On this last day of August I thought I should spend a few minutes and document some of the traveling I've been doing for work. I have been taking more trips lately and I'm approaching them with a new attitude; as little "mini vacations" from my regular life. My first trip in August was a team visit to Chicago to meet with a client and have a team building event. While the drive in a van with 7 people for a quick visit to Chi-town wasn't exactly tops on my list of things to do, it ended up being a pretty fun trip. The highlight was going to a Cubs game, sort of, on a rooftop overlooking Wrigley Field. I had never seen the rooftop seating before, except quickly on TV and I have to say it is pretty darn cool. These folks have figured it out. You are on the roof of a three story building just across the street from the stadium but you feel like you are right there in the ballpark. The event had free food and drinks (nice!) and we even agreed to be on the side of the Cubs since they were playing the Reds and we wanted them to lose. The view was pretty darn fabulous:
My next trip was to sunny California. I flew into Burbank Airport for the first time and it was kinda fun getting off the airplane using the outside stairs on the tarmac. I haven't done that since Thailand. I had to go to Thousand Oaks to start with and then drive down to San Diego to visit a couple of jobsites. The LA portion of the trip was fine but nothing really special. I was more worried about getting my work done and getting on the highway headed south before the traffic got too bad through LA proper. I do have to say I stopped at the nicest Rest Area ever down near San Diego even with the special warning signs.
My first dinner was at Harney Sushi, which I would highly recommend, and after I spent some time walking around Old Town and just enjoying the atmosphere and beautiful cactus and succulents. So pretty!