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Philip Vegdahl
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#Frankie100 

6 more countries to add to my list:

Czech Republic
Ireland
Switzerland
Spain
Lithuania
Taiwan

There have been so many amazing dancers this weekend.  I'm lucky to be part of this.  Here's a picture of the dance in Central Park on Friday afternoon.  We were lucky and the pouring rain didn't start until the evening.  Tonight I'll be dancing at Terminal 5 until my feet fall off.
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Frankie 100 continues.  I've added the following countries to the list of women I've danced with:

Singapore
Norway
Russia
Hungary
Mozambique
Finland
Denmark
Belgium
Argentina
Brazil
Italy
Vietnam

In all there are 47 countries represented, so this list has a lot of room to grow.  :-)

One of the most interesting experiences for me has been dancing with women I can't talk to.  I've had at least a couple dances with women that really didn't speak any English, but they certainly knew how to dance!
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Frankie 100 started yesterday.  Thousands of swing dancers from all over the world have descended on NYC for the simple joy of social dancing.  I'm trying to keep track of all of the countries represented by the women I've danced with.  Here's my list so far:

USA (of course)
Mexico
Canada
England
Sweden
Germany
France
Australia
New Zealand
Malaysia
Japan
South Korea
China
Thailand

I'm sure that I've forgotten a few, but needless to say, last night was a lot of fun, and the next 4 days should be even better.
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Sigh. This is really sad. Portland is both tech friendly and wants to make car ownership optional. Shouldn't Uber be a natural fit?

They claim that taxis won't be able to compete. Yeah, we've had that exact problem in NYC. No one takes taxis anymore. </sarcasm>
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I love NYC, but there are some downsides to living here...
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Today is my New York anniversary!  One year ago today I woke up in Santa Barbara, got on a plane, and ended my day as a newly minted New Yorker.  This year has been quite a ride.  As many times it has been difficult, but I'm glad I'm here.  New York City is unlike any other city in the world.  I love the diversity, the culture, and the energy.  I love that the majority of people here are passionate about what they do, and aren't just drifting through life.  I love the swing dancing, the shows, and the food.  I love eating the best pizza in the world, and I love trying foods I've never eaten before.  Sometimes I even like the seasons.

I love the diversity and strength of churches in NYC.  Overall it isn't a very church-going city, but the people that are part of churches really take their faith seriously, and don't get so caught up in the misguided (In my opinion) political culture war.  They actually live out their faith, showing love and grace to those around them.

I continue to love working at Knewton.  This is the first place I've ever worked where I can definitively say that I love my job.  I get to work on interesting problems with smart, kind people.  I am well compensated and I am learning a tremendous amount.  Most of all, however, I love that I get to use my skills and talents to improve both the quality of education, and access to education.  What I do will truly have an impact on individual lives and on society.  No paycheck could compensate me for the feeling wasting my life on a job that doesn't really matter.

So yeah, New York City can be difficult at times.  No one comes here seeking an easy life.  It's worth it though.  There is no where else I want to be.  As far as I'm concerned, this is the greatest city on earth.

If you haven't ever been here (or even if you have), come visit me sometime.  :-)
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One of the many benefits of living in New York. :-)
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Opportunities like these make me so excited for the technology that we are developing at Knewton.  We have the opportunity to provide strong educational opportunities to youth that are often just written off from a young age.

This is obviously only one piece of a larger problem, but it is an important one, and I'm thrilled to help build the tools to solve it.
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