Hotels

Jul. 22nd, 2010 10:50 pm
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We'd forgotten to make a hotel reservation, so Teri asked me to book a hotel from the car with my phone. Poughkeepsie NY, she said. So I called up Holiday Inn Express and booked us a room for the night.

We were tired and hungry when we took the exit for Poughkeepsie. The Holiday Inn was right there, though. I walked into the lobby and said "I have a reservation."

"Are you sure you're in the right hotel?" the girl behind the counter asked.

Our reservation was at the Holiday Inn Express. This was a Holiday Inn, no Express. The Express was a few blocks away.

We drove there, and I walked in the lobby.

"I have a reservation...I hope."

The girl looked dubious. After she made a quick phone call, she said, "Your reservations are for Poughkeepsie?".

I nodded.

"This is Fishkill."

Poughkeepsie, it turned out, was a thirty-minute drive farther away from the highway. But we finally got there, and were able to check in. Whew!

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Teeth

Jul. 17th, 2010 12:04 am
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Sebastian lost a tooth while we were on vacation in Maine two weeks ago; it was his upper right molar, immediately after the bicuspid. And he lost his corresponding upper left molar tonight at dinner. The Tooth Fairy took care of both teeth tonight, since she'd apparently forgotten to take care of the first one in Maine.

We're back

Sep. 8th, 2009 12:15 pm
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It was a nice, relaxing vacation. I took a lot of pictures. I'll write more about it later.
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We're going to Pennsylvania tomorrow, and won't be back until Sunday. I'll be reading The Hobbit to Sebastian in the car, thus the title of this post.

Tomorrow morning will be busy, though; before we go, we're going to sign up with a new heating-oil provider. Petro screwed us over, and now I'm dumping them. I think we'll save money in the process, too! I researched things rather carefully.

Mystic

Jul. 25th, 2009 11:41 pm
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I was determined not to waste another summer Saturday, so I got us all in the car and we drove to Mystic Aquarium this afternoon. Google said it would be an hour and a half, but we made it in just under an hour. I hadn't realized it was so close!

We didn't see all that much of the aquarium itself. Sebastian refused to touch the mantas in the petting tank. He touched a starfish, though, I think. We saw a white beluga whale, and some sharks and jellyfish.

Teri wasn't feeling well, so Sebastian and I went to the XD Motion Theater by ourselves. The line was long, and we were in it for at least 30 minutes. Unfortunately we were the last two in our group, so when we got into the theater we couldn't sit together (there are only 18 seats!). He was in the leftmost seat in the back row, and I was in the rightmost seat in the front row. I kept looking over at him and waving when I could.

The show itself...well, it was a bit cheesy and computer-generated, but okay. The 3D effects just didn't work for me much. Maybe it was my glasses, although other 3D movies have worked tolerably well for me. The chairs jerked around very violently, and I didn't like that much.

But when the lights came back on, Sebastian was crying and had a very scared expression on his face. The 3D creatures had really scared him. He and I hung around the Titanic exhibit for a while after that while he recovered; he was really interested in the video they were showing of the undersea wreck.

The aquarium was going to be closing soon, so we hurried over and met Teri near the gift shop. Sebastian had a bit of a scene there. He was crying and begging for two different stuffed animals, a manta and a penguin. They were just too expensive for us to buy both of them, so I hustled him out of the shop and Teri bought him the penguin. It was a little embarrassing, although it wasn't a real scene.

He got over it pretty quickly, and we made it home in about an hour. Oh, Nibbles Woodaway (the big blue bug that overlooks I-95 in Providence) had a giant Awful-Awful in front of him, and was wearing red-tinted sunglasses. Sebastian told us that they were 3D glasses, and he was watching a 3D show: us, the cars driving by him on the highway.

(I just found out that Newport Creamery is doing a promotion in conjunction with Nibbles. They have a special Nibbles Woodaway Awful-Awful, vanilla with blue jimmies and blue food coloring. I have got to get Sebastian to the Newport Creamery in Greenville to have one!)

