Fly-by

Just a quick little check-in to let you know I’m still around… and not getting emailed my comments from WordPress.  It’s enough to send a girl back to Blogger.   Does anyone out there blog on free WordPress and use a different comment tool/service?

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Where's my Mama?!

This weekend, I was in Houston for a conference.  Sadly, the way I do conferences, I fly in, miss the opening session or two, and fly out before the closing reception or whatever the wrap-up is.  This time, we were in Houston less than 30 hours.   Unlike NoLa last year this time, because of a special meeting we basically had to attend Friday night, we didn’t even get to really have a night on the town.

I also have to tell you… as someone who has done conferences as a presenter and a regular ol’ attendee…  If you’re the host group, do a goodie bag.  I know it’s just one more thing to ask your taxed conference hosting committee to oversee, but truly… my feelings were a little hurt and I feel I missed a chance to learn a little more about the city I didn’t get to see.

photo.JPGSee… even when I can’t fly in early and leave late, I can count on those host site bags to include a list of where to dine, some local history and tourism propaganda, and a snack or three.  If we’re lucky, there are other goodies too, like a locally produced hand cream, or from Baltimore, some McCormick spices.  Thankfully, someone has been reading my post-conference surveys, because at least there were very real snacks at our breaks this time.  (Never mind that I couldn’t eat the pimento cheese because while there was at least two quarts of dip left, the crackers were long gone…)

I also have to mention the very sobering moments at the end of our flight from Houston to Charlotte.  I’d seen the solider in his (Army) dress uniform as I boarded, and I had a strong suspicion as to what that meant, but I still shudder-sighed when the pilot announced during our landing process that we were carrying a fallen hero and asked that we all remain seated while his military escort deplaned.   The pilot repeated the message as we made our final taxi, and the very full plane honored both his request and the escort… save two.  One was not a native speaker – I know because I was behind him boarding, and it was a struggle for all involved in trying to explain that all of us still left to board had to check our rolling luggage, even if it did meet carry-on requirements.  The other I am assuming also didn’t speak/comprehend English, but that makes me wonder…  if we’d had a real emergency, how would they have reacted?  I sure hope they weren’t just being impatient and disrespectful.

Meanwhile, our big fundraiser is this Saturday.  If you’re local and you like poker, I believe we have a few seats left in our poker tournament.  I also have two general admission tickets I’d like to give away if you’re interested…

Target 2011

Marjie, I’m SO GLAD you found these cute shoes for me last spring.  Now, I just need to decide whether I’ll go bare-legged or buy hose.   Otherwise, my outfit is taken care of, thank goodness.  Dress, shoes, special undergarments, earrings…  I’m good to go, with no time to change my mind.  If it’s not pouring down rain Saturday, the girls and I will have a fabulous, long walk, rather than me running around like Chicken Little!

What have you been up to?

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16 comments on “Fly-by

  1. gMarie says:

    knitting, babying my back, playing with houndies, huggying my babygirl.

    Your trip sounds fabulous – save no crackers (where was the catering team on that one?) and the fallen Hero. I don’t know how I’d feel about that, but I do know that of course you honored his service by staying seated and probably quietly so. g

  2. Nichole says:

    You’re one busy lady lately! I think your flight with the fallen Hero is rather bittersweet… a sad time, but yet special to be able to carry such precious cargo back with you.
    Enjoy the fundraiser!

  3. Sue says:

    I have shoes like that in red patent!

    Having been in countries where I didn’t speak the language well, it was wonderful when natives took the time to help me find my way or follow the customs. I hope to be able to return the favor sometime.

  4. Katherine says:

    Oh poor Gretchen and Sissy!! They look so sad and lonely. I want to hug them and tell them everything will be okay B – U – T I know they are putting on to get the maximum amount of sympathy when Mama gets back! Sweet little rascals.

    I left WordPress and came back to Blogger because of photo problems. They would arbitrarily delete photos from archived blogs. At that time I had a web master who couldn’t get them to fix the problem so I gave up.

