Houston, Part 2

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Random Thoughts
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Barbecue

So, in my last blog entry, Houston, Part 1, I blogged mostly about working in Houston and eating barbecue.  That was the first half of my rotation.  Now, I’ll tell you about the second half of the rotation — which has very little to do with Houston and nothing about barbecue.

On Monday morning, I went back to the hospital I’d been working at since the previous Thursday.  Things were running smoothly, so at about 11am, I left.  I had a new job assignment, but first had to drop off a few boxes at a UPS store.  Getting to that UPS store was quite the drive.  I was too quick to make a left turn my GPS was telling me to take, and ended up taking a nice sightseeing drive through Rice University.  Nice place….

After dropping off the packages, I checked in at the airport for a flight to Oklahoma City.  Yes, I was leaving Houston.  Checked my toolkit and luggage at the ticket counter, got through security, sat down to eat lunch at Pappa’s Burgers (see my last blog entry about Pappa restaurants), and my phone rings.  Seems my plans had changed, and I was now to go to Denver instead.  How does one change destinations after he’s already checked in?  He gets booked on a flight from Oklahoma City to Denver.  When I arrived in Oklahoma City, I had to go to luggage claim, get my luggage, and go back upstairs to check in for the flight to Denver.  That was the shortest stay I’ve ever had at a destination!

So, I arrived in Denver later that night.  My GPS stopped working as I was leaving the car rental place — it told me it was waiting for a good signal.  It was a good thing I know a little about Denver, because I found my hotel before the GPS receiver ever found a good signal.  Checked into the hotel and settled in for the night.  The next morning, I wrote down driving directions from Yahoo Maps and drove to my next site.  The GPS receiver still searched for a good signal while I drove.  GPS receiver had died, I was sure.

When I started into my site, I realized I didn’t know where my company ID badge was.  I’d lost my badge — the first time in my life!  Where could the badge be?  I thought about this for a few seconds, and decided I’d left the badge in the Houston rental car.  Luckily, the site let me work without asking to see my badge.

Early in the afternoon I finished up, and got my new work assignment in Pueblo.  I wrote down directions to my hotel in Pueblo, and just for grins, turned on my GPS to see if it was really broken.  Yep — no signal.  As luck would have it, I had to go to another UPS store, and the drive took me by the hotel from the night before.  I looked up the hotel as I approached it, and suddenly, my GPS unit said “You have reached your destination.”  What?  The GPS received picked a fine time to tell me I’d arrived at the hotel!

So, when I dropped of my packages, I entered the address of the Pueblo hotel, and the GPS worked like a champ from then, on.

I finished up my work the next day, just after lunch.  I left town just before the rain storms entered, and managed to miss the flash flooding that closed I-25, my route out of town.  Once in Denver, I checked into a hotel near the airport, showered and changed into non-work clothes.  I had dinner scheduled with a cousin of my stepmom’s who I first met when I was 8 years old.  That would make her the person (not a blood relative) who’s known me the longest.  We had a nice dinner at Ruby Tuesday (I had salmon with spaghetti squash and salad bar on the side).

After saying our so longs until next time, I went upstairs and got some sleep.  The next morning, I gassed up the rental car and returned it, checked in for my flights (yeah — hard to believe there weren’t any direct flights between Denver and Kansas City) and had some lunch at the airport.  I think the theme food for this blog entry should be the hamburger instead of barbecue, because I ate plenty of hamburgers while travelling.

I finally arrived hom later in the evening, and while driving home, I wondered where my GPS unit was.  I couldn’t remember packing it into any of my luggage or my backpack.  Yep — another item left in a rental car.  Tis left-behind was gonna cost me.  It’s a good thing I was home, and knew how to get there from the airport.

But wait, wait!  My travels weren’t over.

After spending the night at home, I picked up my daughter and we drove up to Iowa to spend a few days with family

Now we’re back.  She’s at her mom’s getting ready to start school this week, and I’m getting ready to go back out on the road for work.  I usually don’t know where I’ll be ahead of time, but for now, I’m scheduled to work in Lexington, Kentucky next week, so I’m hoping I’ll get to fly out there this week and spend my entire rotation there.  I like Kentucky….

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