Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Back to the Salt Mines
I had a great weekend in Orlando. But it didn't start out great. I was on the plane (small cramped type) ready for take-off when the captain announced we were delayed on the tarmac for an hour due to fog. Fortunately, my plane out of Charlotte was delayed, as well, for the same reason. I arrived and got checked into the hotel. I was staying at The Rosen Centre, a very ritzy hotel on International Drive. My room was on the 21st floor of 24 floors! I had a great view of Orlando. There was a lot I could have done (like visit Sea World) for free if I had known in time. Alas, I did not, however. Friday afternoon I went walking down I-Dr. with the intent of visiting Wonder Works. It was a museum down town. Before going I went across the street to Pizza Hut for some lunch/dinner, and asked the staff there about Wonder Works. They said it was a nice little place, but was really for middle aged kids. But Bobbi, the girl who was waiting on me, suggested I go see Avatar at the IMAX theatre just behind there. So, that's exactly what I did! Bad Ass!! I had been wanting to see Avatar (I enjoy those Sci-Fi types of movies) and in 3-D had to be the best way to see it. And it was! At one point I was swatting away bugs that were in my face. And I was gripping to seat when the dragons were flying! It was late evening when I got out of there, so I just walked up and down the strip looking at all the lights and touristy places. I called it an early night, as breakfast was being served at 6:30 a.m. I had classes on and off thru Saturday, but was fed a good lunch, as well. I was done with classes around 4:30 p.m. and spent a good hour just chatting it up with other soldiers I met while there. Whilst waiting around the pool area a man with a beard and a jacket with a Vietnam Veteran patch came around to everyone and invited them back that evening to free drinks on him!! I was all over that. I headed to the store for a couple of things, then to McDonald's for a quick dinner. Then I changed to my bathing suit and went back to the pool. I had a few drinks on this guy, whom I didn't even see that evening. The bar tender said he was good for it, though. Then had a few more as I chilled in the pool and hot tub. Just chatted and got to meet a few other soldiers and people who were guests at the hotel. I went to bed around 1:30 a.m. and didn't wake for breakfast on Sunday. But I had already completed the class scheduled for that Morning. Headed for the airport right after lunch. I hated the idea of leaving such warm temps. It was in the 80's while I was there! Nice and warm! And I received some valuable info on some of my benefits that are available as a Veteran of the War in Iraq (OIF). It was back to work Monday morning with rain and thunder storms and highs in the upper 50's. Ho hum. Got a few pics, but haven't had a chance to upload them yet. I'll try by the end of the week.