Map Making and #SmootheMoose

November 18, 2009 · 0 comments

One of these days I’m going to learn to delete these intro paragraphs I write.  They really don’t do much more than get me warmed up – “prime the pump”, if you will.  It’s 1:08 in the ante meridian and I’m well aware of the fact that the phrase just before “and” doesn’t necessarily make sense.  But I’m trusting you, dear reader, to be pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down.

I finished off the copy for that website last night – at 3:30AM.  And man! was I late for work this morning.  I’ll tell you, though, copywriting is good for my bullshitting skills.  I’m getting better at filling a page in a (relatively) organized and coherent fashion.

I left work today to head over to Tent & Trails for a NY/NJ Trail Conference talk about map making.  It started at 6:15 and I got there about an hour late, after leaving work at 5:30.  This was somewhat of a throwaway activity for me – I could have easily skipped it, had something better come along.  On the drive in to the city (especially when the traffic started early), I kind of got the feeling that it might have been a better move to skip it.  I’m glad I didn’t.

I’m sorry that I was late:  the stuff on the agenda was interesting:  GPS mapping and caching and stuff like that.  Things I really would have liked to have heard about.  As it was, I barely caught the last three slides of the show.  I was, however, present for some of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard.  Tent & Trails is about 3 blocks from the WTC stop on the PATH, so it’s wicked easy to get to.  From the little bit of the store that I saw (it was closed) as I walked through to the room where the projector was set up, there’s A LOT of stuff in there.  I can’t wait to go back and spend a couple of hours browsing and visiting my stuff.

In any case, I picked up a business card for one of the Trail Conference employees, so I’ll just email them tomorrow and ask for a copy of the slide show (the dude was pretty much reading the slides in his presentation anyway).  I can also just send them my questions via email.

Man, it feels good to be typing on my laptop right now.

Afterward, I swung out to Brooklyn to meet up with my buddy Peter Borenstein of Smoothe Moose Laboratories and Recordings (here’s the fb fan page) to talk a little social media shop.  I think it worked out well for both of us – we both walked away with some ideas.  Whether or not I’m an aspiring social media consultant I don’t know, but I sure as hell spend a lot of time on various social media sites and reading about them.  The big question, of course, is how to turn online networking sites into greenbacks.  I won’t get into my thoughts on that right now.

I had a couple of slices of pizza in some section of Brooklyn (maybe Williamsburg?) before meeting Peter in Greenpoint.  I’d been to that first section before, and hoo-boy was it hopping tonight.  There were people my age all over the place!  That first section is high on my list of possible places to move.  That’s one of those WAY long term goals I talked about a few weeks ago.

Anyway, I’m losing my train of thought.  The last few days have been packed full of cool stuff, and I have about a dozen pages of notes on several subjects that I’d like to sit down and reorganize/assimilate.  But not tonight.  I also need to pick up another website and bang out some hours of copywriting in the next couple of days, if I’m going to continue to fund all these bridge-crossings into NYC I’ve been doing.  I think I’ve been in the city more times in the last couple of weeks than I have in any couple of months combined this year or last year.

Oh, and I’d really like to get my ass up into the Adirondacks to do some hiking this weekend, seeing as how I’m pretty much recovered from that 10-day flu.

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