Just got back last night from a week on the road – six nights in hotel rooms in Houston, Palo Alto, and Addison.
Sunday – Marshall
I had an interesting Sunday getting ready for a trial Monday that we didn’t think would go but of course you can’t plan that way. Jamie finally left at 3pm without me for the Cowboys game that night in Arlington, and we got the call at 5 that we were not in fact going. So I unpacked the Dallas day’s clothes and cancelled the Dallas flight to Houston and repacked to leave the next day, this time from Longview
Monday-Wednesday – Houston
I don’t usually spend much time in Houston, much less downtown Houston, but flew from Longview to Dallas to Houston to meet with my cocounsel Monday afternoon and evening to get ready for a hearing Tuesday morning in federal court. I then had the completely crazy afternoon that I posted on a few days ago, which culminated in a dinner with a lawyer friend that almost made up for it!
Wednesday-Saturday – Palo Alto
The good news was that I had plenty of time to get to the airport Wednesday morning for a three – stop Southwest flight to San Francisco (I don’t recommend it, but I did get to see Tucson and San Diego from an airplane window on the ground). And once I made it from San Francisco to the hotel in Palo Alto, I found a great restaurant for a Mediterranean dinner only a few blocks away.
The seminar at Stanford started the next morning, with a replacement for my co-panelist who was down with COVID, but we had a great time preparing Thursday afternoon, and the 45 minutes allotted for our panel zoomed by. The “coat cards” I’d prepared with QR code link to our supplemental materials went over well also. Again, a good dinner was had, this time at a steak place.
Friday was also surprisingly good, with terrific panels lasting all the way through the last one on ethics with David Hricik. I got back to the hotel in plenty of time to make a reservation at my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto, Evvia, which was conveniently set so as to give me a little over an our at Bell’s Books just over a block away.
Saturday-Sunday – Dallas and home
There’s no way to get back to Texas Friday evening, so I spent the night and had another leisurely trip back up to the airport in San Francisco to catch my flights, first to Las Vegas, and from there back to Dallas. Grayson picked me up at the airport and took me back to the hotel where he and Jamie were staying in preparation for the next day’s Cowboys game. (Jamie had been there to see plays during the day).
Sunday we were up and on the road to get to the stadium in plenty of time for the game. The game was not quite what we were expecting, but our Cowboys won, and that’s all that really matters. Then it was to our regular stop at Marianos before starting for home. Oh yeah, we stopped in Longview to pick up my car, left there six days earlier.
On the way home I stopped back by the Hub to see how the recent renovations had turned out, and while I was home too tired to work on the Hornet, at least I was finally home.
I like going places, but this was a hard five days before I finally got to the room with Jamie and Grayson and could rest. And even Sunday I slept from Arlington to Van – about an hour and a half – just to make it home.