Monday, May 21, 2012

No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive…

Last week I went on a business trip with CGMan. First of all, don’t ask me what kind of buisness CGMan does, because I do not know. It involves lots of meetings and business trips, of which this is the only one I’ve been on, and fancy dinners, to which I’ve been to a few. The people he works with talk a lot, using words like DOEJGB and MEHGIU and GYWTF and OIEKTH, which I think are places or organizations, but sometimes it might be a work plan. He also uses big numbers like 3.5 million and 2 billion. And something about the government. He wears a little American flag on his lapel, so I’m pretty sure it is our government. You know, the USof A government. He bitches a lot about the way they do things, so yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s our government.

Anyway, he had to go to a conference in Tampa, Florida and I got to go, too! We drove, of course, and took the dogs. They were not invited to the conference, nor were allowed at the hotel, so we left them with Granny & Papaw, who live just north of Tampa.

Traveling with two dogs is always fun. We played lots of road trip games, like Who Cut the Cheese?, Farts are Funny, Pass the Gas and my personal favorite, Guess what flavor dog biscuit caused this scent?

Even Zoe couldn’t stand the smell. Other than the flatulence, the girls are good traveling companions, and don’t mind touching every now and again or sharing a bed. Unlike some other travelers we have had with us in the past. (Hello Marine, Girl and Skater! Yes, I mean you.) Oh, and Zoe and Phoebe both love when I sing!

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After we dropped them with the grandparents, we headed on down to Tampa for the conference. CGMan had a busy week ahead. Busy with business. Let me just say this about hotels that cater to business travelers, if you’re going to charge $17 for a waffle, at least have the decency to provide free internet. And if one is paying for wireless, it should be for every wireless device in the room, not $40 per week, per computer. GAH!!

For the whole week, each day, CGMan would get up, get dressed and head to the conference next door. There were lots of seminars, 564345_3141770019431_1303431809_n and very important speakers, 528465_3151347978874_1120355990_32306499_298592006_a and boring luncheons to attend,
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After “work” one day, CGMan took me to the Kapok Tree Inn, which was a favorite stop for his family when they vacationed here back in the old days. It’s closed now, but the gaudy lavish gardens are still there. I can just imagine what this place looked like in the early 60s.

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Oh man, if I owned this place, the things I would do!! At one point, we had our faces against the glass, looking inside one of the buildings, which was equally gaudy lavish inside, when a woman walked through, showing what I can only presume was a potential bride, the lovely gardens, and the two gnomes with their noses on the glass. Aw-kward! I didn’t mind, though, I love being a tourist.

Kapok Tree Inn is also one of the places in my Roadside America quest. Roadside America is my road trip bible. I even have an app on my phone, so I don’t miss anything. It has, among other things, the lists of the balls of twine, muffler men and real haunted houses for every state in the United States. My goal is to see them all! Here were a couple others I checked off the list:

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Largest bowling pin and big, ugly, metal fish. Apparently it doesn’t take much to be an attraction for Roadside America.

After a week of brutal conferencing, we left to fetch our dogs. They were having such a good time, I didn’t think they’d want to come home with us. They may be dogs, but they know a good gig when they have one, so they jumped back in the truck without hesitation.

Thanks Granny & Papaw for watching your grand-dogs while we went on our business trip. Maybe I’ll get to go on the next one, too!


Now that I know how much fun a business trip can be, I may have to get one of those jobs!

Bahahahaha! Had ya going there for a minute, didn’t I?

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