April 30, 2006

Home Again Home Again

I’m back from Austin. I met some of the funniest and nicest folks. I will be posting on it throughout the week. As of now, I’m beat, my eyes burn, and I need sleep.

I had a car rental. Let me say that driving in Austin kind of makes me nuts. They have the MAIN interstate, but then they have these little feeder roads that are also named for the interstate, but just run along side. And nothing is built off of the interstate… its all built off these same named ‘imitation interstate’ feeder roads that run parallel.

So… to get to your hotel, you have to know when to get off the interstate onto one of the ‘imitation interstates’ or you end up doing like me, driving down 35 and saying, “Wait… that was my hotel I just passed…”, doing a U turn to get on the opposite direction, miss the right feeder lane turn off and find yourself now looking in the opposite direction as your hotel passes by… again.


In Florida, everything is built right off the interstate. See your hotel off I-95? Then get off at that exit and “Boom. There it is!”

I think I did most of Austin in circles. Think ‘driving on a slinky’ type swirly circles. Frustrating. But I seemed to always stumble upon where I needed to be.

Then again, our traffic is much worse than Austin’s. For sure. Maybe its those little feeder roads that keeps the main interstate from looking like a 10 mile parking lot. I don’t know…

Traveling since my gall bladder troubles started still stresses me out. Even though it’s gone, I still can’t eat what everyone else eats. I’m the only person who goes on vacation or travels and loses weight. I’m afraid to eat out. I did do big breakfasts twice though… pancakes and bananas rock. Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at April 30, 2006 09:04 PM | TrackBack

Those pancake and banana breakfasts are great...make me want to take a showah.

Posted by: Elisson at April 30, 2006 09:27 PM

Bou, you know I adore you! Denny had dinner with us tonight and I heard all about those banana pancakes!!

; )

Posted by: Christina at April 30, 2006 10:29 PM

I HATE driving in Texas. HATE!! Makes absolutely no sense!

Posted by: Sissy at April 30, 2006 10:31 PM

I thought you did just fine driving. If I had been driving, we would have been in farookin' Utah by about now.

Great seeing you again.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at April 30, 2006 11:08 PM

Where's the pictures??

We want pictures!

Posted by: Rave at April 30, 2006 11:18 PM

Just wow!

Posted by: marcus at May 1, 2006 01:19 AM

You mean not everyone does vacation travel in slinky circles? I'm the U-turn Queen when it comes to driving in unfamilar places. Well, familar ones to but shhhhhhh don't tell anyone. ;)

Glad you had a great time. Can't wait to hear the details.

Posted by: Sticks at May 1, 2006 05:12 AM

... what a great time... pancakes and bananas, indeed...

Posted by: Eric at May 1, 2006 06:33 AM

Bananas and pancakes...and the weirdest, rambling discussions ever....that's breakfast with bloggers.

I'm glad you came and it was great to see you again. Hope to see you again soon!

Posted by: zonker at May 1, 2006 07:07 AM

Those little "imitation freeways" are called service drives.

They "service" the freeways.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 1, 2006 07:52 AM

It was great to finally meet you, Bou. I hope you'll come back. Next time we'll do all the driving. Glad you made it home safely.

Posted by: Dash at May 1, 2006 07:54 AM

Great to meet you!!

Posted by: TJ at May 1, 2006 10:01 AM

Great to meet you!!

Posted by: livey at May 1, 2006 10:31 AM

Once again I bat 1000. I didn't even know about this one until 2 weeks ago - by then it was too late to even think about going. So far I've missed... Tennessee, Wolf Park, Milblog, Austin. Glad you had a good time.

Posted by: Teresa at May 1, 2006 02:51 PM

How about you take care of my kids next time and I'll go???

Posted by: vw bug at May 2, 2006 07:04 PM

Are you gonna 'splain the significance of bananas and pancakes? I didn't think so. Heh. Heh. Heh.

Posted by: Denny at May 2, 2006 07:13 PM

Good design!

Posted by: Emma at July 2, 2006 10:10 AM

Well done!

Posted by: Ethan at July 6, 2006 08:02 AM

Well done!

Posted by: Edward at July 6, 2006 08:09 AM