Had a great night out last night with Lana. Since getting our regular babysitter back we have started to get out again and I have to say it is awesome to be in NY. Being able to step outside your door and have thousands of places to go makes date night pretty sweet (and has the added bonus of being able to be a slacker on the plans).Â
When we hit the street yesterday all we knew is that we were going to walk down to the Village and find somewhere new. This is sometimes harder than it sounds for us. After wandering all over the West Village and then down Bleecker we wound up outside a fairly nondescript restaurant called Gus’ Place. Since we both love Greek we decided to give it a shot. Turned out to be a good call. Started with some Saganaki, Lemon Soup, salad and Greek wine (all amazing, but the Saganaki won in my books). Then moved onto Souvlaki. Lana had lamb, I had chicken. Both were great. To finish it up we had some Chocolate Baclava with Greek yogurt. We will definitely be going back there
Finally got off my butt and integrated my Flickr photos into the blog. You can browse them here. I even was motivated enough to organize them into sets. Crazy eh.
Heading out to Vegas tomorrow morning to go to CES and the Digital Hollywood conference. Going to be flying on Virgin America for the first time. Really looking forward to checking them out. Had booked a flight back in November with them but had to cancel last minute. They have all sorts of nifty features like leather seats, entertainment system and the ability to order your food and drink right from your seat (no more waiting for the drink cart to work its way down twice a flight).
And I am really looking forward to the show this year. Last year was my first time attending and I had a blast. So many gadgets and geeky things to check out. Also got the confirmation that my name is on the list for the Bloghaus so beer, beanbags and broadband lookout!
There are certain advantages to living right in the thick of things here in Manhattan. Whether it be amazing food, access to the cities parks/attractions, the nightlife or pretty much anything you can think of, it is all at your doorstep.
This past weekend I took Emma to her first musical. It was a play based on one of her favorite cartoons, Max and Ruby. She absolutely loved it. For a whole hour she sat mesmerized by the actors singing and dancing. At the end she decided we had to go back.
To my point though about the advantages of living where we do. To get there we hopped in a cab outside our house and got dropped off in the village. A quick walk and we were at the theater. After the show was over we walked over, found another cab and then stopped for burgers at the restaurant at the base of our building. The whole trip took less than 2 1/2 hours. It was simple easy and pleasant. Not only that but there are a dozen other things just like that that I can start taking her to now. When we lived in CT that just wasnt the case.
I gotta say, I love NY!
Is it just me or does it seem like this week took 10 days to complete? The combo of the short week before and then 4 days off really seems to make the week after the Thanksgiving Holiday really lag. Oh well. At least today is Friday.
I love American Thanksgiving. Why you ask? Because we get two days off and it feels like an actual holiday. Starting on Wednesday afternoon things begin to wind down (some would argue the whole week is a little slow) and for four days life becomes about hanging out with the family, eating well and generally enjoying your surroundings. In Canada we have Thanksgiving too (it actual pre-dates the US holiday) but since it is just one day off it feels more like a long weekend with the opportunity to stuff yourself. Plus since we reside in NYC this year we will be checking out the parade and the massive balloon characters live. Should be a blast!
I have the feeling it is going to be an awesome week.
On the family front the girls are feeling better which is a huge relief. Eva is still on her breathing meds but is breathing 100% normally now. Emma is of course, her energetic self.
Also work is buzzing with activity. In the last month I have had 4 or 5 key employees join the engineering team and it is starting to show. Between the new employees and the current ones we have a really kickass team. Combine that with the amazing stuff the product folks are churning out and I think Tremor should have a very interesting 2008 from a dev and product perspective.
Lastly, I am heading out to San Francisco for the NewTeeVee Conference. This should be an interesting event with a lot of Silicon Valley influence. I am interested to see how it contrasts to the Madison Avenue slanted conferences we get here in NY. Also interested to meetup with some of the speakers and attendees. If you are going let me know and we can hook up.
It seems like over the last several months and especially weeks I have been meeting a ton of new people. I have gone through times like this in the past (moving to a new city, starting a company, etc) but this time is different in that it is all largely based off of social media (think Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc). My new friends vary hugely in age, occupation, geography and pretty much other thing you could think of. Some are still only friends through one forum yet others have transcended most of the forums and now can actually be considered “real world” friends (whatever that means now). Whether it has been one off business/networking lunches with people I meet online or attending whole events focused around it I am really enjoying this new social experience. Looking forward to connecting with tons more of you in the near future.
Wow! That is really all I can say about Halloween in New York.
The day started with me on the train from Boston (a little tired from a night of great fun the night before of course). Had a relatively quick board meeting then it was off to get dressed up with the girls. After much wrangling and finagling we were off to the Museum of Natural History for some trick or treating and fun. What a zoo! Kids and chaos everywhere. The girls loved it though and Emma got to see dinosaurs so the night was deemed a success. Then back on the subway, got everyone home and settled in. At that point I was tired enough to sleep but then the tweets started coming across about what a freak show the village was. My buddy Murray IMd me and that was enough to get me off the couch and out for a walk. I can say it was well worth it! I have never seen so many costumed people. The Halloween parade ended near my house so we just started walking through the crowds and wound up at Union Square on a patio having a beer watching the show. Amazing. Definitely planning to get a babysitter for next year so we can really go out and enjoy it! Pictures will be on Flickr when I get a chance.
So someone I follow on Twitter wants to get his webpage in the top ten results for his name. I was wondering how you would do that? Seems kind of like an interesting experiment to say the least. I already own almost all of the first page for the search for my full name, Jesse Chenard. I really have no idea where I even show up for the search Jesse.Â Am going to ponder on this for a bit and see if I can do it organically.