It was an adventure to say the least – complete with great food, interesting conversations, and a significant period of time unplugged from what’s considered the civilized world.
The best way to summarize is by sharing this year’s numbers:
- Two major U.S. cities – Chicago & San Francisco
- Two online journalism conferences attended – Block by Block 2012, ONA 2012
- Two MLB ballparks – Wrigley Field, AT&T Park
- Two MLB home game victories (Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants)
- Two Twitter friends made through #wjchat met IRL – verbalcupcake, RobinJP
- Two chance run-ins w/fellow Mount alum – James Rowson (BTW, congrats!), Moises Aponte)
- Three transit systems used (BART, CTA, Muni)
- One debit card number stolen
- One Space Shuttle fly-over in the Bay Area
- Five Asian meals while in San Francisco, CA
- Three meals at the San Francisco Ferry Building
- 1,856 miles (approximate distance) traveled by train (Amtrak’s California Zephyr)
- 2,589 miles traveled by airplane (Southwest & Delta)
- 0 grilled cheese sandwiches (there’s always next time)
- 0 television shows watched from start to finish while traveling (pretty nice actually)
It’s been fun to compare this list to last year’s data. The trips were similar but I’d argue this year’s built on lessons learned last September. I took advantage of periods of disconnection to tackle questions I’d been wrestling with to no avail.
Answers have finally started coming into focus in recent weeks. Part of finding those answers came from recognizing just how important the conversation needs to be when compared to the email or the opinion poll. It helps to keep previous lessons learned within reach.
I’m appreciative to The Patterson Foundation, ONA, Chirag, Lisa, and Sarah for helping me pull off yet another mental escape this year. I’m still trying to find words to describe it all in more detail; that’ll be the challenge over the next few weeks.