101 Carlsbad Memories

Life is short, life is sweet. Remember the little things.

As we prepare for our move to the east coast, the following moments, memories, and events are listed (mainly for our benefit) in no particular order – but should all be preserved and celebrated as some of the best times of our lives together. Thanks 6337 Paseo Aspada for the memories…

  1. Visiting the ‘tot lot’ a few times during the long escrow period during the winter of 2011-2012
  2. Peacocks in the back yard that started out as a novelty, but ended up as a nuisance
  3. The Rancho Carrillo community pool
  4. Bringing Phoebe home from the hospital
  5. Walking to “school” (Kindercare)
  6. Trick-or-treating
  7. Dancing, lots of dancing
  8. Bad DJs and cliche songs from the weddings / events at Carrillo Ranch
  9. Flippin Pizza (and dance parties)
  10. Playing ball, remote controlled cars, and riding bikes in the cul-de-sac
  11. Two-year-old Will chasing two pre-teen neighbor girls on their bikes yelling, “girls, wait for meeee!”
  12. Long walks with Lilly on the trails around the neighborhood
  13. Shorter walks with a less-than-trained Scout
  14. Hosting Christmas dinners with extended family
  15. Will’s 3rd birthday party at the community clubhouse
  16. Jumping around
  17. Living room dance parties
  18. Trips around the block in the “blue car” (Mustang)
  19. The HGTV backyard remodel
  20. Reading books in the bean bag chair
  21. Miguel’s, Casa de Bandini, Garcia’s, Norte
  22. Breakfast burritos from Roberto’s
  23. Will sleeping on his floor after a failed conversion to a toddler bed
  24. La Costa Coffee Roasting
  25. Trader Joe’s oatmeal, a million trips to Sprouts
  26. Impulse purchases from Costco
  27. Beach days – South Ponto, Carlsbad Village
  28. Night swims
  29. Santa photos at the Carlsbad Outlets & Forum
  30. Phoebe’s First Steps
  31. Phoebe’s Second Birthday party
  32. In-N-Out for easy dinner
  33. Cardiff Crack on the grill
  34. Growing our own tomatoes
  35. Favorite teachers from Kindercare: Ms. Danielle, Ms. Lauren, Ms. April, Ms. Shauna
  36. Date nights down to San Diego and La Jolla
  37. Playing with Will’s train table
  38. Pool time with Joe / Beth and family followed by grilling and dinner
  39. Cruisin’ Grand
  40. Vista Farmer’s Market: strawberries, apples from Smits Orchard, local honey
  41. Driving the 101 for fun
  42. Taking the long way home (101) so the kids could sleep
  43. Sleeping in on Saturdays (just kidding, that never happened)
  44. Day trips to Disneyland & Legoland
  45. Del Mar Horse Races (& more dancing)
  46. Annual passes SD Zoo Safari Park & SD Zoo
  47. Inflatable backyard pool redefining Sunday Funday (pre-drought)
  48. Catching bugs, lizards, and snails
  49. Keeping bugs, lizards, and snails out of the house
  50. Carlsbad Half Marathon
  51. Beach runs
  52. Yard work
  53. Kids Club at 24 Hour Fitness
  54. Driveway movie night
  55. Rich and Diane visiting
  56. Babicka and Dedicek driving from Texas
  57. Visits from Paul, Johnny, Kara & Mike, Ben & Dana
  58. Running the air conditioner in November and February (but not in June)
  59. Strolling Carlsbad Village
  60. Carlsbad Flower Fields
  61. The Great Mouse-capade (“you played field hockey, didn’t you?”)
  62. Spinning vinyl records in the garage
  63. Working on Mom’s ’67 Mustang
  64. Taco Tuesdays
  65. Playing acoustic gigs at the Belching Beaver
  66. Getting a pint (or two) at Pizza Port
  67. Soapy Joe’s Car Wash
  68. Will’s first movie in the theater (Monster’s U) – Edwards Cinemas San Marcos
  69. Will’s second movie in the theater (Big Hero 6) – Edwards Cinemas San Marcos
  70. Games, movies, and Netflix on the iPad
  71. Saturday morning jam sessions
  72. Football Sundays
  73. Karate class in Carlsbad Village
  74. Don’s Country Kitchen
  75. Reading the newspaper on Saturday mornings (sometimes)
  76. CBS Sunday Morning
  77. Binge watching Breaking Bad
  78. Finishing Mad Men (started watching when we lived on Dumas)
  79. Bath time conversations
  80. Finding Nemo, Toy Story (1 and 2), Frozen
  81. Octonauts, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street
  82. James Taylor at the Hollywood Bowl (Babi and Dedi stayed with the kids)
  83. Making movies with the GoPro
  84. Babysitters: Staci, Hannah, Danielle, Paige
  85. Alga Norte park and swimming pool
  86. Stagecoach Park
  87. Mariah’s Westwind for breakfast
  88. Eggs, tortilla, cheese, salsa, repeat
  89. Breakfast for dinner
  90. French toast for the kids
  91. Good times with the Szepes
  92. La Costa Pre-New Year’s Stay-cation
  93. Picnics in the yard
  94. Just another day at the kitchen table
  95. Sleeping with the windows open year round
  96. Great neighbors: Ginger & Mike, MS & Maria, Jose, Mike & Wa, Kevin & Martha, Mike & Tina, Jeannette and her dog Chloe, Travis & Indira, those people who we could never remember their names
  97. Toni & Wayne Kanakaris (who treat us like family)
  98. Playing with Myah, Sean, and the other neighborhood kids
  99. Sean’s dad Mike reminding us how short and precious life is
  100. Every day that we were healthy and happy
  101. Remembering that “Life is rad in Carlsbad”

