New York: subway, shopping, dinner, and breakfast

Lindy's breakfast
The Halle Berry

I feel like I belong in New York now.  I never have looked forward to a trip to the big city.  I’m a small town chick from Texas, you know?

But, last night, everything changed.  After a disappointing afternoon session, I searched the other sessions for a place to belong, to no avail.  After joining a couple of work meetings, I decided to try my luck on the subway.

The concierge helped me with some good advice, “Take the B or D to Broadway / Lafayette”.  Although I had learned the subway system the last time I visited New York, I hadn’t done it alone, so buying that MetroCard took some courage.

I decided upon the 4 trip ticket for 8 bucks and relearned the turnstile. As the train rumbled toward me, I confidently stepped inside.  The doors closed just as I discovered I was on the E train, not the B or D as the concierge had advised.

No worries.  I figured out my stop and knew my mistake had a cost:  a nine block walk.  What I didn’t know is that walk would be done mostly in the pouring rain, without an umbrella.

I was so excited about my destination (the John Fluevog store) that I didn’t mind rushing into the store dripping wet, and neither did those who worked there.  After perusing the inventory, I left with an awesome purchase: the Earl of Warwicks Coventry.  I love my Angels, but I had to have these boots.

Through some more rain and 3 blocks, I found a little tapas bar called Mercat.  After a lovely dinner of things I can’t pronounce or spell, I found another subway and took the correct train back to 7th and 53rd.  I have seen and I have conquered!

This morning, I avoided the long line at the Starbuck’s in the hotel, instead taking 10 steps across the street to Lindy’s, where the New York rush seemed non-existent.  That’s my breakfast you see above.  Thanks, Halle, for choosing all the things I like!

Now, on to the Web 2.0 Expo.  Lots of great stuff ahead!

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Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

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