LBC

One of the good things about work travel is spending time with colleagues who have become friends. We have quite the family. It’s always a joy to find some time between lunches, dinners, sessions, receptions, networking, etc. to spend quality time with these amazing people.

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With Louanne and Alix at the GCT booth. I need to plan a trip to Shanghai to visit Alix.

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With my buddy Randy (one of my favorite people – ever) at the Queen Mary. I liked his spirit immediately.

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With Dr. Walter Kemmsies. I was literally in a conversation with a coworker when I saw Walter and dashed off to talk to him. I am not a sport or music groupie. But I would chase after him and another economist, Dr. Nariman Behravesh. Both absolutely brilliant!

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With Kathleen and Jim. After all this time, I learned that Jim is a fellow writer and quite talented.

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With my buddy Randy.

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Taking an afternoon break and stroll with Louanne.

And  of course catching up with friends who live in the area.

With Mary (left) and Samarah (right). I need to plan a trip to Southern Cal just to visit these two ladies who I miss. They are a short two hour flight away.

And of course the pure beauty of the beach and being on the water. I don’t like heat, but I am tired of being cold this winter. It was a joy to feel the sun.

Houston Trip

I traveled to Houston for my job to attend a conference. I had time for a little fun while there and was able to see some buddies from other ports and the industry.

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With my coworker and teammate, Andre. We set up our booth the day before the trade show.

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With my coworker, Bob.

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Art in the park across the street from our hotel.

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It just so happens that the Mariners were playing the Astros while we were there. The M’s won in 11 innings 4 to 3. We were happy in enemy territory. It was my first time seeing a Seattle team in another city/state.

 

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Outside of Minute Maid Park.

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There was a business run opening day. It seemed like a good idea at the time, LOL. It was a good way to start a long day. You could do four miles or six miles. I opted to walk the four mile. In a nice surprise, there was also another walker. A woman named Adrian from Jacksonville.

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Found a few minutes during one of the days for a short walk to do just this: Pause.

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There were many receptions on all nights of the trade show. Wednesday saw us bowling at Vancouver BC’s reception and then dancing and listening to good music at House of Blues at AAL’s reception.

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So that time I did an armadillo race with my buddy, Randy, from Portland. I came in second out of three. There was also a mechanical bull, but I was wearing a skirt. Otherwise, I would have loved to do it!

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I absolutely loved this church.

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Mount Rainier welcoming me home.

Bainbridge Island

I spent part of the day on Bainbridge Island with Candy and Diane to see the works of Barbara Earl Thomas at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. It was awesome!

Diane, Candy, and I boarding the ferry

Di, Candy, and I boarding the ferry

One of my favorite views of Seattle.

One of my favorite views of Seattle.

One of the written pieces

One of the written pieces

Some of the painting pieces

Some of the painting pieces

One of the glass pieces

One of the glass pieces

Wind blown look

Wind blown look

Having fun

Having fun

Bremerton

On Saturday, I went over to Bremerton with my friend Leisha. It was great. Perfect weather, and we also stopped by this lavender garden.

My favorite view of downtown Seattle, best captured from the water or from West Seattle

My favorite view of downtown Seattle, best captured from the water or from West Seattle

Lavender garden = bee's paradise

Lavender garden = bee’s paradise

The water view from the garden

The water view from the garden

Fountain in the garden

Fountain in the garden

Flowers in the garden

Flowers in the garden

Me and Lee Lee

Me and Lee Lee

Lavender

Lavender

Sea of lavender

Sea of lavender

Picking my bouquet. I am a very slow picker!

Picking my bouquet. I am a very slow picker!