Changes

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. — John F. Kennedy

It seems fitting that I should find a quote from John F. Kennedy to help explain the change happening in our lives. We’re headed to JFK’s part of the world, after all.

After nearly 17 years in San Diego (8 of those with Danielle), we’ve decided to pack up and move east. We make this announcement with a mix of emotions: excitement, exhilaration, trepidation, sadness, and hope (among others, of course).

Some will ask why we’d ever want to leave sunny San Diego. We’ve worked hard to build our careers here, have a strong network of friends, and now have years of fantastic family memories. Every weekend is like its own little “staycation” with day trips to the beach and all the attractions that this town has to offer.

But a few things are missing. Growing up, both Danielle and I had the privilege of living close to our grandparents. I remember seeing my grandparents at nearly every school function – band concerts, football games, track meets – you name it. They were always present.

More importantly, nearly all special holidays were spent with family. Of course the big ones – Christmas, Easter, New Years – but for me, even a routine Sunday would typically involve time with our grandparents. Church, Sunday dinner, and watching the Cowboys play (and usually lose).

By contrast, in San Diego we’ve spent a lot of those special days on our own. We’re grateful for all the friends who have invited us to be with them and their families for those special times. We’ve spent countless holidays with the Johnson/Mestre/Renovales clan over the years – and we will always remember and appreciate feeling like a part of their extended family. We have fond memories of holidays and events with the Caffos (our next door neighbors in Point Loma). More recently, we’ve become very close with Toni & Wayne – our neighbors in Carlsbad who treat Will and Phoebe like their own grandchildren. And reaching way back – I remember “The Orphans” Thanksgiving Day dinner with Colin Farnell at Hennessey’s in PB, which morphed into a full-blown Thanksgiving once we were both married and had children.

So now it’s our turn to spend time with our family. This move will make a routine Sunday into a family event. We’ll be close to Danielle’s parents and sister (and her family). We’ll spend time in the places where she grew up. Our kids will learn to swim at the beach where she learned to swim (although Will has already done quite well in the Rancho Carrillo pool). We’ll reconnect with her childhood friends and know the feeling of being in a tight-knit community. We’ll be in a small town – something that Danielle and I know well from our childhood, and enjoyed as youngsters. Finally, we’ll be in a better position to visit Texas and spend more time with my parents and our friends and family there.

While we’re sad to leave all the incredible memories and close friends here in San Diego, we’re looking forward to a new adventure, exploring a new region, and spending time with family. And of course, Southern California will always be a part of who we are, how we found each other and started this great life together.

A few of the FAQs that we expect from those who know us best:

Are you crazy?
Yes, yes we are.

Do you know that they have real winters in Boston?
Yes. At least some of us are aware of this. Others, not so much. We’ll all have to adjust. L.L. Bean is just a click away these days.

