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Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 29, 2011, 10:14:36 AM
Well, bad news is I'm not getting a summer job (what am I, 19?)  but I will be spending a week in London in July to see my sister.  I haven't been there since I was 6 or 7, so it's going to be new to me.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on May 30, 2011, 08:42:11 AM
what's a vacation? :P the last one i had was the 2 months of unemployment i had when i first moved to denver...
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Bob on May 30, 2011, 09:26:05 AM
Well, bad news is I'm not getting a summer job (what am I, 19?)  but I will be spending a week in London in July to see my sister.  I haven't been there since I was 6 or 7, so it's going to be new to me.  Looking forward to it.

Never been to Europe and I would love to go.   

I am secretly hoping the NFL owners do frak up the season and it is either cancelled or starts WAY late so I can go somewhere in September.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on May 30, 2011, 09:48:21 AM
Psst.. Mexico 8)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: k1 on May 30, 2011, 09:58:48 AM
Back from our annual memorial day camping trip. First time bringing the kids and they did pretty good. I will post a link to the photos on fb when I get home.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Bob on May 30, 2011, 10:16:41 AM
Psst.. Mexico 8)

I'm thinking somewhere safer like Beruit.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on May 30, 2011, 10:58:31 AM
Psst.. Mexico 8)

I'm thinking somewhere safer like Beruit.
Acapulco's nice..
Just make sure you know the difference between coconuts and severed heads.. :o
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 06, 2011, 02:48:20 PM
Last weekend we went to Watkins Glen NY and we took this picture:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v156/wurwolf/WatkinsGlen2011253.jpg)

NATURE! FUCK YEAH!
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Bob on June 06, 2011, 02:53:07 PM
Damn that's a nice photo.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on June 06, 2011, 02:55:12 PM
As a bit of a Geology nut, That's Fuckin Awesome!! :o :o
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 06, 2011, 02:58:45 PM
Damn that's a nice photo.

Pretty sure Peter Jackson directed that photo.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 06, 2011, 03:00:20 PM
Damn that's a nice photo.

Pretty sure Peter Jackson directed that photo.

I know, the whole time we were walking around I felt like I was on the set of LOTR.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on June 06, 2011, 03:02:41 PM
Damn that's a nice photo.

Pretty sure Peter Jackson directed that photo.

I know, the whole time we were walking around I felt like I was on the set of LOTR.
PRECIOUSSSSS!!! :o
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: spaceforarent on July 11, 2011, 04:05:44 PM
I'm finalizing the plan with some friends, but it looks like I will be headed to Cedar Point on August 5th and 6th. We'll be camping nearby since it's a lot cheaper and loads more fun.
Hoping to ride the new "swings" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_VZOHn5CjY&feature=related) they just put in for this year. 
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: k1 on July 11, 2011, 04:13:26 PM
Speaking of vacations I need to take one at some point. Not sure where since it will be just me going on an extremely limited budget.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on July 11, 2011, 04:29:42 PM
Speaking of vacations I need to take one at some point. Not sure where since it will be just me going on an extremely limited budget.
Cancun via Jet Blue ... just sayin 8)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Bob on July 11, 2011, 04:35:01 PM
You could drive down to my house and cook and clean for me.    Sure, it does not SOUND relaxing, but steal beer from my beer fridge and give to my neighbor and he will let you use his massive pool.

Watch out for snakes fire ants.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: spaceforarent on August 01, 2011, 07:02:33 AM
I leave for Cedar Point on Thursday. Instead of having a full vacation week off of my night job I'm only using up one, since they asked if I could work at all that week and I stupidly said yes (and lets not forget I'll also be working my second job every day as well). I'll be working until 4:30 in the morning on the day I leave. But at least that means I still have about 2 weeks of vacation time to take.

Really can't wait for this trip though. My friends and I had to skip our annual trip there last year since none of us could afford it at the time. Can't wait for the camping portion as well.

