Thursday, April 7, 2016

Away to Austin

Here I am at SJC (San Jose airport) last Sunday, after standing in the security line for an hour (Spring Break chaos apparently), waiting to board flight to Austin, Texas for business trip.  Got my new Samsung Galaxy s7 smarty phone to keep me company.  It came in handy.

Here I am at the hotel.  You can't tell, but, I'm already dying from the humidity. Back track -- took the airport flyer (all of $1.75; a steal) to get here.  But construction meant that I had to walk a bit in the heat.  Sigh. There's a reason why I live in the Bay Area, besides for biking....  The bell boy took my photo.  Yep, he certainly rang my bell....

Nice digs.  Situated right next to UT at Austin.  Cool.  After a tour of the library and a reception, I went to the hotel bar (got over eating alone really fast) where I was served by a guy who shares the same name as The Boyfriend.  He received a good tip....

Me again.  Thankfully, you can't tell that I'm dying from the humidity.  It was quite pleasant actually in the early morning and evening hours.  I enjoyed walking around campus, exploring where students hung out.  Didn't have time to see the bats that come out at dusk at the Congress Bridge (do a search; plenty to learn).

After the business trip concluded, I visited the State Capitol.  I met some officers on horses that helped me find my way ... which reminds me, the concierge at the hotel was happy to print my boarding pass if I had any difficulty doing it myself ... The Boyfriend wonders what I have that he does not.  A lot, Mister, a lot.

Here I am, poking around in the state library, looking at House and Senate documents.  I'm nosy. 

Now I'm in the Governor's public room where he meets and greets people.

Neato Peato.  It's the House, I think.  I went to a lot of rooms.... I got a bit turned around as to what I was seeing and doing.  Sounds like our government....

I think this is the Supreme Court.  Anyway, it was interesting to visit another state's historic building.  But alas, time to go home.  Yay!  A good trip but glad to be back home.

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