Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Top Three's

With me being in sales during my 7+ year tenure at Press Pass Inc, my position has required me to travel across the U.S. to meet with existing customers, search for new business and to attend various tradeshows. Like anything there are pluses and minuses to traveling. On the plus side, I have been lucky enough to experience many different cities, restaurants and sporting events. On the downside, I have spent time away from my wife and my kids.

Let’s concentrate on the positive side and with that, I thought it might be interesting to share some of my favorite things from the road. Since everybody usually loves lists, I have compiled various “Top Three” lists ranging from favorite places to random thoughts.

Top Three BBQ Joints

1. Arthur Bryant’s-Kansas City: could eat there all day, be careful going at night

2. Charles Vergos’ Rendevous-Memphis: best dry ribs, don’t go on Monday

3. Fiorella’s Jack Stack-Kansas City: great burnt ends and brisket

Top Three Burger Places

  1. In-N-Out Burger-West Coast-nothing comes close
  2. Whataburger-South (but not in NC): please come to NC
  3. Five Guys-East Coast: share an order of fries

Top Three Places I Want to Go

  1. San Francisco-airport doesn’t count: great food in the airport though
  2. Denver-see San Francisco
  3. Milwaukee-just because

Top Three Underrated Places

  1. Kansas City: obviously great BBQ, casinos, fountains, NFL, MLB and NASCAR, + two states
  2. Columbus, OH: great arena and happening downtown area
  3. Anywhere in West Virginia: Wild & Wonderful

Top Three (Four) Annoying Airline Passengers

  1. The passenger that sits behind you and tells a stranger his/her life story so loud that even your IPOD can’t block out the conversation.
  2. The passenger that snores (although sometimes that person is me).
  3. The passenger that insists his/her carry-on will fit in the overhead compartment.
  4. The passenger that chooses the Bloody Mary mix to drink, without the alcohol.

Top Three Random Airline Thoughts

  1. The only time I drink Ginger Ale is on a plane.
  2. The few times that I attempt to work the crossword puzzle in the complimentary airline magazine; it’s always completed by a previous passenger.
  3. I never sit in row 13.

I’m off again in September to exotic places such as Indiana, Arkansas and Minnesota. Thanks for reading and for putting up with my drivel.


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