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Month: December 2014

The Interview

The Interview

Has everyone forgotten about Death of a President? Nobody threatened to blow up a theater when a British director made a movie about killing a sitting American President. We didn’t hack Great Britain – well, apparently the NSA is hacking everybody – but not over this movie! Also – didn’t North Korea put out some propaganda a few years ago with the American flag and Obama covered in blood and fire – essentially saying “we will destroy America?” Oh yeah…

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Last day in NYC, too many people, too much rain

Last day in NYC, too many people, too much rain

On Saturday we tried to use the remaining attractions in our NYC CityPass booklets, but both MoMa and the Natural History Museum had coat check lines stretching for miles. The Natural History Museum had an entry line stretching all the way back to the subway platform. So, after giving up on both of those we headed to Grand Central Station to take pictures. Sam and I had gifted each other with new DSLRs for Christmas so, for once, Sam was…

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When the Rain Comes

When the Rain Comes

On Friday we tried to visit the Met, but only had about an hour as we had a reservation for the Landmark Cruise from Pier 83 at 5pm. We ended up accidentally eating lunch at the Met employee cafeteria, which was surprisingly delicious. On our way to Pier 83 we walked through Central Park and down the east side of the island. The boat ride was very cold, but the sun was setting and the lights of the tall buildings…

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Observing New York

Observing New York

Unlike our other vacations, we hadn’t really planned what we’d do in New York other than seeing some friends and a few shows that Sam had on her bucket list. Thursday was wide open until 5pm so we decided to go to the Empire State Building Observation Deck.  I’d been up there way back in 2007, but Sam had never been.  Luckily the day was merely overcast and no rain scheduled to move in until the next day.  We made…

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Another conference and no Christmas Tree

Another conference and no Christmas Tree

On Wednesday I had another conference to attend, this time at the IBM building. The event started off okay, with a presentation on content marketing – but quickly devolved from there with panel after panel of uninteresting marketing discussion. The irony is that a week before the event they’d asked me to be on one of those panels. In the early afternoon Sam and I took the 2 up to Harlem and checked into our next AirBnB, which turned out…

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Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

By the end of November my insomnia had returned and only allowed 3-5 hours of sleep per night.  It got so bad that around Thanksgiving I went back to my doctor and she prescribed Ambien.  Desperate for something, anything, to let me get at least seven hours of sleep for the first time in weeks I happily popped those pills. In fact, the ambien seemed to have less of an effect than the 5mg of melatonin I’d already been taking….

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