Chris Swanson | Creative Director


It's Been A While...

It's been a while, since I have taken the time to sit and write about... well, anything. What's going on? Well, the annual trip to Chicago was phenomenal. What can you say about good friends, killer weather, and a week vacation? Exactly! I was there for 6 days. First visiting friends and staying in Edgewater near Hollywood Beach was killer. Then it was into town to stay at the other Kimpton properties (given I work for them it was ideal). The Allegro and the brand new Palomar - Chicago we fantastic. It was of course IML weekend, which brought upon all kinds of fun and adventure, as it should. What the week also brought about was new friends, and a new thought on the actual possibility of moving. It's been an idea I've had for a while, and
so much so I had to send a picture to my partner and joke about already putting a down payment for a place in Boystown. None the less, it's been a while since I really gave thought to moving there. I also had to keep in mind that I always tend to visit during perfect weather. Maybe a flash rainstorm for 15 minutes here and there, but nothing even remotely close to the winter season. Would be fun, to actually step outside the blessed weather of California, and get all four seasons. Who knows, but this trip definitely reignited the drive to explore this vast world we occupy and with such an open mind.

On another note, it's has been a long while since I mentioned anything work related... as I tend to stray away from that. Good things are meant to be shared with others, and recently I was promoted to the position of Front Desk Manager at the property where I'm at. It felt like a long time coming, as school was always in the way of advancement, but no matter what; it's greatly appreciated, and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity to grow in my career. Even though it's not the field of study I recently graduated with a degree in, it is an accomplishment that I am very proud of having been in the Hospitality industry for almost 9 years. Wow! that's a long time when I hear it out loud.

It's been a while since I had a touch on a soccer ball, and this past week was pure bliss when I was able to get back to practice (the new promotion has kept a young professional very busy). It reminded me of why I started with this club to begin with. The competition, the camaraderie, athletics, and so on. The list is long when it comes to the Spikes and VICE Squad. It was recently a teammates birthday so as usual, after practice it was time to 'Carb-Up' at the local Firewood restaurant.
There is something special about this club, and has to be experienced to be known in its entirety. This weekend marks the end of the first season for the VICE Squad with a friendly match against Spikes II. It's going to be a doozy, costumes and all, but I can't wait. What a way to kick off the World Cup opening weekend. It was a personal goal once I graduated to get back into Soccer and organized sports, and I sincerely can't thank them enough for welcoming me with open arms. Go Spikes!!

Until next time...
Chris Swanson