Nov 9, 2008

Glad to Be Home :o)

I called Beth from the airport this afternoon, and she guessed correctly where I was - in an airport business that happens to serve cool amber beverages :o)

As we were talking, I told her I took a picture of the Iowa mountains (LOL), here they are. She had a quite quizzical response :o)

Yesterday was a fairly productive day at the Project Management Meeting. After the meeting ended, I got in a quick workout, and then we headed out to downtown Cedar Rapids for a very nice dinner, and then a group of us went across the street to a piano bar. Both businesses only reopened in the last two weeks as a result of the Cedar River flooding after the June 2008 Midwest flooding.

At dinner, I sat next to an older black gentleman from Chicago. We discussed the recent election results, had a great discussion about wine selection and storage (he was a bit of a novice, but was extremely interested in learning more), and Ball State. He was very excited about the football team still being undefeated at 9-0, and the potential for a BCS bowl bid :o) He played right offensive tackle there as an undergraduate.

At the piano bar, it was interesting how the pianist, who was very entertaining, did not take a break for the whole three hours that we were there. He played up a storm, and made a boat-load of money by taking requests, and by stopping playing certain requests (like country music, just does not get the piano bar crowd going LOL). It was a fun evening, but I was in no shape to do any Blogging or such when I got back to the hotel.

After my two presentations this morning, it was off to the airport for the journey home. No bad travel events to report. I got home shortly after 7:00 P.M., and watched a pitiful Notre Dame game at Boston College, they got shutout. Nothing more worth being said.

Beth and Sheeba were very happy to see me when I got home. A busy few days, and it is nice to be home-sweet-home. Hope your weekend is going well :o)


  1. hi Ken,
    Just stopping by to say hi since getting back. I'm glad you had a good trip, it sounds like it was productive and you got some great insight at's always nice when you sit by someone interesting :) Glad you are back with your family!

    Pooh Hugs,

  2. Sheeba is such a ham! I think sometimes he likes posing like that!

    Happy to have you back safe and sound. :)


  3. Doesn't matter where you go, it's always good to get back home.
    Glad you had a good trip.


  4. guess what? I would have paid the piano player big bucks JUST to play some Garth Brooks.
    The kitty looks happy to know you are home!

  5. When Paul left us back in 2004 for a Korea tour, Smokey mourned for him ... for about a week.. she wouldn't eat much and she wandered the house crying. Poor thing...I think that's when she attached to me because she doesn't mourn anymore when he leaves and hides for a while when he comes home. Very glad to hear you had a safe trip and are back home with Beth. :)

  6. Glad you made it home safe and sound! Linda

  7. Welcome home! What mtns? *winks* one of these days I'll take a picture off my side porch. The mtns. are looming in the distance no matter which direction you look. Sheeba looks like he is holding your luggage hostage to make sure you stay. I know Beth is delighted to have hubby home once again. (Hugs)Indigo

  8. There's no place like home, glad you had a successful trip,I didn't know you had an interest in wine you must tell us more about that.

    Enjoy your Sunday


  9. Glad the weather was decent for your trip. Love the picture of the mountains. LOL

    Okay, give us some examples of requested songs for the piano player. Elton John? Barry Manilow? John Mayer? Madonna? All I can think of at the moment is Garth's "Friends in Low Places." I guess it is because I am from Texas and about half the requests around here would have probably been country tunes.

  10. I know it is always good to get home and sleep in your own bed and familiar surroundings. Welcome back home. :) I know Beth is happy to have you back home. I can hardly stand it when Ian is gone to work from 5:30 am to 8:30 pm some days.

  11. Sheeba is gorgeous, looks like he is saying you have to go through him before you go away again.

    Glad you are home safe & sound.

  12. It sounds like a very nice trip, and I'm glad you got home safely. I'm sure Beth was missing you!


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