How did I go from a Farm Boy to a City Man?  After recently seeing the remake of the Lion King, I am reminded how my own life has had an interesting evolution. Like Simba I had some trauma early in life that resulted in throwing my little paws up in the air with little energy or motivation to want to participate in my version of the Pride Lands.

Farm Boy to City Man

by Dominic Gadoury

Farm Boy to City Man

I also learned from observing animals, specifically those on our farm (in my case chickens, cows, horses rather than Zebras and Hyenas). I watched and learned that striving with worry was not the most productive use of my time (although still spent a great deal of time with innate anxiety).

Then I went into the “forest” with my Pumbaa and Timone like characters for a while to get some stability and learn some basic life lessons that I missed in my home growing up.

After coming out of the closet and leaving some of the less than useful habits I had formed, I took the plunge and made my way to the Big Apple (ok, here’s where the Lion King alignment goes off course a bit).  A farm boy living in one of the busiest cities in the world has certainly been an exciting journey (and continues to).  Even this morning a man walking next to me on the sidewalk as I was heading to the office was body-slammed by 15-20 police officers.

In my evolution here in NYC, I feel at home.  It is where I married the love of my life (he’s got a nice mane like Nala), and where I find an opportunity to provide the best version of myself.  I wake up each morning and am excited and grateful for the kingdom I live in.

How a New Aviation Geek Product has kept me focused on lighter things.

New Aviation Geek Product

by Dominic Gadoury

I’m sitting on the tarmac again. There are a set of thunderstorms that have worked their way into the New York area after little Hurricane Barry has merged with a low front.

I’m destined to ultimately head to Chicago, but my airline cancelled the direct flight and I’m waiting to instead go to Atlanta (go ahead and guess which airline I’m on).

Anyhow, a change in flight plans on the way to the threshold and a faulty aileron indicator have extended my time sitting on a 25 year old Boeing 757 which will take me on my way.

Of course in these situations. It gives me an opportunity to meditate, nap, and scroll my usual reading spots. Once I’ve run out of those items, I start to get all aviation geeky with my flight tracking apps.

The newest innovation I stumbled upon is an integration between TripIt and MyRadar. Now instead of looking in MyRadar and wondering what those storms are going to do to my travel plans, thus forcing me into another app – it has created a streamlined user experience.

With its animated real-time weather radar, the MyRadar app already has a fan base of pilots, AvGeeks and weather junkies, with over 10 million active users. TripIt, with more than 13 million users, helps travelers get to the gate on time, even suggesting the best time to leave for the airport based on existing traffic conditions. MyRadar recently integrated TripIt data into its functionality in order to provide a more seamless user experience.

In addition to tracking weather, MyRadar can now alert users to flight delays, gate changes and other non-meteorological events that can tangle one’s travel plans. When opening the app at a major US airport, the user will be prompted to enter their TripIt details, allowing MyRadar to automatically pull up the traveler’s upcoming flight information and share any relevant updates.

If the MyRadar user is not also a TripIt user, then all is not lost – airport information is still available, but must be found via the search function. This is a slightly higher-effort exercise than via the TripIt integration, but at least it still means less hopping back and forth between apps while navigating the sensory overload of the modern airport.

“We integrated with TripIt as part of the process to make finding the flight easier,” said Andrew Green, CEO of MyRadar and a licensed pilot. “Travelers are often delayed or otherwise affected by adverse weather conditions, and it’s a natural fit for a user to be able to combine their travel particulars with current weather!”

MyRadar’s forecast calls for more integrations as well, said Green: “We will work with other travel partners as we move forward!”

Friday July 12, 2019

As a regular post going forward on Fridays, I’d like to share a few personal thoughts and experiences.  Here’s a little journal entry called Beach Time I wrote while on vacation last week.  It is especially poignant and Jeffery and I celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary

I grew up not far from a beach with the ideal days of July warm breezes. Today I’m relaxing after a nice long run with the calm ocean and small low-tide waves. I am grateful for this opportunity at Race Point and just calm my mind.  We as Product people tend to have racing minds that are constantly looking at how we can solve a new problem, overcome a roadblock, and lead the way to our future.  I sit uncomfortably here focused on simple things like waves and breezes and my breath.

But it is in these moments that mindful innovations take place in my life.  I find new paths and explore new ways.  I am able to dig deep and find myself in a vast universe with a new perspective.  Thank you my Beach Time, with waves and breeze and sunshine for the gratitude I find in you.

Beach Time