This is a series of posts from my road trip in 2011 where I traveled around the US and Canada giving talks, attending conferences, visiting IGDA chapters, networking, hanging out with friends, and dog sitting an adorable pug named Thomas!

Wow, what a week it has been!

On Sunday I had mostly a “day off” where I worked on client work, worked on transferring stuff over to my new laptop (I brought both with me), and did my normal weekly GTD1 group chat.

On Monday it was client work, client work, client work combined with some errands to get the last of my thank you gifts for Thomas and Kathy and Garrett and spending some quality time with “T-Bear”.

Thomas loves to play!

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to spend lunch with Ed Kuehnel2. I worked with Ed back when he was in Illinois, but now he’s calling Portland home. It was great catching up on our personal lives as well as what we’re both up to as solopreneurs/freelancers. I think one of the things that will go on my “IGDA To Do List” is to find out what happened to the Freelancers SIG and how the IGDA can provide better resources for them in the future.

On Wednesday I had a special treat. Not only was I getting to see my friend Rob Riley3, whom I first met at GDC Austin (now Online), for the first time in ages but we met at the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Portland4! This was my 32nd different Ruth’s Chris location and although this was a new location it meant I was finally checking the Portland location off my list. One more down, dozens to go….

On Thursday I spent a good chunk of the day in a nice steak and butter coma and did some conference calls and took care of business.

On Friday (today) I ended the day with what turned out to be quite a long dinner with Dmitri Salcedo5 who helps run the local IGDA chapter here. I had a lot of fun talking about the local game dev scene, Global Game Jam, PAGDIG, Portland, Seattle (he commutes on some days of the week and it was my next stop), trends in social/casual games, and other sundry things. THEN we figure out that he knows Brian Blair, a game designer whom I worked with in Illinois (and was supposed to be a groomsmen in my wedding until his mom picked the same day to get married) and Dmitri worked with out here in Oregon. I always try to tell people this is a very small industry and here was definitely proof of that.

Although it was great having those dinners and lunches the last one with Dmitri signaled to me that my time here in Portland was almost over. I’d kind of gotten into a routine here between work, meetups, and taking care of the adorable Thomas this whole time. I look forward to moving on but I don’t think I would have minded staying in Portland a little longer. (Especially if I could keep getting my gas in Washington!) Here’s to new adventures…*clink*

Stay awesome!