Thursday, April 27, 2006

4/27 Nashville

Talked to Russ a lot yesterday. They're not going to be doing the "real work" for a few weeks, right now it's just set up, etc. so we get to talk. Then I packed and tried to sleep. Didn't get to sleep until after 12:30 and got up at 3:30 to catch my 6:25 plane. Boy am I tired.

Plenty of excitement on the way from Milwaukee to Memphis. Someone had a medical emergency. I was all ready to stand up, take off my jacket, and in a deep, commanding voice say, "I'm certified in first aid. I can use the AED to start someone's heart. Let me at him." But my dramatic rescue wasn't necessary. Drat.

Had a nervous flyer sitting next to me from Memphis to Nashville. Early in the morning and she smelled of alcohol and cigarettes. She was so alert and in tune with every noise. I knew I could help calm her like a good social worker. Instead I took a nap. Bad Jer.

Lou and Monk were waiting for me and off we drove to our hotel. This Embassy Suites is right by Vanderbilt University and is rather new and very very nice. After setting up my computer they called and said it was lunchtime. Yum. Dave, Monk, and Lou waited in the lobby for me. The glass elevators overlook the lobby. It was performance time for me. I got some laughs, so I was happy.

We walked a few blocks to a micro-brewery--Blackstones. Good grub. And a few minutes later Suzanne and Big Jim joined us. It was great.

Now a crowd went to pick up Gloria at the airport and then in a while they'll pick up Debbie and her mom Evelyn. In the meantime I'm in my suite "working." :)

Actually I am--I have an article due today and I need to get busy. Will meet up with everyone for dinner. More later.


Karen said...

I hope you have a fabulous time while you are there. The weather should be nice and sunny. Embassy Suites are always a nice place to stay. And just think, only 7 days!!

Jer said...

So you're marking off the calendar just like we are. :)

Jill & Todd Potrykus said...

Have fun with your friends. Travel safe & we love you.

Bron said...

I'm like that on planes... I usually cry too.
Hate em!

Jer said...

Thanks, honey. It was great talking to you on the phone, and I'm so happy about your new job.

Jer said...

Bron, that's why we don't travel together.

Beata said...

Hi Mom, thank you for calling us yesterday. It was great talking to you, Dave, and Lisa! What a suprise when you put her on the phone! Wow! :-)
It sounded like you had a lot of fun and I hope it will continue that way. Please, say hello to everybody and give them huhs from me (to all of them, Mom. You MUST hug them all!!!!)

Jeff said...

Have fun, Jer. :)

Jer said...

Thanks, Jeff. I'm havig a ball.

Beata, everyone sure misses you and wishes you were here.