Where are you headed?
Scituate, Massachusetts. A quaint seaside fishing town of just under 20,000 residents about 45 minutes south of Boston and 45 minutes from Cape Cod. Scituate is the New England town you see in the movies. A town full of history, full of stories, and less than 30 minutes from Plymouth Rock – where the Mayflower landed and the Pilgrims settled.

Scituate is the kind of place where they hold events for the entire town – Fourth of July Parades, Heritage Days, and a St. Patrick’s Day parade for the most Irish town in America. It’s also a place where (sadly) good Mexican food will be in short supply.

Why Scituate?
As most of you know, my parents still live in the house where I was raised near Dallas (very similar to Danielle’s situation in Scituate). Of course the topic of Texas vs Massachusetts was a big part of our discussion around leaving San Diego — and was one of the reasons why we’ve waited until now to make that decision. By leaving San Diego, we were in essence making a choice – a choice of one location over another, but also spending lots more time with one set of grandparents and still having to travel to see the other side of the family. While that part of the decision wasn’t easy, moving to either location will free up opportunities to see both sides of the family – and will hopefully lead to more holidays and vacations with everyone, including in-laws, together.

What about your house?
That one was easy. With the limited inventory in Carlsbad, specifically Rancho Carrillo – we put the house on the market and it sold within a matter of days. So fast that we actually had to work a rent-back into the agreement so we could stay through the month of July.

When are you leaving?
July 27 for the kids and Danielle; Aug 2 for John.

Are you ever coming back?
Only time will tell. I’m hopeful that we can be in a position financially to own a second home here someday. And there’s a chance that we may retire here when it’s all said and done. In the meantime, I’m certain we’ll work San Diego into the family vacation rotation on a regular basis. We’ll also keep our condo in Mission Valley that is currently rented, so we’ll have to come back and check on that as well.

San Diego will always hold a special place in my heart. I still remember the feeling I got when I first drove over the last set of mountains on Interstate 8 and saw the city limits sign (that was December of 1998) to take my first set of orders in the Navy. Those first few years are a blur now, but I also remember the feeling of coming back from deployment and reaching “One SD” – that’s the buoy that marks the entrance to the San Diego harbor. Sailing back into the Big Bay on a Navy warship was always a fun experience. My first apartment at La Mirage, a two year tour of duty in Coronado, my first house purchase in La Mesa, Vegas quick strikes, Skip’s Garage at Thruster’s, Pickford’s Party at the Mammoth Lodge and at RT’s Longboard (which then morphed into the machine known as Rock Out Karaoke), a two year shore duty in Point Loma, living three blocks from the beach in PB (where I proposed to Danielle), our first date at Cass Street Bar and Grill, our house on Dumas Street in Point Loma where we brought Will home from the hospital, our first home purchase together in Carlsbad where Phoebe joined our family, beach days, pool nights, cruising the historic 101 – these and so many others were all great experiences over the years.

A lot has changed since I first arrived in 1998, but my love for this town and its people will remain. Thanks for the support, thanks for the memories, and you stay classy, San Diego.

Happy Birthday Will!

Dear William,

As you turn two years old today, you should be proud of everything you’ve accomplished so far.  Similar to my post for you a year ago, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites:

  • a total of 5 trips ‘back east’, Cape Cod was a regular stop for you on 4 of those trips
  • 2 trips to Texas to see your grandparents there (and numerous visits from them to San Diego)
  • you’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge, Monterey Aquarium, and several hours of the Pacific Coast Highway
  • you’ve swum in the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean (and a few fresh water ponds in Cape Cod)
  • you can count to 20 in two different languages and count to 10 in a third
  • at only 16 months, you could correctly identify all the letters of the alphabet
  • you can say your ABCs in both English and French
  • you can run really fast
  • you never want to get off of the swings at the playground
  • you’ve been to Sea World, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, and Disneyland
  • one of your first (and favorite) words was “outside” – for good reason – you love to be outside
  • you can sing several songs start to finish
  • your favorite foods are oatmeal, yogurt, “yummy” bears (also known as vitamins), and pancakes
  • you’ve discovered rock and roll
  • you know all your colors
  • you had your first trip to the emergency room (sadly, we don’t have a video from this evening)
  • you’ve starred in a (minor) motion picture trailer
  • you’ve become very curious, taking things apart and putting them back together
  • you’re a great dancer
  • you’ve been boating
  • you’ve walked around our block at least a hundred times
  • you love water
  • you can play the guitar
  • you always stop and smell the flowers
  • you’ve almost mastered the downward-facing dog (see below)
  • you have a great sense of humor
  • you’ll be a great big brother!

