Let the games begin: SMD2010 Kick-off dinner

The Westin NYC lounge had no idea we were coming. Then again, nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition, so maybe it was better that way.

About 30 of us suddenly descended on the Atrium Lounge on the 8th floor of the Westin NYC for drinks and snacks to celebrate StarMegaDo 2010. A significant number of the attendees are Starwood Platinum Elites so there were several bottles of arrival amenity wine on offer. After all, we’re not going to be checking them in for all the upcoming flights over the week. Plus, free wine is yummy. And getting to catch up with old friends and make new ones in a hotel lounge is a great way to spend a few hours.

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Happy hour wrapped up right on time and many of the group trekked south, out of Times Square, to dinner at Le Zie. Dinner started with Prosecco and then on to red wine. And at some point in the middle there were shots of tequila and Fernet Branca. Shots during dinner is not a good idea, though I did manage to avoid dancing on the bar at the end of the night (which I was invited to do by the owner of the restaurant).

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Definitely a great start to the week of crazy adventure.

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