I was out in San Diego for a few days last week to attend a conference for work. Just my luck, it was rainy and overcast for most of the time. Oh the sun did come out, but it wasn't until I was in a taxi cab heading back to the airport! Just my luck. Anyway...here are a bunch of photos from the 3 days. Most of them were taken as I went for a run one morning before things got busy. And yes, that is Magic Johnson standing next to me! He told some classic Bird vs Magic stories...
That big yacht in the foreground is worth $100M. Has a crew of 26 and can sleep 18 guests. Don't miss the USS Carl Vison 70 and the USS Ronald Reagan 76 aircraft carriers in the background eihter. The Carl Vinson pulled in sometime on Friday night as it wasn't there when I went to bed...
Sun is shining brightly on Petco Park and downtown San Diego...
A few weeks ago I took a ride up to Scranton, PA to check out one of my office's most recent completed projects, PNC Field. PNC was home to the Scranton Willkes-Barre Yankees, the AAA affiliate of the big boys in New York. After about $40m in renovations and a re-branding effort the stadium is now home to the Rail Riders. The previous edition of the ballpark was just too big at 20,000 seats. It was never filled and felt cavernous. I can't take much of the credit as I only worked on the project early on, but we came in and removed all of the upper seats and replaced them with some club spaces, making the ballpark feel much more intimate. We also added a great wrap around outfield walk, similar to what the firm did for the Phillies at CBP, and the fans already love it. It's a great spot to take in the game with a family!
This is what the place looked like before:
Below are a series of photos from the game I checked out. The Rail Riders lost, but they still had fireworks afterwards. Oh, I may have been one of last people to ever see A-Rod swing a bat...hopefully!
Even though they're only the farm team, that's still enough Yankee talk for one day! Thankfully I was up at Fenway entertaining a client a few days later so I was able to get my Red Sox fill. Green Monster seats too, first row!
So as I mentioned a few weeks back, I was in lovely Las Vegas for 5 days to attend a rather large annual sports and recreation conference. My company goes every year and we exhibit our work at the conference and mostly chat with old and current clients and do our best to meet new ones. We flew in late on Sunday night and started off the week right with 18 holes in a charity tournament at The Paiute Resort about 25 miles outside of town. I've never played golf in the middle of the desert like that and it's something I won't soon forget. Lessons learned, #1, you don't look for lost golf balls because of snakes, and #2, it gets really, really, really windy out there, pack a jacket!
Playing in wind like that was something I won't soon forget. On some tee-shots you'd be fully lined up aiming into the adjacent fairway to allow the wind to bring your ball back to where it was supposed to be. Crazy stuff. Very beautiful out there too...so nice to get outside of downtown Las Vegas.
I did knock this approach shot about 5' from the pin and sunk the put...highlight of the round!
I won't bore you with specifics about the conference, but most of my time was spent at our booth talking with folks as they strolled by and entertaining in the eveings. We stayed at the Ballys [great location, dated hotel!] and the event was co-hosted by Ballys, Paris, and Planet Hollywood, so we spend the majority of our time at those 3 hotels. I did make a point to get out for a run each morning and we did check out a few other places for dinners during our stay. Below is just a random assortment of shots I snapped while out and about...
It was a long trip and it was certainly great to get home to K and J!
Just thinking about the rest of 2013 and realizing I have a lot of nights on the road coming up. Both for work and pleasure: Boston, Vermont, Orlando, Cape May, Boston, Boston again, Jamaica, Colorado, and then San Diego. I better stock up on the travel shampoo!
I'm out here for work this week...meeting up with current clients, finding a few new ones, and even playing a little golf. Here's a few shots from the past few days, and a bunch more when I get back home!
As some of you have already heard, I've finally landed back in the world of architecture! Sports architecture to be exact. Yes indeed...a full time gig here in Philly. It's with a firm whom I've been talking to for quiet some time now. Many interviews, lunches, and even a breakfast right at the end with the firms president that I think sealed the deal. After that we ironed out the details and I started on Halloween of all days.
I've been there a few weeks now and it's been great. I'm involved in a few interesting professional and collegiate sports projects that are keeping me extremely busy. There have already been a few late nights but it's what I enjoy doing most so I don't mind at all. It's a really great group of folks too and I'm excited to be a part of the team.
So...with a new job in my back pocket we put on our glad-rags and set out for a celebratory dinner.
We chose a place called 10Arts. It's a bistro/lounge by famous NYC chef Eric Ripert that's inside of the Ritz hotel on Broad. [It's a bit ironic to have eaten here as I had just finished Anthony Bourdains' book "Kitchen Confidential" and he mentions Ripert many times throughout. Very good book too and an intriguing look inside the darker side of the restaurant business!]
Once again we were eating dinner in a converted bank building and the interiors were stunning!
We arrived a few minutes early for our table so we found a seat at the bar for a few drinks.
Once seated we had some tough decisions to make! I started off with the fried and breaded oysters while Kel went with the creamy cauliflower soup, both delicious.
For the main course I had the striped bass with mussels and yukon golds and Kelly chose the tagliatelle pomadoro. I had to switch out the bass for cod since they had run out. Oh well.
Both dishes were tasty, but I kinda wish I could have had the bass.
For desert we ordered up a few items to share, the frozen snickers dish and the pumpkin tart...and of course a cappuccino for me.
Overall the meal was good...but not very good. We were kind of expecting a bit more for the price.