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On Thursday, I flew out to Utah with the CEO, COO, and two of our board members for a grand opening of one of our newest locations. We left our airport at 7:00am and were in Utah about 2 hours later (man, I love private jets - they rule). I helped out as much as possible with the pre-party items, and tried to help with a few other problems that existed with various computer items, and then it was picture time... Our EVP of marketing (and one of my best friends) asked me to take as many pictures as possible of the event, so I obliged - I think I took 480 pictures. Here are a few to enjoy.

The outside of our new building (I blocked out the sign on purpose).

We had a hot air balloon - here it is being fired up for the first time.

On its maiden voyage...

Then it was my turn... we're about 200 feet up in this photo.

Looking up "into" the balloon from the basket.

The balloon owner's friend.

A Utah sunset.

People stopped by and asked for rides - here's a young family returning from a voyage.

This one turned out pretty well - the lighting was almost perfect, as were the clouds.

We stayed until about 7:15pm local time, and then headed back home. I really had a good time in Utah - it was my first visit there - and I really enjoyed flying on the jet with all of the people that I really admire and respect. I'm so lucky to work where I do - it's a great place, and I love every minute of it (because of things like this!).

The balloon ride was really uneventful - the operator was extremely smooth - he knew how to get the balloon off of and back to the ground without any abruptness. I'd definitely recommend you try a balloon ride some time - it's pretty peaceful. The only eerie thing was the basket is made entirely of wicker, and it creaked every time you'd lean against it...

More to come...

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