Hey, there you are. I was beginning to think you had pulled a major Houdini, then I remembered that it was in point of fact me who waved my wand and disappeared. I’ve been on grand adventures, attended some awesome concerts, survived soul crushing events, and basically rode the many highs and lows on this little rollercoaster we call life.
Before I go much further, I would like to point out that I haven’t completely isolated myself from the online community, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and right a full-fledged blog. I’ve been caught up a bit in the whole Face Book epidemic and I do post occasional updates There.
It’s not that I’ve grown bored with blogging. On the contrary, I miss it greatly. It’s just that I’ve been working in excess of 80 hours per week for far too long and I just don’t have the time to devote to it yet. Fear not, though, loyal reader. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The project that is eating up so much of my time, should be letting up by the middle of May.
I will try to post at least once a month and hope for at least once a week until then.
Here’s a brief rundown of how February went:
Snow, lots and lots of effing white stuff causi
ng me grief with my weekly travels. I’ve had to get rental cars and drive from airports on several occasions, because they cancelled my flights. One of these trips caused me to boycott Avis, because they gouged me for nearly a thousand dollars to rent a car to get home and made me drive it all the way back to the airport I rented it from or it would be reported stolen. Nice folks, huh? I called and complained and they explained that all of the extra charges were justified. I just told them I was sorry to hear that. I didn’t mention that I was the owner of my company and not only will I not be using them anymore. No one who works for me will be using them either…
You wanna hear the real kicker here? I had finally made it to DFW after several delays out of Baton Rouge. I was put on standby because I missed my connecting flight due to the delay in BR, but as luck would have it, they loaded me on a plane about three hours after I landed. They closed the door and we waited and waited and I said, “They’re about to tell us this flight’s cancelled too.”
There was a soldier sitting behind me that said I had to be wrong. He was taking 15 days of leave from a tour in Iraq and really wanted to get to Tulsa. Sure enough, they pulled us back off the plane and I told him, we’d rent a 4 wheel drive and I’d give him a lift home. We made as far as a point between Denison and Sherman, when hit some fairly major ice on the roads.
Apparently Texans, have never seen the slick stuff before, because they were still driving 90 to nothing. As a bridge crept into sight, a semi lost control and sent cars careening everywhere. There was a cement divider running down the middle of the highway and several of them crunched into it. We narrowly avoided several vehicles spinning out of control, made it to the shoulder, jumped out and rendered aid to the injured until police and EMTs could arrive. We eventually made it home safe and sound, but when I returned the rental, I was reminded that no good deed goes unpunished, and if you do two of them, well prepare to be punished thoroughly. I was charged nearly double what the estimate said it would be (which was outrageous to begin with, but I didn’t really see any other choice, because the airline said they couldn’t get me home until Saturday night and I had to fly back out again on Sunday).
But enough about that…
My wife flew out to Baton Rouge (she was delayed nearly thirty hours before she actually arrived because of the snow) and we attended our first ever Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was… an experience. Good times, crazy times, probably the only time, but I’m glad we went.
Soul crushing events? I’m not even going to give them any more of my sanity by committing them to paper.
I had another flight cancelled, this time due to rain and I had to drive from Dallas to Baton Rouge. That was a fun day. I set the cruise at 90, cranked up the radio and just let my mind wander for about seven hours.
But, I still get to come home every weekend and I even get to fly out on Thursday nights instead of Friday, so that helps. We are still playing lots of Guitar Hero 5 (my wife loves to play them drums) and trying to push as much fun into our time together as possible.
I’ve also managed to see a few great bands last month. Some memorable ones were Suckerpunch, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and a rather uncanny Elvis impersonator.
So, what have you been up to?