Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The week begins...

So back in Houston and just got into my hotel.  It's fun to travel to same place over and over, you start to form a routine and people smile at you and know you when you walk in.  The lady that works the counter at the Hampton knows that I like to watch Lost so when I came back from dinner last week, she had the tv in the lobby already piping in Lost.  I came in to Avis today and the girl that always works there, well, she was still working there.  The Schlotsky's I like to eat at in the Houston airport, well she is always working when I get my Ham and cheese w/ salt and vinegar chips.  I've realized that it is not so fun sometimes to be in places where you don't know anybody and everyone is a stranger.  I look at my friends differently when I get back home after each trip, I actually miss them :)

So this is the week that I will be in the worst area of Houston.  I was told that there are more than 20 gangs in the hood I will be working in.  This is the reason that along with the 8laptops we packed up for the trip, I also pack something else to go along my side.  Yes, this is necessary.  I like my job but I will not die without putting up a fight! 

Hopefully I will be alive to write more blogs :) 

Oh yeah, another thing.  I really think there is something about my face that just attracts people that need money.  What in the world.  I love helping people but lately, in the same stinkin hotel parking lot, I get approached by people who either need food, gas, or money.  I've become very blunt with these people and actually kinda enjoy being like that.  Now of course I have a gentle spirit, but I am very clear..."dude you smell like alcohol, are you telling me that you have not had a drink"......"yes, I quit many years ago..." It's tough sometimes to discern who is telling the truth and who is lying through their teeth.  I'm getting better at it though!






2 comments:

daniel r. bass said...

i totally attract people that need money too. I have began to notice these people before they notice me. when i notice them, i do not make eye contact at all. This is actually very tough, I always like to make eye contact and greet someone with a simple smile and nod (especially the less fortunate) but most of these people choose to come out, beg, and do something stupid with the change they receive. i have probably cut down on beggers greeting me for money 60% since. i have so many stories its sad. i could make this comment pages long but i wont.

JT said...

It's so tough to know when to say yes, and when to say "get a job."

Thankfully I didn't get bothered too much today, only had one 10 year old curse at me and tell me to get the R*#(*#(*$#* out of his *$#($*#($ apartment complex. You just need to smile :)