Might take a full week vacation the first week of October, visit my dad in Virginia Beach but first making a stop in NYC to visit my sister.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on August 01, 2011, 07:05:58 AM
Already have our dates set for my next trip to Mexico (Nov. 27, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012) but friggin airline tickets have skyrocketed from $442 to $560 per person and show no signs of dropping
:angry:
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Bob on August 01, 2011, 07:22:47 AM
Already have our dates set for my next trip to Mexico (Nov. 27, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012) but friggin airline tickets have skyrocketed from $442 to $560 per person and show no signs of dropping
:angry:

Flights Thanksgiving weekend will always cost more.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on August 01, 2011, 09:00:57 AM
Already have our dates set for my next trip to Mexico (Nov. 27, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012) but friggin airline tickets have skyrocketed from $442 to $560 per person and show no signs of dropping
:angry:

Flights Thanksgiving weekend will always cost more.
I scanned out several days - no change in price!
US Airways Sux Ass!! :angry:
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Bob on August 01, 2011, 04:00:26 PM
Already have our dates set for my next trip to Mexico (Nov. 27, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012) but friggin airline tickets have skyrocketed from $442 to $560 per person and show no signs of dropping
:angry:

Flights Thanksgiving weekend will always cost more.
I scanned out several days - no change in price!
US Airways Sux Ass!! :angry:


Time to put everything in a u-Haul and get some trucker speed
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on August 01, 2011, 04:25:31 PM
Already have our dates set for my next trip to Mexico (Nov. 27, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012) but friggin airline tickets have skyrocketed from $442 to $560 per person and show no signs of dropping
:angry:

Flights Thanksgiving weekend will always cost more.
I scanned out several days - no change in price!
US Airways Sux Ass!! :angry:


Time to put everything in a u-Haul and get some trucker speed
Still can't convince the wife to make another road trip anytime soon.. :-[
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 02, 2011, 11:22:46 AM
My vacation in London with my parents and sister was great.  Here's a brief play by play:

Day 1: landed and took the bus tour, though I was pretty jetlagged and the tour didn't seem to end.
Day 2: Had a mass at Westminster Abbey.  Surprisingly good sermon, even if it is all about the choir.  Spent most of the rest of the day on the Thames.  A  lot of fun, but the prescripted lines felt very Disneyworld riverboat ride.  I suppose that's charming in it's own way.  Ate dinner at a fancy French five star restaurant.
Day 3: More sightseeing: St. Paul's, the London Eye.  Also went to the "Movieum" a movie museum that is actually... not bad, but not good.  A lot of wasted potential.  There were two good exhibits: the Charlie Chaplin one (which looked good but we were in a hurry and I've never cared for Chaplin with the exception of Modern Times) and a phenomenal Ray Harryhausen exhibit.  The rest of it had lots of movie costumes and props, but it all lacked a sense of context or importance.
Day 4: Took a canal cruise.  I saw ducks and swans.  And lots of algae and houseboats.  Saw the Mousetrap, which was a great deal of fun.  In the evening we had dinner at Brink Lane, the red light district of curry shops.  I know we saw other things, but I don't remember what.
Day 5:  This was a big day.  Went to Hamley's Toy Store and Liberty Department Store, some of London's oldest stores and then had a great High Tea at the Ritz.  After Mom and my sister went shopping and My dad, my sister's boyfriend and I went to a really good Sci-Fi exhibit (which was sadly cut short) at the London Library which also allowed us to check out St. Pancras.  Then we went to the London Cartoon Museum, which was mostly good (the Dr. Who in Comics part was a bit dull, despite seeing early Dave Gibbons and Steve Dillon art, but the caricature/political cartoons section was great) and did some comic shopping, only to discover that on Saturday Alan Moore and Keven O'Neill were doing a signing for the newest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book.  Great... except the plan leaves at 10:50!  DAMMIT!
Day 6: Went to the London Market (I think it has another name, but it eludes me) and at Wild Boar sausages.  Then we went to the globe theatre to watch Anne Boleyn.  Great show.  We were let into the back way upstairs because of my Dad's MS and King James I held the door open for us.  Great guy.  Went back to the market and bought a chicken stuffed with boar.
Day 7:  We went to the Doctor Who experience.  The "experience" part itself was silly but a lot of fun but I really enjoyed the museum section, filled with classic alien costumes, two sets, all the doctor costumes and a bunch of other stuff.  Really cool, and it makes me wish I had caught up with the show.  Then we went to the Florence Nightengale Museum and went back to the SF exhibition to finish looking around.  Then we had one final dinner at a pub to just relax, talk and say goodbye.  A lovely trip.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 12, 2012, 11:32:05 AM
Thought I'd revive this thread, because I was wondering if anyone had any vacation plans coming up!

