Well, my first week in the new job is now officially over. But, it was anything but boring. Since Monday was Memorial Day, my first day with TIBCO didn’t officially begin until Tuesday. Last week, my manager wasn’t really sure where I would be or what I would be doing on my first day. When I woke up Tuesday morning, I had an email saying that I was expected to be in Dallas, Texas by 1:00pm. Needless to say, I had some scrambling to do to get prepared for the trip (pack, make hotel, flight, and rental car reservations, drive to the airport, etc…). But, I managed to pull it off, jumped on the next flight from Chattanooga to Dallas, and arrived there around 2:00pm.
Once my plane landed in Dallas, I received an email saying that a mistake was made and that the client wasn’t actually expecting me until Wednesday. So, since I was already there, I got to slow things down a bit and roam around Dallas. I checked out some really nice restaurants and basically drove around seeing what all there was.
During my 4 days in Dallas, I ate at some interesting restaurants. One night, the rest of the TIBCO team that was joining me for the project took me to an Indian restaurant in Irving. It was pretty good, but way too spicy for my likes. One day for lunch, we hit up a small Thai restaurant called Siam Thai. I’m not really sure where it was located (because I didn’t drive there), but it was definitely worth visiting. The last night of my trip, me and one other guy from the team hit up a nice restaurant called Sushi Robata. Again, I’m not sure where it was located, but it was extremely good! We sat at the sushi bar and ordered all kinds of different items from the sushi menu. I wouldn’t say it was the best sushi I’ve ever had, but I will say that I’ll definitely be visiting there again next time I’m in Dallas. Each day for breakfast, I went to a cool little restaurant on Forrest Lane called Cindy’s Restaurant. The food there was awesome and the price was perfect.
The area I stayed in was being hammered with road construction which made it extremely difficult to navigate. The GPS in my car kept telling me to take exits that didn’t exist or were closed for construction. As soon as I would pass those non-existing exits, the GPS would tell me to get off at the next exit and circle back to take the exit I just missed. But, the exists were closed on both sides. So, I spent the majority of my commute driving in circles. When looking for nice restaurants on my first day there, my GPS kept taking me to locations that were just flat spots with nothing on them. For example, when browsing for nearby restaurants, my GPS told me there was an IHOP across the road from my hotel. However, there was nothing but a parking lot across from my hotel. I’m not sure when the IHOP disappeared (if it ever existed there at all), but it definitely wasn’t there this week. Before you say anything, I made sure to update my GPS before I left.
I didn’t really have time to do anything other than work, eat, and sleep. But, overall, it was still an interesting trip. Anyways, I’m not sure yet where I’ll be this week. But, I’ll definitely keep you updated as soon as I have something to report back. Until then, be sure to check out the other articles on my site. Also, if you have any places you would recommend I visit during my next trip to Dallas / Fort Worth, be sure to let me know in the comments below and I’ll let you know my opinion of those places next time I visit there.
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