Trip to Austin and visit with friends

Por Vida

While I was in North Carolina I had a bit of a scratchy throat, and some allergy type symptoms.  Nothing too terrible.  Then I got on a plane and flew home.  While I am glad to be home, the airplane air, and the pressure that flying put on my ears pushed me over into really congested and uncomfortable!

I landed back in Austin later than expected due to a delayed flight out of Raleigh-Durham airport this morning.  The flight delay was due to “crew rest”.  Sujata commented on that, “crew rest = hangover”.  In any case, the flight took off late enough that I missed my connection in Dallas, and that put me in Austin too late for Sujata to pick me up at the airport.  We had a meeting at 14:00 that she was in charge of, and I didn’t hit the ground in Austin until 13:45.

No problemo.  I got my luggage, and hopped in a cab for the very short trip over to the office.  I should have walked into Sujata’s office at about 14:05.  No such luck.  As my cab turned into the office parking lot the truck that had made the turn just in front of us stopped suddenly and my cab smashed into the back of it!  So I sat there, just a few meters from the door of the office, waiting for the driver to sort out the insurance stuff with the driver of the truck.  Happily it was very low speed, and no one was hurt.  The cars were barely scratched.

I finally made it to Sujata’s office.  We finished up our meeting, and then we went over to the Tea Embassy to visit, drink tea, and relax.  Sujata was kind enough to shuttle me and my luggage a bit further north to meet Joey.

Later in the evening Joey and I went over to see Megan and Robert.  They were throwing a little party to thank the folks who have taken care of their dogs when they are out of town.  We had a great time.  As always, Megan had a tasty and elegantly laid out spread.  It was a very long day, but other than the congestion and the wreck, it was totally awesome.

Pictures of the hike with Megan and Robert

I mentioned a hike with Megan and Robert, and Megan’s dogs, Reese and Anna, in a previous post.  Here are some pictures of the event.