Anyhoodles, I have much to tell you all about my trip, but I feel that will be best to do through a photo-montage, which will require me to download pictures from my camera. Thus I just wanted to stop by to say hello! Hi there. I'll get to that really soonish (for legality purposes I must disclose that I have been known to take a considerable amount of time to remember to download pictures from my camera...in fact I have been know to post several interim blog entries before remembering. Please prepare yourselves accordingly).
*the planner who accompanied my boss and I on our road trip made this comment and then explained, much to my personal sadness, how it is not as dirty a saying as it sounds. Turns out it is from cannon ball days when they used to secure them on the ship with these brass wedges called monkeys. When they would travel to areas with freezing weather, it would be so cold that the bass would contract and the balls would roll away or something to that effect.