Fall Foliage, IDEAs and Fiddlers, Download Festival and Fleet Week

October 3, 2007

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Featured Drinks of the Week: Amazing Accoutrements. Stylin’ outfits require a touch of bling. And our boozes, they are no different. This week we bring out the big guns with enticing accoutrements in and around the glass. Impress your friends by sending a Bottle Cap, Caipirinha, Pineapple & Coconut Rum, and for the discriminating taste, might we suggest a Screaming Viking (cucumber slightly bruised). Other new drinks include: Black Russian, Sour Raspberry Schnapps, Sparkling Cider, Springbokkie.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Sneak out of work for an in-town nature experience at the Washington Park Arboretum. Who says all the fall color is on the East Coast anyway? This 200-acre public park has thousands upon thousands of trees and flowers. Bundle up and revel in all those glorious shades of red and orange which will contrast vividly against the grey skies. Then bring a piping hot cup of joe back to your desk to sip while you upload a new desktop picture from the park.

Do you need processes to manage your processes and so you just create brilliant new processes? Are your on- and off-line worlds harder and harder to separate, so instead you embrace the merge and design methods to seam them together? Do you remember the days of an unplugged vacation with chagrin? You will be right at home with the crowd at the IDEA Conference at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Here, IDEA means Information, Design, Experience and Access. Speakers include folks working on the September 11th Memorial & Museum, NYC’s massive 311 information service, artists, writers and designers working on everything from wearable internet devices to games to books that help us understand our relationships with our products.

Oh Susanna, don’t you cry for me, I’ve gone to Alabama with a banjo on my knee (for the Old Time Fiddlers Convention). It’s just me and 200 other fiddlers gatherin’ for a little old-time music and competition. Competition and cash, that is, more than $11,000 in prizes will be awarded at Athens State University. Let’s go over these here contest rules: no electric banjos or drums of any kind please; allowances may be made for broken strings; and there is a general time limit of 2.5 minutes per person (except for Buck Dancing which shall be at least 30 seconds but no more than 45, as we must consider the participant’s health).

Download festivals hit Boston, Washington state, Chicago and now finally, San Francisco (well Mountain View but we guess you can call it SF). The goal here is to get closer to your music by hanging out with your fellow fans and having Q&As, Autograph Sessions and clinics with your favorite musicians. With VW as a festival partner, there will be couches and hammocks in the VW Garage and if you’re a VW owner, you can get in their Fast Lane and avoid all that nasty concert traffic. Don’t forget to carpool though, at Download, they’ve also partnered with the NRDC to help you find ways to get green(er, est).

It’s Fleet Week and the Blue Angels are in San Francisco today. Hop on a train and enjoy them (you will hate life if you try to drive to Fleet Week) because they only come every other year. Kiss up to your friends with offices in the Embarcadero or North Beach for great views. This annual celebration of our nation’s armed forces is something the whole family can enjoy. If you enjoy yourself, support the mission to keep Fleet Week and the Blue Angels around in 2008.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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