Bil Browning

News from the front

Filed By Bil Browning | August 18, 2009 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living
Tags: Netroots Nation, New York City, NYC, Times Square, Washington D.C.

What a week! First, Jerame and I went to Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh, then we ran off to New York City, and now we're in Washington DC. 23971647.jpgOut of all of this, only the Netroots trip was planned. Father Tony was a very gracious host in NYC and gave us a whirlwind tour of Central Park, Broadway and Times Square and I also got to see contributor Eric Leven and friend Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God. (Leave it to Tony to have us pulled into the leather/bear bar within 2.5 hours of arriving in the city!)

I'll have more details on what I've been up to later, but wanted to mention that we met with the team redesigning the site. They had a question for Projectors that I promised to ask. Be sure to answer since we're close to completion and need to get this wrapped up so we can launch the new look and style:

"What changes would you make to the design/look of Bilerico Project? How can it be made better?"

We'll be back home in Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. I'm looking forward to seeing my doggies and my own bed again and spending more time on the site. I'm exhausted, but this unexpected side trip has been a ton of fun. I'll tell you about it when I get back.

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I'll say only that Jerame and Bil were the perfect house guests and that they are both very good in bed.