Shak and Jimmy, Li and Philly… Pure coincidence that rhymed!

Hmmmm… With all this Twitter stuff and Facebook stuff going on, it’s easy to forget about this blog. In fact, if I wasn’t so dependent on it being my nearest form of confessional, I think it would have gone by now.

Sticking with allegory for a moment, I was blessed by the whirlwind visit of two search buddies I rarely get to hang with these days. Shak and Jimmy called into the Empire State Building to say hi and have a catch up. These guys always have something interesting cooking. And they can demolish shampoo in lightening strikes just like me!

They were admiring the view from our south meeting room which looks down to the financial district. Of course, when we had the picture taken, you couldn’t see the view at all as we stood in front of the window!

So, here’s a pic without us blocking the view. If you look carefully up to the top right you can see Ellis Island and Liberty Island with the statue on it. Of course, you really have to… er… know it’s there in order to appreciate that, I guess 🙂

Soooo, it was Li Evans’ birthday a couple of weeks back, so I popped down to Philadelphia to hook up and have a little party. I didn’t know until the night of the party that Li actually sang at the local karaoke bar. And I have to tell you… She’s good!!!!

Sunday morning Li came downtown (or Center City, as it is in Philly) and picked me up to look at some of the sights. Believe it or not, after such extensive travel here in the US, this was my first time that I actually stopped over in Philly and not just passed through.

Of course, had to go see the Liberty Bell (crack and all). I have no idea why I look like I’m standing in dog poo or something in this shot. Must have been just steeped in the history of all. Not that history is dog poo, if you know what I mean.

Moving on…

Got a couple of nice shots of Liberty Hall.


And then we moved on to Betsy Ross’ house. Betsy is acclaimed with having sewed the very first American flag. Some people believe that to be perfectly true… And some believe it’s dog poo… Hmmm… A lot of dog stuff in this post. Moving on…

The tour ended with a quick peek at Benjamin Franklin’s final resting place…

After which it was time for my favourite poo… shampoo, that is.

So, I treated Li to a special Sunday brunch at one of Philly’s top restaurants, The Waterworks. This was to make up for not remembering to bring her a card or a birthday present. Doh! Much Mimosa was drunk as we relaxed by the river and gazed at the Boathouses. This is a place where people keep their boats. See, I have Philly’s history off to a T already…

Friday night at Stone Rose Lounge…

Well another thrilling weekend goes by in the usual indistinguishable blur. Except for the fact that I realized my camera had been used on Friday. And I discovered I had been out playing in town with some of the boys and girls from the office.
How nice!!!!

Here’s Bre, Julian, Marios and Maureen…

In the Stone Rose Lounge Julian had a Saturday Night Fever moment.

And, no, I have no idea so don’t ask 🙂

Maureen and Julian look like a pair of shady criminals here…

And finally, it’s time to say goodnight…

Thank you Maureen 🙂

SES New York 2009

I’ve been speaking at SES for a very long time now. And the New York show has always been a favourite (but they’re all great, of course). But this year was soooo different. First off, I walked to the event because I live about ten minutes away from the Hilton. And second… I didn’t get to pack a suitcase and go home to the UK. I’m so used to that ritual after the New York show. BooHoo! I miss my pub in the UK and it’s going to be a loooooong time before I can get back.

Anyhoo… Chin up and think of the fun lifestyle you have in New York, Grehan!

So, I moderated a few sessions. Didn’t do any panels this time.

My favourite session was the “SEO Where To Next” panel I moderated. Maybe that’s because I invented the session 😉 But it was very lively and lots and lots of great feedback. I shall be using my considerable influence to ensure that we have it again in San Jose. I think my pal Andrew Goodman is too far into his agenda to squeeze it in for the Toronto show.

Our booth was very nice again.

A little orange, with some orange effects and a little extra orange on the side.

My job on the booth is always a difficult one… As you can see 🙂

Our brave and fearless leader, Acronym CEO, Anton Konikoff supported the troops, as usual. Here he is with Global Account Director, Stephanie Hart.

Always nice to catch up with friends and colleagues at SES. And here’s my dear sweet friend Amy Labroo arriving at the booth with essential requirements… Yes, she brought the Merlot 🙂

OK got start cranking up for my annual pilgrimage to SES, Toronto.

But you west coast folks, don’t forget the fabulous eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit May 4-7 in San Jose this year. See you there!

Ten years later…

Last Thursday I quickly moved all of my stuff from my old apartment in the west village to my new apartment on the upper west side in New York… And then headed straight to the airport.

I’m back in the UK for a short stay to take in my tenth wedding anniversary, my 108th birthday and SES, London.

So, I got into the UK Friday afternoon, tipped the suitcase out… And then packed it again to head off to Paris next day.

My little surprise for Tatiana was a weekend at the very swanky Ritz Hotel. And what a fabulous, fabulous location it is for a celebration. It’s only a short 90 minute flight from Newcastle to Paris, so we arrived just in time for lunch. After checking in, we settled into the Bar Vendome for a burger and a glass of pink shampoo (or two… or three… or four…)

The Ritz, of course, has so many echoes of Princess Diana and that final, fatal night. However, respectfully, there’s not a picture nor any reference anywhere on show.

I have to say, I get around a bit, but this was such a great experience. It’s not a cheap weekend, that’s for sure. But every now and again you just have to push the boat out 🙂

To give an idea of some costs involved during our weekend:

Room per night = $900.00

Pink shampoo (per glass) = $30.00

Dom Perignon Shampoo per bottle = $350.00

Orange juice (per glass) = $15.00

Cocktails in Hemingway’s Bar (per glass) = $30.00

Cheeseburger = $50.00

Dinner = $580.00

Sunday Brunch (per person) = $155.00

Good hard shag at regular intervals = Absolutely free!

Grand Total: Worth every cent 🙂

Yes, yes, yes… It’s an absolute must. I have no real love for Paris. But this was a truly wonderful, luxurious experience. I recommend it to anybody and everybody!

Ten years ago, in 1999 this is us just after we got married.

And then ten years later…

Yes, the ravages of time will do their dirty work. But even though I’m 108 years old, there’s always the same thing thing on my mind every morning… What kind of fun can I get up to next????