Will There Be Mermaids? #HRFL13

WEEKI_WACHEE_MERMAIDSWhen I was about 8 years old my parents loaded up the car, packed  provisions, tossed me in the back seat, and we set off to Florida for a vacation. We did the whole deal – took a drive to St. Augustine to look at forts and cool old buildings, spent multiple days at Walt Disney World (smaller than it is now of course – it had only been open for a few years) and endlessly trotted up and down a bunch of beaches.  I remember I got a wicked sunburn.

The part of the trip that has really stuck with me however, even after all these years, was a visit to Weeki Wachee.  I remember setting out to sea  – or so it seemed – in a glass bottom boat (freakin’ terrifying!).  We watched a mermaid show and I bought the whole deal. I thought they were absolutely the most glamorous creatures alive and I wondered how it was possible they could be among us mere mortals.  I was convinced – absolutely convinced – that mermaids truly existed and they all lived in Florida.  When we got back home I made all my friends ‘play mermaid’ with me whenever we went swimming.

Good grief – I was insufferable.

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I’m going back to Florida today as I’m heading off to the 2013 HR Florida Conference & Expo and I’m totally looking forward to the entire event.  There’s a fabulous line-up of keynote speakers – Aron Ralston, Sheila C. Johnson and Peter Sheahan.  I’m also thrilled to be speaking at 2 sessions and serving as a member of the Social Technology Team.  I predict massive sleep once I get back home.

Sadly the conference is in Orlando which, according to mapquest, is 103.29 miles from Weeki Wachee via the Turnpike.  Damn it – no mermaids.  Unless I can gather my friends together and convince them we need to ‘play mermaid’ in the Hilton Bonnet Creek swimming pool.

Stranger things have happened at HR Conferences.

3 comments

  1. Karlita Anderson says:

    Have a great time! Safe travels.

  2. Dean Goranson says:

    My parents did the same thing with me when I was a kid
    took in the whole the whole state. Dad wanted to make sure
    I had a great summer school field trip.

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