotten around to post this entry from when I was in Frankfurt, now’s as good time as any time. Here goes!

My last two days in Germany, Val and I stayed in Frankfurt. We arrived by train early Sunday afternoon and very luckily found ourselves at this awesome hotel: Hotel Lindner. For one, it was more like an apartment than a room. It was so big it had a hallway! It’s probably one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in. This was our view:

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DSC00596On top of that, instead of chocolates on our pillows were packs of gummy bears shaped as sheep! How can you beat that? Anyway, after we walked around our place gong “Wow, wow, this is amazing,” we took the short walk into the city. It was sunny. On our first day we walked around the old part of town and had a late lunch of pork sausage and potato salad. We then walked around some more and went back to the hotel, later eventually made our way down to the river to read and write. That evening we had dinner and drinks in the hotel bar. I ordered a steak and finally went back to red wine after a week of drinking Riesling. Back in our room 300 was playing on in German. (I really need to see the first 15 minutes of that movie.)

Day 2 in Frankfurt began looking very gray, it had rained all night long. We walked into the city and did some shopping in an German-equivalent Hello Kitty shop before making our way to the Opera House. There we met my colleague Philip from the Frankfurt office there and had lunch at a pretty good Italian place. I had seafood risotto, I think I missed rice.

Me & Val in FrankfurtAfterward Philip helped me get allergy medicine and showed us the agency office nearby where we had a tour and I met some folks there. Later, Val and I made our way back to the city where we went shopping on the famous Zeil street. I hadn’t done some serious shopping in a while so that was pretty fun. Even bought a new dress and trucker hat.

That evening we returned to the hotel to rest and we later went to a Spanish bar Philip had recommended we check out. They had the best raspberry mojitos. Afterward we went to the hotel spa where both of us had massages. I had a bit of a language barrier problem there, but otherwise it went all right. I think Val had a better experience though. For the remainder of the night I somehow managed to pack all my things, including the new purchases, into my small luggage and we ordered room service of chocolate cake.

All in all Frankfurt was a perfect way to wrap up the trip: Moseyed around, enjoyed in our crazy nice hotel, went shopping, and overall just relaxed.

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Acquisition Close Day

Microsoft Acqusition Day

As you may have heard, the Microsoft-aQuantive acquisition closed today. I actually had forgotten it was today and was surprised to see the above sign as I got off the elevator this morning. It was nice finding a free espresso cart and a fancier assortment of our usual Monday morning bagels, including lox and capers. Plus on every floor there were boxes of Hot Pot doughnuts. Sweet.

Back at our desks we had an invite for an acquisition party at the Convention Center, a congratulatory card, and a desk weight with the various aQuantive brand logos, which were all somewhat misshapen. In either case, neat surprises.

Desserts at Acquisition PartySo it was a rather short day at the office. Around two o’clock my team and I left and walked to the big party and join the festivities. It was then an afternoon of speeches, mini food, several open bars, and a cover band in the Convention Center sky bridge. It was neat to again to see both Avenue A and Atlas folks all in one place. They also had a raffle for an Xbox and Zune every 30 minutes, which kept folks engaged. (No win here though.)

Anyway, it was a pretty fanfare-filled day. No, I’m not on Communicator. No, Avenue A | Razorfish is not losing its name. No, I don’t have a membership to the Pro Club. And no, I do not have a blue badge (yet). For the most part it’ll be business as usual, at least for the agency side of the business; but as always, we’ll see.

Scrabble Pwnage

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OH SNAPS! (click thru above to see screenshot)

My co-worker Emily recently got me addicted to Scrabulous on Facebook and it’s pretty sweet. Especially when you spell a word like SIZE on a triple word score square for 45 points.

But I can’t really brag, before this move Ryan and I were pretty point for point. That and my other boards aren’t doing so well, still getting dominated playing a certain Dave B…

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