I think it was too much going on for one city, even for New York, with the Marathon, the elections, and Sandy. I agree it was a tough situation. I wouldn't have liked to arrive there just to find out that my hotel reservation was non-existent. On the other hand, people who lost their homes needed a place, too. Do you know what happened to those who travelled for the Marathon at the end?
I loved the make-up, and hair, too. And the background music! Oh, that red. When I saw you your hair reminded me to a really fiery red I tried some time ago. The towels ended up all red after the first shower, the water looked as blood, quite adequate for Halloween, though it was not. :D That red was fun while it lasted, and never tried it again.
@Susan I've always been a fan of cloud services, because I've done a lot of business traveling over the past 7 or 8 years. And of course I appreciated them during Sandy. However I STILL think that companies have to tread carefully in the cloud -- classified data and data protected by strict security/privacy regulations may not belong there. Your risk management team has to be very carefully weigh which of the three pillars of security -- confidentiality, integrity, and availability -- is most important.
Oh and by the this point you've probably heard that the NYC Marathon WAS CANCELED in the end. There were criticisms of this decision too --- particularly since it was a decision that wasn't announced until the city was already full of people who had traveled from around the world to run. Then again there were some hotels that were weren't honoring marathon runners' room reservations, simply because many of those hotel rooms were already being used by people's homes had been destroyed by the storm, and some hotel owners didn't want to kick those people out. It was a tough situation all around.
@Susan Thanks! I'm afraid I can't take much credit for the production. Our video production team did a lovely job of hiding some of my messy apartment behind a Halloweeny image. I can take credit for the make-up and hair though. I'm STILL scrubbing some of that red out of my hair.
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