Travelling with PJ is always fun. Unexpected things happen when we’re together on foreign soil. Taking him to the RWA 2014 Nationals, with more than 2000 women, is proving to be even more fun.
picture – will be inserted when the Internet connection behaves
Story 1 – A Sense of Purpose
Yesterday, we walked the famous San Antonio Riverwalk early in the morning.The lush scenery was spectacular, the temperature had only reached the nineties and everyone said hello.
We met two women in line for a tour boat and talked about the conference. PJ introduced himself as the guy who carries the bags. One of the women raised her brow and said, “Every woman needs one of them.”
Story 2 – Can’t leave the man alone for a minute.
The temperature steadily rose as the sun burned through the morning mist. It hit a hundred before noon and the air became so humid I felt like a swamp monster. (Heavy on the monster). I couldn’t seem to get enough air in my lungs and sweat poured off my body. I needed to get into air conditioning, or I’d be one woozy dame.
We stopped at the Rio Rio, a friendly 24 hour Mexican restaurant on the River Walk and ordered iced tea. I love the unsweetened iced tea served here (thanks Marsha for that tip). When I returned, PJ was deep in conversation with the waiter, a tall man with a big smile and red shirt. Hands waved in the air and their heads nodded with excitement. What now? Please, tell me he isn’t discussing the American immigration laws or Middle East mess. Please.
Noting the nearest exit, I slid into my chair to listen.
I couldn’t believe my ears. Here we were half a continent and a country away from home, and the two men were talking… wait….wait for it …wait… HOCKEY. You know the game they play with a stick on ice.
Glen, the waiter, is a St. Louis Blues fan and had a lot to say about the Vancouver Canuks and Wayne Gretzky. (FYI – If your asked the average Canadian who the first Prime Minister aka President of Canada was they might draw a blank, but if you asked them who Wayne Gretzky is they’d have a lot to tell you. Canadians are weird that way.)
Unbelievable. The men had a great chat. Glen comped us our order and we said we’d be back. Having learned that he’d collected a looney and a tooney (Canadian one and two dollar coins), we left him one of the new five dollar Canadian bills. His face lit up like a kid at Christmas. “I’m putting this up on my wall.”
Friendly? Texans do friendly so well, there needs to be a new word for it. Maybe – Texan friendly. We are loving it here.
We are collecting stories by the minute. Gotta love traveling.
In a nutshell: San Antonio is an awesome place to visit and Romance Writers rock.
My favorite experience was meeting with Marsha West and her dh on the first night. It was so special, I don’t want to rush that story. I want to take time composing it (and have an internet connection that doesn’t shut me down every few minutes and run at the speed of a drunk snail.)
btw I’ve been swearing like a sailor all the way through this one. But that’s okay. It feels good to stay in contact with people. I’ll put up more stories when I can. Tomorrow, the conference begins.
Best wishes to all.