You can’t avoid them. Everywhere you go, everything you do. They are there, looming large on the consumer and B2B landscape.
Of course, I’m talking about Host Analytics cloud-based EPM customers. Just look at how many of them I bumped into last weekend.
On Saturday, I headed over to Aspen Dental for my 6-month checkup. While I was waiting, I perused the latest issue of my favorite magazine, Highlights. Luckily, my checkup went well, and I had no cavities so was released within 30 minutes. In the same shopping center, I noticed a Vitamin Shoppe. I stopped in to load up on Vitamin C and other immunity boosters to help me get ready for winter.
After loading up on vitamins, I swung by Peet’s Coffee & Tea for a caffeine boost. While there, I plugged in my Bose headphones to listen to some music while I checked email and surfed the web on my NEC laptop. After checking my EarthLink email account, I did a little surfing, checking Pinterest for some Christmas gift ideas. Then I hit Angie’s List to look for a highly rated contractor for some home improvements I’ve been thinking about.
The coffee shop started getting crowded, so I shut down my laptop, put on my Boston Red Sox hat, and headed out. While listening to a little NPR in my car, I started getting hungry, so I headed over to Five Guys for a double cheeseburger and fries. Right across the street was a Bob’s Discount Furniture store, so I stopped in there to look at some furniture for my son’s apartment. Some of the couches were really comfortable, and they had a Sharp flat-screen TV close by. I watched a little of the University of Notre Dame football game.
After about 30 minutes, the salesman realized I wasn’t going to buy and booted me out. It was pretty nice weather for late October, so I decided to get in a quick 9 holes of golf in before heading home. Thanks to my SkyGolf rangefinder, I had my irons dialed in pretty good that day and shot a solid 42. As the sun started going down, so did the temperature. It reminded me I needed a new winter coat.
Sunday – Not My Day of Rest
After getting some True Religion at church on Sunday, I headed over to Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat Factory) to see what kind of deals I could find. I landed a good deal on a winter coat, and since it was another warm day, I decided to get my car washed on the way home. Luckily, there was a Mister Car Wash close by, so I stopped in there for a quick exterior wash. It was still early in the afternoon, so I decided to go for a fall bike ride. I drove home, put my Thule bike rack into the trailer hitch on my SUV, and strapped on my mountain bike to head over to some local bike trails.
With my GoPro camera mounted solidly to my helmet, I set out on a former railroad bed turned into a bike trail through the woods. The foliage was spectacular, and the video came out great. All of the bouncing around on the trails fooled my Fitbit, and it was soon buzzing as I crossed the 10,000 step mark for the day!
When I wrapped up my ride, it was getting late in the afternoon. I felt a little guilty having so much fun and not spending much time with my wife. So on my way home I bought her some Lindt chocolates and offered to take her out to Hakkasan for dinner. I had to wait as she finished practicing on our Steinway piano, which I’m still paying for thanks to a loan from Lending Club. While I waited for her, I decided to pay some bills, making donations to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
What a weekend – I can’t wait for the next one!