"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A FLAT-Out Good Time

Well we are home from Fort Worth, we returned last night.  Our last day there turned out to be the most adventuresome one yet!  As usual we all met in the hotel lobby to head to Starbucks for coffee before heading to our sectionals.  We talked, laughed, enjoyed coffee and then it was time to head off.  But I soon realized we were going nowhere fast because the van had a flat tire (hence the post title!)!  Just our luck right?!  Well, we actually handled it very well, what else could we do but laugh.  Plus we weren't in any hurry to get to the conference (more on that later) so this little diversion was somewhat welcomed!  Sean and Julie headed back into Starbucks to make use of the free WiFi (gotta love technology) to find the nearest Discount Tire and Amy kept me company while I changed (or attempted to) the tire.  So, off came the wheel cover and out came the tools.  However, try as I might, I could not loosen the lug nuts.  I stood on the wrench, pushed, and pulled but to no avail.  So, now the situation is seeming less comical and we are wondering what we are going to do.  I don't want to pay to have someone come and do it, I just needed those stupid lug nuts loosened!  Long story short (too late!) I was able to borrow compressed air from a shop across the street to fill the tire up.  We then drove to a Discount Tire very nearby (thanks Starbucks, Sean, & Julie!) and they took great care of us.  We ended up getting a new tire all for only $46.88!  Seriously!  Plus they put the spare we had taken out but not used back up under the car and put away our tools!  They were super nice and I highly recommend them, if you ever find yourself in Fort Worth needing a tire!

By the time the tire was fixed there was not point in trying to make it to the conference (oh well (sarcastic)). Not that the conference was bad, it was good.  It was just totally not what we thought it would be.  More of an intro into RenWeb when we needed further questions/answers and immersion.  We did learn a thing or two (literally one or two things among us all!) so it wasn't a total loss.  Oh well, you live, learn, and hopefully get to fill out a survey about the conference.  But, despite the lackluster conference we had an AWESOME time together!  We laughed, talked, ate some great food, and just hung out.  Another upside to the flat tire was we found an incredible Mexican restaurant after the tire adventure and before leaving.  Mmmmmm, I'm hungry just remembering it!  Amy was able to enjoy our food excursions since she is in the pureed/soft foods phase so that was great too, since she was able to enjoy a little normal food.  So, all in all it was a great trip.  For those of you wanting some good eats in Forth Worth we highly recommend - Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ and La Playa Maya!

Lodging at the Radisson: Forth Worth South - $79/night
Mediocre RenWeb Conference - Too much
Great food - $60 food allowance/per person
Awesome road trip with friends - priceless!

All is well, back home, in Drosche Land.

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