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After being away for a couple of weeks it feels really good to be back. I have to say that my first experience in Manhattan was very pleasant. New York is certainly no place for a hundredaire like myself although Bob disagrees with this statement pointing out the variety of events going on with free food and entertainment all the time, as a visitor itâ€™s a little more difficult to be in the know.
I realized that a number of my hundred dollar ideas might actually be bigger in a city of that size. Advertispets for example might actually flourish in a place like Manhattan.
One of the greatest highlights of my trip was checking out the people playing chess at Union Square. I was watching for a little bit then someone asked me if I wanted to play a game. I havenâ€™t played for a while so when the guy mentioned $2 to play I was a little skeptical and was ready to be taken for some sort of hustle.
â€œTwo bucks to just play you chess?â€ I asked.
â€œTwo bucks to play or we can play for two dollars.â€ He said.
â€œIâ€™d rather play for two dollars.â€
I think there might have been a communication error but to me it really sounded like he was trying to charge me just to play regardless of if I actually won or not.
He took me down pretty easily in that game and I lost two dollars. I guess I was just getting warmed up. When he asked to play another game, I had to review my financial situation. I had about $4 buck on me and I needed $2 for the subway. I justified another game by the rational that it might be a while before I return to NY to play chess in the park. Game two went better for me and I beat the guy, I donâ€™t think this made him too happy. Also since he had given me some chess advice after the first game. I had won my money back.
He insisted on playing a third game, despite being very tired and ready for bed I decided to play. My whole opening was crap and my game play was as weak and tired as I had been. My defenses had been down and I saw several traps he had set up. Then I changed my mind set to win and I actually took him down in the third game. For me this was a wonderful experience. He was a little more jammed up after this game. Unfortunately he didnâ€™t have $2 on him so he had to ask his buddy to borrow some money, although, his buddy had no money either. I told him not to worry about it. As I was leaving he shook my hand and slipped me a dollar coin, and told me to return tomorrow for the other dollar he owed me. I never saw that other dollar.
When playing chess, I find that if I look at the opponentâ€™s king and focus on taking him down the game play before that just takes care of itself. This is my general tactic if I want to win. Sometimes itâ€™s easy to get caught up in laying traps or setting up some awesome defenses. I think I should try to play some more chess itâ€™s really a fun game. I guess Backspace has tournaments from time to time.
In NY they sell those I heart NY shirts in touristy areas, they are very tacky and you can get about 7 shirts for $10. I feel bad about not getting Annie a stack of shirts but, on my last day in NY I was running way behind and had a lot to do to escape.
One day while walking to get some food, I saw a girl who had put on one of those shirts after obviously just buying it. Behind her was two different stores almost side by side, selling those shirts. What a sight. For Annieâ€™s sake Iâ€™m sort of glad I didnâ€™t get her one of those shirts.
I had a number of wonderful experiences and saw some amazing things. The Wired NextFest was really cool. Iâ€™ll write some more about that stuff soon.
It was weird taking a little time away from the MoHDI site. I say site because the ideas have been filling up my head and my notebooks. When I find some time you will hear all about a number of my ideas sparked from this trip.
I do thank Peter Mucha from Steal my Ideas, Please for his wonderful posts, I asked a number of people to help me with MoHDI while I was gone, he was the only one who actually got around to it. It sort of fits with the MoHDI business model I suppose. In exchange for his help Iâ€™m giving him â€œ1 Awesome Songâ€ and some other MoHDI swag as soon as I get it together, I look forward to seeing what it is he actually decides to have a song about. When google starts buying ideas from people, Mr. Mucha is going to be a Billionaire.
There is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months. The Idea Bomb event has been moved back due to this trip and we hope to have a new date set soon, the location will still be at Ron Toms (East Burnside and 6th) he just opened last night and itâ€™s an awesome new Portland bar, you should check it out if you have a chance.
I have to get packed cause Iâ€™m moving soon and have a ton of things to take care of.
As fantastic as NYC is it really made me appreciate Portland that much more. I really do love this city and have a number of hundred dollar ideas to improve the city. This is new MoHDI project I call, â€œFeeling Cityâ€ you will be hearing more about that and other things very soon.
Thanks for reading.