So nice to be home. Had another pretty good round of visits. I always enjoy meeting with people inside my company that are trying to solve problems in a straightforward way.
Couple clarifications from my first post from this trip...as well as a couple new thoughts....
Hershey, PA - My initial disappointment in Hershey was related to a bizarre idea that it would resemble Wonkaville. There were no Oompa Loompas running around. There were no chocolate fountains, chocolate street signs, or chocolate dogs. No Johnny Depp/Gene Wilder running around (although there was a guy with an odd hat and a purple suit in front of the amusement park...not sure if he was a featured employee or just a "friend" of the park.) I'm sure Hershey is a wonderful town....just not the magical chocolate city I was looking for.
Gettysburg - Stopped at both the battlefield and the city. Battlefield was worth the stop. Being many years removed from high school history classes, I had forgotten the immense toll on human life the two day battle took. Unbelievable and sobering. I am definitely incredibly spoiled, often times complaining about how I had to "work outside in the heat for a couple hours". After spending time at the battlefield, we stopped at a local Gettysburg pub for lunch. Food was excellent....and the bathroom was, by far, the most impressive facility I found myself in all week. Clean, nicely tiled, smelled good, nice flushing power, a "one person potty". Why can't more bars and restaurants have something like this???
Parsippany - Great hotel....terrible traffic. How do people put up with traffic like this day in and day out?? A drive to a restaurant for supper one night took 70 minutes. The drive back from it to the hotel (2 hours later) took 15 minutes. Only got flipped off 3 times for driving like a midwesterner. Not bad.
Harrisburg, PA - Stayed here the night before I came home. Seemed like a nice enough town. Just stayed in a mega-suck hotel. News flash....a non-smoking room probably should not be on the same floor as a group of smoking rooms....just a thought. Also, I am all for hotels that are animal friendly. However, rooms where large, shedding dogs have stayed should be thoroughly cleaned before a "non-pet" person stays. Again, just a thought.
Cabela's - While driving to Parsippany, we stopped at a HUGE Cabela's. It was a great stop.
I now get a week and a half at home...then off to Toronto for a couple days. Wonder how hard it is to create an international incident. Then again, probably best to keep my mouth shut.
Addendum: Blue Moon beer with an orange slice in it is very, very good.