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RSS By: Leigh Rubin,

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Casual Friday

Mar 15, 2010

Last Friday I had the pleasure and privilege of being one of the guest speakers at the Farm Women’s Symposium in Bay City Michigan. Bay City is three fights and ten hours flying time away from my departure point of Burbank, Ca. The flights themselves ran very smoothly (YAY!) and on time (double YAY!) and all was well until it was time to pick up my two pieces of checked in baggage at the airport in Saginaw. There is a certain sinking feeling when the baggage carousel (sounds like a ride at a luggage amusement park, doesn’t it?) stops moving and there is no more luggage left and you are left standing there holding the bag, or not as the case may be. Only one of my bags made it and it wasn’t the one with my dress clothes. I do not purposely try to look like a slob when I’m a guest speaker but in this case it would be challenging. All I had with me were my “flight clothes” which were jeans, running shoes a dark long-sleeved t-shirt and a Los Angeles Zoo fleece which doubles for a blanket on long flights. Fortunately, my gracious hosts at the Symposium were very understanding of my unplanned “Casual Friday” predicament. About a half hour before I was to speak my other bag arrived and I quickly threw on my sport coat and upgraded from Casual Friday to the “sloppy-dressy-wrinkly” look. Other than my clothing situation the program went off without a hitch. Nothing like a roomful of ladies smiling and laughing to make a guy feel appreciated! (Thanks again ladies...You were all terrific!)  My flights home were all, thankfully, without incident. That is unless you count another misplaced piece of baggage. Yep, the same thing happened when I arrived back in Burbank. (SIGH!) One bag came off the carousel, and one was stuck in San Francisco. (It’s now after 10:00PM on Sunday and it still hasn’t been delivered to my home despite my repeated calls). But at that point I was so tired I didn’t really care. Besides, it’s not like I was short on bags. By the time I got home I had been awake the better part of twenty-two hours so I had lots of extra baggage... under my

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