Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

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!

Searching For A Little Depth In The World…Our Way

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Imagine, if you will, a conversation that goes something like this. My husband calls me several months ago and has this to say: “K, we have two free hotel stays we need to book by this weekend, otherwise we’ll lose them. I’m torn about where to go. We’ve been many places, seen a great many things, and maybe we should go somewhere and do a little soul searching. Let’s see a part of the world we’ve never seen. Let’s reach deep inside ourselves and find new meaning in life. Let’s be better people.”

The Fickle Finger of Airline Travel Blame

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Right, I’m back in the saddle today after two weeks of promo blog posts for the Butt Villains On Vacation anthology. Yes, I’ve spared you those on this blog, but the book is still worth checking out, and I think it’s one of the best covers we’ve had yet. So, what’s been going on? Me, not you. You always talk and the rest of us can’t get a word in edgewise. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing a little traveling and suffering with everybody else in the lines at the airport.

NYC April 2016 Part Deux: How I Almost Became A Mormon

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

If you missed Monday’s blog post, you might want to go back and read it. Just make sure you pee first. I’ve seen comments that it’s almost made people pee. Moving on, I made it to LaGuardia Friday night many hours after I was originally supposed to land, but I DID make it. Little Brother arranged to have someone named Uber drive us to the hotel, which I don’t understand because we still had to pay Uber, and he wasn’t that friendly. You kind of expect a little something exotic from someone named Uber.