Releasing my inner randomness..

Dateline: Later Saturday night. Dinner is done. The Steak Dianne turned out great. We did not have any potatoes. The fresh mozzarella was wrapped in prosciutto and the shrimp cocktail had a sauce that would clear your sinuses. Really, cold killing horseradish. We have forgotten what our parents knew all along about fighting colds.  I have been walking around for the last two weeks capturing random thoughts and not letting them go. Tonight I’m letting them go. You have been warned!

  • When you get on a plane and the person in front of you starts hacking up a hairball, you think you may have picked the wrong seat. But the air is re-circulated, so there is no escape.
  • Then the stewardess announces that it is time to turn off anything with an on/off switch. The same hairball hacker asks the stewardess how to turn his cell phone off. Really? Maybe you should not have one if you can’t even turn it off. I would have turned it off and not told him how to turn it back on!
  • You are sitting at a bar, one bartender tells the other that he has had the flu for the last week and is feeling better. Then he hacks up a hairball. Ask for the check and drink elsewhere!
  • Nobody that wants to stay unnoticed show wear chartreuse spandex pants. Even if you look good in them,
  • Thongs are to be looked at. If you don’t like that,why are you wearing one to a public, family friendly beach?
  • Your flip-flops should never have snow in them, mine did tonight.  It is snowing here in New Jersey.

There you have it. Maybe this should have been filed under “Things that bother me so.”  But wait, there are more pictures to share. Enjoy!




Welcome home from vacation, dude..

More like a rude welcome home. Not from my family, just reality reaching out and trying to bite me in the butt.  The last blog “Vacation Daze 13, 14 and 15” detailed my travel back to New Jersey from Florida and how DS3’s car needed brake work, again.  We dropped the car off Sunday night and I was ready to call the mechanic first thing Monday to make sure the car would be ready to be driven back to Scranton on Tuesday.

Monday morning started out cold, but sunny. I went to make coffee and remembered that I had left my insulated coffee cup at work two weeks earlier. No problem I used one of the “other” not really insulated coffee travel mugs for my coffee.  My DW kissed me, said “Have a nice day!” and she left for work.  I went out to start my car so that it might have a chance to warm up before I drove to work. Guess what, the car would not start. The battery was dead. Yes, I replaced the battery and the alternator a week before the accident two weeks before.  Crap. I did not have a dead battery scheduled in my morning.

All of  the other four cars that have my name on the title were elsewhere. Nobody to give the old man a jump-start. I have a battery charger from when I fished at night and needed to charge the car batteries that powered the lights.  I plugged the charger in and hooked up the battery and went back inside.  Tick, tock. I smiled, so I will be late for work after a two-week vacation. Nobody will even notice. I went back outside into the mid 20 degree weather after ten minutes and tried to start the van. It struggled and then it started. Nice!

Off to work I went. When I got to the office I shut the car off and then tried to start it, it started fine. I checked at lunch time, again it started. Work was busy. Not insane. I had checked email over the two weeks I was away in an attempt to soften the blow of returning to work. The people I work either missed me or they were glad I came back to do my work. Same result. Monday night DS3 and I played lacrosse in Robbinsville with the post-college crowd. Neither of us had any goals, but we had fun and did not get hurt.

By the end of Tuesday my vacation mojo was gone.  It lasted for two days..  The rest of the week was a blur. Wednesday night I spent two hours after dinner working on the hot tub (outside in the dark). A piece of plastic had fallen into one of the intake tubes and was banging up against one of the pumps. Sooner or later the plastic would either shred or the pump would jam. Either option was just as bad as the other. I had to drain the water before I could remove the pump. It is all back together and full of water again. This spring I will have to remove all the wood around the hot tub and replace it. Over the last 12 years the termites have trashed most of the wood shell. Fortunately for us, the hot tub is shielded by foam. The wood frame is more decorative than structural. With my wood working skills, this will be an interesting project.

I worked from home on Friday. The power went out at the office around 3 pm on Friday, so the day ended early.  Not bad. Friday night my date and I went to Calloway’s for a beer or two and a bite. No kids, no hassles, just some drinks, Buzz Time Trivia and each other.

