May 01, 2017

Bran's Work Travel Adventures (Destination Alabama)

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This blog will be updated occasionally over the next couple of days as I travel for work.

12:50pm (Central), Dallas TX (DFW) Airport.

Minor layover, coworker has an American Airlines Admirals Club membership. Can't say the view is really any better, but I got a Crown & 7 out of it =)

On my way to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit one of my company's new customers. Really, I'm going for a very specific reason that... Technically... Is unrelated to the actual business, but I'll get into that later. And no, it's not anything bad.

Anyway, will update this post with further info as it develops.

Update 7:15pm, Birmingham (The Collins Bar)

Cool place. They don't have a mixed drink menu. Says:


Got some kind of bourbon bitters lemon thing. Tasty.

Also some old school historic churches for scenery...


I got maybe 2 hours of sleep last night. I'm not used to that and my body is really mad at me. When I know I need to get up early (3:30am) to catch a flight, my mind freaks out and I wake up every hour. That happen to you?

Need sleeeeeeeeeep.

Update 6:10pm (May 2)

Busy with the customer all day. Talked a bit of business but mostly it was a tour of their properties.

Summary of their houses..."smaller" lake house with boat and Seadoos, custom stuff everywhere.


Farmhouse: almost 6k Sq ft, stocked ponds, I don't know how many acres surrounding.
Pretty decent backyard.

Summary of animals... Chickens, turkeys, peacocks, quail, Ducks, pheasant, donkey, horses, 300+ cows, 30ish fainting goats, wild deer, wild turkeys, Coyotes.
Donkey and a couple of horses.
Baby goat! In love. Want to take it home. Don't think it would get through luggage. You know how I mentioned a specific reason for this trip? This is it.
Big Hunter family... Taxidermy everywhere. Prizes from Alaska, Africa and everywhere in-between. Personally I question whether or not I could kill a majestic wild animal, but I don't hold it against them at all.
My wife's dad's family are old Chicago cattle ranchers. They would say "smells like money."
Pet hedgehog. Who the heck has a pet HEDGEHOG?!? ANSWER... They do. I've had quite a variety of pets throughout my life. Dogs, cats, fish, chickens, lizards, snakes, mice, rats, birds, but damn if I'm jealous.

And on to dinner. Thank goodness company is paying. 200 a head, sampler of almost everything on the menu, with wine pairings for each dish.

If you made it this far, you deserve a special gift. I leave you with this wonderful comic by xkcd. You will never, ever hear these phrases the same way again.


~Fin (see you guys when I'm back home)