Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rocking the Florida Coast

Clearwater Beach, FL

After a nominal two day work week since returning from Las Vegas, I turned around and headed south to Florida for a professional conference for work, accompanied by my wife. Yeah -- sometimes life is rough!

The morning started early with a 6:00 a.m. flight out of our town into Chicago. While waiting for our flight to Tampa, I couldn't help but get exasperated at a woman who was obviously drunk, talking loudly, and making a complete fool of herself at our gate. Fortunately, the folks at American Airlines told her that she couldn't get on a flight until she sobered up. She was not a happy camper.

Upon getting into Tampa, we were picked up at the airport by good buddy TheNeophyte. But man -- it was cold for Florida! However, we know the temperature will rise in the next couple of days.

After an afternoon of bumming around, we went out for an excellent dinner with Neo and his wife, who we call the Poker Queen. Neo and PQ selected an excellent place for dinner -- the Columbia Restaurant, which specializes in Spanish/Cuban cuisine. What an excellent time. I expect that having a couple pitchers of Sangria, which were made at the table, helped.

A few choice pictures:

TheNeophyte and the Poker Queen
lightning and Mrs. lightning

Lots of smiles. Perhaps the great conversation or the sangria had something to do with it?

Tomorrow is actually a work day for me. Some of the sessions/workshops I will be attending will include:

* Out of Control Behaviors: Sex, Gambling, Shopping, Food ... Are Behavioral Addictions Real Disorders?
* Helping Men Recover: A New Model of Treatment for Men; or
* Emotional Dysfunction & Sexuality in Recovery
* Working with Military Veterans and Their Families

It sure beats a regular day at the office. Cheers!


Anonymous KenP said...

Man! Man roll out the Champagne and Caviar. Channel Two is always talking about those Illinois credit card accounts.

I can see you married above your station. I just hope she wasn't drugged.

4:38 AM  
Blogger Lucki Duck said...

Dang, I feel like I should be there with you guys!

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Neophyte said...

You should Lucki

6:40 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Thanks for the photos. Great to see Neo and the PQ, love put faces with names. Also, I'd forgotten how beautiful Mrs. Lightning is, you lucky dog.

11:09 PM  

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