Monday, September 20, 2010
This is where I was on Saturday late afternoon, in the 93 degree (F) heat of Dallas, TX, in a hotel pool. This is the first time I've been swimming in... three years? I swam 14 laps and my shoulders said, "You haven't used us this way in a while!" So I got out and lazed beside the pool and chatted with another attendee. And I have to say that coming home to the 52 degree (F) autumn evening in Nebraska on Sunday... well, it kind of felt good, but there's a part of me that would like to stay with the warmth and the swimming pools.
The current background photo is the view from my hotel room when I first checked in. If you look closely, you'll see that the rainbow is a double one... the outer arc is fainter, but it's there. Rainbows are promises. And it was a weekend full of promises kept.
The comic relief was on the way back: the pilot got the passengers to load quickly and efficiently by means of competition. Our flight was from Dallas to Chicago. The flight loading next to us was also going to Chicago... it was the charter flight of the Chicago Bears, who had, apparently, just defeated the Dallas Cowboys! Our goal, said the pilot, was to beat that charter flight into Chicago. I never found out whether we did, but we got people into their seats and away from the gate first.
Fun side trips: Addison, TX, Oktoberfest, Saturday afternoon.
Ate like crap, but in reasonable portion sizes: smoked turkey leg (but stopped after what I hoped was a reasonable portion), German potato salad, and sauerkraut.
Allergies killed me on Sunday and are still giving me after effects today. But all in all, a wonderful weekend, and I'm gentling myself back into my program.