This past weekend (Labor Day weekend / September 1) we traveled by car to Williamsburg, Virginia to take in just a bit of local flavor. It was a lazy trip preceeded by a trip to Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House in Richmond. Upon arrival to Williamsburg, we thought we might make a quick side trip to the Prime Outlet Mall, as other shopping travels had not netted the right walking shoes for Barcelona. So prior to looking around in Williamsburg we made the stop at the Prime Outlets.
The big surprise of our visit was a total chance visit near a store where Nancy had found a few things. I had stepped into the store and said to Nancy, “I’ve found a parking place, I’ll be outside enjoying the air.” I went outside the store and walking towards me was a familiar face, it was such a surprise, my mind was blank with “can this be, oh my goodness I can’t remember the name!” There in front of me stood Cortland Gee, a man I met in 2002. Courtland worked for Rohm and Haas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 2002 as the Security Team Leader for their SAP HR application. Courtland and I quickly became great friends as we have some similar loves in life, jazz music and motorcycling. I spent some 18 months working for Rohm and Haas both on a technical upgrade as well as a global implementation where I also was the team lead for the Asia Pacific rollout.
We had a super time catching up on recent history. Courtland had left Rohm and Haas for greener pastures as now works as a tour director for Hagey Coach and Tours. Courtland is quite a natural as he loves people and enjoys sharing his life learning with others.
This weekend is also a great time of catch-up for us. I’ve been in the email box clearly out many details which I owe to my great friends around the world. Nancy is using Skype to talk with friends in Prague, Czech Republic.
This too has been a big weekend for friends getting married in far away places. Chris and LIsa will be married in Switzerland, and Jo-Ann and her fiancee will do a second wedding for family in Malaysia. These are dear friends from IBM who I was privileged to meet in Lausanne, Switerzland as I worked for Philip Morris International.
Well enough details for a quick post, I hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are today.