|Sounds like the title of a Woody Allen movie, and despite the resemblance, this is simply a photo blog.|
Tuesday - 5pm
Despite attempts to leave early, I packed my gear (7d, tripod, laptop, hard drives, lots of printouts) and hit the road for home. Stopped for some provisions for the missus and the meowers. Got to bed by 11.
Wednesday - 4:30am
Morning activities - out of the house by 5am for a 7am train.
It was a rainy morning, but the weather was clearing. Good thing because people were flying in today from 42 countries for our conference.
The New Haven Train Station is perhaps not as grand as Grand Central, but on a smaller scale it remains a classic train depot.
Arrived in NY at about 9:07 - the express train in the morning makes a difference - leave 20 minutes later, arrive 15 minutes sooner than the earlier train.
From Grand Central to Times Square is about a 15 minute walk, though during the morning pedestrian commute it can take longer.
Arrived at the Marriott Marquis for the pre-con meeting.
Yes that is a large poster of Thorin Oakenshield and his men plus a lone hobbit named Bilbo.
Into the hotel, said hello to our conference team and then down to the ballroom which was set for the meeting but still lacking AV.
Just then I saw some guys rolling in the AV gear. I introduced myself to the technical director and we made our way to the meeting room where we were introduced to everyone from the head chef to the plumber to ensure that our expectations were met.
Note to self, don't drink the mimosa.
Should have taken my name placard - would have looked great on my office door.
11:30am to 7:30pm
Checked in as the AV setup was...er..setup. Added some gear not on the original plan and tweaked positions of monitors, projectors, screens and the like.
Also helped with some of the logistical setup, got our internet and phone lines working, confirmed installation of fiber from the street for the satellite crew's use and met our webcasting crew from France and assisted them with their setup. We also did some testing with the video conferencing bridge. It was a full day of technical preparation, even if my role was more supervisory than executionary.
With the final setup nearly complete, with the exception of the breakout rooms, I finally checked into my hotel room, and then met up with the rest of our team.
We went to see the Rockefeller Center tree, skating rink and holiday decoration - about half of our team had never been to NY before, or at least not around the holidays.
Got back to my room and crashed for a scant 6 hours of sleep.
Next 3 days have been documented to some degree in the previous blog post to this one.
Each night we hit the town for dinner and I enjoy just walking around New York day or night.
Finally with the meeting over and good reviews from lots of the attendees, it was time to pack up and head home. On a Saturday night there are trains back to New Haven about every hour. I had a quick bite with the meetings team at the hotel bar and hit the pavement back to Grand Central.
I picked up a couple of almond crescents at Grand Central and got on a 9:07 train. Always curious about the terminal, I found a fascinating photography website featuring a behind the scenes tour, to keep me occupied until sleepy time set in.
No worries about falling asleep on the train - New Haven is the final stop.
Got home, dumped my bags and hit the sack.
Sunday I headed down to Mohegan Sun see a concert with an old friend.
Next conference maybe we'll setup our screens like this:
Quadrophenia cover to cover followed by Who Are You, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes, Bab O-Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again. Unbelievable.
Today back to work - everything listed above while technically work was great fun.
Thanks for reading.