Day 312

I have to say that my first week here at Y&R Group Seattle is going rather swimmingly. I’m already immersed in a variety of projects and the people in the office have been absolutely wonderful to me. Everyone seems to be genuinely interested in the project and there’s more than a handful, who have been following along from the very beginning. It’s pretty weird to have conversations with people I just met about things that happened to me months ago. Sometimes I forget that I blog about this stuff.

The Y&R office, itself, is a rather large departure from the cozy, home-like atmosphere of 97 Degrees West. The space offers a lot of modern accents that focus on clean lines, collaborative areas and amazing views of the city. They even have a roof deck that allows you to take in miles and miles of Seattle’s skyline. Of course, they’re also all about celebrating Seattle’s culture, which is why every conference room is named after a Seattle-based band. It is rather funny to say, “Hey, let’s meet in Pearl Jam. Oh, it’s booked? Let’s head to Nirvana then.”

Another great element of the office is their kitchen. To say it’s fully stocked would be an understatement. Not that I’m going to try, but I’m pretty sure I could live off the morsels they offer here—from tabletops loaded with fruit, chips and crackers to cabinets filled with cereal, peanut butter, yogurt and loaves of bread. Clearly, this is one agency that knows health and happiness begins with the stomach.

Aside from the delicious snacks and colorful décor, Y&R is populated by a very diverse and lively group of creatives and agency folk. Just peeking at the desks around the office, you’ll find evidence of gamers, sports fans, cooks, runners, hikers, artists, musicians—people from all walks of life. They’re from all over the country too. I’ve already met two people from Cleveland and my desk neighbor just moved here from Philadelphia a few weeks ago.

One thing I’m really looking forward to next week is attending the Seattle Interactive Conference. Y&R is putting a really awesome booth together and they’ve invited me along for the ride. This year’s theme is all about celebrating the “makers” of the world—a group I’ve become rather close with over the past 10 months. I haven’t been to many ‘professional’ conferences, so I’m excited to see what they’re like. And after hearing what the agency has in store for their area, I can’t wait to see it brought to life. Of course that rings true for just about everything they have me working on.

It’s going to be a fun month, indeed.

-Steve-

Day 309

I think I picked the best day of the year to leave Austin. Between ACL, the Austin Comic-con and a UT home game, there was plenty going on downtown Saturday. It also meant no one was flying out of the city and I'm pretty sure I was one of only 10 people in the entire airport. Although long, the flight was rather relaxing and I arrived into Seattle without a hitch. I did have a moment of panic when we landed though. Once the wheels touched down, I turned my phone back on—as most of us usually do. Well, Foursquare popped up almost immediately and said, "Welcome to Anchorage". Since I had fallen asleep for an hour or two, I didn't know what to make of this news and had to ask the person next to me, just to be safe. Thankfully, she assured me that we were, in fact, in Seattle.

I’ve only been here a day and I can already tell I really lucked out with the location of my AirBnB. Located on Pike Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, my quaint little studio apartment is right in the center of a vibrant and bustling area. Yesterday, I spent a majority of the afternoon just walking along Pike Street into downtown and was amazed with the number of artisan shops, eateries and stores I came across. From gourmet groceries to pubs and crafts, I’ve already acquired a rather lengthy list of places I need to check out during my time here.

While venturing around the city, I also took a moment to visit one of the city’s many piers. It’s pretty bonkers to finally see the Pacific Ocean after all these months. Yes, I am aware that I didn’t really see the ocean. Technically, I saw Elliot Bay, but come on; it’s close enough. Regardless of what body of water it was, the whole experience made me stop and appreciate all of the opportunities I’ve received in the past 10 months. To process that we started this whole project on the other side of the country is a bit surreal. It just goes to show what we can do when we put our minds to something and give it 110%. 

Self-reflection aside, I’m overjoyed to be feeling fall weather for the first time this year. It was 65º and partly cloudy when I arrived—a most perfect forecast, if you ask me. Lastly, I wanted to mention that this month is going to get a little crazy. Not only is it one of my shortest stays in a city, but I also turn 30 on the 19th and my two best friends are coming to town to celebrate. I promise to recap the entire… well, most… no, some… uh… as much of the weekend as possible. You only turn 30 once and I plan on partying my heart out. 

Well, I'm off to my first day at Young & Rubicam Seattle. Tune in Thursday for a recap of my first week. This is going to be a good one—I'm sure of it.

-Steve-