I've been to Fort Wayne, Indiana now. I have to say, there's not a lot to do there. The vacant car dealerships as you exit off of I-69 onto Lima Rd. really tell the tale. That town seems to be drying up. When you get downtown and see that they're clearing space for a sports stadium, you get the idea that the place is preparing for a rebound. I literally did nothing but listen to conference calls while I was there and assist with troubleshooting one problem. The whole thing could have been done over the phone. I was only there as a safety net to keep the project on track if things went horribly wrong, and they didn't.
This silly Eckrich vehicle was parked outside the distribution office where I was working. I felt compelled to make the cab driver wait for me while I took a picture of it.
Contrast that with my trip to Las Vegas over the weekend. I went to the Mr. Olympia finals to see how Ronnie Coleman would do. He came in fourth. I thought Victor Martinez or Dennis Wolf would win this year, but Jay Cutler won it again. I saw another Cirque du Soleil show and went clubbing. I hit a churrascaria at Planet Hollywood called Pampas, which was outstanding. I didn't have time to gamble even one dollar before it was time to head back. The best part of the whole weekend was the Mr. Olympia Weekend Expo. I got to meet Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Stephan Bonner, and Kieth Jardine at the Xyience/UFC booth. I bought a very cool UFC shirt. I saw Lou Ferrigno and got some other bodybuilders' autographs. It was very inspiring. I haven't missed a workout since. I got a ton of free stuff. Everyone wants you to try their protein drink mix or creatine supplement or thermogenic fat loss pill or arginine/nitric oxide muscle pump pulmonary vasodilator substance. I got some free t-shirts with marketing schlock on them and enough energy drink mix to last me a long time and enough thermogenic pills to keep me hopped up for days if I decided to take them. I'll stick with my tribulus terrestris and vitex agnus herbs and whey protein from GNC and Wal-Mart. And if I need a thermogenic, I'll stick to coffee and tea as a caffiene source, raspberries and cayenne pepper for my capsaicin ketones to get lean. Most of the stuff they're pushing now has sucralose as a sweetener. Chlorinated sucrose. Doesn't even sound good for you. That stuff makes me feel awful and promotes extra bathroom visits. The last thing I need is something else to promote atrophy of my thymus or put stress on my liver. Bleh. To promote all the supplement crap, there were a lot of really big people there. . . and one midget.