Not the Adventurous Type
As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in downtown Fort Worth, TX. I’m here attending the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference and I realized today that I am not an adventurous person. I don’t like crowds. I don’t like strange places. And I really don’t like crowds in strange places.
The drive down was fine…until I got to Texas. I had a great playlist going (see below) and things were smooth sailing. Then I crossed the border and ran straight into the most impatient mf-ing drivers I have ever seen! Then came the construction…
Once I got into Fort Worth itself and found the hotel, then I had to find parking. My choices? Valet with the hotel at $37 a day or a parking garage down the street at $13 a day. Needless to say, I took option number two. Thankfully getting checked-in to the hotel was a painless process and my room is great.
I then walked the handful of blocks to the convention center to get signed in, my badge, and other assorted gimmicks. That too wasn’t a horrible process but the number of people was way more than I am used to. Also, it was kind of chaos in there. Even after I downloaded the app for the conference, I still had no clue what was where or what was going on. I did run into a few people from my library system, so that was nice.
As I was standing there, in that space with all of those people, I couldn’t stop thinking that when I go to hell, this is where I might end up. Needless to say, I got out of there lickety-split. Then I remembered that I’d forgotten something in my car, so I headed back to the parking garage and spent a good 20 minutes trying to find my car. I really thought that I’d done something wrong, that my car had gotten towed, and that I was going to be stuck here.
When did my obvious anxiety get so bad?
This Should Be Interesting…
Elon bought Twitter. Will it get better or even more insufferable? Only time will tell.
One Band, 5 Songs
Born in Dawson, GA in 1941, Otis Redding Jr. moved to Macon at two. When he was 15 he quit school to support his family working with The Upsetters (Little Richard's backing band). In 1958, he hooked up with Johnny Jenkins joining the Pinetoppers (Jenkins' backing band) which led him to a recording session for Stax Records, during which he recorded his first hit single, 1962's "These Arms of Mine." The "King of Soul" would go on to release six albums between 1964 and his death in 1967. Redding had recorded enough material in 1967 prior to his death that four posthumous albums were released from 1968 to 1970, with a fifth in 1992 that collected unreleased material taken from various sessions between 1963 and 1967.
I Need a Drink
It’s too bad I don’t drink but I hate the taste of alcohol so I’ll probably just eat something bad for me. If I can find something close that is…