Time Off to Ring in 2019

Happy New Year from somewhere over the Pacific!

For the first time in almost 3 years, I took time off by not responding to non-emergency emails, texts and phone-calls. And it was invigorating.

2018 has been a year of considerable change and as always, as an entrepreneur, it takes a significant toll.

For this year, we had 3 distinct itineraries for the end of the year: a wedding in India, a trip to Vietnam and diving in Thailand. And despite the 8 flights it took us to wrap up the year - it was absolutely worth it.

We live in such a connected world that in Vietnam and Thailand had incredible data connectivity nearly everywhere we visited including the shuttle bus from the hotel to the boat and even the incredibly affordable spas that we visited. India on the other hand was significantly worse and quite the opposite.

Despite being connected nearly 24/7, avoiding the temptation to constantly work paid off in dividends. I’ve never felt more relaxed and I’m looking forward to 2019 with a fresh pair of eyes and a clear head.

Quebec City

Recently, my wife planned a quick getaway to Quebec City. It’s an enchanting city and one that offers incredible views within its old walls. Here are some quick shots from the Leica MP - all shot on film.

A Week with the Model X

When Tesla first announced the Model 3, I was excited! I had predicted that a few years after they started accepting reservations, I'd be ready to move out of New York and be ready for a car.

When my turn finally came in late fall this year - I went and test drove the Model 3. It was stunning. The car had so much technology packed into it that I was excited to own one.

However, I wanted to experience driving a Tesla first-hand and so I rented a Model X.

We started our drive from New York to Saratoga Springs. Immediately out of the city, we had to go to one of the Superchargers to charge the vehicle. There was a line at the Supercharger, but since there were restaurants and convenience stores around - it didn't matter too much.

After charging the vehicle for an hour, we started our drive further north. This time, we reached our resort with under 10 miles of range. Thankfully the resort had a Tesla charger that indicated it would take nearly 8 hours to charge the car.

On the second day, we were scheduled to drive from Saratoga Springs to Quebec City. In order to complete this trip - we had to make 2 hour-long stops. By the time we arrived in Quebec City, we were glad that we had rented the vehicle vs. completing the Model 3 transaction.

We had an extremely difficult time finding a charge station in Quebec City. Most of the ones that the vehicle recommended were associated with a hotel - which did not allow you to charge your car (even with a fee) - unless you were staying at the property.

On our drive back - which was supposed to be no more than 9 hours, it took us nearly 14 hours to get back home. And by the time we fell asleep, I had requested my refund for the Model 3.

While I love the concept of Teslas and electric vehicles, the short range and long charge times make for an extremely unpleasant road trip. On the other hand, it is a perfect city car if you have access to superchargers or even the regular residential chargers.

For now, I'm a bit disappointed that this did not work out. However, I am absolutely thrilled and excited to see how this technology progresses.