Monday, May 23, 2011

Back Yo Yo!

*cough* Oh, I know... I don't look much like a gangster, but I probably have something in common with those goofy childhood toys that couldn't be controlled by anything but skilled hands... *shifty*

So I had a FABULOUS trip. Living in poverty, I really only get the chance to travel when my work pays for it, and I LOVE it when they send me somewhere that I KNOW someone who can show me a good time.


Llama and Penguin Paint the Town

So a couple really nice things happened Wednesday morning. The FIRST was that a baby skunk was in our yard and was very amusing to watch snurfle around our yard as I waited for my driver (okay, so he's my bosses driver, but she shared him). And there was no person in the middle seat on the long leg of the flight (Detroit to Dallas) so I could sprawl a bit... okay, not a BIT, but a bit... and THEN, when I got to my hotel, even though it was only 11am, they let me check in!

I did my obligatory work thingy-do, then Stacy came to the hotel (all excited about her FAB parking spot). She claimed to have a poor sense of direction, but I am google map queen, so we walked from there to Stubbs for (DELICIOUS) barbeque.

Note: Google Maps does not warn about the 'rough' part of town. Not sure what it was exactly, but there was a largish group of needy people waiting for SOMETHING, and police arresting somebody else... It was never frightening, as nobody approached us, even for a handout, but it was a little bit one of those...erm... wrong neighborhood... moments...

The barbecue was FAB!!! (and the company more so—my face STILL hurts from laughing so much three days later)

And then we came back to plug Stacy's meter... and then we walked up and down 6th a bit (erm...) and then up to the Capitol building. We discussed joining a group of kids for an official tour (debating how much Spanish we spoke, as it seemed that may need to be the tour language), but then learned we could have an official tour all on our OWN... I'm sure we scared the woman, but it was really interesting to get some Texas history. I'd had no idea Texas was once it's own country... that the people of Texas had lived under 6 flags (not the theme park, though it took a while to establish that detail): Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, the US, and... erm... I forget the 6th... Oh right... the Confederate flag—they were on the WRONG side in the civil war *cough* (my great X6 grandpa was a Vermont sharp-shooter and I am a northerner all the way through).

Yup... pretty penisey... Leigh, explain this...
The capitol building (above, behind Stacy and I) is cool... almost identical to the Michigan one, for good reason, it is the same designer! (a Michigander no less)... The Texas one is the biggest capitol, though not the tallest... Louisiana has the tallest, though according to her, Louisiana's looks like a penis... okay, so maybe that wasn't the words she used... but she implied it... Stacy and I might have used the word, though Stacy probably used the words Meaty Thunderstick... (did I use that term out of context, Stace?) *giggles* (see, pretty much everything is giggle material for Stacy and I)

After the capitol tour, we went back to plug the meter... it might be possible you are detecting a trend, though it's a little early to be sure... and we went to an art gallery... Austin artists... whereby I proved I was dark and disturbing and Stacy proved she's a nut... It's all about interpretation, sort of like those pictures that can be two things at once... I really dug the dead body display... I'm serious... it was subtle, and surely it means I'm edgy and mysterious that I spotted them *shifty*

Then we plugged the meter... walked 6th a bit more discussing bats—see, Austin has the largest urban bat population in the US and we thought maybe we'd like to SEE it, but we weren't sure where they were. We tried (TWICE) to go to the bat bar to find out, and then proved once and for all that THERE'S NO HARM IN A U-TURN (Yes, we were walking, but it still needed to be said) when we went BACK to The Chupacabra for Margaritas... The gal at the Chupacabra knew where the bats were, but it didn't keep me from having two...

Then we went back to plug the meter... *shifty* and register for my conference (they didn't allow check-in until 5). It's possible we were loud and obnoxious, but nobody brought it up later, so at least I've got that going for me.

Then we walked down to try to see the bats, who unfortunately insisted on sleeping until sunset, and Stacy had to pack for a 5am drive to Dallas (Hopefully her peeps were stellar at their competition) so we gave up.

Conference conference conference

Then FRIDAY, I got to meet CAROL!

Stolen from here
Now Carol and I don't have the same zany history as Stacy and I do, but it was FABULOUS to meet for a bowl of soup and cup of coffee... chat books—mystery strategy, pantsing versus planning... learn about each other—she's FABULOUS! I really enjoyed it!

I have a few more topics from my conference, but I think I will sprinkle them a little. I hope to make a good run at catching back up with my peeps (meaning all of you) this week. It's sort of strange being gone... I've lost a follower here... SEVERAL on Twitter... though I think there there is a software somethingorother that drops people who don't post statuses or something... SURELY I can't be more offensive ABSENT than PRESENT otherwise...

