In less than 8 days I will be on my way to France. I haven’t been there since I was about 12 years old so this is momentous. I’ve been listening to my French language CDs and even Szofi was enjoying listening to them when we’ve been driving around the past couple days – I may have even heard Calvin reciting some but I thought I was hearing things.
My trip is a gift from Lisa and our friends Kevin & Sue for my 40th birthday. I will be staying with my good friend Sean Wallace who has been house-sitting a manor in a village about an hour outside of Paris. My plans are to read, exercise, do watercolor paintings, drink good wine, take photos, and shoot video. I don’t think I’ll be blogging much from out there but who knows – supposedly this manor is WiFi equiped.
There is also a studio in Paris that I’ll be spending a few nights in. Sean has already set up a couple loose plans for us to go to a music festival and a party in the village but everything else is up in the air. We might stop by one of the Normandy D-Day beaches on the way back from the festival. What I really don’t have plans for is Paris, so if you have any ideas for me, please let me know! I don’t feel like spending 6 hours a day in museums but I would like to see part of the Louvre but not too much of it. Perhaps the catacombs? Leave me a comment or drop me a line. I’ll be gone for about 10 days from the 25th to the 4th. I have to make it back in time to present at the Online Impact forum at STCC in Springfield, MA on June 5th – which reminds me, I need to get my suit pressed.
So I started my marketing consultancy, NeedleMine, last month and have been doing some pro bono work to start with which has gone extremely well. I had to go to Boston for a meeting with a potential client that a friend helped set up. This organization was a client of mine 6 years ago and I was pleased to find out later that they were still using systems and protocols that I set up when I last worked with them.
I was told to meet the contact, Max Green, at a location about a block from Fenway and to call him when I arrived so he could let me in the building. Up until this point we had only ever exchanged an email or two. I showed up, called Max, and he came down and opened the door. I was looking at the phone at the time and I heard a voice say “Tom Csicsman?” and it turns out that Max Green is my old high school chum Mike Green! I changed my last name to Lewis nine years ago and Mike changed his about seven years ago.
I last ran into Mike when we were living about a block away from each other on Oak Street in San Francisco just shy of 10 years ago. So we amazingly meet 10 years later in Boston, thousands of miles away from both San Francisco as well as Bellarmine College Prepatory in San Jose. We’re now both involved in interactive, web based marketing but by very different routes. We both just turned 40 in April and on our 40th birthdays, our significant others got us tickets to Paris. Unbelievable.
Regardless of what happens on the client front – I’m elated to have been reconnected with someone who I always had the utmost respect for 25 years ago: he’s still the same guy! While I’ve loved living in New England, I have virtually no friends or acquaintances here that I’ve known for more than the last 10 years, compared to California where I had several social circles whose members included people I had known since 6th grade. Am looking forward to having someone nearby whom I have a longer history with. I might also have another arrival to the east coast this Fall but I won’t know about this for a few more months.