Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Aaaaaannnnnddddd....we're off!

First, let's change this damn font. Serif is soooooo...serif'd. I'm all about the sans!

There, much better.


Over the years, I've had several people mention that I should write about some of the places I've been to and/or patronize...this is that attempt.


I *think* this started some time around 2006.


I was asked to send an email to a friend's friend because they were about to visit NYC for the first time and had no idea where to go. I recall considering sending out a simple names and locations note, but then realized I had no idea what this person truly enjoyed. That while I might love <insert bar or restaurant here>, they may have completely different tastes. So I took to the internet and began a Google Doc about my time in NYC and the places I found and fell in love with. Not just summarizing what the place offered, but what I thought was unique and why I thought it deserved patronizing.


To this day, I still send people a link to that doc and it's been 6 years (as of this writing) since I've stepped foot in to Brooklyn or Manhattan. 


As I moved around, I started one for Austin due to friends and acquaintances heading out there for work and pleasure, and now that I've been in the Bay Area for nearly 5 years, I think it's time to move past emailing Google Docs links and take the Blogging Plunge!


While I don't believe my life is all that exciting (enough to blog about that is), I am beginning to see the value in having a more personal space (rather than said Google Doc) to write about these little adventures of mine. A centralized spot where I can share them with my friends, or friends of friends, or just anyone who may visit some of the places and areas I've traveled to.


That and it just seems like a fun hobby. =)


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The 'plan' re: posting will be:
 - Segment everything by City/Area, rather than date
 - Credit to the person who found the place
 - Deets! -- Name, location, phone, website -- so you can visit sometime
 - My own take on the spot
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Feedback is appreciated and I look forward to developing some thicker skin given how <ahem> honest the internet can be.


ATB,


-Jack


p.s. If anyone's blogged like this before, please, by all means, suggestions, suggestions, suggestions!