This week, I'm going to have a little fun at "my own" expense as I share with you a recent experience I had while out of town for a few days, attending a work related convention.
A co-worker and I recently spent five days in McAllen, Texas, attending a convention as well as some training classes. We drove the six hour trip in the "Company" vehicle. Once at the hotel, our Company vehicle pretty much stayed parked and we shuttled back and forth from the hotel to the Convention Center on a Shuttle Bus each day.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and got settled in. Our classes were going to be on Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00am til 11:00am. We would break for lunch from 11:00am til 1:00pm, and have classes again from 1:00pm til 4:00pm. On Monday, more classes, but in smaller increments, and we stayed there at the Convention Center for lunch that day.
Now, I need to preface this story by informing you that in the days leading up to our trip, there was what I will refer to as "something" in the works, not related to work, that I was super stoked about. If you know anything about me at all, you know when there is something I want, I want it 5 minutes ago. I just can't stand to wait and "do it/get it later." Due to some Internet Technical "issues," I was not able to complete my "something" prior to leaving on the trip. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! With that said...
I had been looking for a Chase Bank since arriving at the hotel. I think I had even asked a hotel employee in passing about a "close by" Chase location and as best as I could "understand" from this individual, there was not one within walking distance of the hotel. For my "something," I needed to make a small cash deposit into one of my Chase accounts. Sounds crazy, but there's a "method to my madness."
On Sunday, at the 11:00am lunch break, my co-worker and I got on the lunch shuttle that takes you to a certain area where there are multiple eateries. You get dropped off and are told that the bus will depart back to the Convention Center at 12:40pm. We selected our restaurant of choice, went in and ordered, and were sitting at our table eating by 11:20am. From where I was sitting, I could see through the window in the far off distance, the familiar "Blue Roof" of a Chase Bank. Bingo!!!
|A standard Chase Bank "Blue Roof"|
Ok, so it was now 10 minutes or so into my brisk walk and I should probably mention here that I had just finished eating a huge, fat, Bar-B-Q chopped beef sandwich, some fried okra, and some mac & cheese. Also, it was sunny bright and nearing 14,032 degrees outside. Simply put, it was really hot, I was really full, and I was seriously sweating bullets! Another 5 minutes or so went by and as I got closer, I could see cars turning into the bank parking lot and pulling up to the ATM. Luckily, I was going inside to the "foyer" ATM where there was some cold AC. I got inside and stood there just a minute, just to soak it all in. Cold air... wow!!! So, I slid my card in the ATM, waiting for the prompts, holding my cash to deposit, and a message appears on the screen: "We're sorry, no cash deposits available at this ATM at this time." I seriously can't describe the look on my face at that point. I stood there just a minute longer, reading the message a couple more times, just to soak it all in
It was now my turn... and again, I slid my card in the ATM, "standing" there, and waited for the prompts. This machine did take cash deposits and I put my cash in the little slot for cash. The lid shut and the machine started doing its thing. And then... wait, seriously??? The machine spit my cash back out and the message was, basically, that it could not "read" my cash. Wow!!! I looked to my left and there were 5 cars in line to use the ATM. I looked at my watch, thought about my walk, and I took my cash,
|Just 3 $20's... Was it worth the bullet sweat??? We'll see.|
Now, here is the kicker. Once back at the hotel that evening, I went to the front desk and got exact directions to the nearest Chase Bank. I got in that "Company" vehicle a little later and drove to that Chase Bank and I successfully made my deposit. I stopped at a Whataburger drive through for something to eat and little did I know, the "Walk of Shame" #2 was about to take place. I parked in the back of the hotel and tried to get in through a back door. Locked: "Employees Only." You see, that night was the Black Tie Dinner, the biggie for the week, located at the Convention Center. I did not want to go. Well, the back door being locked meant I had to go through the front door... in my gym shorts, a ratty t-shirt, and carrying my Whataburger bag and a milkshake. And yes, I strolled right past everybody that was going, all dressed up in "Black & White", waiting for the shuttle bus to take them to the dinner that night. I could feel the stares. Yikes!!! Just not my day. That said, I was ready to get up to my room and get my "something" going now that I had made my deposit... and I just had to laugh
Now, I know what you're thinking... Why is the "cash" deposit such a big deal? Why couldn't you just simply do your "thing" from your main account or transfer money into your "cash" account? Blah, blah, blah!!! Well, because that would have "ruined" what was at that moment, a surprise for this really cool looking "Blonde" chic I know. Ha!!! And thus, my "Walk of Shame" not just once that day, but twice. But, of course, I have to say she's absolutely worth it.
We returned home on Tuesday, the 26th. Five days later, on July 1st, I was finally able to implement my "something." And I have since implemented three (3) more. And I'm absolutely smiling now. And in October, if all goes well, well, now that's another story.
|My "new toy"|
Recipe's: This week, I want to share with you a very simple, quick, and easy recipe that is perfect for week nights, has a flavor that absolutely pops, and I think you will truly enjoy. I love a large pot of beans done the "real" way, but when you are crunched for time, check this out: Canned Pinto Beans...
|Quick, Easy, and very Flavorful...|
Libations Anyone???: Due to the relentless summer heat in Southern Texas, I am highlighting a "Beat the Heat" special, taken straight from Donna's Pinterest "Lovely Libations" page... This libation: Pink Tequila, and the recipe can be found here at Refinery29. Cool down and enjoy.
Music: I happened to catch the end of a comedy bit on TV this week from Jimmy Fallon. He was doing his "best" Neil Young and made me think how much I have liked Neil over the years. I have a Neil Young Pandora station that I am always listening to. It's tough to pick a "Top 3." But if I had to... #1: "Down By The River" (hands down favorite), #2: "Cowgirl In The Sand" (nothing close), #3: "The Needle And The Damage Done" (and a very close 4th would be "Cortez The Killer"). Check out Neil Young here.
Market Watch: Yikes!!! On a day when the Market exploded upwards for over 211 points, Facebook instead went south and is flirting with its all time low... closing yesterday at 26.84.
The End: As always, Thank You very much for stopping by. I very much appreciate the time you spend here in Slu's World. Next week, I hope you'll check in to see what happened "In Just 15 Seconds."
Be safe, be smart, and always smile... It's "Happy Friday"