I made it to Frisco (near Dallas), where the FortuneBuilder event I’m volunteering at is taking place, after taking almost four hours for what should’ve been a two-and-a-half hour drive. Waco was probably the most interesting part of the drive. I had to go through a thunderstorm that was like driving through a tropical storm. There were times I couldn’t see the car in front of me, even though the traffic on I-35. It slowed to almost 35 miles an hour.
By the time I made it to the north side of Waco, I had driven out of the rain. The roads were not dry, and the sky looked like it could start to pour again at any second. But it had still been free of the rain long enough for the automatic windshield wipers to stop for a couple of minutes. Then my phone went off in panic mode. “Warning! Warning! Warning! Severe thunderstorm warning for the next 18 minutes. Really helpful, Siri.”
I Made It
So anyway I managed to get to the event and get checked in. My job tonight was to attach badge holders to the end of lanyards, and I did a few hundred of those. Then we broke for the evening and I went to the another nearby hotel, because I hadn’t been able to get booked at the Hilton tonight.
I got checked in at the other hotel, which shall remain nameless for reasons that will become apparent. I went up to the room and found it to be very very nice, if not worth the price that I’m having to pay for it. But that’s what happens when you go to a conference and have to get a hotel in a downtown area.
So I’m hungry. I go downstairs to the restaurant for dinner, and it’s pretty nice and reasonably priced—for a hotel. The waitress was really nice and made me laugh. She took my order and went away. While I was waiting for my food to come out a fairly large gray rat scrambles across the restaurant in front of me. I was tired, so I rubbed my eyes thinking, “Did I really just see a rat run across the restaurant?”