Meet up with Mikal

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Me in Plano

It is pretty exciting when you finally get to meet someone that you have been communicating with for the past few months. I finally got to meet Grant. Yeah, we both know each other better by our middle names, me Britt and he, Grant.

 

This Friday had been a very busy one as I had to drop Stefan off at DFW by 9am and as with many teenagers, they don’t seem to understand the urgency of time management. Stefan missed his flight which meant we would have to wait around for a flight later that day. I had so many plans for the day, so he had to join me for many of them. I got him back to the airport, he made the plane and then I was able to complete the plans I had to meet up with my travel buddy.

at our hotel in Plano

 

Grants plane was on time, 9:35pm. I waited pretty anxiously. Would he look like his photos, would he sound the same as he did on the phone, would I be taller than him? These are those questions that we had debated off and on through our phone, email and postal correspondence.

 

He called when his plane landed and said, “I am in a green Christmas colored sweater and a blazer.” Ok, that just described every person coming out of gate 16. Oh well. The haircut, you know those Army boys, gave him away. It was a pleasant meeting. His smile was contagious. Something I had expected. He was shorter than me, yeah, I wish,. It was great to stand around waiting for his luggage and sharing small talk about the plane ride, the people we had come across in the past 4 hours and, mostly, the plans for the next couple of days.

Me and Mikal at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium

 

We gathered his luggage. I couldn’t believe how much he had. I was curious if he had plans to go AWOL and I was the accomplist to this sinister plan. I'm glad I was wrong, he just needed to wash those dirty clothes and transport all of those Christmas gifts. Yes, gifts, because there were only a few days until the big day. I was hoping there was at least one in there for me, and again, I wasn’t disappointed.

 

We got into the car and drove up to one of my favorite little hotels in the MetroPlex, the Staybridge Hotel, Plano. (See review).

 

We had a great dinner from this great Asian restaurant: review to follow.

The dinner was great and we shared a nice bottle of wine with it. After we ate, we headed down to the pool area. It was quiet, no others in area. The fountains and everything were so beautiful. We took our bottle of a nice sparkling Muscato from Oregon. I will have to review this one as well. He couldn’t handle the heat or the wine, but we had a great time. The evening was beginning to turn into morning so we decided it would be best to call it a night. I am so glad we did because a new day was upon us and we had to hit the outlets up in Allen.

 

Shopping is one of my better skills. If they offered college degrees for this sport, event or lifestyle, I am sure I would have earned a PH.D by now. I don’t know if Grant was prepared for my pace. We only had to go to a couple of stores; Polo, Banana Republic, Tommy to name a few.

We found some good sales, but nothing too good to write about. We really enjoyed the morning and decided that we needed to get back to the hotel and check out and then make our way to East Texas. Yes, about a 2 1/2 hour drive to my home in Kilgore. With the car loaded and our spirits high, we got on the road and headed east.

 

We made it to my home and we open a few more Christmas gifts. Mine were nothing compared to the sculpture I received.  We drove around Kilgore, showed him my office and where I work, the church and just a little bit about this little town.

 

Sunday morning and we are up and getting ready for church.

Mikal and his Dad and Mom
I was to be the guest preacher at the N Loop Church of Christ in Gladewater. A small church of 115, about a half hour north of Kilgore. I love preaching here. The people seem to real love me and the way I preach. I was pretty proud to have my friend who was serving in our armed forces with me as well. They loved Grant. They loved and had the highest respect for him and his service. It was a good feeling. They also loved my new car.

 

The service went well and my goal was to finish pretty early because I had to get Grant over to Shreveport where he would be picked up by his father. We couldn’t leave Gladewater without eating at the Pea Patch restaurant. I have to write a review one day soon. We were able to eat and get on the road in record time. The big hurry was because I had to be back to preach again that evening. I made it back in time and we had a good evening service, but this is less about me preaching and more about the good time I had with Grant.

Mikal at Medeival Times with his 'drink'

 

The great thing about this meet up was that it wasn't over. After the holidays, I would meet Grant and his parents at the McDonalds in Shreveport to return him back to WA. The fun part of this leg of the trip was that Grant was going to get to meet my family. We had planned a day in Dallas before he was to return to WA. The day went off without a hitch. We made it to Dallas and went straight to Texas Stadium and took a pretty cool tour of Texas Stadium. I will review the stadium, but you can see some of the photos on both of our sites.  We hung out on the star, went into the locker room and just explored the entire stadium. The footballs that were on the field earlier were long gone as people have been stealing them. Yes, many of the artifacts from the stadium had begun to disappear because this is the last season  at this stadium as they move to Arlington and their new stadium next season.

On his way out at DFW
You can see some of those photos on my site as well.

 

We would enjoy ourselves, but the day was only going to be better. That evening we went to Medieval Times restaurant. You can read that review as well. This was a fun feast and we had a blast.

 

It was becoming apparent that this visit was coming to and end. We stayed up for hours talking. Set the alarm clock for 4:30 am and getting up before the sun made me think I was in the middle of a Jimmy Dean breakfast commercial. You have to see it to understand. We made it out to the airport, Grant slept all the way and got him on his plane. I went back to the hotel and slept. Not because I wanted to, but I needed to. This was a great visit. The phone rings: Hello, oh that was Grant, made it to WA without any problems. Thanks for a great trip buddy.

 

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Me in Plano
Me in Plano
at our hotel in Plano
at our hotel in Plano
Me and Mikal at the Dallas Cowboys…
Me and Mikal at the Dallas Cowboy…
Mikal and his Dad and Mom
Mikal and his Dad and Mom
Mikal at Medeival Times with his …
Mikal at Medeival Times with his …
On his way out at DFW
On his way out at DFW
Mikal when we were out eat desert
Mikal when we were out eat desert
Grant taking a photo with that ma…
Medeival Times show
Attended show with family and fri…
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