A big "Thank You!!!" goes to my boss, Greg Gonzalez, for choosing to have one of our big corporate events at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the HQ of NASCAR. In addition to that, he paid for us to get a chance to ride in a real NASCAR racer with 687 horsepower. My driver took us up to nearly 150 MPH. Let me tell you, this speed is INSANE. It was like riding the high-speed launch of a roller coaster for 5 minutes. And it was AWESOME in the truest sense of the word. I really was filled with awe.
It cost a little more than $100 which, in my mind, was a price well worth paying. If I get the chance, I'll do it again. And I encourage you to give it a shot too, if you ever get the chance.
Katie always likes to make faces at the security cameras in elevators. This look (above) is something I'm still not used to seeing, even though it's the first thing I see from her after the doors of the elevator close. Ha!
Katie and I got to do something very special as a daddy and daughter. I had a business trip to Manhattan and she got to come with me! I'm especially thankful to my employer, SQL Sentry, for enabling me to do this sort of thing.
Here's a picture of us taking the harbor cruise, where Katie got to see something she'd always wanted to see. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Jackie O' sunglasses.
Here's the new World Trade Tower, aka Liberty Tower, from the harbor. The whole skyline is just amazing and beautiful. The City itself was clean, energetic, and full of people bustling to and fro. Just like you'd expect for NYC.
We walked EVERYWHERE. Since our hotel was right in the middle of everything, so it was super easy to walk to any of our important destinations.
We saw most of the places that were the inspiration for various TV shows: Friends, Seinfield, 30 Rock. We toured the city on one of the hop-on hop-off buses, which I highly recommend to the tourist with tight timelines. We also visited a lot of the famous retail spots (Times Square, Chinatown), not to mention the theater district where we took in a show called "Once". Simply fabulous. I think NYC might be the only city on earth where you could find several dancing, singing, beautiful cello players. I mean really?!?
Central Park and the Museum District was lovely. And as you can tell from the photos, the weather was absolutely gorgeous! We started early each day and many days ended in near total exhaustion. Voila!