Most of all, you’ve made your mother and me laugh out loud every single day for the past two years.  Your smile is infectious, your dance moves unmatched, and your love for others an example for us all.  As Daniel Tosh would say, “and for that, we thank you.”

Here’s to another great year.  Happy birthday, buddy.

Love always,
Dad

A New Chapter

After nearly five and a half years at the University of San Diego, I’ve decided to leave for a new job with Vistage International.  This move for me is bittersweet, since I have enjoyed my time at USD and I’ve built so many great friendships.  My new role will be as a marketing manager for a program called Vistage Inside, and I’m really excited about the new challenges I’ll face there.

My work with the MS in Global Leadership program has touched the lives of more than 350 graduate students in 24 cohorts  (myself included, as I graduated from the program in 2008).  I’ve become friends with many of these alums, and continue to enjoy hearing how they’ve made an impact in the world.

Our word-of-mouth marketing has remained a strong part of the recruiting strategy, and stands as a testament to the quality of the program and the level of satisfaction of our students.  We’ve made great strides using social media to communicate with alumni, students and prospective students.  More than two years ago we established a student-written blog and created more ways for them to tell the world about their experiences in a graduate business program that strayed from the traditional MBA.

I’m leaving behind a business school that has built a lot of momentum in the past few years.  The part-time MBA program was recently ranked #14 in the US by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and many of the same A+ faculty from that survey teach in the MSGL program as well.  As the USD school of business administration continues to gain attention on the national stage, so does the MS in Global Leadership.

My time with USD included two trips to China (Beijing and Shanghai), two trips to Buenos Aires, and numerous recruiting trips around the US.

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My time at USD will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was during these five years that I met my wife, got married, and welcomed our first child into the world.  I’m thankful for the time I’ve been able to spend with my son during his first (almost) two years, and the work-life balance I’ve enjoyed has been a situation most could only hope for.

Moves like this don’t happen without a lot of help.  And help shouldn’t go unrecognized.  So many people have been a part of my professional network for the past few years – offering advice, making introductions, writing recommendations, and providing encouragement.  Bob Schoultz, Dean Dave Pyke, and Stephanie Kiesel were instrumental in my professional development over the past several years.  Their support of my learning and development in the marketing community has been incredible.  Special thanks to Bob for giving me the opportunity to work at USD in 2006 and for his support, guidance, leadership, and friendship for the past 5+ years.  Thanks to the rest of the MSGL team – Stephanie, Sam, & Suzy for always having my back.

There are so many others I could (and should) thank here – but my word count tells me I’m already beyond 500.  If we got together for coffee, had lunch, exchanged emails, talked on the phone, met at a conference, grabbed a beer, tweeted, LinkedIn, Facebooked, or traded business cards – you deserve thanks.  It’s highly likely that your influence helped me reach this point in my career and I’m happy to have you as a part of my network.  If I can ever return the favor…

Most of all, thanks to my incredible wife Danielle for all your love and support.  I love you.

Stay tuned as I embark on my next adventure.  I’m anxious to get started, but first – let’s enjoy a great holiday season!

My Blog: A Year in Review

Last week marked my 1-year anniversary of starting my own personal blog.  Since I’ve actually stuck with it and kept somewhat of a regular schedule, I now have a lot to look back on.  Thanks to all of you who have read, commented, and linked to my blog this year.

My Family at Grand Canyon - Sometime in the 80s

When I started my new blog, I set out with only a couple of specific goals:

  1. Write about subjects that interest me, such as marketing, technology, social media, travel, music
  2. Write at least one post per month.

As for the first goal, this one was easy.  I find a lot of interesting things on the web and I like to stay current on the newest social media trends.  I didn’t write much about music (besides recapping the concerts I’ve attended), but maybe I’ll do more with that in the next 12 months.

With 34 posts under my belt, goal number two was easily met.

So what were my favorite posts?

Ty Webb Has Real Klout

My personal favorite (mainly because it includes a strong reference to the movie Caddyshack) was my short blog on Klout, the new service that measures online “influence.”

My most visited post was written about what we can learn from the Chilean miner rescue from a leadership standpoint.