Today is Saturday. Bacon and good coffee from New Orleans with breakfast.  I blogged this morning wrapping up my vacation. Tonight we are having filet mignon for dinner. The Shop Rite had them on sale last week. Shrimp, fresh mozzarella and baked potatoes will round out the meal. Hopefully we will do the hot tub hop tonight.  

Day to-day routine has returned. Schemes are being hatched to move to the St. Augustine, Florida area in three years after the boys are all out of college. Maybe not, without dreams, where would we be?  The kids keep telling me that it’s no too late… Adult school yoga is signed up and paid for the spring sessions. Now we have to wait another three weeks for classes to start. I can’t wait.  Maybe vacation and yoga (at the same time) would help to keep the vacation mojo longer after returning home.

Pictures.. Yes, I have a few to share (like 5000 of them). See the captions and enjoy!


Vacation Daze 13, 14 and 15..

Time to wrap up the vacation blogs. I took the last week off trying to re-acclimate to living in New Jersey and being cold. We will visit the last week in the next blog.

Day 13

Day 13 was proclaimed “I’m not driving anywhere day!” in South Florida. I proclaimed it. Tuesday I drove to the airport. Wednesday I drove to the Everglades and the west coast of Florida. Thursday I drove back to the west coast of Florida to kayak. Friday, I wasn’t driving anywhere.  I worked on catching up on my blogs in the morning. After lunch I went by the pool to catch some sun, but there were no available chairs or lounges. Instead I went food shopping for Friday nights dinner. Then I packed since Saturday would be another all day driving adventure. Later in the afternoon some lounge chairs opened up so I went down to the pool to work on my short story about the killing of the last velociraptor in North America.  Once the sun went down I made dinner, watched some tv and called it a night. Pretty low-key as vacation days go.

Day 14

I was up at 5 am this Saturday morning. My destination, Orlando, Florida some 215 miles to the north. Why would I drive to Orlando on my last full day in Florida? You did ask that question after not going anywhere the day before. US Lacrosse held their Champion Challenge lacrosse tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex next to Disneyland. Some of the top college lacrosse teams would be playing against Team USA and each other. This was a mens and womens event.  I emailed US Lacrosse and was added to the media list for the event. This got me into the park for free and also a lanyard proclaiming that I had field access to all the games! Good stuff. My camera got me into another event front and center.

The drive was mostly uneventful. There was a major accident 5 minutes from Weston that had the highway closed for about 10 minutes just as I started my drive. The rest of the time was set the cruise control and drive. I shot pictures at two mens games and two womens games.  For the day I shot 2700 pictures. I am still going through them. I will be offering them to US Lacrosse, Lax Power and Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Maybe I can get a picture published or shown on one of these websites.

The drive home was just as boring. I seem to have driven on most of the toll roads in Florida that Saturday.  I sure missed my EZ Pass when I had to shell out cash at every toll booth.  I got back around 10:30 pm and finished my rum bottle off and called it a night.  450 mile and four lacrosse games, I slept quite well that night.

Day 15

Time to go home. I work up early (yuck) and just figured that I would just get going since I could not fall back to sleep. I was going to drop off the bags, find some breakfast then return the rental car and wait for my flight. When I got to the airport at 8 am things were really busy. I dropped off the bags, gassed the car up and returned it, skipping breakfast. The security line was crazy long. Apparently six cruise ships came back the night before and everyone was flying home that Sunday. It was a good thing that I skipped breakfast. The first leg of the flight home was to Tampa. The plane was full. After Tampa we flew to Philadelphia, another full flight. Southwest must be making money. I haven’t flown on a Southwest flight that was not full in many years.

DS1 picked me up at the airport and we stopped at Tony Luke’s for a cheese steak before heading home. Sunday night we had a prime rib and potatoes dinner in honor of DS3’s getting ready to return to college. It also turns out that the brakes on front right of his car had malfunctioned during the preceding week and needed immediate work. Welcome home from vacation.. We dropped his car off Sunday night at the mechanics shop.

There you go. I spent 6 months planning that vacation and now its nothing but memories and about 5000 pictures.  Here are a few pictures with captions. Enjoy!


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