Well Howdy Folks! I secretly started writing to you from bunk #1 129-2 on board the USS IOWA in San Pedro, CA. Where the sleeping arrangements are 3 high and an arms length from the next bed across.
First things first Happy Saturday to you! As expected yesterday was super uber busy for me, with no cushion time or time for error between tasks. After hours upon hours of running around which included visiting Dream and checking in on sweet little orphan Tucker (who is all legs), we luckily we managed to complete my long to do list and leave only 5 minutes behind schedule - but without traffic that was fine by me - because I could always make it up in the "air" (on the road).
We arrived onsite to meet with a small group of ambassadors and chaperones and to experience Camp Battleship. (Lots of pics tomorrow!) After a safety brief we boarded the Battleship and started with a traditional ceremony of color guard. Thank goodness what was next up was the mess hall and dinner - because I was beyond famished! (Not having time to eat the rest of the day). We were assured that a vegan meal would be supplied for us and before biting into my grilled vegetable sandwich, the next thing ya know is Feta cheese is falling out of it! My heart sank.
Then there was the tedious task of "cleaning our vegetables - which included tossing the majority of them away - and then finally eating. Now under pressure - since we were on military time! Note: that the "Camp" director was shocked about our meal mishaps (being that it was order Vegan and confirmed by the catering restaurant that it was vegan - good thing we always check our food) and he was beyond accommodating and willing to go out and grab us another meal.
We didn't want to be any trouble and managed with what became of our sandwich (being filled up of mostly undressed salad greens by the time we ate it).
After the meal, it was time for the Behind the Scenes Tour - which was AWESOME! So much history, and not enough time! Lol
Anyhow, we are now heading to the Firecracker Bike Ride.
Last year at the Firecracker Bike Ride - Los Angeles 2015
And then racing home to pick up the kids and take them to lunch where we'll meet up with Skip & Khanny at the Hsi Lai Temple.
Hsi Lai Temple - 2011
This evening will be Dave and my "make-up" Valentine's Day, starting with lovely dinner plans at Crossroads Kitchen.
Yea there'll be lots of driving back and forth to and from Los Angeles today. I just hope there isn't much traffic. Ok gotta go pedal, it's time for a bike ride! -T
2012 Firecracker Bike Ride - Los Angeles, CA
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6 Freaky Things About Air Travel...
Hey there!! Well, I'm still coming to you from Southampton! Our last day here in fact before heading back home to Nassau County later today.
The kiddies have had a blast! It's been a fun Winter Break vacation, but, all good things must come to an end (insert sad face).
Until next week, when they are back at the barn to ride again with all their friends - human and equine, alike!
Last night, we had a little farewell dinner. I kid you not, the amount of food we all consumed was excessive!
Everything was so good! But, the best part, I have to say, was our dessert!!!
"Nutella Fries". These tasty morsels were essentially a long fried "donut" covered in sugar, with nutella on the side for dipping!!
They were not only amazing, but filling!!
Eggplant Parmesan with Spaghetti
Nutella Fries - amazing dessert!
Each day, I receive a great many emails with travel information, but every once in a while, one of these will catch my attention. I want to share an article written by an ex-airline employee, which I certainly found interesting.
Here they are... 1. Don't consume coffee, tea, or prepared food on board. You should only drink bottled water in-flight, as the water used for in-flight hot beverages comes from tanks.
These tanks are difficult to clean and have a higher likelihood of bacteria and other contaminants. In practical terms, steer clear of coffee, tea, or any other beverage requiring "tap water."
As far as Prepared food - only consume those items that are served in a sealed bag.
2. Airlines retire numbers that are bad luck Because of superstition, flight numbers go into retirement once they’re associated with a negative incident. (Can you blame them!)
Among the grounded numbers of routes past are American Airlines flight 77, which crashed on 9/11; Malaysian Airlines 370, which disappeared over the China Sea last year; and Pan Am flight 103, which came down en route from Frankfurt to Detroit, in an incident now known simply as Lockerbie.
3. Think twice before using the seat-back tray Do not think of your seat back tray as you would your own kitchen table. Many of them are extremely dirty and contain things that would literally make you sick!
For example, fecal matter from those passengers opting to use their trays for changing tables. (gross)
Unfortunately, the trays are not cleaned, so don't forget your antibacterial wipes or just cover your tray with something before using it for beverage or snack service or even to rest your laptop or electronic device.
4. No one seat is safer than any other According to the author of this article, "There’s an ongoing debate about where to sit on a plane to increase your odds of surviving a plane crash.
Analyses have even shown that, on average, more people have survived sitting toward the back of the plane behind the wing than in the front.
But if you ask any industry professional, they’ll tell you something different. If the plane is nose-diving from 30,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, sorry, but you’re out of luck no matter where you sit.
If the mid or back sections of the plane are ground zero for impact, sitting in the back actually puts you in harm’s way more than say, if you’re in the cockpit. Airplane crashes are incredibly rare, but your chances of survival will depend on the circumstances of the emergency.
5. Virtually every plane has somethingwrong with it Scheduled maintenance is a fact of life for airplanes, much like cars. As we all know, little things can go wrong a few weeks before that much needed 10,000 mile check up.
The same is true with airplanes and certain problems might not be dealt with until that time.
Airlines use a formula that determines whether and when a problem is addressed. For example, this formula takes into account both severity and risk, whether there are backup systems for that functionality, and when the plane is scheduled for maintenance (or to land at an airport where the airline has the capacity, parts, and people to fix it).
As a rule, however, if the problem truly poses a safety threat, the particular aircraft will be taken out for service to be addressed and fixed.
6. Gross things happen on planes all the time Just because it's on an airplane, life still goes on. So, people get sick in flight (vomitting - EW!), people have sex (with themselves and others), and people even die.
Seats are the most swapped-out equipment on planes. If there is a death, the flight is usually diverted to the nearest place to land.