Travel

Musings on our past and future wanderings.

Savannah 2019

I had the fortune to be able to travel to Savannah earlier this month for work — the same PersoniFest that brought me to Austin last year — and ye Gods, what a gorgeous city.

Sights along the way.

Savannah is a very walkable city, but here’s a tip from Old Lady Russell: WEAR WALKING SHOES. Seriously. There are ankle-wrenching cobblestones and stairs-of-irregular-height all over River Street. Like so:

Historic Steps – Use at Own Risk. Also dig my giant frizzy ponytail.

The food was so good. So good! Places we ate (not all are pictured, and most breakfasts/lunches were amazing buffets served at the conference itself):

  • Belford’s Seafood and Steaks for dinner. I had fried chicken.
  • Little Duck Diner for breakfast. I had biscuit sandwiches.
  • The Sunday Funday networking event this year was the Savannah Taste Experience tour. Six food stops and MILES of warm-weather walking.
  • The opening party was at Service Brewing Company. I ate everything.
  • Aqua Star at the Westin for dinner with our account manager. I had shrimp and grits, pictured below. I had shrimp and grits on multiple days. I have never had such creamy grits. Is the phrase “it gave me life” overused? Because the shrimp and grits gave me life.
  • The Pirate’s House for dinner, which is just as touristy as you can imagine and I loved every second of it. I had that pecan fried chicken pictured below, and a drink in the souvenir skull mug.
  • Goose Feathers Cafe for breakfast. I had the egg croissant AND bought a coffee mug to bring home.
Food adventures. Yes, that is water in the Little Duck diner glass but I loved the logo!

Coworker D and I left the morning after the conference ended (many people left during the last day of the conference, which … okay) so we had time to explore a bit more. On my list was the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low.

As a one-time girl scout, I couldn’t NOT see this place.

There are a lot of monuments to white-people history in Savannah. The Savannah Taste Experience tour guide did a good job in bringing in the less pleasant stories of the slave trade – I didn’t know that the largest slave auction in the US was in Savannah.

History.

There were also quite a few places named for the (slave-powered) cotton trade and a lot of souvenirs featuring cotton, like cotton boll wreaths. And on a trip that showcased such friendly people and gorgeous weather and beautiful sights and amazing food, seeing those things were like hearing the clank of a defective handbell in a handbell choir. You can change the names of things without deleting their history. I’ve had a few different names now and I’m the same person.

Here are the selfies. Shout out to “Dave” who photobombed Coworker D and my photo in the one dive bar we visited. He had me text him the photo so he could send it to his wife. Hope you enjoyed, Mrs. Dave. There was a 90s party, which I dressed appropriately for. Starfox was headed to Savannah Comic Con, which happened at the same time. And I was asked to record a testimonial about the Personify software for next year’s conference. So if you’re headed to Colorado Springs next year, you’ll see my unprepared sweaty face and severe bun on the big screen. Sorry.

My giant face goobing around Savannah.

And it wouldn’t be a trip without OllieBear.

Here we are on the Savannah Belles ferry. In the background is the Talmadge Memorial Bridge (I am older than that bridge) and the Westin where we stayed.

I definitely want to go back to Savannah on my own time and dime. If you go, remember:

  • comfortable shoes
  • gnat repellent (article has annoying auto-play video and won’t let you see if you have an adblocker on). The gnats are where I’m wearing jeans and pants the whole time instead of the pretty summer dresses I packed.
  • anti-itch cream if you forget the repellent
  • product to tame your hair if it gets frizzy in humidity
  • an umbrella, because it’s the South and you’ll get killed with rain for an hour and then it goes away as quickly as it came

Next year’s conference is in Colorado Springs, which I am less than enthused about because I will always prefer warm weather over mountains.

Home sick

I went to Savannah and came home with what turned into an ear infection and bronchitis!

“shoo, sick woman! leave my fair city! – Savannah’s Waving Girl Statue

I have pictures to share and stories to tell but for now I’m sleeping, watching You’ve Got Mail (my sick day tradition), and spending quality time with Halls cough drops.

It’s Nephew A’s FIFTH birthday (whaaaaaaaaaat?) and my plan is to sleep hard today so I can be human for some cake later. Definitely a shower first.

Friday 5: Ice Is Forming on the Tips of My Wings

Happy Friday and DAMN I’m tired. I think I’m getting a cold because I feel fuzzy in the head.

WM and me mugging for camera

Philadelphia international airport. Probably 4am.

So we’re going to get right to the Friday 5, and I’m going to hie to my sofa and quilts. This week’s theme is Ice Is Forming on the Tips of My Wings, and I’m not even going to use that theme to complain about yesterday’s snow. I’m that beat.
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1. How do you feel about passengers riding in front of you reclining their seats?
Not a fan. I think it’s pretty rude to take up some of the area that I paid for, yet I’ll never say anything because I’m a wimp.

2. What single aspect of airplane flight do you dislike the most?
When the person behind me grabs onto my seat to haul themselves up. I’ve had hair ripped from my head while people did that. On my flight to Florida, the man behind kept his hand on the back of my seat the entire time he was awake. Don’t touch my seat!

3. What was your longest flight on an airplane?
Philadelphia to San Diego, I believe.

4. What’s your favorite way to pass the time on a long flight?
Completing the crossword puzzle in the inflight magazine, then reading that magazine. I think inflight magazines have some fantastic pieces in them, if you look between the ads. I miss the SkyMall catalog. I know it’s online now, but I’m never going to look at it while I’m on the ground.

5. What are the best and worst things you’ve eaten on a plane or in an airport?
The Great American Bagel Bakery in SeaTac airport offered the worst breakfast bagel sandwich I had ever had. How something manages to be hard AND greasy is beyond me.

Goodnight. 😉

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