My VonLane bus from Dallas to Austin ran at 2 p.m. It came with wi-fi and AC electricity, which gave me the ability to work during the three-hour-and-thirty-minute drive. I was very impressed with this new bus service. I did have one glitch. I inadvertently set my return for March 3 instead of the day this week that I am returning. I called, got it re-set, and then learned later that the last seat on the bus I wanted was gone. No big deal--I will travel 2 hours and 45 minutes later.
I walked from the hotel where the bus stopped to the convention hotel. I found at the cocktail party that I knew lots of people from cases past, and met people I had always wanted to meet. I do not drink cocktails, but I found the company intoxicating. Two colleagues invited me to join a party for dinner, where I had an 8 ounce filet mignon, a heritage tomato salad with mozzarella, broccolini, a little bit of brussels sprouts and a delicious heel-piece of sourdough bread from a great restaurant whose name escapes me. I enjoyed the conversation, which ranged from birds to Mexico to kids to the S & L crisis.
I walked to my hotel, had a nice call with my wife, and settled in to rest.
Here is the cute yellow-rumped warbler I saw in my office's parking lot today: