In mid-October I received an email from a friend of mine, asking if I could fill in for him at the Future of Web Design conference in New York City. He was scheduled to lead a workshop on November 3 and give a presentation the next day, Election Day.
Of course, I jumped at the chance. And, of course, I panicked soon thereafter. The workshop (3 1/2 hours) and presentation (30 minutes) required a lot of preparation in a short amount of time. But somehow I managed, and the workshop went better than I could have hoped. The presentation didn’t go quite as well, but that’s okay. Without going into too much detail, I’ll just say that it was a terrific learning experience (and if you’re really interested, you can read all about it on my techie blog, Learning jQuery).
After Tuesday’s conference, I was too exhausted to join the rest of the speakers and attendees at the “after-party,” so I took a long walk back to my hotel, checked out early, and took the F train to Queens, where I stayed overnight with my dear friends Nicole and Julian and baby Dash and watched the election results come in. It was such a treat to be able to unwind with friends and share this amazing moment in our nation’s history with them. It couldn’t match spending that time with my family, but it was the next best thing.
Here are a few pictures I took during my brief visit. Click on them to see a larger version.