Great expectations but little time in a beautiful city

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way...

Charles Dickens would have understood the conundrum of attending the extraordinarily  well-run TD Ameritrade Conference in San Diego this week.

We heard the eloquent former Prime Minister David Cameron deliver an honest and timely presentation, among many other thought-provoking speakers.

Inside the conference center, workshops, presentations and networking events kept us hopping, educated and energized. But, outside the conference center, stunning vistas taunted us.

I slipped out early yesterday morning for a jog, and found myself chasing a glorious sunrise all through the Embarcadero. Of course, I had to stop periodically and take a picture or two.

I showered up and spent the next 16 hours inside, in wisely windowless rooms hearing gifted speakers, taking dutiful notes, jotting down actionable ideas to take home, and networking with like-minded and equally stuck-indoors-conference attendees.

We have another full day today and I’d love to tell you all about it, but there’s another glorious sunrise waiting for me, and I’m heading out there now to suck in some fresh air and sunshine.

You are beautiful San Diego and I could spend all day happily looking at you.

Alas, there’s work to be done.

I took this quick photo Wednesday night after dinner.


Then I chased this sunrise on my morning jog. I just left the hotel, turned toward it and starting jogging. What a lovely way to start a busy day!
5 mph…Life moves a little slower on the Embarcadero.

A met a friend or two.

I love a good sunrise, reflection picture.
It’s amazing how the colors of a good sunset can change.
I mean, wouldn’t you want to just hang out here and enjoy the view?
It’s a great conference and well worth the time indoors, but, man, sometimes I walked past those windows and sighed.




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