Current location: Guanajuato, MXÂ
Mulege to San Diego:Â
Luxury coach: $80
Snacks for the 15 hour ride: $8
Random little girl passed out on my shoulder: priceless.
San Diego to Denver:
Patâ€™s Irish Bar for drinks with Scott and Erica. Freak snow storm and Shrimp Pad Thai. In the â€œItâ€™s a small worldâ€ category: Scott and Erica were coming back from a week skiing in Vail. A friend they were with tore her ACL and was headed back to Virginia. The friend: one of my first year MBA students at UVA!
Denver to Chicago:
Giordanoâ€™s Pizza with Hazel and Rick. They had just come from getting hitched in Vegas! I wanted to treat them as a wedding gift, but they wouldnâ€™t hear of it. They gave me the best â€œI just met you but this was so much fun please look us up when you are in townâ€ hugs ever.
This dude (Thomas) was cute at first but then got too aggressive. Plus he gave a terrible shoulder rub, you know what they say, if the shoulder rub is bad thenâ€¦er, nevermind.
Plus, another guy was arrested for carrying like a pound of weed in his carry-on bag! The Marshalls (is that what they are called? Po-Po?) were not playing around and carried him out of there crying like a baby in handcuffs. This dude had a block of marijuana wrapped in plastic, tucked into a backpack and then tucked into a rolling carry-on and you could STILL SMELL IT! I was questioned briefly, because I was coming from Mexico/CA (and possibly because Iâ€™m brown) but they quickly ascertained that I am a dork with no knowledge of the drug trade except for what I saw in those classic hood-in-training flicks: Traffic and New Jack City.Â
Chicago to Michigan:
Conference/Training with client. Debauchery with new co-workers. Very long days. Jessica and Jocylen blew my hair out of its braided tangles and tamed it with some Pantene and a curling iron. My mom Fed Exâ€™d my business casuals to me and WA-LA! Instant Professional â„¢! Slight cold due to rapid change in temperature from Mexico to Michigan and shaking 250 hands in 3 days. But that didnâ€™t stop me from putting a dent in the open bar at the Credit Suisse reception or from having drinks with M. Blake.
Michigan to Virginia:
My dirty-third birthday! Momâ€™s Potato Salad and Fried Chicken, Dadâ€™s Apple Martinis with lil bro and Jamila, Sunday spent replacing a blown water heater in rental unit BÂ ($350), Monday spent dropping $300 for repairs to Shorty Rock (my car) to pass inspection. Dinner with Stella (free, she paid).
Let me tell you what I got for my birthday: two airline sized bottles of liquor, a candle in gift wrap I had given my mom a gift in, and a slightly used box of valentineâ€™s candy! I get the feeling they werenâ€™t expecting to see me donâ€™t you?
**UPDATE: I totally forgot to mention my birthday dinner at Outback with my ex-mother-in-law (yeah, i’m confused too). First of all we had a crazy waitress who spilled beer on a guy at the table next to us. Second, that was the best steak I’ve had in MONTHS. Ms. D is also a traveler so I loved seeing her pics from her most recent trip and the stories about her group of girlfriends and their antics. The conversation was uplifting as always. I feel like I have two phenomenal women (Mom and Momma D) who continue to shape my journey into womanhood.
Another funny story, while waiting for my car at the mechanics, this guy (who was with another male friend) actually thought I was going to a) buy him lunch b) go off with him and his friend to his house while waiting for my car (theirs was ready) and c) give him my phone number. Riiiiigggghhhtttt. The crazy thing is he was really cute, but dang, canâ€™t a sistah get some flowers? A lunch invite where YOU pay? A first date? Plus he had spent 2 years in JAIL. QOTD (Quote of the day) â€œNot everyone in jail has tattoosâ€â€¦.uh, check please!
Best.Compliment.Ever: Young, Caucasian, spring-breaker kid to me while waiting in line at ATM in DC with his brother and a friend: â€œYour smile is gonna save this city.â€Â
Virginia to NY:
More training with client. More debauchery with new co-workers.
Why Iâ€™m going to love this client: They have Blue Moon AND Corona in the office fridge! PLUS, I got to wear jeans and tennis shoes to work! PLUS they have cable and TIVO in the office. To all my NY friends that are reading this: I didnâ€™t call because I donâ€™t have the money to hang out with yall like that! If I can’t go to Blue Fin or Plataforma or Virgil’s I’d rather stay home!
NY to Atlanta:
Stacey, Siddiq and their twins. Laundry. Atlanta Zoo and the very worth it: Chuck Close exhibit at the High Museum. Dinner at The Flying Biscuit. Ice Age 2 and being woken upÂ by two three (and a Â½)-year olds.
Atlanta to Houston:
Houston to Nuevo Laredo, MX: