May 20, 2004

Today is my first full day in Maryland. I got a good night’s sleep last night which is rare for me being in a hotel room. I think that the level of this hotel helps a bit. The beds of firmer and the air conditioning works better and I have the curtains pulled back because I am on the sixth floor. We get a decent rate here because I am not the only employee living in the hotel so it is not too expensive either.

I headed into the office late morning. Spent most of the day acclimating to DC. Everytime that I am here there are tons of different people. It has been so long since I was down here for any length of time that I really didn’t know anyone this time and the people that I did know weren’t people who had been working for us for some time anyway.

After work, John and I went out to Ruby Tuesday’s in Bowie and later met with one of the drivers. Then we drove out to Arnold to go get dinner at Deep Creek.

Nolan Silcox, over at Lifestyle Properties in Ithaca, has been really sick the last couple days and had to go into the hospital yesterday. He is going to be out of work for the next few weeks or longer (five weeks minimum they think.) So, Min is heading down to Ithaca starting on Saturday (really early in the morning) to help out in the office while he is out. It wouldn’t have been so bad but they are in the middle of the busiest season and being short staffed is really rough now. So she is going to be working like seven days a week for the next month or two. Luckily, the hotel has its summer help back so they might be able to let her have a little time off during the week so that she can go to Franfort and visit her sister and the girls while they are up which is very soon. The timing couldn’t have been better, though, with me being out of town during the same time period that this work opened up for Min. And to make it even better, he subbing work was just about to end because it is the end of the school year. She would have been lucky to have been called in one or two times yet this school year.

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