In the 17 years I’ve been living in New York, Mom has made a point of coming at least once a year to visit. However, since my brother moved to China in 2006, we opted to travel to him instead and explore numerous countries in Asia.
It had been 5 or 6 years since mom was in the city so I was incredibly excited for her to join me for filming of a feature story my alma mater, Indiana University, was shooting for their online magazine, Momentum.
To summarize her visit – we had a blast!!
We did a few favorite activities and explored new territory including taking a helicopter ride!!! But hold up – let me give you a little background before we get to the fun stuff.
I graduated with my MBA from IU in 2001 and I actively support the Kelley School of Business by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council, mentoring existing students, speaking to potential recruits, etc. It’s really been a rewarding experience particularly helping students with their career trajectories while in school and after they graduate. That said, I was quite humbled when I received the call to do a feature on me for their February issue. Their story focuses on career change (I’ve done several) and IU was particularly interested in my latest venture – Travel with Aging Parents. Of course, I had to enlist mom’s help to do the story justice!
Day 1 of filming started with a new activity for me (and I’ve been in the City for 17 years!) – a helicopter ride over downtown Manhattan! Seriously folks, it was AWESOME!! The last time mom and I were in a helicopter was when I worked in Indianapolis for aircraft engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, way back in 1996! We love flying in helicopters as they offer an up close and personal view of the area! As you can imagine, we were not disappointed!
We then went to the Citizen M Hotel on 45th Street near Times Square where the crew was staying for some downtime before on-camera interviews and a photo shoot with Mom and I. It was sooo cute as Mom was really nervous! Once she got going, she was a pro!
The artwork-covered living room (their term for the lobby) was particularly spectacular! Check it out:
Mom was particularly fascinated by the red Statue of Liberty in their outdoor patio area. Of course Mom couldn’t just take a picture with her:
We then headed to Times Square as we wanted to see the new giant digital billboard which debuted the week before. The screen is eight stories tall and is almost as long as a football field, spanning the entire block from 45th to 46th Streets on Broadway. The screen is rumored to cost $2.5 million for four weeks and not surprising, it ranks as one of the most expensive outdoor ad space on the market. All that said, it was impressive! A few pictures from our cruise through Times Square:
Our jaunt through Times Square ended Day 1 of filming. Tune in tomorrow for Day 2!!