Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

trip by bus

I woke up this morning and ate fat-free frosted flakes from some suitably healty gluten-free place. I headed into my office, got half a day's work done, got in my car, headed to the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas across from Love Field. I stopped off at Golden Chick, which only had outdoors seating. But the weather was just right for the outdoors.I had grilled chicken, green beans and half a roll.

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:


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