I also enjoyed writing (and re-reading this week) all my posts about my family and travel.  Honorable mention goes to my posts on marketing and related events I’ve attended.

So where will the next year take me?  Who knows.  I just hope you’re able to come along for the ride.

Fourth of July Road Trip: San Francisco and Monterey

My family and I traveled to San Francisco and Monterey Bay for the Fourth of July weekend this year.  You might call us crazy to attempt a 1,200-mile road trip with a 15-month-old over one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year – and you’d probably be right.

We did, however, have an awesome time despite some of the crowds.  Monterey was incredible.  We enjoyed a sunny afternoon walking around the bay and had a cloudy, cool time the next morning at the aquarium.  San Fran had the best weather we could expect – sunny and mid-upper 70s the entire time.  We opted to take the ‘long’ way home from San Francisco, driving the PCH all the way to Santa Barbara.

A little late getting this out, but here are a few of my favorite photos from our adventure (click for a larger view):

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Monterey

Monterey

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Tomatoes

'maters in SF

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Do you recognize any of these landmarks?  What’s your favorite spot in San Francisco?

Concerts I’ve Seen

The topic of concerts came up recently and I started to think back to all the great live shows I’ve seen.  I figured I’d try to list them all.  Here’s an attempt…

High School/Middle School

The Edge (Rock / Pop covers), Crandall Middle School Gym, sometime in the 80s
Aerosmith with the Black Crowes, Pump Tour, July 15, 1990 (Thank you, Wikipedia)
Rush with Primus, Roll the Bones, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX, Feb. 16, 1992
Steve Miller Band, Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, TX, 1991?
Skid Row with Pantera, Fair Park Coliseum, Dallas, TX, March 21, 1992
Metallica with Guns N Roses, Texas Stadium, Sept. 5, 1992
Van Halen (Sammy Hagar), Right Here Right Now Tour, Starplex Ampitheater, Aug. 5, 1993

College
Run DMC, U of Maryland, College Park, 1995
The Beach Boys, US Naval Academy, 1995
Steve Miller Band, US Naval Academy, 1995
BB King, Jimmie Vaughan, Etta James, J. Geils, US Naval Academy, Sept 15, 1995
The Doobie Brothers, US Naval Academy, 1996
Charlie Daniels Band, North Carolina, 1996
Gary Stewart (drunken country music legend), Southern Junction, Terrell, TX, 1996
Def Leppard, Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, TX, 1996
George Clinton and P-Funk with Edwin McCain, random festival in Raleigh, NC, 1997?
Kiss, Greensboro Coliseum, NC, 1997
Tim McGraw, Raleigh, NC, 1997
Ozzfest, Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas TX, sometime during college on summer break
The Allman Brothers Band, Rhode Island, 1998

Post College
Brooks and Dunn, somewhere outdoors in San Diego (Temecula?), 1999
Merle Haggard, Pechanga Casino, San Diego, 2000
Moby, Cox Arena, San Diego, 2000 (backstage snoozer of a party)
Poison, Coors Amphitheater, Chula Vista, CA 2001
Goo Goo Dolls, San Diego Embarcadero (Super Bowl XXXVII pre-party), 2003
Motley Crue, Coors Amphitheater, Chula Vista, CA, 2003
Scorpions & Whitesnake, Cox Arena, San Diego, 2003
Foo Fighters & Social Distortion, San Diego Street Scene, 2004
Pearl Jam, Cox Arena, 2006
Van Halen (David Lee Roth, EVH, Alex VH, & Wolfgang VH), Cox Arena, 2007
Ambrosia, Anthology San Diego, 2008
Ambrosia, Weins Winery, Temecula, CA, 2009
Crosby, Stills, Nash, Humphrey’s, San Diego, 2009
Huey Lewis and the News, Humphrey’s, San Diego, 2009
Air Supply & Christopher Cross, Humphrey’s, San Diego, 2009
Crosby, Stills, Nash, Humphrey’s, San Diego, 2010
ZZ Top, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2010
Pure Prairie League, Anthology San Diego, 2011
Colin Hay, Sycuan Casino, 2011
Van Halen, Viejas Arena (SDSU), June 2012
Hall & Oates, Harrah’s Rincon Outdoor Amphitheater, September 2012
Jackson Browne, Copley Symphony Hall San Diego, Jan 2013
Bonnie Raitt, Copley Symphony Hall San Diego, Feb 2013 (incredible!)
Huey Lewis & the News, Humphrey’s San Diego, July 2013
Kenny Loggins, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, August 2013
James Taylor, Hollywood Bowl, CA, June 7, 2014
Atlanta Rhythm Section, Scituate Heritage Days, August 2015
Heart, South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, MA, June 24, 2016
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Levitate Music Festival, Marshfield, MA, July 9, 2016
Huey Lewis & the News, Cape Cod Melody Tent, Cape Cod, MA, July 30, 2016
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, Dec 3, 2016

Some of the details, years, and venues are a little cloudy.  I’ll update as I find ticket stubs, photos, and details.

