Back in the U.S.A.!! Austin City Limits....

Trip Start Mar 29, 2007
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wow...have I been lazy about updating my blog.  Lot's of things to report on....

For the first time in 6 months I'm back on U.S. soil!  Red meat and good bourbon...oh joy!  After 20 hours on a plane I checked into the Four Seasons to wash 6 months of India off me and proceeded straight to Chipotle for some decent guacamole.  It's amazing how the little things seem/look/taste/feel so good after 6 months in India.  Even though I was exhausted, I managed to gather the strength to meet Nanda, Diana, Stacey, Ruben, David and a few others at the Loon for a much needed hamburger, Makers Mark and good conversation.  It was great to see my good friends again and Stacey even bought me a tshirt to welcome me my munkee!

The next morning it was up bright and early to catch my flight to Austin for the ACL or the Austin City Limits music festival.  Unfortunately, two bands I really wanted to see backed out (Amy Winehouse and The White Stripes), regardless...there were still many great bands to see including Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Wilco, Muse, Joss Stone and too many others to list.  The music was great, but the highlite of the trip was seeing some old faces from the West and East coast who I haven't seen in a while.  My buddy Step flew in from D.C. and Amy, Kerry and Kayma all flew in from California.  We definitely made the most of our time in Austin including a couple late nights on 4th and 6th street.  Even an old friend from Deloitte (Shadi) managed to join us one night.  Great to see some familiar faces...even better to have some proper Austin Tex Mex!

After Austin I visited family in Oklahoma and Florida where I caught up with family, saw my dog and ate way, way too much good steak, seafood and proper home cooking.  Saw a real live cattle drive in Oklahoma and caught a few fish in Florida too.  After a few days with the fam I jetted off to Phoenix for a business meeting.  In Phoenix I connected back up with some of my old Consulting colleagues including a night out with the Sangster where we hit the casino's where Brandon walked away way up!  Including a last minute bet of $150 where I hit blackjack!  Woo hoo!  The Biltmore hotel in Phoenix rocks by the way...wish I could have stayed there a bit longer.

Flew back to Dallas for 3 nights with my friends including Ruben, Munkee, Victoria, Yoshi and Nanda...great to see them all.  While in Dallas I also stocked up on goodies including two huge bottles of Makers Mark and 6 boxes of red wine (equivallent of 24 bottles!).  Needless to say my suitcase was heavy!

Alas, after two hectic weeks (and 6 different beds) in the US it was time to get back on a Lufthansa flight on Friday the 28th-September bound for India.  Great times in the US...but looking forward to getting back on a schedule in India...including some much needed gym time to work off all this added weight in "proper" American food and drink!
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