I am glad to be back and looking forward to catching up!

23 comments:

mooderino said...

I just joined twitter so now you have one new follower. You sound busy. I got tired just reading about it.

Cruella Collett said...

Leaving a lot of love, actually, since I was THRILLED to be taken along on your Stacyville shenanigans - felt like I was there too (which you know I was in my heart). SO glad you had so much fun (NEVER doubted you would), and I'm now more than every looking forward to your Naked World Domination Tour ;)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Sounds like so much fun! Glad you got to catch up with friends and tour such a cool city. And happy you're home safely, too. :)

Misha said...

Awesome trip! I'd love to see Texas. ^_^

Welcome back.

Pk Hrezo said...

Glad you had a great trip! Sounds fun! And even if you don't make ABNA finals, you got further than anyone else I know... so congrats on that! You should be very proud!! :)

Cold As Heaven said...

Looks like you had a cool trip. I've never bean to Baton Rouge to se the Louisiana Capitol, but I've seen that tiny little one in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cool, it looked just like a shrunk version of the one in Denver.

Yo-yo's are great toys. I was fairly good when I was a kid. Last summer the stores sold candy where you got o yo-yo as bonus if you bought a big bag. Of course I had to get one, to practise some old tricks >:D

Cold As Heaven

Carol Kilgore said...

I loved meeting you, too. And I'm glad you know more about Texas! FWIW, ancestors on one side of my family fought for the north. The ones on the other side fought for the south. No wonder I'm always confused :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you had a good time and nothing bad happened in the wrong part of town.
Now I'm going to do an image search for the Louisiana State penis, er, Capital.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww you and Stacy look just lovely!!!! Yay for meeting up and showing that part of town - good AND bad - how to be stylishly NAKED!! Take care
x

DCAllen said...

Hey, never never offensive. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Ha! Moody-following you back!

Mari-that means now I've met you and Stacy BOTH twice, so you need to come visit again to stay ahead... teehee (we talked about you a bunch--all great stuff)

Elizabeth-great to be back!

Misha-I loved Austin. I've also been to Dallas and was far less impressed.

PK, thank you!

CaH--so you are one of the 43 people who has been to Wyoming! teehee (kidding... sort of...)

Carol-too funny to have family on both sides... that WOULD be confusing! (except the north was right)

Alex-no NEED to search--I posted one, silly...

Jenny-we were TOTALLY naked, but I had to photoshop on clothes! *shifty*

Chris-well... or not too much anyway *teehee*

Colene Murphy said...

Wow!! Sounds like such a fun time!! Glad you had a good time, even in the sketchy part of town. (did you ever figure out what they were waiting on? weird...)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sounds like you walked some miles.

Johanna Garth said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had fun messing with Texas!!

vbtremper said...

Welcome back. My hubs and I went to Austin for a long weekend last August (OMG hot!). We had an awesome time! Glad you did, too!

-Vicki

vbtremper said...

Welcome back. My hubs and I went to Austin for a long weekend last August (OMG hot!). We had an awesome time! Glad you did, too!

-Vicki

Deb and Barbara said...

Ooh, I love travel too. And discovering stuff about places I've never been. You so tripped this out like I woulds done. Welcome back though (and I'm sure it's just techno problems...)!
B

Jan Morrison said...

sounds like you had a blast and even though I'm in deep deep envy over your meeting Carol and drinking margaritas without me and all that - I'll get over it!!!

Michael Offutt said...

Why do you ppl out there insist on pantsing? Is it so hard to actually sit down and outline your story?

Holly Ruggiero said...

Sounds like you had a great time.

And a baby skunk! AWWWWW!

Cheeseboy said...

Awesome places that I sure would like to see someday.

Adina West said...

Tee hee. You're not offensive absent OR present Hart, though the Texan Parking Meter Authority may beg to differ...or anyone you met after several margaritas...

Love Margaritas by the way, my favourite cocktail. :-)

LTM said...

sorry, late to the party, and I think it's VERY uncool that you're wandering all over the southern states and I don't get to see you. OK, so Austin's not really southern. And I guess it's only one place. But still.

Sigh. That capitol bldg. What can I say? Huey P. Long was an odd fellow. Very charismatic. I grew up seeing that thing at least once a day, but it wasn't til LSU that I ever thought of a penis when I saw it.

And there you go. What could that mean? ;p