Naps are my new addiction (g). I love them, but this was not a normal day for me. I was also scheduled to present The DAR Genealogical Research System Is For Everyone in Colorado Springs. This is an evening meeting and the group is the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. Of course, this means a hectic trip through Denver about 4pm and at the start of the rush hour. I left Longmont at 3 and started south. I had a brand new Ford Focus rental car so the vehicle was not of concern, not as if I had taken my pickup that is. It was mostly the anxiety of the traffic so when I saw the turn off for E470 I figured, "Why not? I have never taken it before but it may be a good thing to do today." After a few miles traveling due east, I wondered if I was going to end up in Kansas. I had already been on the Google Brick Road this week and didn't really want to return to Kansas so soon. But eventually the bypass turned south and I relaxed a bit. It was a great way to drive through Denver (or around Denver) without all the close calls that are so typical.
But back to the reason for the trip -- the meeting. The room quickly filled as the 7pm start time approached. Every chair was taken. There was the usual business meeting and a special feature that I liked. This was that members (or guests) could come forward and tell what has been happening in their genealogical world, experiences, breakthroughs, etc. Guests were introduced and asked to come forward and tell who they are looking for and where, etc. It was a nice touch.
The program was well received and again inspired good questions. Two young DAR members sat in the front row and one was especially enthused, and seemed anxious to "help" me talk about DAR. I chalked it up to pride in DAR and let it go at that. The subject was not DAR membership, but rather the wonderful records DAR has given to the public to use free of charge. It didn't really bother me and didn't harm anything. I have learned that being flexible is a good tool in the speaking game. One man in the audience was following along on his tablet as I went from database to database and asked questions about what he had found there. It was a great evening, because I love to talk DAR and I love to talk genealogy, so I was happy.
But alas, at 9pm I had to head north to go home and I still had a long drive through who knows what kind of traffic. Maybe Wednesday night is quiet in Denver -- this is what I hoped as I entered I-25 North. As it turned out I was home by 11:30 and real glad to see Fort Collins and Kitty Girl. I was also very grateful to have had a safe trip, had met some wonderful people, had a nice day and a nice car to drive. Have I mentioned lately how blessed I am? Well, I am, and I know it. I probably won't take on another "Speaking Tour of the Front Range" again soon, if ever. But I sure did enjoy this one. Patj