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Ramblings of the week, February 04, 2018

Our stateroom. They gave us twin beds for some unknown reason. I think because we were the same sex.

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St Thomas

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Puerto Rico

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This was their library damaged in Hurricane Maria

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Our cruise ship next to another in Grand Turk. Ours is the bigger one!

We had pretty rough seas due to some bad storms in the Caribbean. The Captain decided to skip our first port Amber Cove because the waves would be 18 feet high. We ended up having an extra day at sea. It was fun though. An excursion on St Thomas that would have taken us to St John was also canceled due to the waves, so I still didn’t get to St John. Other than that we had a great time. I love both Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. This time we got to do a tour of Grand Turk, which really is a tiny place, and I really liked it. So beautiful and the natives have such an amazing attitude even after the hurricane. They do have an issue with stray starving dogs which made me very sad.

And now I am back and rather tired, but happy for the great time I had.

 

 

Ramblings of the Week, August 28, 2017

I am back from my trip and am now melting. MELTING. We are having a mega heatwave and our AC is broken. We’ve called a couple of places and no one calls us back, so I guess I have to suffer for the next week and a half before we get some relief and it cools at night. Ugh.

Here are some pictures from my trip.

EsteroInn Our room. See that little porthole? It’s actually a window that you just cover up at night. And the door leads to the balcony.

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An Otter in the Bay

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See how sunny it is in Cambria? Cambria is one of our favorite towns. We have to have breakfast at Linn’s there. In September/October they have a scarecrow thing where all the stores and restaurants puts out the most creative scarecrows. It’s so much fun. We’ve only been there once during that time, but great. Now, we go up above San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to see the elephant seals.

At the end it started getting sunny as you can see in the next to the last picture. It remained foggy in Morro Bay the whole day though. I took this last picture of the elephant seals because I loved the fact one dude had his little flipper/arm on the other dude. These are males this time of year. I say it’s the Kirk and Spock of Elephant Seals!

No idea what I will work on this week. I know I hope to finish First Impressions. Anything else is up in the air!

 

 

Ramblings of the Week, July 8, Saturday Edition

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So yesterday we had some stops to make after work. We needed half and half for our coffee. (random observation, I discovered when talking to someone in Europe that they don’t know what this is there, bizarre). We both drink it with half and half. Years ago I used to drink it with Carnation plain creamer. (off on my first tangent), but one day I taste it and there was a weirdness to it. So I looked at the container and they said “new taste”. I wrote to them and complained. Apparently I was not the only one. They vowed to change it back. It was too late. I had moved on. First to mocha mix (no idea why it was called this because it was just non-dairy creamer) and then eventually to half and half when I decided mocha mix was nasty.

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Smart and Final (don’t know where they are at in connection to the rest of the country, but we have  them, they call themselves the faster, smaller food warehouse) has the best price for creamer. $1.69 per quart. The grocery store we go to charges $5.99 for a half gallon unless you can get some mega deal. Anyway, we both drink it.

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Which brings me to (tangent 2), M is on this kick where he doesn’t want to use animal products. It’s been to varying degrees of success. He declared one day he would be trying to drink his coffee black. Neither of us uses sugar or other sweeteners. I said okay. I gave him his morning travel mug of coffee black. That evening after we came from work he said, nope. He would not be giving up half and half in his coffee after all. HA

Anyway, we are in the parking lot and we wait for this lady in a red car to pull out and she does. And she’s sitting there for a second gathering her bearings I guess, who knows, and all of a sudden this mini-van comes barreling out of his space, backing up at high speed. There is no way he will miss her. She just sits there looking at him. M is blowing his horn at the moron to stop but he just keeps going, right into her. Put a huge dent in her car and scraped up his own. OMG. PEOPLE.

It’s hot. It’s super hot. We  are having a big time heat wave for this time of year. (Tangent 3) One of the local Catholic Churches, St. Rose, does a yearly summer carnival the second week in July. I swear if I were a member of that church I would be suggesting, Spring. Yes, a lovely Spring Carnival in March. Who in their right mind would go today when it is supposed to be well over 100. I hear all the “Oh but it’s a dry heat.” Go turn on your oven. Go on, I’ll wait. Let it preheat. Now crawl in. Yeah, that’s how it feels (don’t really do this, duh).

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Next weekend I am off to Vegas and yes they are a miserable place in the summer. Their low at 11 last night was 108. But you expect that in Vegas and you are mostly indoors anyway.

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My own real picture of Vegas by the way.

This, trust me, is miserable.

