The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic and Texas Instruments

Been walking down memory lane when I came upon this journal entry, when I was still working at CareerBuilder… Two days after my birthday in 2009, I’m at O’Hare International waiting for my flight to NYC with a sales rep on my team, who had just told me the Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic are coming to Chicago in September. The Allman Brothers are one of my all-time favourite bands. I like Widespread Panic.

A strange looking, portly gentleman with big thick glasses, a slight drawl and a San Jose (Sharks?) baseball cap leans over to my sales rep, and proudly announces, “I saw the Allman Brothers in Mobile, AL back in ’72… [looking at rep] you probably wouldn’t remember that now, would you? [looking at me] You might. I can’t tell how old you are.”

What the!?!?! …really?!?! …REALLY!?!??!?! …WTF!?!?

Clearly, he needed to go back to the doctor to get his eyes checked.

Then he proceeds to tell us his life story about how he started at Texas Instruments (designing the Speak & Spell) and moved on to develop what would be their first PC which turned into Compaq.

I thought to myself, calling bullsh-t on this one. I believed him just as much as I believed him when he could not tell my age. I looked good back then and I had not yet entered my fourth decade on this planet.

Go Adventure. Go Travel. Go Live.

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