Bottom line for me is that I’ve seen so many great shows over the years.  I still have a nice list of acts I’d like to see – just waiting for the right opportunity.  What were your favorite concerts?

Me and John Oates, 2012

Where I’m From

So from time to time, I figure I’ll throw in a blog post about what I’m up to in my off-time (not that I get too much of it). Recently, I traveled with my wife and son back to my hometown to visit my parents, who still live in the house where I grew up.  It’s pretty cool to think that my Dad did most of the construction work by himself on his days off from fighting fires in Dallas.

Even though I lived there for as long as I can remember before going away for college, I still notice new and interesting things each time I go back.  Most of what I found, I re-discovered when I looked up –  ceilings, roofs, and more.  Here’s a look.

*Please note:  I don’t mind if you use these photos for other projects – would only ask that you provide proper attribution.  Thanks.*

Tin Roof on the Garage

Pressed Tin Ceiling Throughout the Family Room

Barn Loft Doors

Etched glass of our signatures when the house was built in '84

My parents must have had a thing for pressed tin - here's another type in the master bath

Rain barrel at the corner of the house

Wood burning stove and brick hearth

We used real railroad ties just as we found them

Here's an old soda box on the back porch

Our old bikes - mine is the blue Huffy second from the left. Rad!

What do you think?  Want to come for a visit?

Best Year of My Life

Today marks the end of the best year of my life as we celebrate the first birthday of my son Will.  I started my blogging adventure here back in September with a post about the first half of my year as a father.  Now, after the second half of that year, I’m even happier.

Like any parent, I’m very proud of my son’s accomplishments thus far: words like “Dada, Mama, juice (pronounced – jsshh), Dog, teeth (sseeth), and all done.”  Crawling fast, standing on his own, clapping, waving, walking with some help, and understanding things like combing his own hair and feeding himself.  It’s been amazingly fun to watch his development.  Of course, he’s the smartest (and cutest) 1-year-old ever.  <grin>

I’m grateful that I have a job with a fair amount of flexibility, allowing me to spend a lot of time with my boy.  I’m grateful for my wife’s experience with children and her patience with me.  I’m grateful for all the well wishes, advice, and time spent with our family.

I’m ready for the year that lies ahead – with more milestones, new words, and lots of laughs.

We’ve already gotten so many great gifts for Will.  Thanks to Senator John McCain who sent birthday wishes our way this week.

Birthday wishes from Sen. John McCain

Special thanks to our parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends old & new, and everyone who has been a part of our family’s adventure this year.

Happy First Birthday, Will!

Traveling with the Most Interesting Professor in the World

In a little more than six weeks from now, I’ll be departing for Buenos Aires with a study abroad group from the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Global Leadership program. The group will be taking a global business strategy course with a professor I’ve always enjoyed – Dr. Jaime Alonzo Gomez.

Dr Jaime Alonzo Gomez - The Most Interesting Professor in the World

 

Dr. Gomez would definitely be in the running for the “Most Interesting Professor in the World.” Consulting for global companies like Dell, WalMart CitiBank, and many others, Dr. Gomez actually has stories of his face-to-face meetings with company CEOs to accompany many of the HBR case studies used in class.  Students will have a chance to meet with execs from the Latin American headquarters from WalMart and discuss the challenges of bringing the American idea of the big-box superstore to Argentina.

Study abroad participants will also have plenty of opportunities to soak in the local culture through a city tour, a tango show, steak and red wine dinners, and a city bicycle tour.

I had a chance to go on this trip three years ago, when I was a student in the program and enjoyed it immensely. Here are a few pictures from my first time around. Best part is that my wife will be joining me for a week in the country and we’ll get to do a lot of things together. Stay tuned for a post in January with new pics and stories!

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