San Diego bound

31 07 2018

Saturday was a busy day.  It was also an early day.  We didn’t get to sleep until later than usual on Friday night as my awesome youngest daughter was flying in to town.  She needs to look for a place to live in San Diego for about 4 months and we were going to go with her and take a little family vacation together.

For those of you who have been following my blog, yes we did just recently get back from a vacation.  You can read about our cruise here and the 2nd half of the vacation in Orlando Florida here.

My youngest daughter and I had breakfast with my father fairly early Saturday morning.  After breakfast, it was time for the 3 ladies, my wife, my oldest daughter and my youngest daughter to all get a pedicure.  They invited me but I politely declined.  Could be I don’t know what I am missing, but I still don’t know.  While they were getting their pedicures, I packed up the vehicle for our drive to San Diego.

When they got back we got a few last-minute things together and then got on the road.  Thankfully, unlike our previous road trip when we drove across the country, there were not issues.

We got to the hotel in El Cajon and got checked in.  We decided to kind of map out where the apartments were that my daughter wanted to look at on Monday.  After that we went and did a little shopping at Seaport Village and then had dinner at Pier Cafe.  Three of us had the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and my oldest daughter had the Chicken Milanese.  After dinner we did a little more shopping and my wife replaced our faded Navy flag to fly in front of our home.  After that we went back to the hotel, and had a good nights rest.

Before I go, for those of you reading this on Facebook, this is the last post you will be able to read directly on Facebook.  Facebook is changing their policy on allowing third party applications to post to personal pages.  This means that I can no longer have WordPress configured to automatially post to my personal page on Facebook.  I will be posting the link to my blog posts on Facebook but that will become a manual thing.  I will only be able to do it after it has been published.  I personally am not happy about this but there isn’t much I can do except make you all aware of the issue.

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Until next time…

Paul





Bathroom Hand Dryers

6 07 2018

I am nominally a very practical person. I am not a germaphobe!  I think it is a great idea to use hand dryers in restrooms to reduce paper litter, keep the bathroom clean, reduce landfill, and save trees. However I have to wonder sometimes if the people designing these facilities are either naive or not thinking things through.

If you “assume”, and I learned from the movie “Bad News Bears” what happens when you assume, everyone washes their hands, then having a hand dryer and a door that opens IN to the bathroom is a workable idea. However, I have observed that the above assumption is false. I don’t have any data on the percentage of folks who wash versus those who don’t but even if one person doesn’t wash, this is a problem. Now if there are paper towels so that you can use one of those between your clean hand and the door handle, then all is good. Except that now we are using/wasting a paper towel when the whole idea was to not use that resource in the first place.

For example, I have washed and dried my hands and now they are germ free. Then I have to grab a handle that the person who didn’t wash used just before me. Now my hands have picked up some of their germs.

What dawned on me the other day was the restaurant employees at one of these facilities. There are signs that tell them they must wash their hands before returning to work. The fact that the sign is necessary is scary enough. Anyway, so now they have washed their hands because of the sign. Then they have to grab the handle to get out of the restroom and the person before them didn’t bother to wash. I mean they aren’t an employee so the sign doesn’t apply. Now this employee who washed their hands and had to grab that less than sanitary handle, is serving you your food.

I am certain I am not the first person to think this all the way through. Some might say I am overthinking this.  I am fairly certain this is not an original blog post.

Until next time…

Paul





Our Second Sea Day

27 06 2018

09 June 2018

Today is our “sea day” of the voyage.  Another day spent cruising to our next, and final port.  In getting up and moving today, I found out that the time I spent on the stair-master ath the gym was not wasted.  Not only has it helped me lose weight, it has strengthened my quadricep muscles.  I know this because my lovely wife and daughters all had sore quads today from climbing the steps at the Kohunlich Mayan Ruins.  However, I am happy to say my quads were just fine.

Decided I was going to do the aqua dance exercise class.  My lovely wife joined me.  Sorry, my daughters didn’t take any pictures of my wife and I doing the YMCA in the pool!  Even if they had, this is my blog and they might not not have been published.  When the class started out there were 4 of us in the pool.  When it ended there were maybe 25 or so folks participating.

In the afternoon, my youngest and I participated in a wine tasting class.  We started out with the sparkling wine.  It was a “Classic” Chandon Brute from California.  Next was Empress Sissi from Austria.  After that was the Château d’Aussières from France.  My daughter liked all these white wines.  The first red wine was Adega Dom Antonio from Ribatejo, Portugal.   Although I am supposedly 1/4th Portuguese, I really didn’t care for this wine.  Actually neither of us cared for that wine. The final red was a Cabernet Sauvignon, Oberon from Napa County, California.

Here is a picture of the wine set up before we tasted them.

WineTasting

Here is a picture of the placemat with all the wine glasses removed.

WinePlacemat

We dressed up for dinner even though it wasn’t a designated formal attire night.  I was accused of acting like a girl with a new dress in regards to wanting to wear my new suit again.  Yes I did want to wear my suit again.  It is new and I look pretty good especially with a Tigger tie!

AllDressedUp

We had reservations last night in the Samba Grill instead of the main dining room.  After the warm welcome we got from the head waiter in our area and the waiter assigned to our table, I felt almost bad that we didn’t have our “formal” dinner with them.  So I decided to dress up just for them. 

After dinner there was a last day sale.  They were selling pretty much everything.  When the sale started it was pandemonium with people pushing and jockeying for position.  I haven’t seen such chaos since I worked in retail and we put out Cabbage Patch dolls.  That should date me some as this was when they first came out.  Anyway, since I didn’t get a t-shirt in Nassau, I decided to get one of the Nassau shirts they were selling on the ship. 

Until next time…








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