In the summer of 2017 I was having a conversation with my girls, Haley and Avery, about doing something fun for Halloween this year. In their minds there was only one choice, a Harry Potter theme. My youngest daughter Avery said “Diagon Alley” emphatically. I said “Ok”. The girls rushed outside, grabbed their sidewalk chalk and drew out plans for Diagon Alley.
I spend the next couple months doodling plans and researching every little detail of the alley. I was excited about the idea of creating this for them but was never fully committed because of all the events we had going on in late September and early October. It wasn’t until late September that I decided if I was going to do this that I needed to clear some time for it, so I gave my notice and set my last day at OpenCar/INRIX for Friday, October 13th (my late fathers birthday).