NIRI National: hard to believe it was my 11th one. Same faces, new faces. Jason said it right when he mentioned that we are no longer the younger ones. We're now the older ones. Established, I'd say. Florida: Don't know how people can live there in the summer. So muggy. But, we managed to get four rounds of golf in around the raindrops. And two trips to Le Tub (www.theletub.com). Anyone in Hollywood, Florida, needs to go for their burgers. But, put a bunch of IROs there, and we all tried to "change the menu." Note: they won't let you. American or Swiss cheese. Can I have Cheddar? No, American or Swiss. Can I have grilled mushrooms? No. How about onion rings instead of fries? We don't have onion rings. No. But, great burgers, Fun atmosphere. Great key lime pie. Just remember: cash only.
After national, Doug, Rachel and I roadtripped across Alligator Alley. Dropped Doug off in Naples at his dad's, Rachel off in Fort Myers at her grandma's, and then I spent a couple of relaxing days with Mom and Bill. Bit of shopping. Just hanging out. Perfect. Yes, a bit of recovery from the late nights socializing. And boasting about our award-winning D*FW Chapter.
Did we notice the recession at NIRI? I'd have to say, yes. Not as many people (but not a bad thing). Not as "blown out" as others (but not a bad thing). But, still solid. Good job, NIRI National.