After enjoying NYC’s first vegan beer + wine + booze festival (aka Better Booze Festival) September 20, I’m off to visit my Dad and his partner at their annual Arizona timeshare in Scottsdale as Autumn begins.
As they wrap up their week there, I’ll shift just a bit southward for the next big astrologers conference, ISAR14, that last weekend of September.
Then I’ll bop over to visit the best friend and a great many others over in Albuquerque (ABQ).
From there, back up to NYC celebrating 10 years of organizing with NYC Vegan EatUP, a belated and traveling cheesehead’s birthday and other goodness for a week or so.
Now here’s where the plan gets (cue the Run DMC) T R I C K Y !
The original idea was to (finally!) visit Austin for three days or so. Then go over to Dallas and enjoy its Texas Veggie Fair for a very long weekend or even a full week. Timing is tight here as ABQ needs to be AFTER Arizona, presuming my attendance at the Booze Fest. While trying to figure THAT out, recently – and excitedly – learned about the first ever vegan Seed Food and Wine Festival happening in Miami that same weekend as the Fair, though over multiple days. So… currently sitting with whether I (1) stay with the original plan, (2) let go of Austin for Miami, spending a short time Dallas, or (3) just do Miami by itself.
A bit of background on the original idea here: I want to get back to visiting the 20+ states I’ve yet to spend the night in, or even SEE. I’ve yet to visit Texas overnight, though I have flown through DFW and HOU. 2015 will find me in Austin for Vida Vegan Con III, so I thought it would be great to do an Austin preview plus a week of Dallas this year. Then the flip late next Spring.
Also noting aloud that I’ve been saying for a good few months or even seasons now, the world needs a vegan food and wine festival. Had even wondered about producing one. Lo and behold, I’m late on the take because Miami (!!) is bringing the first one to life. So I’m quite quite curious to attend and be off-duty (or mostly so) to see what this coolness looks like…
Whatever happens with all THAT, I’m due upstate New York for SOTA14 – another astrologers conference that is annual and more close-knit – that last weekend of October.
And then – yes, there’s more (GRIN) – here’s where, well, I want to *go for it* – spending a month plus in L.A. metro doing one of my vegan food residencies* returning to NYC a few days after Thanksgivegan. Seeing a food residency including regular mobile office work while visiting local area friends, getting more familiar with the metro and a good 50 or so of its vegan(-friendly) eateries. To help achieve such high numbers, I’ve shaped four L.A. metro vegan food crawls, thinking one crawls could happen each week. (*The other two residencies will be in Toronto, and vegan mecca itself – Portland Oregon.)
To fund these adventures,I see the need to increase my incomeS, and likely sublet my room. Both seem like reasonable achievements with planning happening this far out.
It may be L.A. has to wait until 2015. My sense is to work on it happening sooner while things aren’t so crazy busy. Plus I’d love for all three residencies to happen before Labor Day 2015.