It’s funny, what originally started as a “welcome to Boston” tweet-up for friend, Ken Burbary ended up doing double duty as a “going away” party for me. As you may have heard, I just announced the news of my departing Mzinga and joining on with Powered in a recent blog post. Given the fact that I’ve got just a little over a week left in Boston, this was an opportunity for a bunch of us social media folks to get together for a few pints at the legendary Good Life bar and grill on Kingston Street in Boston.
I’ve yet to get my pictures up (I’ll do that tonight and link them to this post) but there were a number of us snapping away. New friend, Kevin Micalizzi was the first to put his photos up. Bob Collins and Gradon Tripp were also camera happy. I just posted Bob’s and I’m assuming Gradon’s will be coming soon.
Even though I left on the early-ish side of things, I had a great time hanging out with the likes of Adam Cohen, co-guest of honor, Ken, Jeff Cutler, Dmitri Gunn (thank you for organizing), Adam Zand, Rebecca Corliss, Kevin, Gradon, Kee Hinckley, Bob, Todd Van Hoosear, Rob Everton, Stanton Champion, Ken Chin, Will McNeill, Bryan Maleszyk, Eric Karofsky, Patrick Richardson, Mike Langford along with fellow mzinga-ites: Jim Storer, Gary Lombardo, Meredith Kench, Derek Peplau, Rachel Happe (with husband, Ted) and newest team member, Aye “Mo” Moah. The beauty of the night was mixing both personal conversations (fantasy football, the Red Sox, Austin) with professional (Twitter, platforms, movers and shakers). The real beauty was not being constrained to 140 characters.
While I had a wonderful time at the party (even if Jim didn’t as evidenced from his expression in the picture below), the highlight of the evening actually came this morning when Jim alerted me to Adam Zand’s “Utterli” roasts.
Unsuspecting, I was inside the Good Life socializing with my pals and Adam was catching up with friends and co-workers outside and getting them to say funny things. The first roast was with friend and colleague, Rachel. The second was with a wider group of folks including Todd, Meredith, Derek and Mo. And finally, there was Jim’s. Anyone interested in how I got my social media start should listen closely to this one!
All I have to say is, “Thanks Gang.” Oh yeah, it was nice to finally meet you too Ken. I’m glad we go to hang out and talk someplace other than Twitter. You’re as cool offline as you are online! Hope to see you out in Michigan sometime soon.
One last pic of Ken, Jim and me…
UPDATE 10/27: My Flickr pics (finally)
Photos courtesy: Kevin Micalizzi and Bob Collins