I’m on my way to New York for the weekend. CE National has scheduled Youth Net meetings for the spring to be a “field trip” of sorts. Now I don’t travel that much, in fact, I’m not sure i’ve ever flown anywhere by myself…but I still get excited like a little kid going through the candy aisle at the grocery store.

Traveling thoughts…

  • I need this time. Timing couldn’t be better for a personal “retreat” with some like-minded youth pastors. I’ve just been in a bit of a funk as of late. It could be the cold that just came on, or the lack of sunshine. I’m sure it’s not my awful NCAA bracket but that certainly doesn’t help.
  • I’m such a travel nerd that I had my wife drop me off at the airport at 12:30pm for a 4:41pm flight. I’ve been having fun using the wi-fi, answeing e-mails, blogging (writing and surfing), and reading.
  • I found two blogs that not only will encourage me but challenge me and give me some fresh ideas…Mark Artrip’s blog led me to this one which led me to this one.
  • I have learned more than I cared to learn about Henry’s job. Henry is the loud-blue-tooth-talking man walking around Gate A5 doing business with people who are driving in a Canadian snow storm. Ok, actually I don’t even have a clue what his business is. It all sounds a lot like Wah, wah. Wah, wah, wah.
  • I’ve just started a lot of bullet points with the letter and a variation of the pronoun I.
  • The airport wi-fi is slower than I would prefer. (that didn’t start with I)
  • The lady behind me just referenced the Peanuts adults who talk by saying Wah, wah, wah, wah, Wah. Very ironic, I literally typed the bullet point above 10 minutes ago. And they weren’t even sitting here yet.

I’ve arrived…in the airplane I continued reading “The Barbarian Way” which I started a few weeks ago while getting a new tire Wal-Mart. Wow…it wasn’t hitting me then but combined with what I spoke about last night at Youth Group it’s kicking my butt. I’ll have to share more in a separate post soon.

  • Walked in the door of the hotel. Almost literally bumped into Koreem. He was kind enough to wait for me as I checked in and then we hit the town in search of a White Castle. A place neither of us had ever been to. Let me just say, Newark, NJ is a confusing place. It took us nearly 1 1/2 to go, eat and get back. Google maps told us it was 9 minutes away.
  • The food wasn’t worth it. The adventure and the conversation certainly was.
  • While lamenting the poor quality food, Koreem told me of the “best burger place ever”. 5 Guys Burgers and Fries…it appears that there are 3-4 of these in Ohio, all of which are in Cleveland. Still not convinced anything good can come out of Cleveland but I’m willing to give it a try sometime. There are many more of them near Philly, and I’m sad that I missed the opportunity while living there.

4 responses to “Traveling…

  1. Be safe this weekend. Enjoy the time away. I’m envious. BD’s on me when you get back!!!

  2. that’s right man…i haven’t forgotten. I will ceertainly take you up on it.

  3. Easy on the Cleveland Cracks now…although we left one in for the drama on Easter Sunday! (Cleveland compared to Hades)
    NEXT time you get to visit Cleveland…bypass the burgers & head downtown to
    Slyman’s Restaurant! You won’t be disappointed!
    is located at:
    3106 St. Clair Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44114
    (216) 621-3760

  4. Maybe I’ll make it a lunch / dinner field trip, if I can handle being in Cleveland that long, and just hit both places. Thanks for the tip.

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