    I say bare legged with the cute shoes!

  5. Kathy says:

    Wish you had been in Houston longer! You could have come to the dog park with Lucy and me, or maybe we could have gone yarn shopping.

    Regarding hose: I recently read that Kate Middleton is responsible for making “nylons” popular again. Here’s a link to a short piece about that.

    http://news.instyle.com/2011/07/13/kate-middleton-pippa-middleton-nude-pantyhose/

  6. AlisonH says:

    Wow. I’m glad a comrade escorted him or her home. (And I’m showing my age to myself in having to do a doubletake and add the “or her.”)

  7. Nancy says:

    I agree that goodie bags are a must at any conference and well worth the extra work. Local merchants can be very generous, and the attendees appreciate it.

  8. kathy b says:

    awww, what a sweet thing for the public to TRY to do for the military man….
    I love goodie bags anywhere anytime….come to think of it the last Nursing conference I attended did have goodie bags. I think i had a fake foot in it and I thought it was perfect for premie sock showing off……..

  9. Marjie says:

    Welcome back! It’s sad to be on a plane with a fallen hero, but nice that we provide an escort home. I used to go to a trade show (quality control) every spring, but quite about a 15 years back because the traffic just wasn’t there. In the “greatest economy in 50 years,” companies quit sending their engineers out looking for great products for their factories. So we quit wasting $15K per year going. Anyway, rambling me….I’m glad you liked those shoes. I have them in 4 colors, and they are comfortable and pretty. Have fun at your big Do!

  10. Carol says:

    It sounds like you had a great trip, but I agree, they should supply goodie bags. A sad ending though…… My heart goes out to that soliders family. I hope you are having a good week

  11. My little Grrrls looks almost as sad yours due to all the running I’ve been doing lately. You’re warm enough for bare legs??!

  12. Mr. Puffy says:

    Reading about the fallen hero made me tear up. It’s so sad that anyone has to pay the ultimate price. Such a dangerous world we live in.

    I’m not a conference “goer” but if I went to any I sure would like a goody bag like you described :))))

    BTW I’m on blogger and very happy with the service/platform.

  13. Louise says:

    So glad you made it home safely, Channon. I can’t remember the last time I’ve gotten a “goodie” bag at a conference. Well, it could be because my mandatory conference days are over, thank goodness.

    GREAT shoes! Leave it to that Marjie!!!

    You’re scaring me about switching to WordPress. Back to the drawing board…

  14. Mary says:

    There was a medical emergency on one of my flights coming into BWI…the guy in front of me collapsed forward as we came in for a landing. I yelled to the flight attendant (strapped in jumpseat)..but she said she couldn’t do anything. A doc in 1st class yelled back to me (in second row of econ) to check him, I reached over the seat, he had a pulse but was unconscious. I asked the guy next to him if he had a medic alert tag (no). Dr asked me to hold his head up straight to keep him from choking and to keep checking his pulse. I did although I was still strapped in my seat behind him. Pilot called ahead for EMTs to meet the plane but they had not arrived when we docked. Pilot also asked everyone to stay in their seats. The Dr from 1st class came back once we docked and checked him (never regained consciousness) and I continued holding his head up until medics arrived (just asked the woman next to me to unbuckle my seat belt). Everyone but one person (not native English speaker) stayed in their seats until medics left with the patient. Dr thanked me for helping. Flight attendants did not. Don’t know what happened to the fellow. Could only say a prayer. But I was pleased that everyone else stayed put and were absolutely silent the whole time.

  15. Bubblesknits says:

    I’m glad you had a safe trip! I agree…goodie bags are awesome. I love going to the dental conventions for the little freebies. Pens, notepads, coupons, samples. Dunno…almost feels like Halloween for grownups. 😉

    Sorry to hear about the fallen soldier. Thoughts going out to his/her family.

  16. Blond Duck says:

    I would have eaten pimento cheese straight from the bowl. No shame.

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