I screw up quite often as you can see from posts like “7 lessons from my biggest loss of 2012” and “Fess Up Time: My Many Failures“, but those are at least educational for my students; this screw up isn’t educational, it just sucks and I owe my friend Pallian a big apology
The other day I wrote this tweet:
Wow I’m an idiot, I’m here at El Paso airport about to do all day flying to
@pallian‘s wedding at PEI Canada & I forgot my passport in NYC
— Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) August 19, 2012
And Pallian, who was my first web designer/programmer/believer in my teaching business model, graciously wrote back:
— Adarsh Pallian (@pallian) August 19, 2012
…a few email apologies later, I still felt terrible because I REALLY wanted to go to his wedding (and experience Prince Edward Island with all their great shellfish restaurants!) and be there for his big day as it was just a small intimate affair as you ca see from this photo he posted:
…because even though we haven’t worked together in a few years — after our brief success co-creating Chart.ly, Pallian went on to co-found location-based marketing tool Geotoko which got acquired by HootSuite — he gave me my start and I’ll never forget that.
Pallian had read my book An American Hedge Fund and been inspired because he had been designing pages for promoters on the opposite of the fence and knew all too well that these promoters ripped people off so he was glad to work on the right side…with me.
This was waaaaay before my 7 free video lessons or my , check out what my early Pallian-designed websites looked like:
(Pre-I manually entered all my trades into annoying code…thank the lord for the Egyptian magician for coming along and helping me create …he found me by trying out a dozen …mine was the only one who made him money…true story)
Long story short, we did a lot of great stuff together and I was looking forward to seeing him and reminiscing and ideally sampling some delicious food from his Foodess wife, but I was about to start the 15-hour journey from El Paso Texas, where I was for yet another wedding, and the airlines asked me for my passport since Pallian’s wedding was in Canada.
Doh! That’s an understatement…too much traveling, too much work, too little sleep, I simply forgot my passport back in NYC and by the time I got back to NYC, there’d be no flights to little Prince Edward Island by wedding time and the drive from NYC would still get me there post-wedding.
So Pallian, Jen, I got you guys a really cool gift that keeps giving as you’ll soon see, but know that I’m truly sorry for missing your wedding, this is one thing I can’t take back as I know you two will be together forever…as opposed to some of the other weddings I’ve recently attended