Reflections and Expectations: The Gold Standard

A picture perfect moment, a golden opportunity and Turkey Day once again with familiar company. Let’s look back at the month that was in the latest Reflections and Expectations.



A sampling of the photos taken during my Nov. 7 photo shoot in San Francisco

Photo shoot, Nov. 7 – I took part in a photo shoot around San Francisco’s Design District. With the help of photographer Michelle Tsang, I got my long overdue refresh of headshots as it has been five years since my last set.

The photos turned out to be absolutely fantastic. Michelle did such a wonderful job in this effort on every level imaginable. These pictures were fantastic enough in quality that I still can’t stop looking at my own pictures. It’s that damn good.


Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Levi’s Stadium tour, Nov. 19 – I visited Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for a guided tour with members of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Francisco group. Home to the San Francisco 49ers NFL team, this stadium will host Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016.

Our tour and a panel discussion at a restaurant across from the stadium following the tour focused on the transportation issues surrounding this upcoming major event. The day’s event brought together transportation leaders from across the Bay Area to discuss how agencies are contributing to this regionwide effort to accommodate transit and air travel needs of visitors during the weekend. I’m still looking to see if and how I can help out on the big day.

Thanksgiving – What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, my life circumstances were different in that I wasn’t able to make plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now that my life and career are back on track, I was finally able to spend Thanksgiving with my family in San Diego once again. It’s always great to spend time with each one of them, meaning a lot to me at every opportunity. A return to normalcy never felt better.


  • Christmas holiday – I’m definitely all set to make it down there for Christmas. Still, the Chinese buffet on Winchester in San Jose deserves a revisit…on a different holiday, of course.
  • New Year’s Eve – I’ll probably stay home to see if Kathy Griffin does or says something hilariously stupid with Anderson Cooper on CNN. I still can’t stop laughing over their “bit” on New Year’s Eve 2012 / New Year’s Day 2013. Google it.

How’s your holiday season coming along? What are you expecting as 2015 comes to a close? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.


4 thoughts on “Reflections and Expectations: The Gold Standard

  1. I’m so glad you’re doing so well Simon! When you said your last headshots were about 5 years ago, that’s probably about the time that we had met through Twitter and PRSSA. I hope you have a great December! So far my holiday season is fantastic, and I hope yours is the same. I’m expecting 2016 to top 2015, that’s for sure.

    • Thanks, Ashley. It’s been a while and glad to hear all is well on your end. The last photo shoot in 2010 took place about three weeks before I met you in D.C. Time sure flies pretty quickly. All the best to you for the holidays and beyond.

  2. It’s SO wonderful to hear how happy you are, Simon! Makes me smile. Love the new pics of you! Looking very dapper!

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