Today is going to be a lazy lazy lazy day. Movies, games, hot dogs. No socializing. Sounds splendid.

Pictures from My Trip

So here we go. You must understand that I took hundreds so this is just a small sampling.

Let me start with the boxer shorts I bought. This was on the back end, M was quite amused.Boxer

Next up are just random pictures from the trip. We went on a lake one day for fishing. No, I didn’t fish and nothing was caught. We went to a place in Idaho called Bear World where you got to feed bread to bears who follow your truck. We also went to Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Springs, and Grand Teton. Enjoy!

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Baby Bears

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Moose at Bear World

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Where’s my bread?

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Lazy Wolf at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

Grand Prismatic Hot Springs (these kill people, I am reading a book on deaths and accidents at Yellowstone and Hot Springs deaths (basically you are boiled and burned to death, out number bear attacks by far)

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Grand Teton National Park, what an amazing place

Some pictures just around Yellowstone

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Hebgen Lake Day

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It’s harder to get pictures of Old Faithful erupting than you might think! Plus it drenched us where we were. Soaked!

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One of my favorite areas was called West Thumb. Beautiful. As you can see with those pictures. It’s filled with beautiful, colorful hot springs like the one above. Humans cannot withstand them. In that book I mentioned West Thumb happened to an area with frequent accidents and deaths. They used to allow fishing in the area but the lake there itself has lots of these spring and they burned fisherman. Remember, Yellowstone is a super volcano. This pool above that is beautiful and blue? Is called Black Pool. Many years ago it used to be black but the thermal elements of Yellowstone’s volcano made it so hot that all the life that used to live in the Black Pool were killed off and now it looks like this (Ranger told us)

I Have Returned

Yes I am back. I am so exhausted I don’t have time to post anything else yet, but will get up a post later this week. I hope to update something too but not sure what or when.

You can have one picture for now.

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Midweek Ramblings 03/15 Edition

Okay so I went to see Logan last night. It was okay. Better than the previous Wolverine movies but still not that thrilling to me. I guess for me the original X-Men movies were the best and the recent offerings are just meh. Was nice to see Patrick Stewart of course as I am a big fan of him, especially in Star Trek. My biggest issue with Logan was I thought it went on too long and had to many ‘action’ scenes.

Yesterday these arrived. And they are ‘beyond’ cool. LOL.

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Here are some pictures from my recent adventures. The pictures with the house and gazebo are from a winery called Graveyard. They had a chocolate port there called Deliverance. Yummy. The picture with the rock in the distance in the water is Morro Rock. I will be seeing it much closer April 01.

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If I Could

  • If you could be anywhere—I’d be in Dromoland Castle
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  • If you could eat anything – I’d eat mashed potatoes and gravy
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  • If you could be anything— I’d be a famous writer living in exile in my mansion looking over the bay in Central California
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  • If you could drink anything – I’d drink Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
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  • If you could be any age – I’d be 25
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  • If you could unsee anything – I’d unsee Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany
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  • If you could sing – I’d sing The Impossible Dream
  • To dream the impossible dream
    To fight the unbeatable foe
    To bear with unbearable sorrow
    And to run where
    The brave dare not go
    To right the unrightable wrong
    And to love pure and chaste from afar
    To try when your arms are too weary
    To reach the unreachable star
    This is my quest
    To follow that star
    No matter how hopeless
    No matter how far
    To fight for the right
    Without question or pause
    To be willing to march,
    March into hell
    For that heavenly cause
  • If you could be any fictional character – I’d be Lancelot from the King Arthur Legend
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  • If you could play any sport — I’d do Olympic diving
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  • If I could be any Star Trek Character – I’d be Jim Kirk
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  • If I could be any Muppet – I’d be Sweetums
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  • If I could be any flavor of ice cream – I’d be Rocky Road
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  • If I could win millions of dollars – I’d buy a big house in Central California
  • If I could turn back time – I’d be a powerful despot
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  • If I could predict the future – I would have found a way to save the world from a Trump Presidency
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  • If I could spend the night in any celebrity’s bed – this is a no-brainer, Chris Pine
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Just Some Pics

Just some Chris pictures from his movies

In order, Rise of the Guardians, Into the Woods, Jack Ryan, Horrible Bosses, Smokin’ Aces,  Z for Zachariah, Star Trek Beyond, Hell or High Water, Small Town Saturday Night, This Means War, People Like Us, Wonder Woman, Bottle Shock, Carriers, Confessions, Blind Dating, Just My Luck, and The Finest Hours.

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