Terrific way to end the trip. I watched my Seahawks play Green Bay on Monday Night Football at a sports bar next to the Harvard Club. We met up with my daughters’ classmate, and a former basketball player of mine. She went to college in Boston and found a job here. It was great to catch up with her to watch our hometown team. We went back to the hotel at the start of the 4th quarter and watched one of the most improbable, crazy endings I’ve seen in over 40 years of watching football. The Seahawks won on a play that was improperly called…on national television on the biggest stage! Believe me, this stuff usually happens to the Seahawks, not in favor of them!
The girls left early this morning to get back in time for classes. I got up a few hours later and headed out for a walking tour of Boston. From 8:30 to 11:15, I walked Boston. I am an avid walker, but even I was pooped! I got back, packed up, and went to a great lunch and out to the airport.
The only downer is that I am leaving my sunglasses here. Somehow I managed to lose them. Not that I’m usually hung up on sunglasses, but my daughter bought me Oakley sunglasses for Christmas and they were perfect. Who knows, maybe they will show up. I know the girls took my hairbrush with them today…turned into a hat day! Other than that, an incredibly enjoyable trip.
I’m anxious to get home and see Barb. I miss not being able to always take her with me. She took one for the team by staying home with Mom. She’s awesome.
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Boston is quickly becoming a new favorite city for me.
Yesterday, the girls and I went to Fenway Park and watched the Red Sox win 2-1 over Baltimore. The game came down to the last batter being struck out with the bases loaded. Perfect weather, competitive game, hanging out with my daughters… With apologies to MasterCard, this was priceless.
After the game, we met with my colleagues from Alan Weiss’s consulting community. We all went out to dinner at a terrific Italian restaurant downtown near the Boston Garden. Afterwards, three of us found a cool, underground cigar bar and shared a cigar and scotch together. We then caught up with the others and ate dessert from Mike’s Pastries. This is a new group that has been formed within Alan’s community, and the chance to build relationships by eating and having fun together is, well, also priceless. It was a real treat to include my adult daughters in the evening.
Today was our day with Alan. We discussed a myriad of strategy and tactics related to our consulting careers. The best way to improve and grow is to learn from your peers. It was a value laden day. The girls spent the day touring Boston. I am a little jealous, but plan to do some catch up tomorrow!
Tonight, we watch the Seahawks play on Monday Night Football. A real treat to watch our home town team play on a national stage from the other side of the country. We are meeting one of my daughter’s classmates, who I also coached in basketball in high school. She went to college here, and is now working in this great city.
Full day, with more fun ahead. Stay tuned to tomorrow for more!
Our first day in Boston was fabulous. I met the girls at the Midway airport in Chicago and we flew into Beantown together. The weather is perfect…70 degrees, blue skies, and a perfect Fall day in New England (yesterday, today, and the rest of the days).
The Harvard Club is perfect. Great old building that has wonderful ambiance, rooms, and location. We are a 12 minute walk to Fenway Park.
We found a cool restaurant in the trendy part of town near the Harvard Club. The name is Sonnies and it was featured by Giada DeLaurentis in one of her shows. We has a great meal together and then came back to the club to watch the Notre Dame – Michigan game. I have to admit the 2:30 AM start time for me got me tired!
Today, we are off to Mass, Starbucks, and Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox and Orioles. God, coffee, and baseball. Now that’s a good day! Dinner with my colleagues tonight prior to our meeting tomorrow and maybe closing out with a little Sunday night football. I do miss my wife, Barb. I wish she could be here enjoying the time with us. I do love Skype so we can still talk!
Time to head to Mass. More later on my Boston journal. I hope you will check in and see our adventures!
P.S. – I did learn that in these really old New England buildings, it takes FOREVER for the hot water to come up 4 stories!
The big attractions currently in the EMP are exhibits featuring Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and my personal favorite, AC/DC. All these bands and acts have staying power. The Stones are still popular 50 years after they got started. AC/DC is well into 40 years and two lead singers into their journey, and all ages still love them. Hendrix and Nirvana founder and lead singer, Kurt Cobain are both dead, yet their legend lives on to new generations. Why?
The music industry is hard. Terrific talent has come and gone and never made it, or lasted. Yet acts like the ones mentioned have. The reason? Engagement that leads to evangelism. These entertainers had charisma, engaged their audiences, touched their souls, and were characters that transcend time.
How do you transcend time and have staying power in business? You stand out in a crowd; you build loyalty; you create unique intellectual property (in music terms – songs and albums); you offer unbelievable value; and you leave them wanting more AND seeking you out. In music and business, there are rock stars and one-hit wonders.
Build your “fans” and a lifetime of evangelists by being a rock star!
This week’s quote – “All the world’s indeed be a stage, we all merely players; Performers and portrayers; Each another’s audience outside the guilded cage. ”
~Lyrics from the Rush song, “Limelight.”
~I don’t know. Barb found it and didn’t remember. That has never stopped me, so here it is!