April 19, 2006

Texas Trip - Returned

Back from Texas. We flew in yesterday and I think I may have caught a cold on one of the planes. My head is very thick-feeling and I’m just generally out of it.

Other than that, it was a good trip. I am told that on Monday it hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Dallas. We were inside an office building for the entire day, so I only experienced the heat in the morning and evening. It was humid and warm.

My duffel had endured the heat of the day in the trunk of a car. When I opened the bag at the hotel on Monday night, a puff of hot air escaped, as if my clothing were being stored in a toaster oven.

But getting to the hotel was a bit of an adventure. We caught a cab from the center of Dallas, bound for “Comfort Suites.” When the cab stopped we got out, paid the cabbie and ambled up to the reception desk. A large, affable-looking man behind the desk was speaking to a coworker, but turned toward us when we showed up.

“Hi! You look like you think you have a reservation here.”

I thought this was just his odd way of greeting guests. So we simply began to get our identification out so he could pull up our rooms.

He then said. “I said that because you came in a taxi. And we’re all filled up.”

I was thrown a bit because I wasn’t sure I even understood what he was trying to say. We were exhausted from a long day, and were not up to any tough mental challenges. But it started to look like he was actually trying to tell us something, not that he was being goofy or jocular.

I looked at SH, and he looked at me, and light dawned, and he said “Oh.” and I said the obvious “We’re in the wrong place.”

The hotel receptionist explained that the cab drivers always mistake his hotel for “Comfort Suites” for some reason. And the particular cab company we had used was especially notorious. The place we should be was a quarter mile further down the road. In our exhausted state we wondered whether we could carry our bags that far. We probably could. We definitely could under normal circumstances. But these were clearly unusual.

“Oh, he’s still out there, you’re lucky. You should try to catch him!” the receptionist said. SH did so.

The cab driver was apologetic and took us to the correct place (no attempt to charge us for his mistake).

We had to get up at 4:30 AM to catch the early flight back to Providence. This was not as difficult as I expected. I woke up 5 minutes before my wake up call and jumped out of bed frantically thinking I had missed the call. Ah, the disorientation of waking up.

Now I get to be groggy and disoriented at home. Good to be back.

Posted by James at April 19, 2006 12:05 PM
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Welcome back. Hope you feel better soon!

Posted by: Julie at April 19, 2006 1:31 PM

I'm hoping it's allergies. I forgot to take my allergy medicine with me. But planes are notorious for spreading colds.

Posted by: James at April 19, 2006 1:35 PM

Welcome back!

Welcome back to REALLY high pollen counts. I woke up at 3 this morning and had to shut off the window fan before I drowned from post-nasl drip, even though I'm on Alavert.


We have all the trees that are spewing predominant pollen. Want some poplars? How about a cottonwood or two?

Sorry to hear you were "high and dry." What exactly is the point of a dry town or county? Never figured that one out. But then again, we just got rid of the blue law prohibiting alcohol sales on Sundays, so I probably should shut up.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 19, 2006 4:08 PM

I actually don't know why part of Dallas is dry. Or even what that means in practical terms (no bars? no alcohol sales? against the law to imbibe? against the law to be drunk? what?)

Anyhow, this might or might not be a cold. K had a cold when I left, but is doing well now. SH had a cold, and so did other people on the planes. OTOH, this isn't starting like a cold.

So, who knows.

Lots of water, fruit, allergy drugs, rest... I'll do what I can do and let nature do the rest.

I still can't believe how travelling kicks my butt. But, then again, maybe it's the pollen/viruses.

Posted by: James at April 19, 2006 4:32 PM

Welcome back James!

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 19, 2006 5:07 PM

Glad you arrived safely, if a little worse for wear. Can't wait to hear the details of what made the trip a success.

Posted by: briwei at April 19, 2006 6:47 PM

Yay! Glad you're home!

I loved your Easter stories with the family! :)

Posted by: Keri at April 19, 2006 8:12 PM

Not as entertaining as your familiy's Marshmallow Peeps tradition.

On her show, Keri described a tradition in which her father allows a number of peeps to air-harden, and then on Easter they skewer the little fellas, light them on fire and compete for who can keep the things burning the longest (you have to keep turning the skewer to keep the thing from going out). Winner gets a year of valuable bragging rights.

It sounds like a heck of a lot of fun.

Posted by: James at April 20, 2006 8:00 AM

Now THAT is a worthy tradition.

Posted by: briwei at April 20, 2006 10:55 AM

Welcome back. Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: Patty S. at April 20, 2006 5:27 PM

Does setting on fire a platter loaded with sweet potatoes and topped with brown sugar and mini marshmellow count?

I was trying to broil the marshmellows to a golden brown color. WARNING: Marshmellows will catch fire in an oven set to close to the broiler.

Luckily we were able to save the dish by removing the charred remains and try again.

Posted by: Patty S. at April 20, 2006 5:32 PM

Patty, I think that depends on how long it burned. ;-)

Posted by: Maggie at April 21, 2006 8:13 AM

It was only in there for about 30 seconds the most. I won't look at marshmellows the same way anymore. They are evil but still taste good.

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What kind of lame spam doesn't even come with a link??

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The other $.00457 goes to Mike.

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Sorry, I had to edit the comments here.

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