The Trip from You Know Where (Volume #1)

Wow, it has been a whirlwind week. A scheduled trip to visit Horst Engineering’s maquiladora operation in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico expanded to include business development/customer service visits to companies in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; and Fountain Valley (Orange County), California. This involved my own version of planes, trains, shuttle buses, and automobiles. Overall, the trip was a wonderful success and it was great to see the progress in Nogales, as well as the still bustling Sonoran economy. Tucson is always a neat place and presented me with my only foray (though brief) into nature, and Phoenix and Orange County have enough sprawl for a lifetime. It is quite ugly. The connecting flight from Atlanta to Tucson on the first leg of the trip was highlighted by an amazing chihuahua story. The story is actually about a pair of chihuahuas who shared the seat next to me with a young woman. I was “stuck in the middle” as they say between two passengers, having I missed out on my coveted aisle seat, and suffered through as hellish a flight experience as you probably can. These little doggies had serious bowel and bladder problems that created a spectacle for more than two hundred passengers. And to top that off, believe me when I say that when a dog gets loose just as your plane is taxiing for take off, EVERYONE knows about it. It was four hours of dog hair, dog poop, and headaches. At one point, I just had to put the iPod earphones in, boot up the laptop, and ignore what was happening TWO inches away from me. Actually, I don’t think it was even two inches. It was RIGHT THERE. To be continued…

The border signs viewed from the parking lot of Horst Engineering de Mexico.

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