I was approached a few weeks ago at work about going to a training class for flexo printing. For those not familiar with flexo, it is a form of printing that transfers ink via a laser etched ceramic anilox roller to a photopolymer plate. There's much more to it, but I won't bore you with my work life. I originally told them no, that due to my RA, I could not ride in a vehicle that far. I had just barely got those words out of my mouth when they said, "we're flying". Oh, ... well then I'm in.
We flew out early Tuesday morning and had a good flight to Dallas, then a good flight from Dallas to Minneapolis, if you don't count the last 15 minutes. There was a ton of turbulence approaching Minneapolis and the 737 was dropping, then rising, pitching from one side to the other, then BAM ... we slam down on the runway hard and they reverse the engines harder than I've ever experienced throwing people forward testing their seat belts out. Later in the car to the hotel I asked one of the supervisors, "did we land or were we shot down?" He nearly hit the car in front of because he was laughing so hard, he didn't see it slowing down.
The class was good, the print lab was cool, the first 2 days the weather was amazing but the last 2 days were cold and raining. I hurt a lot the last 2 days and it reminded me of the upcoming winter weather benefits that our RA and OA give us.
We went to a Twins post season game (the new stadium was awesome), the Mall of America (not a shopper but had to see the amusement park and walk through aquarium), ate seafood at Stella's and they had 2 guys from Deadliest Catch there signing autographs (no, I didn't get one), went by First Avenue (club used in Purple Rain - amazing all of the bands that have preformed here, a ton of music history). I love live music and the shows they have coming up made me want to stay there. I didn't really know what to expect from Minneapolis, but came away impressed with how nice and friendly everyone was and how exceptionally clean the town was. We walked a lot (to add to my RA and OA pain) and I can't recall a single piece of trash on the sidewalk or street at any time. It was well worth going and hurting over.
I'm back home and resting now, trying to let my RA ease back up on me. OK, actually I'm just waiting for the grass to dry so I can start mowing and trimming today. Hope everyone has a good and pain free week.