I was so ready to go home and after a very scary night - bad storms, tornado watch and warnings, a flash flood alarm that woke me up at 3:30 in the morning - I was sorry that I didn't have an earlier flight. But I got up, got ready and managed to get my giant box of stuff down to the FedEx office to be shipped out.
I didn't have anything RT related to do today BUT I was incredibly excited because a dear friend was coming to visit me! We had never met in person - we kind of worked together back when I still had an office job. I worked in NC and she was in Texas but we talked via email every day and this was going to be our first time meeting face to face!
She came early and we got me checked out of the hotel and I was able to have them hold my luggage and then we went and walked around downtown Dallas. FINALLY! There I was in such a great city and I didn't really get to see it! The hotel was only three blocks away from where JFK was killed so we got to see the Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll. It was very surreal being there and seeing that it's not as big of a spot as you would think it is. What I thought was kind of bizarre is that there are two "X"'s in the road that mark the two shots. And people actually stand on those spots and get their pictures taken! What in the world??? I mean, I'm all for taking pictures of historical spots but that just seemed to cross a line to me.
We ate lunch at a fabulous Mexican restaurant (restored my faith in Texas cooking) and then just hung out and visited with one another. While we were hanging out in the lobby chatting, the head of RT came over and talked to us! That's always cool. Kathryn Falk is probably the most gracious person I've ever met. I had the opportunity to be on a radio show with her a few weeks ago and she remembered me! She let us in on how she's thinking of someplace really amazing for the 2018 convention - I can't say what it is because I don't think it's public knowledge yet.
Next year's convention is going to be in Las Vegas. I have a cousin there so I am definitely going to go. PLUS, it will be my anniversary again and I told my hubby that we have to renew our vows in one of those wedding chapels with an Elvis impersonator! I may make a party out of it and invite the fans! Who's with me???
Overall, it was a great week. I have so many great memories and if you are a fan and a reader, you should really consider going to one of these if they come your way!