Ah, three days in New York City. Concrete and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, the bustle and energy of several million people, the constant hum and the honking of taxis, blasts of pungent bus exhaust. Isn’t it funny how the same things I find abhorrent, my wife can find so wonderful? I could probably try stretching that observation into other areas of our life together, but that would be grossly unfair and (more importantly) not very funny.
The trip to NYC (which ended on Sunday) was undertaken so that I could speak at a conference along with Jeff Veen, Jeffrey Zeldman, and Eric Costello. Unfortunately the conference was cancelled at the last minute, so no panel for us. We got together anyway, along with Jeff’s wife Leslie (previously quoted on this very page), and spent a pleasant evening schmoozing and eating at The Noho Star. I always like to hang with industry veterans in a social setting, because the conversation always takes interesting swings from shop talk to politics to gossip and back, wending a path through anything which takes the collective fancy. These are smart people leading interesting lives. What could be more compelling?
Kat and I also took the chance to visit with her parents, naturally, and to see some of Kat’s friends in the NYC area. For the weekend, we drove up to Hartford, CT to see Peter and Celeste for the first time since their wedding last summer, and to admire their new house. It’s funny how being fellow homeowners can provide all kinds of material for conversation, most of it the kind of thing we would have been horrified by not five years previously. Yet there we all were chatting gaily about boring grown-up stuff like wall paint and hardwood floors. I can only imagine what it will be like when we have children.
As for last week’s update… there is much to say, but not now.