Really enjoyed the meeting we worked in Nashville. It was held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The company provided us a room there and our meals were covered. I was given a travel allowance, not enough to cover all my vehicle expenses but adequate for gas reimbursement. I'm not always afforded these benefits because the company usually relies on local staff, so we were blessed to have most everything taken care of. On our last night there, we went to downtown Nashville, where the CMT awards were being filmed. We had lunch at the Pancake Pantry, looked at boot stores, had drinks at a bar playing live music, and finished the evening at Hattie B's Hot Chicken... delicious but not too healthy for sure.
We woke up this morning at the Staybridge Suites in Tallahassee. The drive from Nashville (700+ miles) proved too long to do in one day. Fortunately we are just over 4 hours from home. The hotel offers free laundry so all our clothes are done and we are well-rested.
Tomorrow evening we fly to Las Vegas for another conference. We are working Sunday afternoon followed by four full days. Even though the conference wraps on Thursday evening we are staying until Saturday morning to have one full day of recreation. The boss isn't covering my travel expenses. I guess I should have appeared less enthusiastic about going to Las Vegas. Fortunately, I'm only paying for one night in a hotel and we had enough MyVegas points to redeem some free buffets. Our flights were unusually cheap (around $300). Still, this won't be a very profitable trip. It's mostly a "will work for Vegas" trip where the pay covers our costs to visit my playground.
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