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USA Training – Dallas Week 1, Day 4

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – The training continues..

Waking up at the signature 6:45am timeslot, it is essentially a repeat of the previous day – shower, change, get downstairs to the lobby.  We’re back to CityLine to kick off the next class in the program, which is a detailed look at the Department of Defence Architecture Framework v2.02.  As before, breakfast at 7:30am.  We had a full day but it finished around 4:30pm so optimistically I talked Will and Peter into an ill-advised trip south down the freeway in a vain attempt at reaching a record store.  Alas, peak hour traffic doomed the endeavour and as we had committed to a dinner date with some colleagues from our course, we turned back north about half way.  So instead we visited an American retail institution: Walmart.

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Here I bought two huge Minecraft figures for the boys as well as a jar of Rufus Teague “Touch ‘o Heat” BBQ sauce, plus a large bottle of Tabasco Chipotle flavoured hot sauce.  I might have picked up extra stuff, but I was busting for the toilet which I found once I’d cleared the checkout.  Once having regrouped, we continued north to a BBQ restaurant called “Love & War in Texas”.  I took a photo of the menu so you can see for yourself what was on offer:

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I ordered the hot wings as an entrée (they were divine) followed by a main of buffalo fajitas which were sizzled on the hot plate.  It was a fine meal. 
Will had sliced boar!  I had a beer which was brewed from grapefruit which was oddly quite nice.

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Owing to the extra early start the next day, we wrapped at about 9:30pm and head back to the Hyatt for final preparations. 

The next day was not just the final day of training for week 1, but also the day Peter and I made our return trip to Australia – it was going to be a long day! 

I was so tired,I turned in at 10:30am, but this backfired and I was awake around 3am briefly.

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USA Training – Dallas Week 1, Day 3

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – More training.

Woke at 6:45am after a reasonable night’s sleep.  I swore these early mornings were going to kill me, but it turns out they did not.  As breakfast was catered for at the Raytheon facility, there was no need to stay at the Hyatt for too long, so I showered, changed, and head down to the lobby to meet Peter and Will for the rain soaked drive to CityLine.  The breakfast was good (the catering was generally quite good throughout the course) and the training ran almost like clockwork from 8am to 5pm.

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After training, we drove directly to a Texan BBQ place called Ten 50 where we ate BBQ – as you approached, you had to select slow cooked meats just outside the entrance before heading in to purchase sides and drinks.

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I had brisket, ribs and BBQ corn with a local craft beer on top.  It wasn’t exactly cheap, but the meat was excellent, and we got to know some of our US colleagues better over a good hearty meal.  A few hours later we returned to the Hyatt, Peter called it a night, but Will and I kicked on at the downstairs bar for a bit.  Suffering from mild meat coma, I Skyped home before crashing at 11:30pm.