Goin’ to California

September 21, 2009 · 2 comments

But not the same way as in the Led Zeppelin song; I’m off to the left coast for business.  Though I suppose I kind of do have an achin’ in my heart.  There’s a hedge fund activism conference in San Diego, and I’m the stand-in for the guy who couldn’t go.  I don’t remember who.  There’s only one other person at my firm who tracks hedge fund activism, so it must be him.  So it’ll be me and my boss, at the company owner’s suggestion.  “Trot out the young stud,” they said.  We’ll see.

The conference has a semi-LinkedIn-type website set up.  It’s an interesting idea, if kind of crappily done.  I’m sure the next version will be a bit better.  With my growing expertise in social media, I should probably find out who put the site together and send them my comments/criticisms.

Seriously.  I’m pretty active on LinkedIn – in the discussion groups and just connecting with people in general.  It’s been a pretty good tool for me.  I also have work and personal accounts set up on facebook, Twitter and Digg – and I use them every day.  Ok, so I’m sure as hell on my personal accounts a whole lot more, but how much can one possibly tweet about corporate governance?

I read a lot about social media, too – especially for business purposes.  In my business, Investor Relations is probably the most pertinent segment in which social media can be useful.

But you don’t really want to hear about all that crap, do you, dear reader? I don’t think I want to talk about it too much, it makes me feel like a blow-hard.  I mean, c’mon, social media stuff is pretty simple, right?  Yes and no.  Simple for you and me, but there are a shit-ton of straights out there who don’t get it – and my company advises a lot of the rich ones.  We know how much fun it is, but they don’t know how useful it can be.

Anyway, we’re flying out of Newark tomorrow at 11:45.  I haven’t been on a plane since last July, but I’m going to assume I should be there about two hours early.  I’m going to set my alarm for like fuckit – I’m not going to bellyache about it.  My alarm will go off at the usual time, and I’ll do my best to make it to the airport by 9(ish).  I’m sure that’ll be plenty of time.

San Diago – home of Ron Burgundy.  I wonder if I’ll get to meet The Man.

The weather out there looks like it’s going to be in the 80s – I only have wool suits.  Whatever.  I’m packing light and trying not to over-project.  No matter what happens, I’m going to wish I’d thought to bring something I hadn’t.  There’s no use worrying about it and trying to figure out what I’m going to need now.  Clothes.  Something to read.  Business card.  My netbook.  Cigarettes.  Matches (lighters are for terrorists).  That’s pretty much it.  Frig the worry.

I screen printed a bunch of tshirts today.  It was a good day.  Thanks, Katie, for your tshirt advice and for taking care of Laila Jo while I’m gone.

I’ll be back Wednesday night.  I’m sure you’ll see a couple of blog posts between now and then, if you check back.

Thanks for stopping by, and you stay classy, Internet.  ;-)

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Katie September 21, 2009 at 09:50

I love the fact that you have a Ron Burgundy tag!

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Being Samiantha September 21, 2009 at 12:06

HEY We’re going to be on the same coast!
Still too many hours away to visit, but closer in times zones…. does that count?

Enjoy the hills.

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