One of the cool side affects of the type of work that I do now with MDA is that our customers are generally in some very interesting and fun locations. This week, I got to accompany some of our sales people on a trip to visit the United Nations in New York. Sadly, it was only a short day and a half, but any time in NYC is fine by me.
With the trip being so short, I didn't really have much time to do anything fun really. I flew in Tuesday afternoon, traveling with one of the sales guys, and it was after 7:00 by the time we got to the hotel. After catching dinner, it was pretty late and I was very tired. I had brought my camera and a "portable" tripod with me, and had hoped to try some night photography. Sadly, that didn't really work out all that well, as the tripod just wasn't up to the task. I did take a trip up the Empire State Building, as it was a nice clear night, and the place holds some special memories.
After the trip up the ESB, I did wander around a little bit. But I was tired after a long day of travelling, and just wasn't feeling overly inspired. Still, it was after 1:00 by the time I got back to the hotel and got to bed.
Wednesday was a full day of meetings at the UN. Sadly, this was in an office building on Madison Ave, and not in the main UN headquarters on the river. Too bad, the General Assembly was on that week, and there were tons of people (including Obama) in town. It was a very interesting day for me, and I learned a lot about my new customers.
Wednesday night we went out for dinner with our two partners that were in town supporting our meetings. I took everyone down to the Meatpacking District, and found a great new restaurant (for me anyway) called Fig and Olive. Great food, and we had a fun evening. At one of the bars afterwards, I had what was probably the best scotch I've ever had. The label will explain why...
Thursday it was back to Vancouver. Way too short a time in NYC, but still good to get back.