So did you hear that I went to Blissdom, and it was held this year in nearby Grapevine, Texas at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center? Yeah, well I am notorious for telling about things weeks after they happened.
I had wanted to see the Gaylord ever since we moved to the area. I’ve heard so many things about it, but parking is $17 so uh, yeah, without a good reason I was never going to see it. So I was thrilled that the must attend blogging conference was going to be there!
And then that was the last photo I took of the place not counting those I took in the conference rooms. 🙂 I was so busy meeting people that I’d really still like to go back and just look around and eat. The food was surprisingly inexpensive!
Well, you know how I’m a real chicken when it comes to driving places I’ve never been? I was very comfortable driving here because it was near many places that I’ve driven. But I was in my husband’s car and the first night after the conference I couldn’t find how to get out of the parking garage. When I finally found the exit, I pulled up to the parking attendant station and could not figure out how to roll the window down. I sat there fiddling with it and finally just opened the door and told the guy my problem. He laughed good naturedly, and I laughed at myself as usual.
On the third evening when I was leaving, there was a huge line. One line was long and the other short. Of course I took the short line, but not realizing it wasn’t a face-to-face line, but automated. Great. I had no idea how to run the thing. I tried and tried and held up the line for what seemed like ages. I pushed the “help” button, but no one came. I got out and flagged the man in the booth. It was the same man from the other night! There was a twinkle in his eye when he saw me, and I could tell he remembered me. Instead of acting put out with me he smiled. Then he stood there for a while and couldn’t get the machine to work either. He walked back to his booth and came back with a different card. Finally it worked! As he handed me my credit card, he said he gave me an $8 discount for my delay! Again he smiled, and I drove on. But I left smiling and feeling great because of the kindness, consideration, and humor of the guy running the parking booth!