Saturday, August 30, 2008

Swing into the Symphony

There are only two orchestras in the nation were Pops can even be mentioned in the same breath as the normal classical performances:
  1. The Boston Pops, which operates a separate orchestra
  2. The Cincinnati Pops, which is really the CSO but with better jackets
Since most orchestras tend to believe popular concerts dilute the art form, I was extremely surprised to see the first performance of the Houston Symphony 09 Season was a concert with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Now, in high school I went through a swing dancing phase. I even still have a Lou Vega CD. There was even a brief attempt at learning how to dance in college, before my two left feet and large dose of social conscience got a hold of me.

Tonight's performance was energetic and a true crowd pleaser. BBVD performed the 90's hits that made them big and brought the swing movement back to suburbia. One of the highlight's was the performance of Minne the Moocher, a song that I have always loved.

After the show, BBVD joined the over 200 young professional on the backstage of Jones Hall. What a great start to an organization that has the potential to do some really great things for the symphony in the future.

Now I just cannot wait to hear the full orchestra doing one of the classic works, so I can finally hear what I am working for everyday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

If I Curse you enough, will you go away?

In order to help myself accomplish a personal goal of becoming fit and in better shape, I hired a personal trainer. Over the next three months, Cedric is going to coach me three times a week in a wide ranging of activities ranging from grueling to downright painful.

If I were to describe what he puts me through, my fingers would refuse to relive the horrors the rest of my body suffers through.

But I wake up the next morning feeling sore in a good way. If this keeps up, I could lose up to 10% body fat in time for Thanksgiving, where I plan to pack 3% back on.

I just need to get there and I hope my legs will be able to make the journey with me.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Largest. Ask. Ever.

I cannot tell you who, yet.

I cannot tell you for what, yet.

I can tell you the ask would total seven figures over three years.

I will know in about three months if I get what I asked for.

An early Christmas present would make my year.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

In the Line of Fire

I hate having to give an impromptu speech, especially when I have no forethought to prepare some type of coherent message. When I was introduced at the Executive Committee meeting of the Houston Symphony, I never expected I would be giving an overview of my campaign strategy for my 2009 Corporate Relations program.

So, when this occured, I did what any self-respecting development officer would do. I attempted to articulate an action plan formed from my six weeks on the job. I discussed about a new set of benefits, wrapping up all renewals by December and going after lapsed corporations before investigating new leads unconnected with the symphony.

I think it sounded alright. A few nods, one person applauded. I survived my first test, but next time I just wish I had some better ammunition.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Places in Houston I frequent the most

My apartment
My office
Jones Hall (where all the non-development offices are located)
My apartment complex's pool
My apartment complex's gym
Sonoma wine bar
My mailbox

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


I have been a horrible blogger. Instead of posting over the past two months, I have typing up articles and just keeping them locked up, bottling the electronics and just holding them until I finally had internet in my place.

So I hope to now be more regular with my posts, barring any sudden hurricanes or shift in work schedule.

First month at work

To date, I have
  • Survived my first tropical storm (just a lot of rain and wind)
  • Wrote five proposals for corporate sponsorships
  • Raised my first $15,000 for the symphony
  • Heard the phrase "We are so glad you are here" uttered over a dozen times
  • Got lost in one of the largest shopping malls in America
  • Watched all three seasons of Arrested Development
  • Became a Texas citizen (I am still waiting for the complimentary belt buckle)