Coast to Coast
I’ve just come back from yet another crazy bit of traveling in a short amount of time. Liz and I woke up before sunrise on Saturday to participate in the MS City To Shore Bike Ride (thanks again to my kind sponsors!). All told, we rode nearly 80 miles (the first 20 of which were in the rain). Luckily for our sore asses, we had to come back to Philly Saturday night (as opposed to riding back again on Sunday) so that I could hop on a plane to Seattle for An Event Apart. This was definitely the most mileage I’ve ever done on my bike in one sitting, and I gotta say, I really loved it. Of course, I couldn’t do this every week, but it was surreal to think “I just rode to Ocean City”. I managed to snap a couple photos at the rest stops of our dear Team Schmean.
Flash to Sunday afternoon in Seattle. What a beautiful city! It’s like a very hilly Philadelphia with amazing coffee. And when I say it reminds me of Philly, I mean that in the best way; it felt friendly and warm, like home. I stayed at the fabulous Edgewater Hotel, which was revealed to me after arranging the accommodations as the place where some of that infamous Led Zeppelin stuff happened. The night before An Event Apart, we were treated to a pre-party (and free t-shirts!) from the newly established Method Arts. This pre-party was a great chance for some extra social tomfoolery, and something I hope gets picked up in other cities. I love meeting and talking to as many attendees as I can, and giving me free beer only makes it that much more compelling. An Event Apart seemed to go wonderfully. All of the speakers were relaxed and natural and the venue (Bell Harbor International Conference Center) was comfortably spacious. Our audience was attentive and (appeared) interested throughout the entire day. The day wrapped with a tasty happy hour and a half sponsored by our friends at Blue Flavor. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make AEA Seattle happen! My AEA Seattle photos are on Flickr, but I only managed to get a handful of decent ones, and mostly just of Kelly Goto’s talk.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I’ve signed up for another Letterpress class, and it starts tomorrow. Luckily, this one is twice as long as the last one, so I am hoping to get a few more pieces out of it. I will be sure to take lots of photos and write about it again. *phew* Keeping busy these days. Quite busy.