#NMX 2013 Adventures
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
E. E. Cummings
The Second day at #NMX ended on a great note. Peter Shankman was in Vegas for #NMX and CES and sent out a tweet announcing an impromptu get-together at Morton’s on Flamingo. I was dead tired, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say hello to Peter and enjoy a fantastic evening with incredible people. With a quick text to Mona, we met up at the lobby with our new friends Crystal Collins, Chris Deals, and Leslie Samuel who would meet us there later.
Little did we know that we were about to strap in for something that would rival Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.
Our taxi driver greeted us by apologizing for the fast food smell, explaining that he had just eaten. He asked if we’d like some fresh air. We said “yes”. BIG mistake. Mona was trapped in the front seat and took the brunt of the “fresh air” that blasted out of his aerosol can, straight into her face then ricocheted into ours.
Words can not describe the smell of “fresh air” created by his spray mixed with stale Fast Food odor, inside a cab heated to hot yoga temperature. “What is that? It smells really funky” Mona
scowled asked, still trying to recover. “Funky is bad?” asked the confused driver. “Yes, funky is bad. You can’t do that to your customers. That’s bad. That’s not fresh air, that’s air freshener. Can we roll down the windows please?” Begged Mona.
By this time, all of us were coughing and laughing – until the actual drive to Morton’s started. The driver had no clue what or where Morton’s was but with a car full of smart-phones and smart people, we gave him the exact address. Even L.A. rush hour wouldn’t warrant the crazy lane changes that sent us flying into each other in the back seat. It gave a whole new meaning to “bonding” at a conference. We spotted Morton’s before the driver did, pointed it out, and tried to guide him to the left lane to no avail. He then seemed stunned to learn that he had passed it. A death-defying U-turn later and we were sprinting out of the taxi and into Morton’s.
When Leslie joined us, we had one of the best conversations I’ve had in a very long time about the book I’m writing, where I want to take it and why. His probing questions pretty much led to telling him my life story. He gave me excellent advice on how to juggle everything I have on my plate and give the book the attention it needs. He was doing what he does so well – identifying your life passion, and I was doing what I do by telling the story. Thank you Leslie!
We spent the rest of the evening meeting new people, exchanging ideas and being grateful that Peter Shankman does what he does so exceptionally well. He has a way of attracting extraordinary people by being himself. His ability to network and connect others is a thing of beauty. That caliber of talent makes me push harder toward my long-term goals. Peter wrote one of my favorite posts on this – how to jailbreak your life. As always, I’m a firm believer that the proper mindset and action can make all things possible.
The next time an impromptu opportunity comes your way – go for it and see where it leads you. Thank you Peter, and Morton’s for making it a night to remember.