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Hello stranger

It’s Friday night, and I am parked on the couch.

There’s no place I’d rather be.

nyc montageIt feels like I have spent the past two months on the road.

A week in Japan.

A long weekend in Kentucky.

Another week in Boston with Rory Dog.

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed all my trips, even the days and nights when I had to work. But I have missed my apartment and my adopted hometown.

When I moved to New York City eight years ago, I wanted to live in my favorite place to visit.

Time to play tourist right here at home!

A leg to stand on

I fell today on a Boston city sidewalk that was under construction.

sidewalk closedBoth sides were torn up, and only one side was closed to foot traffic. So pedestrians were walking through the debris on the other side.

Of course, I was the one who tripped and fell.

In a suit.

Wearing black pants.

A member of the crew immediately rushed over to make sure I was okay. I was more concerned about the state of my pants, so she returned lickety-split with water and towels. And when she realized I had cut and bruised one leg, she insisted on driving me to my class at BU.

She was thought I would sue the city.

That didn’t even cross my mind…until she told me the crew shouldn’t have torn up both sides of the walk at the same time. And they should have closed the sidewalk that everyone was walking on (and that I fell on). And she represented the city, and the crew didn’t always listen to her rules and regulations.

I don’t know — maybe my leg hurts more than I realize!

What lies within

I’m back home in New York City today, and I hit the ground running:

  • Early morning vet appointment
  • Conference call
  • Editing
  • Three focus groups

No time for jet lag for me!

That’s what the world sees.  Deep inside, where the real me lives, I have looked something like this all day –

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Tokyo, Day 2: The best laid plans

My second day in Tokyo has been filled with surprises.

alarm-clock-shows-four-o-clock-picture-66338449First, I woke up at 4 a.m. — jet lag — so my day has been much longer than I anticipated.  I got some actual work accomplished, and emailed and IM’ed with some folks who were still at their desks on the other side of the world.

I was very productive…and I should sleep really well tonight.

My business meeting also lasted a lot longer than I thought it would, so I didn’t have time for any sightseeing as originally planned.  But the session went great, the client is happy, and I can devote the rest of my time in Tokyo to play.

Speaking of time, I need to spend quite a bit more checking my wish list and studying the Tokyo subway map.  That puppy is going to require my complete attention if I am going to actually end up in the areas of the city where I want to visit.

As you can see, it is a bit of a challenge.

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I accept!

Solutions for a small planet

Admit it — most of us don’t read the manual that comes with our new smart phones cover-to-cover.

Maybe not at all.

So it’s not surprising that articles like “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do” literally amaze.

However, I would like to add a feature to that list that applies to any brand of mobile phone.  It crosses platforms, versions, price points — you name it.  And in New York City, it has proven extremely valuable on a daily basis.

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Sidewalk Ambassador Avoidance

Got a mobile phone at your ear?  Appear to be in a conversation?  They leave you alone.

World peace.  It’s what every beauty pageant contestant wants.

 

Stop and go

Another train trip last night, another two-hour delay.

But not one person complained.

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Our train was held at the station in Philadelphia for over an hour because an Acela near Wilmington hit two people on the tracks.

Both died.

No matter how long I was stuck on that train… how late I was for my meeting… or even how lousy the weather was when I finally arrived in Washington –

It was a great day to be alive.

Coming soon

I began the third class of my publishing certificate at NYU tonight.

The instructor, a literary agent at a boutique firm here in New York City, was describing some of the ways authors have promoted their books above-and-beyond their publisher’s efforts.

press playEric Devine gets my vote for most creative.

His young adult novel Press Play is being published in October.  It tells the story of a high school student who accidentally captures footage of the violent hazing practices of the lacrosse team while filming his documentary film project.

Devine had the idea to create a book trailer — like a movie trailer, but for his book — and display it at the local movie theatre in his home town of Waterford, New York

On an agreed-upon evening, Devine’s book trailer will air multiple times before the movies, inviting viewers to purchase Press Play at the mall bookstore where the cinema is located.

I think this is inspired.

A film features prominently in the book, and Devine is using the movies to promote it.  He’ll probably get local publicity for this unique angle, too.

I wish I could go watch!