23 February 2011
It was a wonder-full day! I worked in my workshop most of the day, making good progress on Curtis’ waistcoat. Then, I quit my workday a bit early to get ready to head toward Dallas where I picked up Shannon at Love Field. (I was amused at the construction project going on there that they are calling: LOVE-EVOLution … and they mirror-image the E and L in evolution. Cute.)
So far, so good. Then I made my first mistake—I believed my GPS. It sent me on a path toward Grapevine that took us through crazy construction and it took nearly fifty minutes to travel fifteen miles. I was very frustrated, but, the company was good and eventually we reached our destination. I had made plans with David, the owner of Vetro Glassblowing Studio, for him to stay a bit later than their posted hours, and meet with Shannon and me. Shannon had never been there, and I knew she’d groove on chatting with another experienced glassblower. It was a good plan! We enjoyed a nice visit with him, got to walk all through the studio, and even shared some business and industry tips about things like Group-on and conducting “experience” events for customers and even on buying the colour red—a tough one in the glassblowing world.
Kyle met us at Vetro, just as we were pretty much wrapping up our visit. We said our goodbyes and were in the process of discussing where to go for dinner and some decent beer, when Kyle got a text from Starr and Joe. They had seen him check into Vetro on Twitter, and decided to have dinner on Main Street … would we join them at Tolbert’s? What a great idea … the power of social media at work to make our lives better! Yay!
As we were leaving Vetro, Shannon happened to notice what was going on in the workshop next door. Two men in what looked like heavy duty haz-mat-type suits (temperature protection, I’m sure) were balancing a cauldron of hot molten metal and we watched as they poured it into a mold. A third man, less protected, seemed to be in charge, and watched from the side. At Kyle’s suggestion, because I was too amazed to think of it, I quickly got my camera in hand and snapped a couple of shots. It was something I’d never seen before, and may never see again!
From there to Tolbert’s where we got seated just moments before Starr and Joe arrived, and we all enjoyed a good dinner and great conversation. Although we’d have loved to stay to listen to Big Mike play music, it was nearing bedtime and I had to drive Shannon back to Mockingbird Lane before going home. So, more goodbyes, and a much quicker drive back to Dallas, and then home.
It was a good day.
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