Friday, September 21, 2007


Hello, my name is Jim Watson. I am a clinical research associate and I travel a lot. I visit doctors in different areas of the country who are partaking in a clinical trial and I make sure they are testing the non-FDA approved drug appropriately.

So, now that is out of the way, my job is nuts. I travel all the time and sometimes rarely sleep in my own bed. As a result, I needed to find a way to stay sane. I found working out and my per diem. Essentially, I sought to make my road work more like my home work. I often workout at home, why can't I workout on the road? Secondly, I didn't want to be in a new city, eating dinner in my hotel room every night. I needed to take some time away from the hotel and my suitcase and feel like a normal person. So, I took advantage of my per diem and sought out different restaurants from which I would gain a city specific perspective on food. So I decided to implement my love of food into my job.

Let me take a step back....From 2003-2005, I lived in Boston, MA for grad school. It was the first time I had ever truly been on my own and alone in a big city. The entire process was so self gratifying and wonderful. In my spare time, I taught myself to cook, visit the farmer's market, learn more about wine and simply begin to shape my culinary IQ into a number at least higher then zero. Trust me, there was nowhere to go but up.

The point of this blog is multidisciplinary:
  1. I wanted to have a place where I could review the restaurants I dine at in the different cities I am traveling to.
  2. I wanted this quasi food journal to be legible, er go the blog.
  3. I wanted a place that I could openly comment on some of the things I see as a young business traveler. You would not believe some of the things that I see. I personally think that a lot of young people do not stop to assess their surroundings and as a result, they miss out on a lot.
  4. Finally, I wanted a place where I could write what I wanted to write. If people want to read, great, if not that is fine as well.

So, if you are actually reading this, I hope you find my blog interesting, educational and more importantly entertaining. I think that we all can learn so much from other's experiences. I am not saying my experiences are more profound or groundbreaking then your's. Rather, they are my experiences so they are different then your day to day happenings.

I preface this blog with only one disclaimer: I am sarcastic. That has been my sense of humor for a long time. I hope I offend no one but realistically, I know this is not a goal I will ever achieve.



Peggy said...

Ahhh - my first born nephew - who'd have thought when you were that little chubby, adorable, curly haired two year old that you would grow up and be a chiseled, shaved head, drop dead gorgeous FOODIE! As your Home Economics major aunt - I take FULL credit (okay - the term home economics might date me a titch.) But I look forward to future entries on the blog - they will make my day! You go, Jim Watson! :)

Sharon said...

Well as your fearless leader at work, loyal friend, and self-admitted foodie, I'm really looking forward to this blog Jim. As you know my days off bouncing around the country as a CRA are over having moving into eeek management, so I plan to live my CRA life vicariously through you again!

Grandma said...

I shall never feel the same serving you Christmas dinner, Jimmy!