I was in New York last week for a long series of meetings over three days, and I’m back for a quick set of meetings today. First for the IAB’s Ad Operations committee, then for the MRC Internet Council (pictures from IAB dinner are here). That was followed by vendor meetings for the next two days. And boy was I tired by the time I got home. I did manage to hang with some old friends from SI.com and have a nice dinner one evening. I’m back again this week for a quick trip – spending some more quality time with CNN Digital ad sales. I can’t wait to get home and forget about travel for a few weeks – I hope work allows me to stay put for a while. Photo above taken while I was waiting to meet folks at the Time-Life Building.
In traditional Admonsters fashion, Tuesday afternoon was an outdoor excursion for the attendees. We had a choice of mountain biking (called ‘more strenuous’) and hiking (allegedly ‘less strenuous’). I picked the less strenuous option. Well, unlike what I’d expected, we began our hike right at the hotel and headed up to the Mt. Sanitas loop trail, which – for the record – is listed as strenuous on ProTrails.com, dammit. There were two groups – one taking a slower ‘smell the flowers’ pace, the other heading some 1,400 feet up with almost 900′ of elevation change in less than one mile. Well, I had great plans to head to the top with all my photo gear in tow. The first 1/2 mile kicked my butt, however, and I had to pause for about 15 minutes to get my head clear – the altitude was just too much for yours truly. I wasn’t the only one, and we had a jolly group of six taking it quite easy on the shorter path in the valley below Sanitas, which was still a 3 mile hike all told with some tough elevation changes. After returning to the hotel, I made a big mistake of taking a warm bath and shower, which seems to have totally overheated my system, giving me the chills and putting a damper on my plans to join tonight’s dinner at the Flagstaff House restaurant. I’d been there a few years ago, but felt it better to skip this time. Oh well – a couple of advils and a nice meal of pasta from room service, and I feel much better, thankfully. Check out the updated Admonsters XV gallery with images from the hike. And next time, someone remind me not to carry 15 pounds of camera gear on this type of hike.
So like half of the country’s media, I’m in Boulder, CO this week. No, not to camp out and wait for John Mark Karr to arrive, but to attend the fifteenth Admonsters conference. This is a gathering of ad operations staff from a wide variety of online businesses, ranging from Napster to the New York Times to good ol’ CNN.com. We’re staying at the one-year-old St. Julien Hotel, and despite a power outage last night duirng dinner affecting much of downtown, this is a wonderful place to stay. I’ll post more photos after our traditional ‘field trip’ this afternoon, hiking in the Flatirons area, but here are a few images I shot the first few days, including a few at a park at the trailhead.
A few weeks back I was lucky enough to take a quick trip to Colorado Springs Broadmoor resort. I was attending a conference of DoubleClick clients, and had a great, although short visit to learn about upcoming product releases and confer with other users. The resort has quite a bit of history (Wikipedia), having been founded back in the heyday of the railroads and was at one time the home for major figure skating training and competition, and is just a lovely setting. Have to bring the family back sometime. Gallery of photos is here. I shot the photo at right (click here or on the image to view larger) of a black and white swan on the lake at the resort, and the image quickly reached page three of the Flickr ‘interestingness’ pages on August 2nd.