Houston we have a problem

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
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Trip End Feb 21, 2014


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Friday, January 24, 2014

OK so the real quote is "Houston we've had a problem" but Hollywood etc. have told us otherwise so we'll go with the amended version. 

The problem today is that it is actually freezing outside. Our car is covered in a thick sheet of ice and icicles, the news has proclaimed there have been hundreds of accidents and that most freeways (especially those with bridges) are being partially if not entirely closed.) Houston does not know what to do with this weather so they have thrown their hands in the air and just closed all the freeways....like all of them.

Today was meant to be our Houston Space center day. After thawing our car a bit with the help of a man who poured warm water on our windshield we drove slowly to the space center. It was only 5 minutes away but even this was a little tricky with traffic/roads diverted etc.

We arrived there to find no one in the parking booths and a paper sign saying that they would be opening 2 hours from now at 12. Knowing we likely had a problem fraught drive to our next hotel and not wanting to wait around for 2 hours we decided to give it a miss. We took a few snaps in front of the Shuttle in the parking lot and cruised on out. If we had not been to Kennedy space center a few weeks earlier I think I would have been upset but we took it in stride.

Our supposed 45 minute journey west was more near 2 hours as most all the freeways seemed to be closed. For safety it was great they were closed...but then there were no hints of a detour or how you could possibly get anywhere. Thankfully we had the GPS and did some serious zigzagging on quiet back roads to Sugar Land, TX. 

We spent the freezing afternoon chilling out and grabbed lunch at a wannabee Brit pub/restaurant called "Baker Street" Chris pointed out that no English pub under any circumstances would have a big framed picture of Margaret Thatcher on the wall. 

Later we met my ex-work colleague Ann Marie for some drinks. The location was perfect as all we had to to was walk across the way from our hotel - hopefully not enough time to develop hypothermia on the way. 

A few hours later Ann Marie suggested a cigar bar that she liked across the way. Always up for an adventure we checked it out. Low and behold they were also giving out free whiskey samples. Good thing they were free since we could barely sip this stuff. Well, we tried out being old men for the night.

We had a great time catching up, chatting and actually meeting in person. We had talked on the phone many times but had never actually met. Ann Marie told us that the Houston Rodeo is "THE BEST ONE" so perhaps we'll have to come back another time for the rodeo and the space center.

~L 
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