and hunting for spring.
In February the boss called a meeting with those of us charged with keeping the computer system up-to-date. Our software provider was holding a "summit" in New Orleans, and he wondered if we wanted to go. I am not a good flyer, so normally I beg off these engagements. However, I knew the train went from Chicago to New Orleans, and somehow going to New Orleans seemed like a really cool thing, so I said, why sure, if I can train it!
Our boss tries to work with individual quirks. One of our service techs didn't want to fly to a conference, so the boss rented a car for him and let him go, so I knew there was precedent. The boss smiled and said, book it!
It might be an overnight-er, I reminded him.
Book a sleeper, then.
Oh, I don't mind coach.
Book a sleeper.
So I did. What a blast!
I took the Blue Water to Chicago. I had to wait for the New Orleans train, so I went up in the Willis (Sears) tower to see frozen Lake Michigan. Brrrr.