Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Trip to Houston

I went on a trip last weekend to help a customer with some workflow and organizational stuff, and stayed through Saturday to just hang out, since she and I get along so well.  I have a lot of customers that have become friends, and Lois is one of them.

I arrived on Thursday evening, after multiple delays and a missed connection caused by said delays.  Lois met me at the airport and we headed to dinner at a Mexican restaurant to meet up with her husband Gregg.  The food there was great and we had enough left that we had it for lunch on Saturday.

Friday was spent in their studio.

I won't bore you with the details of what we worked on, but it involved a lot of Excel formulas and work in the portrait ordering software.  We broke for lunch and found ourselves at a BBQ joint that they enjoy.  The food was quite good, and there was a non-stop line that wrapped around the building and parking lot.  They serve until they run out of food, then they close.

I saw a jar full of can koozies on the counter and inquired about how to purchase one.  The man who was busing tables grabbed one, handed it to me, and said, "It's on me."  I was very excited to add this one to my collection.

Then we finished the work that we had started at the studio.  I wasn't sure if we'd accomplish it all on Friday, but we did!  That meant Saturday got to be for fun.  We celebrated by visiting their favorite cocktail bar in downtown Houston.

This place was everything they had described to me.  Our bartender Tommy was so personable and talented.  I had a couple of really tasty concoctions.  There is a drink called the Prairie Oyster that Gregg always tries to trick people into trying.  Never one to back down from a dare, I drank one.

If you can't tell what I said at the end, it was "That tastes like liquid smoke!"  It was terrible.  But I did it.  Take THAT, Gregg!

By the end of the visit, we had also had some wonderful coal brick-oven pizza, visited a tiki bar  and spent many hours in their backyard pool.  Lois and I even climbed in fully clothed for a late-night float that found us talking about many subjects and enjoying music.  They really do have an oasis for a back yard.  I took many pictures, but none do it justice, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Oh.  I nearly forgot.  I spent an untold amount of time bonding with her dogs.  They are nearly as respectful of personal space as mine are.

I had an amazing trip and I hope to return.  It was my first time in Houston and there is so much to do.  I'm thinking that Kevin and I need to do a vacation there.  Lois and Gregg were amazing hosts, too!

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