It has been 14 days since I last posted, that may be a new record for the longest I’ve ever gone between posts. All I can say is that I’ve been on the road and extremely busy, here’s a quick summary.
Arrived in Miami on Feb. 19 for a work function. This is the second time in a couple months that I had to travel to Miami for work and my first impressions of the city were overall negative. My wife was still intrigued by the warm weather, beaches, and potential for salsa dancing in a glamorous night club, so she decided to tag along and join me as a stowaway on my business trip.
One of my favorite moments was when the business meeting adjourned for lunch, we all went to eat outside. As we walked by the pool area to find our reserved lunch accommodations (there was over a 100 people so we had a big part of the outdoor area reserved), I saw Jaclyn in a beautiful sun dress by the pool eating fish tacos while reading a magazine at a big table all to herself. She looked so relaxed, in the moment, completely enjoying herself…plus she looked gorgeous.
Otherwise, I still hate Miami. After my work meeting concluded, Jac and I headed to South Beach and it was just too crowded with too many creepy people. Maybe I’m just becoming a boring old person, but it seems so sleazy and trashy, and ultimately lacks something that is distinctive to Miami. In fact, I would argue that Miami has a secure hold of owning pretentious shallow flare.
With all that being said, I still loved my time there because I was with Jaclyn and we have fun whenever we’re together. We stuck our foot in the ocean, walked along the beach, and I made her walk all over town. I love to explore, when I get to a new place, I’ll walk miles to check it out, Jac prefers to soak it in.
We got back on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Monday, Feb. 22 I had orientation for my new job~
Tuesday, Feb. 23 I had to cram in tons of work for my meeting in New Orleans.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 I caught a flight to New Orleans. I’ve been to New Orleans before, I spent a week here years ago before Katrina hit. All the things that made New Orleans one of my favorite cities are still intact. I love this place even more than the last time I visited.
On a random night on any day of the week, you can walk by Jackson Square and hear 5 street musicians playing 5 completely different types of music and each of them would be better than any musician you’d hear in any other city. Here’s a pic of Jackson Square, which is pretty close to the French Market.
Speaking of the French Market, walk through there to grab a taste of heaven. I mean it, if you want to taste the most amazing little treat you’ve ever tasted, go to the French Market and find Cafe Du Monde and spend the $2 to get some beignets. Here’s a picture of the little fried doughy confection sugar topped beignets that come out piping hot and delicious.
We stayed near the convention center where the hotels are tall and the malls exist, but walk 5 minutes towards the French Quarter and you’ll see yourself slipping into a dream where you’re sleepwalking through streets from centuries ago and the same bars, same music, same recipes, still lure in passer byers. The cajun food, the jazz music, the thick textured art that juxtaposes deep shades of blue against yellow, the Mississippi River, the thick accent, and old French architecture makes this city truly unique and no other city can claim to have any of it or repeat it with the success of New Orleans.
Goodness, I could waste days in this town and someday I’ll come back on vacation to do just that.
I’m actually still in New Orleans now, but I catch a flight in a couple hours. The purpose of this trip was around business and I was responsible for running a couple large profile meetings that turned out really well. In addition, I’ve been in meetings with affiliations and associations all around the clock, it’s been a crazy couple weeks and I just can’t wait to go home.
I have two more trips coming up in March and then things should finally slow down again.
Phoenix from the 9th to the 12th and Clearwater, FL from the 24th to the 26th. Clearwater is for fun though, I’m going to watch the Phils in Spring Training!
Okay, I gotta pack. Jac said she’d kill me if I missed this flight!