24.02.2012 - 24.02.2012 23 °C
We started the day with Breakfast at Macca’s and it was a bit different to the Aussie variety, but I guess that the calorie and nutritional content are the same. Then it was off to the Freeway to get to O’Hare airport where I was due to fly to Austin. It was a plane trip and being the 12th of this trip rated about in the middle so I was cool about that.
I am still wearing my ‘Pea Coat’ that I really needed in Russia has become a burden in a sense, leaving all the cold behind, I no longer need it. Arriving in Austin I was met by Sid and Bitsy, my really good friends who supported Madison Down Under for 10 years, and who were constantly rated the among the best presenters, there they were and after a very warm welcome to ‘their town’ Sid said “You’re not going to need that coat here in Austin, my friend!” and he was dead right, the weather is beautiful and mild.
We then went back to their place and we were able to catch up on what was happening and where people were, we talked about fundraising, of course, a lot of other things. I am always impressed with the pride that they have in Texas and the 'Longhorns'. At one of the MDU's I received a Longhorn T shirt and wore it in Outback Australia on a trip that seems light years ago. I was able to get myself together after the flight and sort out where the clean stuff is, and it was out to at Sid and Bitsy's favourite Tex-Mex hole in the wall. They guided me through the intricacies of a strange menu and it was as promised tasty and delicious. Then back to their place for a bit of a sleep.
It was a day of travelling, but it was so good to be with Sid and Bitsy who after working with them almost for ten years at MDU seem like part of my extended family, sharing memories of previous time, catching up on what is happening now and even thinking about the future was just really fantastic.