Scattered Thoughts

Recording what the voices in my head sometimes say ...

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Fort Lauderdale …. so far

This has been an interesting trip, to say the least. And it’s not even half way over yet.

I landed at FLL at a little after 1pm ET on Saturday. After taking a taxi to my hotel (the Westin Beach Resort), I was informed that my room was not yet ready. Fine. I was early. Check-in is at 3pm, and it was only a little past 2:30. That’s on me. I’ll just sit in the lobby with my 3 bags, and wait for the phone call that my room is ready. No big deal. Fast forward almost 45 minutes later … a veritable sea of people have come into the hotel lobby/front desk area, and all are being sent straight up to their rooms. I ask the front desk if my room is ready, and am told “not yet.” So it’s back to the lobby for me. Finally, at almost 4:00, I get the call that I can go up to my room.

After getting my things situated in my room, it’s off to find the conference hall for the conference I’m working. I could find no signs, no one to ask, and the only schedule I’d received at that point was the conference attendee schedule (not the exhibitor schedule). So I start digging through emails to find a contact person for the conference, and send her an email. She replies (surprisingly fast, I might add) that booth set up time starts at 10am on Sunday. After my initial confusion wears off (I was under the impression that the conference started Sunday morning), I decide to go eat since I hadn’t had any food since breakfast at 7am.

I decide to skip Shula’s (right in the hotel) because of the pricey menu - and my lack of info for the max per diem rate for meals that I can charge to the company - and opt to go to Waves Bar and Grill. I enjoy a nice little Cuban sandwich and some vegetable chips, pay for my meal (corporate card, of course), and head back to my room. Roughly 30 minutes later, I realize that I didn’t bring my copy of the receipt back with me. So, I go back to the bar to see if I can get a copy of it. The lady behind the bar says she’ll print another copy from her system when she gets the chance. 30 minutes later (and through body language that indicates she’s clearly frustrated with my request), she gives me my receipt. I later decide that, due to the maximum per diem rate for meals, Shula’s will not see my face (unless it’s the only thing I eat that day). So today will find me looking for other local (cheaper) options.

So, now it’s Sunday morning, and I get out of bed to get ready so I can get things set up. After my shower, I go to shave. Guess what has a dead battery. That’s right! My electric shaver. It seems to have been turned on in my suitcase, and the battery drained. Guess what I didn’t bother to pack. Right again! The cord to recharge the shaver. So I do my best shaving job using only my standard razor, and then head downstairs to the exhibit area so I can set up my booth.

Luckily, the two boxes that were shipped have arrived. I get the tablecloth out, our stand-up sign, and begin laying out the table (exhibiting hours will start at 6pm this evening - so that means no US soccer for me tonight, but I digress). That’s when I come to another realization …. I brought exactly ZERO (0) business cards with me. That’s right. I’m at a conference so I can get my name out there, and I forgot every single business card I have to my name. They are all sitting on my desk at the office in Indianapolis. Another fun little tidbit …. the only information that was sent is information pertaining to my product - even though there are dozens more that the company sells (none of which I know anything about). This should be interesting.

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"The Cowboy Rides Away" - King George’s last concert

I wasn’t able to see King George (George Strait, for those not in the know) during his final tour. However, I am grateful to YouTuber, Dave Meek, for posting the following playlist of videos from the last show, recorded at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The show had a record-breaking crowd of over 104,000 people, and included special guests like Kenny Chesny, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, and Jason Aldean (among many others). Since I enjoyed the playlist, and the chance to experience King George’s last show, I thought I’d share so others could enjoy as well.

All credit goes to Dave Meek for the videos.

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Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday dear me!
Happy Birthday to me!
Actually, it’s not my birthday, but the birthday of Scattered Thoughts, this humble blog. And, since the blog turns 3 today, I think it’s a good time to try to recommit myself to updating it consistently (though the content may not be consistent - what else could “scattered thoughts” mean?).
So this is my almost-promise to more frequently update the Scattered Thoughts blog. More consistent posting on Three Word Wednesday. Possibly more new music posts (reviews?). Maybe some reflections on comic books and other nerd culture. Let’s see what happens!
Will you join me for the ride?

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday dear me!

Happy Birthday to me!

Actually, it’s not my birthday, but the birthday of Scattered Thoughts, this humble blog. And, since the blog turns 3 today, I think it’s a good time to try to recommit myself to updating it consistently (though the content may not be consistent - what else could “scattered thoughts” mean?).

So this is my almost-promise to more frequently update the Scattered Thoughts blog. More consistent posting on Three Word Wednesday. Possibly more new music posts (reviews?). Maybe some reflections on comic books and other nerd culture. Let’s see what happens!

Will you join me for the ride?

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Monster Within

A yearning.
A need.
A desire.

Insatiable and unfed,
Threatening to shred
Every inch of my being.

Chains break.
Shackles fall away.
My feral self is free!

(This post inspired by 3WW. This week’s words: feral, insatiable, shred).

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Haiku

A shy, rangy man
Finds it tough to galvanize
Affable people

(This post inspired by 3WW. This week’s words: affable, galvanize, rangy).

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Tunesday

It’s Tunesday! Today, I’m sharing a new track from “Hearts On Fire” - the upcoming album by The Dirty Guv’nahs.  The song is called “Morning Light” and is a great little toe-tapper.  Enjoy, and share away!

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You

You make me angry.

You make me smile.

You make me laugh.

You make me cry.

You are the center of my universe.

You are no longer welcome in my world.

You probe the inner depths of my being.

You are a mystery.

You are an open book.

You confuse and clarify life.

You are a malevolent, repulsive force of nature.

You are a blessing.

You are the cause of wars.

You are the cause of babies,

You are - quite simply -

Love.

(This post inspired by 3WW. This week’s words: malevolent, probe, repulsive).

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Two Faces

One devoted
One devious

One overflowing with glee
One drowning in sadness

One excited for the future
One anxious for what it holds

One content in its station
One longing to break free

One has all it needs
One yearns for so much more

One will be fed until it bursts at the seams
One will get scrawny and die out

Which One will be which?

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(This post inspired by 3WW. This week’s words: anxious, devoted, scrawny)

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Pleasure In Pain

I sit in the dark,
Enveloped in silence.
Not a word has been spoken
In over an hour.
To raise a concern
Would only lead to trouble,
So I endure.
Alone.
While the shadows bask
In my grief.

(This post inspired by 3WW. This week’s words: raise, bask, grief)