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Flew out to Boston Friday afternoon. I'm fortunate (that's what people tell me anyway) that I can sleep on flights. I went out about 5 minutes after take off and woke up about 20 minutes from Boson. Then the chaos began. I chose Hertz for my car rental as they had the best rate at the time (I would have done mass transit, but I'm totally unfamiliar with it and had a few places to go not served by it).

When I got to Hertz there were literally 50 people lined up waiting to get cars. I saw these express self-service kiosks, but was not sure if I could use them (never used Hertz before) and did not dare lose my place in line as more people piled in behind me. Then a Hertz agent walked through and said in passing that if we have a reservation that we could use them. I was at the kiosk in 5 seconds. 3 minutes later it told me where my car was waiting for me. As I'm getting ready to pull out I realize the car does not match what's on my ticket. I proceeded to the exit anyway and would let them work that out. Apparently there is more than 1 stall labeled 109 on the lot--WTF? Since the car was in the same class, they just redid the paperwork at no charge and I was on my way.

Garmin did an excellent job at getting me to Gargoyle's in Somerville to have dinner with ljtourist and kazmat. Took some time to get there and find some parking that did not require quarters several blocks away. After a great dinner I headed for the hotel in Westford where ljtourst and I were sharing a room. On Saturday we headed out for some shopping and checked out a few places, wandered back to the hotel and headed out for the wedding of rwgill and ted_badger at 1630.

It was a fine wedding, very short, lots of friends (packed the room), pouring rain outside, excellent dinner and delicious appetizers. Favorite was cheesecake lollipops! There were little balls of cheesecake dipped in chocolate and then either dipped in Oreo crumbs, Heath bar crumbs or just drizzled with some other chocolate on a stick--fabulous.

It was great to see manley1 and get to meet the cute and handsome Ben he's been ranting on about for the past 1.5 years. :) Also got to talk to Trey and his friend Connor from New York. It was wonderful to see rwgill and ted_badger so happy together and I was grateful to be there for this wonderful wedding.

Packing up now, brunch at 1000, off to the airport for 1430 flight back to RDU and then I'm traveling for a bit. I'll be checking work email on the ride back where I've already gone through 1500 messages since I've been gone. 0630 Monday is going to come up very early.



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Oct. 5th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Yep, I was in a wedding mood I guess. :) I knew I would not be able to see them for some time since I did not make LISA last year, nor will I make it this year. :(

With all of the other travel I had to keep it short. You missed a great wedding and good time with friends.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
It was great to see you, bud, even if only for a few hours! :-)
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Agreed. I was really great to catch up with you and really just see how happy you are with Ben. I'm really, really happy for the both of you, Mark! :)
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