He stayed up a bit late, I read to him, and he fell asleep. Not a perfect day, and Mystic was very expensive, but I'm glad we did it. We really need to do things. I want to find other places to take him. Soon I'll try to take him to Westport, the town where I grew up.

Pain

Jul. 7th, 2009 01:31 pm
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I am in intense pain. I have DS finger.

It's because I played a lot of Super Mario DS 64 on vacation, and even more on the trip home and yesterday. I was trying to get the Wario hat. I succeeded in a final frenzy of effort (the Wario boss is tough), but ended up hurting my right index finger quite badly.

How badly? I got relatively little sleep last night; when I did finally manage to get to sleep, I could still feel the pain in my dreams. In fact, I dreamed that my fingernail was badly infected, and that I'd gone to the doctor. He injected me under the fingernail with antibiotics, several times. Rather than be terrified as I normally would be by such a prospect, I gladly accepted the shots...and then waited for the pain to go away.
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Last night he went on a "cleaning" spree in his room to try to find the game, and ended up making it far messier than it had been. He dumped everything off the top of his bureau onto the floor. He still didn't find the game, unfortunately. We're going to have to walk him through a proper cleaning, I suspect.

Away, back

Jul. 6th, 2009 09:45 am
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So I was completely offline between Tuesday morning and Sunday night. Not only did I not have net access, I didn't even have access to a television; my parents don't get a strong enough signal in Maine to receive the new digital broadcasts, so they've gone from having six channels to none.

Apart from Sarah Palin resigning for some reason and the Washington Post having some sort of sleazy scandal with lobbyists, what else did I miss?
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Here's a photo of the Traveler restaurant in northern CT. It's well worth a visit if you can get there. A free book with every meal!

Home

Apr. 26th, 2009 09:37 pm
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We're home. It's hot. I don't feel well. It was wonderful to see Sebastian again, though. I just sang him to sleep a little while ago.
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We arrived in Disney World on Sunday morning. We left for the Disney Cruise on Thursday morning. I recorded three video blog entries in my camera on the cruise. Unfortunately I was very hoarse, because I got a bad case of something that turned into bronchitis.

I'd almost rather not post these, because I'm so fat. It weirds me out to see myself looking like this. I don't think of myself this way.

I got cut off in the middle of the entry, so it's a two-parter. I recorded it in our stateroom, on Sebastian's bed.



Here's the rest of the entry:

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Lots to say.
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I've had far greater thrills at Arisia, over the years. The one thing that came close to an "Ooooh!" moment was when they lit up their magic castle with an amazing lighting effect; it was a lovely shade of blue with incredible-looking silver lights all over it. It looked like a beautiful magic castle. Unfortunately my pictures didn't come out well.

All in all, Disney World was fun and I'd do it again - if it weren't so incredibly expensive.

Coming up: the cruise, and the first of three video blog entries.

Vacation

Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:36 pm
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I'm still sick, and I really need to sleep.

But here's what I have from the vacation:

Many pages of notes. Most of them were written after the fact, and are relatively sketchy. But there's enough for me to be able to flesh them out from memory.

410 photos. Many of them are no good, but some are decent; too many to post here, unfortunately.

143 videos, including three video "blog" entries I did from the high seas. I'm uploading the first two to YouTube now.

Two mp3s recorded from my GrandCentral voicemail. As always, LiveJournal's voice post option was totally USELESS everywhere I tried to use it. Just tones and a canned announcement telling me that I was using a restricted phone - not true - or was outside of my calling area. Since my calling area is the US, and I was trying to call from Georgia and Florida, something isn't right.

But I'm just too tired right now. Must sleep!
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The following comment just burst out of me while I was reading a question over on Askville about airport security at Heathrow (in the UK, as I assume everybody knows).


I went through Heathrow about fifteen years ago, so I don't have an up-to-date story to relate. But they did pull me out of line and search me extensively.

Years later, I had an employee who had also had bad experiences at Heathrow. He was a short little red-headed guy from Ireland (I'm a red-head too, but not at all Irish - although everyone who sees me assumes that I'm either Irish or Scottish).

