Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

TMI: The Star Wars Celebration Orlando Trip (Part 2)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

We last left our heroes in Orlando on a Friday afternoon on Holy Shit Day as the Star Wars Celebration convention kicked into high gear! And they got the heck outta there.

LB and I headed out right after, grabbed some Red Lobster for lunch, and I was informed I’d agreed to attend a Cirque show at Downtown Disney in the early evening. And so I did. Agree, that is. By default. We decided to take a swim first, and enjoyed a refreshing dip before heading to La Nouba. La Nouba is the third show I’ve seen (all with LB) and was very enjoyable. It’s not my favorite of them, but still worth watching despite three very evident goofs during the show. We weren’t sure what was going on, but some of the performers just didn’t have it together. The ones who did, though, totally made the experience! LB snagged excellent seats to boot. Good popcorn too.

TMI: The Star Wars Celebration Orlando Trip (Part 1)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

I promised my brother-in-law I wouldn’t blog about his not inviting me to his bachelor party, so, as you can see, I’m totally keeping that promise! Now, on to today’s post.

Ever have someone read your blog posts (or your emails if you don’t have a blog) and give you feedback before you post or send them? Welcome to my life with Little Brother. I’ve been put on notice regarding my recent blog posts for telling folks about the aging process, about ear or nose hair, etc., and informed those subjects are considered by the New York Asian contingent to be TMI. Mind you, this memo comes from someone who leaves (censored) on a fellow co-worker’s keyboard and then allows the blame to be placed on another co-worker. Or for 12 years never telling his husband he doesn’t use (censored). Oh, yes. And he gives me grief! So I present you with a look back at the previous weekend in proper TMI form!

Swimming With Turtles: Trip To Saint Thomas and San Juan

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Do you ever get into a funk and not realize you’re in one? Michigan is a beautiful place to live—and I expect I’ll die here someday—but we have some long ass winters. It didn’t occur to me how much of a toll the 20 and 30-degree weather we’ve been having for MONTHS now was getting me down. Cue my hubby calling and suggesting I fly down to see him in Saint Thomas for a couple of days. This would be my second visit in 6 years.

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong After 5 Years

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

“Don’t go,” Little Brother warned me. “She wants to eat you. Or they’ll find your body floating in the bay.”

The Grandmonster had invited me to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year this year, and while I’m sure she’d very much enjoy watching the Police finding my body in the bay on the evening news, there was something else afoot. My little brother was immediately concerned, but mostly because I haven’t updated my Trust yet to include giving him all my airline miles in case of my untimely demise. He’s practical that way.


Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Okay, so, seriously not been in the mood to post lately. Some of it is the funk I continue to find myself in, and the other half is His Majesty having been home for seven weeks. I find that, when he’s home, I spend very little time on social media, and even less time writing. Anyway, let me catch you up. The Grandmonster has fled the country. Hiring some of the neighbor folks to carry torches and pitchforks helped change her mind about staying longer. I’m out a little money, but it was so worth it!

Oops, His Majesty Did It Again…

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

So His Majesty flew back last Wednesday evening. We spent Thursday running some errands, packing, and then we were off Friday up north to shut down the summer residence. Entertainment there is a bit sparse, so we try to liven things up when and where we can. For instance, I didn’t hook the propane tanks up when we arrived since we have a plug-in burner we can use for cooking. Little did either of us know that the furnace also ran on propane. This means that when the outside temperature went from 76 degrees to 42, we were going to spend more time holding each other than either of us admits to the public…or to each other.

The Last Two Awkward Conversations

Friday, September 9th, 2016

So, I ended up with Con Crud. I’ve managed to avoid this lovely little condition for the past 5 or 6 years, which helped since I was taking care of dad. But this year? It turned into Con Crud 2: The Wrath of Crud. It was cruddy. It remains cruddy. But that’s what I get for walking around 70k people at the convention carrying every conceivable plague imaginable. Oh, and devils. Yes, there were supposedly devils in attendance at DragonCon this year. I know because the subject led to a very awkward conversation.

Removing The A$$hole From The Travel Equation

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

American Airlines released a new ad this week that has the media buzzing. Why? Well, it’s a unique ad because it puts some of the pressure back on us, as travelers, to make our experience a positive one. I kinda like that. We hear an awful lot of negative stories about TSA agents and airline staff, but, let’s be honest, how often have we looked at some of our fellow passengers and thought to ourselves—or muttered just loud enough for them to hear—“What an asshole!”?

Somewhere In Time: At Mackinaw, And…Um…Other Places (Part 2)

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

It’s okay to feel safe since there won’t be a Part 3. I can only stretch these things out so long, otherwise it becomes a franchise. Do I really want to be responsible for creating another Friday the 13th or National Lampoon’s Vacation series? No. Er…maybe. I like the horror genre. So, Little Brother and I stayed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island in a room so pink that it looked like Linda Blair’s character in The Exorcist had thrown Pepto-Bismol up all over it instead of pea soup.

Somewhere In Time: At Mackinaw, And…Um…Other Places (Part 1)

Monday, July 25th, 2016

As we last left our heroes, they were complaining about how horrible the Masonic Temple was after seeing legendary film director John Carpenter perform there. Incidentally, I was contacted by the Masonic Temple via Twitter and the GM there would like to speak to me about the experience. We’ll see how that goes or if it even happens. I give them credit for reaching out, though. Now, beyond that, Little Brother Eddie and I took off for Mackinaw City a week ago yesterday. It was the start of our bi-yearly (as in every two years, not two trips a year) summer trip!