A great story of traveling to Mobile Tech Expo 2012

Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As with many trips for anyone we arrived at the LAX airport yesterday and during our security walk they asked my friend to step aside and searched his bag and took one of his liquids because they said it was bigger then the 3 oz. min. He laughed and said, “What do you think I’m going to do with that, blow up the plane? He laughed about it and was obviously not serious but, needless to say, that statement did not go over to well and he was a bit delayed… LOL… No worries though as he was eventually cleared. I later had to explained the art of traveling to him in grave detail so that would never happen again… LOL… “Some things are left better un-said” and “There is a time and a place for everything” Felt like I was talking to a teenager! LOL. I figured once he made that statement he was going to be taken off to jail and

I was going to be flying off to Florida on my own!

Once on board our flight we were comfortably seated and ready for the long trek to Florida, except for the fact that neither one of us had eaten breakfast and we we’re both extremely hungry. We had a choice to make a dash for the famous egg McMuffin from McDonalds or hope for food on the plane, which was boarding within minutes anyway. I checked with the flight attendant and low and behold she let me know they would be selling some great ham sandwiches on board so no worries! (Famous last line).

About an hour into the flight, and just in time for two starving men on a journey, the food cart had finally reached us. The guy sitting next to my friend was the first to go and he quickly ordered up his ham and cheese sandwich on a French roll. Wow, that was the first time I thought airplane food looked so good! Next was my friend and, just as he was about to place his order, the flight attendant let him know that was the last sandwich. The poor smuck sitting next to my friend felt like a total heal knowing he just got the last sandwich! And of course, my friend and I were eyeballing this fool like he had the only food left on the planet!!! Damm we were hungry and figured, a sandwich spilt 3 ways just wasn’t going to cut it with 3 grown men so my friend let this guy go with his life in tacked. (Hey, have you ever seen my friend pissed?)… It all worked out though. When the flight attendant sensed our pain and saw the look on my friend’s face, she quickly and very appropriately found a couple of extra ham sandwiches, obviously saved for those very fortunate folks sitting up in first class… The rest of the flight went by fast and before we knew it, we were landing in Florida!

Ahhhh but the story continues and we find out in the next chapter that I had his issues as well…

We landed in Florida about 6:30 and got our rental car. By the time we got the car it was getting late and very dark outside! We ended up with a Ford so I was happy and headed down the Florida interstate for our destination, (Mobile Tech Expo 2012). About 15 min into our ride I look back and there was a State Trooper, on my butt, following very close! I let my friend know that a State Trooper was following us and just as I said those words the cop lit up his lights and pulled me over. He walked up to my car and asked for my driver’s license. He looked closely at my license then leaned very close to me and said, “Not sure about how you all drive in California but here in Florida, we drive at night with our headlights on!!!!” Oops!!! Needless to say he was not happy with me driving without my headlights but, because the interstate was so lit up, neither my friend nor I noticed that I did not have the headlights turned on…

The cop was very cool and he ended up letting us go without a ticket but, he made it very clear to us that it was very un-usual for him to let people go. He said he normally loves writing tickets to people from California who drive in Florida, at night, without their headlights on, in his very protected jurisdiction!

After that nice visit with one of Florida’s finest, we got back on track and headed down the road, (with headlights blazing though the night). Our GPS system was amazing and got us there in no time. Once in town we were trying to find our hotel and a place to eat but had some trouble making that happen. We called the hotel and to our surprise, the GPS gave us backwards directions and we ended up in the wrong place! We had to reset the GPS and drove the opposite direction for “several miles” before actually getting to where we truly wanted to be… Isn’t technology special? LOL… BTW, we are in Kissimmee Florida right next to Disney World, or should I say Wally World…

We got to the hotel and checked in before asking the front desk person of a nice place to eat. This kid, obviously his first day on the job, said he would recommend “Angie’s Steak House” as everyone he knows likes to eat there. It was just a short drive and in no time at all, we were walking through the door of Angie’s Steak House. We were immediately created by two lovely hostesses, one with tattoos up and down both arms and the other with red and blue hair “on her cell phone” as she directed us to our table. While walking past the baby alligator pit and the black light posters on the wall, my friend and I decided this is really not what we had in mind for a nice relaxing dinner to end our very exciting day!!!

So, we very politely asked the waitress where there was a more suitable eating establishment for two very tired traveling business men that wanted a nice glass of wine with a nice steak dinner without having a bunch of toothless drunks staring at us like we were stupid Californians, driving around without headlights at night or something! She leaned very close to me and said, ya I don’t think this place is what your looking for! With a bit of nice persuasion she let is know the higher end restaurants were just a couple of miles down the road and that she was confident we would actually be much happier with our choice of moving on!!! LOL…

Wow, we hit the jackpot and ended up on the nice side of town, eating at a very high-end steak house. The place is rated number one in the country as a stand-alone steak house. It was an amazing meal, amazing service and an amazing size bill when we were done eating and finishing up our glasses of wine!!! We really enjoyed our late night dinner and our fine wine dining experience. It was a perfect way to end a very long day…

I hope you enjoyed this story, we enjoyed living it…

 

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