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Travel and Such
I have a whirlwind week ahead of me. It feels like I've been traveling a LOT in the past three months, so I looked it up in my calendar. I guess I haven't been traveling all that much, approximately two weekends per month, but it still feels like I have been constantly packing, unpacking, and repacking my suitcase.

We're (finally) putting our big release into production this weekend. They requested a developer in San Antonio where our call center is -- basically just to make the users "feel good" next week while they're getting used to the new stuff. I volunteered, since I've never been to San Antonio, and it will hopefully be warm there.

So I'm leaving for Texas sunday afternoon, and flying back tuesday afternoon. Quite a quick little visit! But at least I'll be able to spend sunday afternoon/evening looking around a little. And hopefully I'll get to see the sun.

Tuesday evening I arrive back in Detroit, hopefully have a quick dinner with my Boy, then I'm driving to Sandusky that night. We're having an off-site team gathering, to talk about the last release and begin talking about the next one.

Wednesday and thursday will be all-day planning sessions, then I'll drive back thursday night or friday morning. I'm hoping to get a skating lesson on friday around lunchtime; I should be back in plenty of time for that.

I want a skating lesson because that sunday I'm testing my Novice Moves! Yikes. Hopefully I won't have forgotten how to skate, during all this travel. I'm really nervous and excited about testing. It'll be the first time taking a skating test since I was 18 years old!

Hard to believe. I've been competing all these years, but haven't had a need/desire to take any lessons or do any testing. Now that I'm not competing, I figured testing would be a good way to stay challenged. But now that it's coming up so fast, it's a little nerve-wracking. ...especially with all the travel ahead of time.

I'm glad I'm testing, despite the stress. Even if I don't pass, at least the First Time Back will be out of the way. The experience will be good, and I will hopefully get some useful feedback from the judges. And if I pass....well that will be even cooler!

Other trips I'd like to make soon, in March/April:
more skiing (because it's fun, and winter will end soon)
Chicago (because it's been too long since I've seen my niece and nephew)
New York (because I skipped my normal visit with my extended family at Christmas)

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kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: March 1st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remember (to go to) the Alamo.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 1st, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
you beat me to it! (:

have fun, lady! if you remember, send postcards!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: March 1st, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Other trips I'd like to make soon, in March/April:

I'd like to join you to go to Chicago. Driving with someone else in the car always makes trips go nicer.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 2nd, 2006 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be fun. (:
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 1st, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where is the call center in San Antonio? Based on that suggestions can be made. Remember San Antonio is bigger than Detroit! Or you can just drive up to Austin, it's only about 75 minutes or less away.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 2nd, 2006 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll be staying at the Airport Hilton, on NW Loop 410. I understand it's near the riverwalk, which is supposed to be a nice place.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 2nd, 2006 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
The Hotel about 9.5 miles from the Riverwalk and the Alamso. Hotel address is 611 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216. The Alamo is 300 Alamo Plz, enterance to the River Walk is across the street. Hotel is about 75 miles from where I live.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Gotcha, thanks. Any Riverwalk recommendations?

Alas, I don't think I'll be able to make it to Austin in the short time I'm there, but maybe if we're lucky they'll send me back for a longer trip sometime!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 3rd, 2006 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Riverwalk

This URL lists a bunch of the restaurants on the riverwalk http://www.alamocity.com/restaurants/

Dick's last resort has lots of fried food and waiters that will insult you but all in fun, one of the cheaper places.

The County Line has good barbecue, the original is in Austin.

A bunch of TexMex places are listed too.

You might want to look at maps.google.com or mapquest to know how to get from the airport to your hotel to the riverwalk/alamo. Sunday afternoon you might find some free parking on the street.
druidsquirrel From: druidsquirrel Date: March 2nd, 2006 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
As a former resident of San Antonio, I can offer the following tourist advice:

1. Forget the Alamo. It's an old building. Boring.

2. Definitely do visit the River Walk, preferably after dark. Take a ride on one of the boats if you get the chance -- it's a great way to see the sights. Also, be sure to have a Margarita or two while you're there.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
A boat ride... now that sounds fun! Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 4th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would check out the Alamo if only to realize that it is much shorter in person.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks! I'd cross my fingers and toes, but I'm not sure if i can skate that way....
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 3rd, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Weather Forecast for San Antonio

Sunday
Mostly Cloudy
Hi 76�F

Sunday Night
Patchy Fog
Lo 60�F

Monday
Patchy Fog
Hi 78�F

Monday Night
Mostly Cloudy
Lo 61�F

Tuesday
Mostly Cloudy
Hi 78�F

Currently, it's 65 in San Antonio, 26 in Detroit. You might thaw out when you get to Texas.
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