I joined a slew of my industry peers for Admonsters XXI. We drank some beer, talked digital ad ops and had a generally fine time in an unseasonably hot Portland in August.
Yes, we experienced an early Summer as we headed down to visit my mom in mid-June. Sam’s current obsession with battles, forts and the like led us out to Fort Pulaski which I love, then my own cravings for fresh-off-the-boat seafood took us to The Crab Shack. Ah, I remember when they had all of ten tables and no kitsch. Finally, we went to the ultimate tourist attraction – The Pirate’s House. Again, influenced by Sam’s biggest fascination these days, that was a big hit. And the food was not as bad as I feared. I think that was due to the large mug (shaped like a skull, ‘natch) of Chatham Artillery Punch.
So I’m down in N’Orleans the first part of this week for Admonsters 20th conference as the organization celebrates their 10th anniversary. It’s a great group of folks from across the advertising industry who gather to focus on the challenges and opportunities in advertising operations – an important issue made all the more important by the global economic climate. See the photos above for highlights of the week.
See the post a few entries down. After way too much travel in 2008, we spent the entire holidays staying close to home, playing tourist in our own town. Several friends came through as well – always a good excuse to hit the aquarium. We hung out at the High. We brought our kids together with friends as much as we could. We attended more Hannukah parties than I can recall – and ate far too many latkes. It was a rejuvenating experience to not push ourselves to get on the road. I think we’ll do it again soon!