So I took a drive to Brawley, California this week to support an event sponsored by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce and the SBA. I had never been to Brawley, so was excited to see another part of this vast state I live in...California:)
The trip started out smoothly...picked up one colleague in San Diego, and the other from the airport. We had lunch at Anthony's...can you believe I've lived here for almost 8 years, have spent PLENTY of time in San Diego...but have never been to Anthony's????? Well my colleagues thought is was some sort of huge disservice to San Diego, for sure, lol!
I do have to say that we had a great lunch, got a window seat (after, of course, my colleagues told the hostess I had NEVER been to Anthony's!). The view was great and the staff at the restaurant did a great job to make sure I'd return again....and I will!!!
So off to Brawley, now....we traveled out the 8 freeway and all was good....until...we headed over the "hills"...well at one point we were over 4000 ft elevation, so needless to say, these were VERY BIG hills! I'm minding my own business, talking to one of my colleagues when all of a sudden, I feel I'm going too fast and start to pump the brakes...now mind you, I'm heading down a curving hill at this point and I'm COASTING...no foot on the gas pedal here, no sirreee...and I look in my rear view mirror to see?????...some flashing lights, oh dear!
I pull over and an officer kindly tells me I was going 92 miles an hr!!! Now after you've been driving on the same road for 1 1/2 hrs, and people are passing YOU...there was no reason to think I was driving that fast, I'll tell you that!
So this kind officer did tell me that he had been following me for a mile and at first I thought...wow, that's a LONG TIME to be following someone!...until I realized that IF I was REALLY going 92 miles an hr, that means he was behind me for let's say...20 seconds?
Anyway, when I noticed him, I WAS trying to slow down because I noticed I was going down a BIG hill and was picking up speed...oh, and did I say I've NEVER gotten a traffic ticket before? Well, none of my explaining or pleading worked and low and behold, I've experienced ANOTHER FIRST on my trip...a whoppingly LARGE traffic ticket!
Gotta love the way they do this, though...you get a carbon copy of a ticket that you can barely read...do the actually teach them to have bad handwriting and not press down on the carbon paper so it doesn't show through????
So, not only do I NOT know what it says, I DON"T know how much the ticket will be...AND, if I don't see the ticket in the mail in a few days...I have to call THEM to see how much I owe...it's not like I get a "Get out of a ticket free" card if I never receive it in the mail...
The rest of the trip was much better AND I experienced a few more firsts...my first dinner at a Famous Dave's Barbeque...yummy!! My first time drinking tequila STRAIGHT...(one of my colleagues ideas)...and no we weren't driving afterwards:)
The training I did at the Brawley Small Business and Lenders event went smoothly and was a great experience! I also met a wonderful young woman that handles the social media for the SBDC in Brawley. As we chatted, I found that she is a fellow scrapbooker! How about that!
To summarize all of my firsts
1. First time eating at Anthony's in San Diego
2. First speeding ticket (well, first traffic ticket all together)
3. First time eating at Famous Dave's Barbeque
4. First time drinking tequila straight
5. First time going to Brawley (and El Centro)
6. First time presenting at an SBA sponsored event
I recently saw a stamp that says "When was the last time you did something for the very first time?", so I thought I would try to document my "firsts" from now on.
I'm so happy to still be experiencing "firsts"...although some, like my first traffic ticket I could have done without, lol...