Thursday, April 30, 2015

#WalletCard Went to Boca

It's been a while since Robert Edwards The Wallet Card got to see the light of day.  To be fair, that's entirely on me.  I sometimes forget he is there.  Other times, I decide to keep Robert in my pocket rather than unleash his magnetism and power on an unsuspecting populace.  More to the point, though, I just haven't done anything terribly cool or fun or different than just going to work, coming home, or going to yet another networking event.

But, two weeks ago, I got a reprieve from the every day.  I went to Boca Raton for a week for a meeting.  It sort of reminded me of this:

Sort of.

Robert Edwards The Wallet Card made it clear that he needed to be freed from the dark confines of my wallet.  I swear I heard the card muttering about the insurance cards making fun of him and telling him he needed to get a check up.  So, I got Robert out in the airport:

Robert then started making comments about how the couple on the wall look like they stepped out of American Gothic, just dressed up for the 2010s...I can see that.  

Thankfully, the pitchfork was left at home.

Boca Raton -- and the resort at which I stayed -- is a very upscale, old-person-type place. The resort where I stayed is pretty fancy.  My room was just okay, though, and the view out my window, well, it left something to be desired:

From that view, it looks like I was staying at the zoo, or in a tropical rainforest.  And I suppose I was.

The first full day I was at the resort was the only day during which I did not have a lunch included in the price of my seminar.  My wife does not like sushi -- she has very few flaws, but that is one of them -- so I took the opportunity to get some sushi.  The hotel/resort has a famous chef sushi restaurant.

If you don't know who Morimoto is, perhaps you have heard of Iron Chef America?

I love that clip above for having fellow UGA grad Alton Brown in a parka for his commenting role on the show.

Anyway, the sushi at Morimoto's restaurant at the resort was very good and not so terribly priced as to cause me too much consternation when I got the bill.  Robert said he'd pick up the check, but then remembered that he had forgotten his wallet.

Later that afternoon, it was meeting time for me.  I spent the afternoon in a planning session for the subgroup within my organization where I spend most of my time and effort.  After a very productive three hours, a few of us decided to head out to a local brew pub called The Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery.  I didn't get a photo of it myself, so I'm borrowing one from another website:

The food was decent, and the beers were excellent.  Right, Robert?

The beers there were very good.  If you find yourself in Boca Raton, you should check it out. I mean, if you are a beer drinker, check out their list of beers here...some crazy flavors and combinations there.

I didn't bore Robert -- and I won't bore you -- with photos from the rest of my time at the seminar.  The only time I should have taken him out of my wallet was on our catamaran ride.  

But then again, does this view require a baseball card to be enjoyed?

Thanks for reading.  May your favorite NFL team draft well tonight, but not as well as Green Bay does!


  1. I think I would like the Funky Buddha Lounge! Were you surprised Gurley went that high?

    1. I was and I wasn't. I'd heard that his knee checked out well in the final pre-draft medical checkups, and that his rehabilitation is right on schedule -- if not ahead of schedule. He's already at the point where he will turn himself over to team doctors to determine if he's ready for randomized cutting movements -- he's already able to cut on direction, so the randomized cuts is the final step to getting back into football shape.

      I'm also glad that he did not end up in the NFC Central.

    2. As I still call the NFC "North"

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    4. I was pretty happy with Kevin White going to Chicago. Jay Cutler sucks, but at least he throws a lot.