By Cacinda Maloney
Sometimes when you travel you meet some of the most interesting characters in the world.
You just never know who you are going to come across. I had heard of him for years, in fact, when I first started to collect miles and points, he was one of my idols. I had seen him speak a few times at different seminars, but I didn’t want to bother him, as he is a legend among frequent flyers. This last trip though, I got lucky. He was putting together a group of his miles and points travel bloggers and few of us not in his group for a seminar. I walked away after that three day weekend and learned a lot about blogging, but what I really learned was the generosity of one man. He could not have been more caring, generous or accommodating to his participants. Over and over again he would say “we were just starting a conversation” and that “the conversation could continue from here.” Almost like we were all friends just getting together in his living room. He is the sort of person that makes you feel comfortable right from the start.
is the original miles and points collector!
- is “the most influential frequent flyer in America” according to The Wall Street Journal.
- is editor and publisher of Inside Flyer and founder of Flyertalk, Milepoint, and BoardingArea (three of the most influential frequent flyer forums/blogs).
- is “the world’s leading expert on airline frequent flyer programs” according to The New York Times.
It was an honor to meet him.
On the weekend of the event, he planned a bonafide country hoedown for the entire group
and I am from Texas, so I know what one is. It was complete with the setting at the Western Jubilee Recording Company and a full spread of BBQ brisket, creamed corn, salad, and all the fixins’.
Then as a special surprise, he managed to have a live band and a world famous yodeler to perform on stage. The scene was set.
After the event was over, he invited the entire crew over to his house for a night of tequila in his very own cantina!
How many people do you know that have a cantina in their basement? Along with an authentic African tent room? In the cantina, he has over 165 different types of tequila and of those, 57 different types of my favorite tequila, Repasado. This guy knows his tequila and how to throw a party!’
When it is finally time to make my way home, he offers up his personalized t-shirts that states the motto of the cantina:
“Friends don’t let friends drink cheap tequila.”
and with that, I am off with my Mexican pottery shot glass necklace hanging around my neck that is used for sipping tequila that he gave to me and all the guests that night. I left dreaming of another night in this bar as it was a monumental moment for me: the day I got to meet the Legend Randy Peterson and sip tequila in his personal cantina!
Una leyenda según mi corazón tequila!