Anyway, he told me that one time he was pulled out of line, taken to a separate room, and strip-searched. They took his clothes and left him alone in the room. After about forty-five minutes, he got tired of waiting and went strolling around the corridors naked, looking for his clothes.

I'm still not sure if I believe him. :D

I did go through Customs as well as airport security in the US last week. I have to say, it's like living under some third-world junta. Some of the Homeland Security people are decent enough, but a surprising number of them are rude, arrogant, and apparently drunk with power.

The rules themselves are ridiculous. My wife had a small tube of hand lotion; it was confiscated, very rudely, because it was an ounce or two over their limit. My son, that so-suspicious seven-year-old terrorist in training, had a sealed bottle of water in his backpack (we'd forgotten about it); confiscated. Yet I was able to bring a large tube of ointment through in my medical bag, despite the fact that it was obviously half-used and did not have my prescription information on it.

Most of these idiotic new precautions do NOTHING to hinder terrorists; all they do is inconvenience innocent travelers, and give a large number of jerks a license to dress up in a Nazi-like black uniform, carry a gun, and threaten people. As I said at the time, it's good to know that we're protected from the terrible hand-lotion menace. It's too bad that the government didn't use one-thousandth as much vigilance in monitoring Wall Street!

Sorry, I seem to have gotten off the point.

Aftermath

Aug. 24th, 2008 06:39 am
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We're home from the White Mountains. As I noted in the voice post last night, I hurt my left arm quite badly in a fall. I'm basically one-handed right now, and therefore won't be posting as much as usual for a while - I think.

I'm on vicodin for the pain, which equals or exceeds anything I've ever felt before. Although x-rays showed no sign of a break (which completely amazes me) I don't know what other damage I've sustained. I'm hoping there hasn't been any permanent or serious damage to my tendons or other tissues.

By the way, the White Mountains are incredibly beautiful. If you've never been, you really should go.
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Here's a video of Sebastian singing to himself while sitting on a rock at the seashore. This was taken at Pemaquid Point in Maine, near the Pemaquid lighthouse. Unfortunately I must have put my thumb over the microphone in the middle of the video.

There's something about listening to a little kid singing to themself that always kills me. It makes me feel like Holden Caulfield, if that makes any sense.



That's my father talking to Sebastian from off-camera toward the end of the video, by the way.
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Here's Sebastian standing under a rocky overhang at Pemaquid point, down near the sea. July 6, 2008.

Hi!

Nov. 24th, 2006 12:07 pm
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Just a quick check-in online from the library computers at Boothbay Harbor. All's well here; we had a good Thanksgiving, and I'm stuffed.

I've taken a bunch of pictures, and will probably post a few when I get home. Other than that, I've nothing of interest to report. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Well, here I am in Maine. And I'm kicking myself because I've already forgotten the camera THREE TIMES when I could have gotten some great pictures.

I'm on a library computer, slotted for half an hour, so I have to write fast. I may try to do a voice post - in fact, I already tried a couple of times - but cell phone coverage is a bit spotty up here. Anyway:

We drove up on Sunday; there wasn't much traffic. In fact, there have been a lot fewer tourists around here than there usually are. In part that may be because of the weather. The weathermen predicted rain and thunderstorms throughout the week, which probably dissuaded many people from making the trip. But I hear that tourism in general is down, thanks at least in part to high gas prices.

Here are the times when I wish I'd brought the camera:

Monday: The Boothbay Railway. As always, we took Sebastian there for a train ride, and as always, he had lots of fun.

Tuesday: We went somewhere new, the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point. The lighthouse is small, but we climbed all the way up to the top and Sebastian got to turn the light on. The heat through the Fresnel lens was surprising. Sebastian loved it.

The rocks there were also amazing. Huge expanses of tilted, layered rock, with many narrow runnels worn into them by millenia of seawater, slanting down into the sea. My father and I took Sebastian far out on the rocks, climbing a huge 15-foot high boulder, and then going a bit further out - until he got a bit scared. We had a picnic and headed back home, but we'll definitely do it again - this time with a camera. Teri probably won't go up the lighthouse again, though, since she got vertigo while climbing down the circular stairs of the lighthouse.

