Ben ended up arriving about 5 minutes after me, and luckily for us… we had no problems at all with registration. Aside from our name tags being missing. All that rushing made for a really stressful start to the day.
On Saturday, Liz and I headed over to Ben and Allison’s to meet up with many folks gathering to celebrate Ben’s 40th Birthday. It was a great chance to celebrate, and to meet up with many friendly faces I haven’t seen in a super long while.
On Saturday, we had plans to hang out with Ben and Allison for a noon lunch. To our surprise, Chris was also over there when we arrived (he had swung by to play some pinball, as two of his machines are stored out in their garage).
For my talk, I answered the “Where Are We” question by looking up all the various Felix Jungs I could find on Facebook. I noted where we all are as I found a total of 82 other Felix Jungs. We’re all over the map, in places like Burma and Costa Rica but there’s about 45 Felix Jungs in Germany.
I’m delighted to announce that I’m participating once more in 20×2 Chicago, a fun event where 20 people are asked to answer the same question in two minutes. Our prompt this time is Where are we?, and to make things even better… Ben is going to be one of the participants as well!
Yesterday morning, Ben was walking around the Product Development team, handing out these mugs to me, Chris and Justin. I forget exactly what prompted this, but I remember Ben making a joke about how he should get these mugs for everyone. A few days ago, apparently… Ben turned a whim into a reality.
On Friday, Justin, Ben, Chris and I met up with Phil for a quick lunch. His new office is closer to the Mart, so we decided on Perry’s Deli – an old favorite that many of us hadn’t been to in a long while.
The company I work for, Emmis Interactive, has been hard at work developing a lot of tools for HD Radio. Specifically, Matt, Chris, Allison and Ben have been developing an HD app prototype that’s currently being shown to a lot of broadcasters at the NAB Show, in Las Vegas.
I don’t really have anything of value to say about this. I just wanted to post the photo here.
On Tuesday, there was a ceremony in the afternoon for a big occasion: Ben had hit his 10 year mark at Emmis Interactive, and was to receive his 10-year watch. We had several folks from Emmis Corporate in town yesterday (in particular our CEO Jeff Smulyan, who would be the one to give Ben the watch).
Today was the very last day for Wolff’s Flea Market at the Allstate arena. Chris mentioned having an interest in going, and convinced Leslie to tag along. The night before, I got a call from Ben, also asking to tag along.