My alma mater, Indiana University, publishes Momentum magazine which spotlights 2-3 alumni in each issue. I was delighted (and humbled) when they reached out to do a feature on me for their February issue. My story focuses on how branding can help with a career change (as I’ve gone from engineering to entertainment/media to consulting). IU was particularly interested in how branding is helping to shape my next venture – Travel with Aging Parents.

The crew did two days of filming in NYC with the final shoot taking place at Mom’s place in Indiana (more on that tomorrow). The first day of shooting in NYC was pretty exhausting for Mom – heck, who I am kidding – it was exhausting for me too! We did a helicopter ride, interviews at CitizenM hotel (a destination unto itself!) followed by a “stroll” through Times Square. Walking through Times Square is challenging enough – pushing a wheelchair only ups the stress factor for sure! For more details, check out my blog on Day 1 activities.

For Day 2 of filming, we focused on more nighttime activities in NYC. We started at the Time Warner Center – Mom was particularly thrown by the larger-than-life bronze male statue in the main lobby area:

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Adam from Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.

If you’re not been to the Time Warner Center, there is also a female bronze statue just across the lobby (they are on either side of the entrance to Williams Sonoma). The collective work is entitled Adam and Eve and it’s the creation of Fernando Botero, an artist born in Colombia but presently living in Paris (previous residences include Spain and NYC). They are really quite spectacular and from the shine on Adam’s “lower extremity”, quite popular with tourists!  Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood.

We then went to the Stone Rose Lounge for a few cocktails before heading to the theatre. I love the Stone Rose as it has fantastic views over Columbus Circle yet is fairly casual at the same time. We snagged one of the couches next to the window (the spot to get!):

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It was hard to “act natural” with a camera over your shoulder!

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The Stone Rose offers spectacular views of Columbus Circle!

 

The view of Columbus Circle is pretty awesome although the interior of the Stone Rose Lounge is not bad either!

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The whole wall is a window overlooking Columbus Circle.

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Interior of the Stone Rose Cafe in the Time Warner Center.

 

We then headed to Times Square to catch a show.

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The traffic in NYC always gets Mom all jacked up and stressed out!

 

Unfortunately, all this excitement led mom to the emergency room the next day where she was diagnosed with a kidney stone! Thank goodness filming was done as this part was certainly NO FUN.

Cab to Lenox Hill as Mom was having severe pains in her lower back.

Cab to Lenox Hill as Mom was having severe pains in her lower back.

Alas, kidney stones! Mom was a trooper for making it through two days of filming before letting on!

Alas, kidney stones! Mom was a trooper for making it through two days of filming before letting on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully Mom was fine and passed the stone while were in the hospital. We immediately went for cocktails after all this mess! 🙂

Check out tomorrow’s post for a quick wrap-up of shooting at Mom’s house in Indiana!