Greetings from the South! Ron and I are in Austin, Texas for the Professional Association of International Innkeepers Conference. After arriving without a single hitch, we spent many, many minutes looking for Rudy’s BBQ….the many wrong turns and turnabouts in this amazing city of one way streets were definitely worth the frustration….Our greeter announced us as ‘rookies,’ which triggered bells clanging and much shouting. The best part . . . was the sampling of all the meats AND creamed corn to die for!!!! We felt right at home since they also had St. Louis pork ribs on the menu…sliced smoked turkey, brisket and loin sold by the half pound,too. Here’s about 6 slices of white bread ~ you build your own sandwich. Our ‘fine china’ was butcher paper! Help yourselves to iced down bottled beer/soda from an old fashioned trough used as a beer box. Pickles, onions and BBQ sauce —-ummmm good. What a funn place! Wish the Lake of the Ozarks had a Rudy’s Country Store! We hope to share Rudy’s with the other Missouri innkeepers as they arrive in Austin and we all hook up!Four days of intense workshops with four days of fun with innkeepers coming from near and far. We’re proud to be Missouri innkeepers and members of PAII!