A month with much activity, starting in NYC for a weekend, returning to Toronto to care for my father in the hospital, and ending the month in Madrid, Spain.
New York, NY; Toronto, Ontario; Madrid, Spain.
Williamsburg Bridge walk: Ambling eastbound from Williamsburg to the Lower East Side, on a warm September Sunday. Popular with joggers, bicyclists, and a few families with shopping bags. High outside fences unfortunately obstruct a scenic crossing. (Williamsburg Bridge, New York, NY) 20220904
Times Square: North view from 7th Avenue at 46th Street West, panning from northwest past George M. Cohan statue to look southeast. Labour Day weekend crowds were exceptionally packed and noisy. The bright lights were to wrap up a few family days in the bit city, followed by destination wayfinding to a strongly renowned pizza restaurant. (Times Square, 7th Avenue at 46th Street West, New York, NY) 20220904
The Oud & the Fuzz: Bossa nova sax, guitar, bass and drums, in the backyard dining area under sheltering pergola, not further east on the stage exposed to the rain. Armenian entrees on the Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday menu, with usual crowds diminished by the damp weather. Vancouver-side family gathering coinciding with business travel extending over weekend. (The Oud & the Fuzz, Kensington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20220925
Marianne joined me to try out Korean vegetarian food in NYC.
When there’s a large selection of restaurant to choose from, I’ll tend towards the more obscure. Vegetarian Korean food is pretty obscure in most cities, but in New York City, there’s Hangawi in Koreatown. Marianne was game for the adventure, and took in an afternoon train from New Jersey. We chose the set meal. The soup came with skewers in it.
The appetizers included a dumpling, a stuffed apple, and lotus root.
Korean pancakes came with an assortment of shaved vegetables and pickles, with a dipping sauce on the side.
A one-day business trip from Toronto to NYC was unusual in that every connection ran on schedule.
In my current day job, I probably spend the majority of the days at home at my desk. When I do client interviews, I try to schedule two to three days in one place, and stay in a nearby hotel. It’s a rare occasion when I do a day trip, boarding a plane in the morning, and returning that evening. The flight from Toronto to New York is scheduled at 95 minutes, so making two customer calls in one day is feasible. I’ve never been in the Chelsea neighbourhood before, but precise directions to a taxi driver dropped me off at 8th Avenue and 11th Street. Looking south, the buildings seem to be a few stories high, with a few skyscapers thrown in.
Greg called me on my mobile phone, and we met up. As a good sales person, he knows the preferences of his clients. Our first call was on an executive who isn’t a fan of bagels, but really likes donuts. Thus, we stopped by Donut Haven to pick up a fresh assortment.
An article on “sciencing and philosophizing”, coauthored by Gary S. Metcalf and myself, has been published in the Journal of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, following the ISSS 2023 Kruger Park conference in South Africa, last July. There’s a version cacned on the Coevolving Commons. This article started in a series of conversations […]
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