Since 2008 I’ve called NYC my home. But in 2012, I left my comfy corporate job to start my own business, with the mission to teach people how to enjoy their work more while doing it better.

Over the course of working with thousands of people at hundreds of organizations, I’ve traveled to 22 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents, spending as much as 25% of my nights on the road.

In February 2015, I decided to see what it’d be like to turn that 25% of my time to 100%… I decided to become a nomad.

A Corporate Nomad

The idea of living location independent is nothing new. There are some phenomenal bloggers that have already shared their stories, including Nomadic Matt, Kareem Mayan (no longer active), and James Turner.

So why another blog? My case is a little different. I don’t consider myself a “digital nomad.” While some of my work certainly takes place online, I also do a lot of in-person speaking, training, consulting, and coaching.

I think of myself more as a “corporate nomad.” Someone still very much entrenched in helping small to large companies become more effective and more productive. And that means a slightly different focus.

Many digital nomads find Southeast Asia particularly alluring because of it’s cost of living and pro-nomad services. Based on my corporate work, I’ll be sticking more to the United States and Europe.

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nyc experiences

One of my goals for 2011 was to have at least 50 new experiences here in NYC. They could be restaurants, bars, performances or an activity.

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, so I didn’t just stop at 50, but made it all the way to 101. The full list of experiences, complete with ratings and one-line reviews, can be found here.

  1. Park Here. Indoor Park. Really cool idea, sadly only temporary.
  2. Pio Pio. Peruvian Restaurant. Incredible Chicken.
  3. Night Court. Judicial System. Very unique, interesting reflection on society.
  4. Book of Mormon. Broadway Musical. Incredible show, hilarious, even standing room only seats are great (and cheap).
  5. Sleep No More. Interactive Theater. Incredible experience and very unique. I want to go back.
  6. Down & Derby Disco. Roller Skating. Awesomely good time. $5 entry, $5 skates. Only happens once every few months in the basement of a hotel.
  7. HanGawi. Vegetarian Restaurant. Very cool ambiance, delicious korean vegetarian, more expensive.
  8. TV on the Radio. Concert. The venue (Williamsburg Park) was pretty cool and the band solid, but pretty expensive.
  9. Meatball Shop. Meatball Restaurant. Quite delicious, a new favorite. Tried all of the sliders.
  10. Cafe Lalo. Restaurant / Desserts. Amazing dessert place, a little expensive but quiet delicious.

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night court nyc

I finally got a chance to do one of the weirder items on my list when I went to Night Court with some friends last night. As I understand it, people who are arrested must be arraigned within 24 hours, and given the shear volume of people in NYC, it means the courts are open from 9am to 1am, seven days a week.

After heading to a friends going-away party Saturday night, we decided to check out Night Court to see our judicial system is process (and find out if it was anything like Night Court, the TV show). We made our way to 100 Centre St around 12:30am (we didn’t know it closed at 1am), unsure of what to expect.

After going through the security process, we made our way around the corner and into room 130, where they arraign the felonies. We quickly learned there is no talking allowed in the courtroom (even though the lawyers and police officers seemed to have their own side conversations) as we were shushed almost as soon as we entered.

There were a wide variety of cases presented, ranging from drug possession to domestic abuse. At first I was surprised by what the defendants chose to wear to court, but realized that’s because that’s what they were arrested in.  I was also surprised to find that you get a significant discount on your bail if you post it using cash (something to keep in mind I suppose?).

At 1:10am (must’ve been a lot of cases), we decided to leave the felonies room and check out misdemeanors in room 129. We saw the tail end of one case and then a quick release of another and they closed up shop for the evening.

Overall it was an interesting thing to see and though I don’t think I’ll plan any personal trips back, I’d go if people wanted to see what it was like. And for those of you wondering, “WHY?”, I was interested in checking out Night Court out of curiosity for what the court process is like and how the fact that it’s midnight impacts the process. Aside from lots more yawning, I’d imagine that’s what the normal process looks like.

Experience Date: 2011-03-19
Location: 100 Centre Street, Manhattan
Hours: 5:30pm to 1:00am, 7 days a week
Website: Things to Do in New York: Watch Night Court
Rating: ****

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A compilation of music and video from my trip to Mexico City (6-Feb-2010 to 9-Feb-2010).

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mushroom mines

This post is making it’s way to you from the lovely town of Morehead, KY. My brother has been attending college at Morehead State University on and off for the past seven years (undergrad and now grad school).

In those seven years I’ve visited him exactly once prior to the trip this weekend, so it seemed about time to come back down again before heading off to NYC.

What You Do in Morehead

Morehead is quite a different experience than that of a school like Ohio State. OSU has 50,000 students, Morehead’s more like 9,000. At OSU, people go to bars, or to the movies, or hang out at parties.

At Morehead, people go visit abandoned mines that are possibly the grounds for satanic rituals and sacrifices. Oh, and by “people,” I mean my brother and his friends.

So naturally on my visit here, “we” decided that I “had” to see these mines, because after all, “a mine is a terrible thing to waste.” Normally I’m pretty smart about the activities in which I choose to partake, but I guess the “whiteness” got the best of me, because I agreed to go.

Driving to a Bad Idea

The mines are up an old, creepy road in the middle of nowhere. Naturally my brother and his two friends, Alphabet and Lilo & Stitch from the cruise, decided to “hype up” the mines on our way there. Apparently in addition to the possible satanic rituals, dead bodies have been found there and it’s illegal to even be near the place- two great things to find out as you’re starting to get out of the car.

As we approached the entrance, we heard a car drive by – causing all of us to drop down to the ground and for me to reconsider why the hell I was there. After the car passed and we recovered our wits, we continued forward.

With our trusty flashlights and a camera, we ventured into the depths of this mine, looking at the remnants from when it used to be a facility for storing mushrooms. As a mine should be, it was pitch dark aside from the small beams of our flashlights, and quiet save for the dripping of water – quite enough to freak me out.

We walked back a ways, being sure to be talking at all times to avoid the creepiness that was listening to the natural sounds. We reached the “Doorway to Hell” and took a look into the “Kitchen,” and after seeing a supposed altar, it was time to high tail it out of the place.

I noticed our pace out of the mine was a lot faster than the pace into it- our own imaginations creating images of what could possibly be in store for us (and of course our imaginations were in overdrive since someone decided it would be a good idea to watch Vacancy before this whole little excursion began).

Spoiler Alert: We Survived

Back at the car, with the heart still pumping, I had a little bit more time to reconsider why I agreed to go. In a way, putting yourself into a scary situation makes you feel a little more alive- it’s another way to get a “rush” (like getting on stage or riding a roller coaster).

And even though our fears may have been unjustified, or were self-constructed from our thoughts and willingly putting ourselves in such a situation, they were very real (at least at the time).

So yeah, that was my Saturday night. What’d you do?

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