Tuesday night, July 4th, was Sebastian's first chance to see real fireworks. Incidentally, up to that point the weather prediction had been completely wrong; the weather had been glorious. But on Tuesday it did get very foggy and (as I kept saying) wierd. It looked like it might rain, or might not; the weather seesawed all day, rapidly.

We had a few sprinkles, but as the evening approached it was clear that the fireworks would be on. Sebastian stayed up late, way past his bedtime. At 8:30 we went to the docks downtown, the best place to watch the fireworks. I was amazed that there was enough parking, by the way - yet more evidence that tourism is way down.

We waited for what felt like a long time. Sebastian was interested, but nervous. Finally the fireworks started. I heard him say "Wait 'til I tell my friends about this!". The display was excellent, with some new types of fireworks that I hadn't seen before. It wasn't terribly loud, but Sebastian dislikes loud noises, so he covered his ears. Eventually he started asking to go home - he asked three times in all, and fussed a bit but didn't cry.

After the finale we took him back to the car (he kept begging to be carried), and he seemed a bit overwhelmed. We took him home, and he fell asleep soon after we got him in bed - it only took two songs to knock him out.

This morning we had breakfast at the Rock Tide Inn, and I saw something rather remarkable. The inn is right on the water. When we sat down, the fog was heavy. Outside the windows, everything was white. But as we ate, the fog lifted. Slowly more and more became visible - docks and boats - and by the time we were done, the sun was shining gloriously on the houses on the far side of the harbor. It was really beautiful.

Sebastian was happy because they turned the overhead model trains on, but he soon tired of that to run outside with my mother. After I came out, he insisted that I walk around on the docks with him. One of them scared him a little by sliding away rather precipitously when he stepped on it, but he insisted on doing it again, just for fun.

Later Teri, my mother, and I took Sebastian was a walk near the sea. I did get some photos, hopefully good ones, and I'll see if I can post some when we get home. That will probably be sometime tomorrow evening, by the way.

We're going to try to take him to the Railway Village again before we go, so I'll see if I can get some pictures there, too. But the Pemaquid lighthouse was the really spectacular sight of this vacation, and I won't be able to go there again on this trip. We'll try to do it when we come back up in August.

It has been weird without computer access, I have to say. But not so bad.
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Long weekend. Short post. Boredom anticipated.

For readers, that is. Sorry.

Who am I kidding? Unless someone is holding a gun to my head, I'm not going to be brief.
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We all slept. Sometime in the night I was woken again; the power had come back on. Back to sleep until morning, and my vacation was over.

Back

Jul. 9th, 2005 10:48 pm
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Lots to tell, not much time to tell it right now. I've been busy fighting the new RQ wars.

Sidenote: London. What the hell? Why do these things only happen when I'm out of touch? On 9/11/2001 I was unconscious and going under the knife as the first plane hit; I was heavily drugged for the following days. For the London thing, I was on vacation in Maine and completely out of touch with the media. What can I say?

I'll try to slap some photos up...let's see.
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I also got a chance to hit the Boothbay Harbor library porch. I love that porch; they put out a bunch of books, and you can pick them up for a dime each. Awesome! This time I picked up the following:
  • War Beneath The Sea (paperback) - Bonham, Frank

  • The Spirit of Dorsai (large trade paperback) - Dickson, Gordon R.

  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go (paperback) - Farmer, Philip Jose

  • Tales of a Korean Grandmother (hardcover) - Frances Carpenter

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Stay Awake By (hardcover) - Hitchcock, Alfred (ed.)

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Terror Time (paperback) - Hitchcock, Alfred (ed.)

  • North and South (paperback) - Jakes, John

  • The Princes of Earth (hardcover) - Kurland, Michael

  • Tiger By The Tail and Other Science Fiction Stories (hardcover) - Nourse, Alan E.

  • the HORSE in the CAMEL suit (hardcover) - Pene du Bois, William

  • Henry Reed, Inc. (paperback) - Robertson, Keith

  • The Book of the Dun Cow (harcover) - Wangerin Jr., Walter

And all for $1.25. Amazing!

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