(This is not a new years resolution post)
Petra and I are flying back from Los Angeles following our annual week long retreat at her parents house in Sherman Oaks. We’ve done this three years in a row and it’s always a blast. But this time it feels different, and that’s because rather than the usual end-of-vacation-blues, we are fired up about a series of major life changes that are about to take place.
On Monday morning I will start my new job as Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing at Lot18, a start-up which will revolutionize the wine e-commerce experience. In its present form it is a flash sale site for fine wine. I learned about Lot18 from Adam Gotterer, one of the very talented developers I worked with at BustedTees, who is their CTO. Every single member of the small Lot18 team is brilliant. I’ve never met a group of such consistently smart and accomplished people. The founders, Kevin Fortuna (previously of Quigo, which sold to AOL for $360mm) and Philip James (founder of Snooth.com, the largest online community of wine enthusiasts) built a dream team and it’s an honor to be part of it. The site has been live for less than 2 months, and sales figures during that time period are mind blowing. Opportunity knocked, I answered, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Friday will be Petra’s last day as a head teacher at the Comprehensive Kids Developmental School in the Lower East Side. For the last two and a half years she has taught a class of 12 students with a range of developmental delays, and boy does she have the battle scars to prove it. I struggle to think of a more difficult job. In mid-January Petra will begin her pursuit of a degree in Speech Pathology. This Spring she will take a variety of pre-requisite courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Audiology and more, and will hopefully start a formal masters program this Fall. Petra’s calling is to help people, and while she did amazing work as a special education teacher, I think this is even better and I’m so proud of her.
Finally, after 5.5 years living on East 3rd Street and Avenue A (1.5 of those years with Petra), we are moving uptown to the Lincoln Square / Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan next Saturday January 8th. Our spacious one bedroom apartment on 69th Street between Broadway and Columbus is one block from Central Park, coincidentally exactly where many of the New York Road Runners races start, and arguably the best place to run in the world. We’re close to the city’s best grocery stores, which seems to matter more to me these days than trendy bars and restaurants (though there are some of those too). Compared to the East Village the sidewalks are wider and cleaner, the subways are faster and more reliable, and the number of my friends within walking distance is several orders of magnitude higher.
In our pre-wedding conversations with our Rabbi earlier this year, one of the important aspects of marriage that he stressed was idea of creating a separation between our old single lives and new married life. In modern society, with couples often living together and before marriage, it’s harder and harder to do that. I consider these changes an extension of our recent marriage. We look forward to creating new habits and routines and traditions and memories together this year in our new life.