This is a quiet summer for us, at least with regards to traveling. We have usually taken at least a couple of road trips/long weekends by now, but saving for closing costs for the house has sucked up all of our money and I have to save my vacation time for moving, etc.

We usually go to North Carolina in the summer but our trip down south is being delayed this year. My youngest daughter will be going to Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has to be there in September, so we are combining our NC trip with taking her to school. Should be interesting -- none of us has ever been to Savannah, or Georgia for that matter. New state, wooo!
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: k1 on June 12, 2012, 12:15:55 PM
We might do something for our 10th wedding anniversary next month. Not sure what yet since we're really broke.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 12, 2012, 03:09:05 PM
Went to Vegas the week before Memorial Day to see UFC 146, which was awesome.

I hate the cross country flights to get there and back, but it is always fun while there.

I really would like to go to England next summer to see a music festival, that or start saving for an Australian trip. Which is somewhere I have always wanted to visit.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: goflyblind on June 12, 2012, 03:11:59 PM
my whole summer will be a dog river style staycation.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 12, 2012, 03:19:03 PM
Last Memorial Day weekend, I just hopped in the car all spur-of-the-moment like, and headed down to the L.A. area. I visited some relatives I hadn't seen in a while, and revisited some old hangouts. It was cool. I think I may try to take a week off this summer, and road trip up to the Bay Area to do the same thing. I'll have to see how work goes. Taking a whole week is only really practical if there's a lull; otherwise, I'd spend the entire vacation stressing about how much work was piling up in my absence.  :-\
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 12, 2012, 03:53:47 PM

We usually go to North Carolina in the summer but our trip down south is being delayed this year. My youngest daughter will be going to Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has to be there in September, so we are combining our NC trip with taking her to school. Should be interesting -- none of us has ever been to Savannah, or Georgia for that matter. New state, wooo!

Hope you like being raped in the ass!

Thanks, that's positive.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on June 12, 2012, 05:24:23 PM
I'm getting bummed as my birthday is Sunday and for the first time in 6 years I'll be home and not somewhere on vacation :( a sign of the times I guess..
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 13, 2012, 11:31:04 AM
It's not exactly a vacation, but my stay in Winnipeg is nearing an end.  Now that classes are over and soon I'll be done my practicum, I'll actually have time for fun things.  Now I just need to find fun things to do in town.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: gbeenie on June 13, 2012, 12:13:41 PM
Thought I'd revive this thread, because I was wondering if anyone had any vacation plans coming up!

This is a quiet summer for us, at least with regards to traveling. We have usually taken at least a couple of road trips/long weekends by now, but saving for closing costs for the house has sucked up all of our money and I have to save my vacation time for moving, etc.

We usually go to North Carolina in the summer but our trip down south is being delayed this year. My youngest daughter will be going to Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has to be there in September, so we are combining our NC trip with taking her to school. Should be interesting -- none of us has ever been to Savannah, or Georgia for that matter. New state, wooo!

Savannah will likely still be quite warm (my first trip there was last year).

p.s. I have a few friends who are SCAD graduates, and I can tell you it's a diploma that can definitely help in the career department.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: gbeenie on June 13, 2012, 12:14:38 PM

We usually go to North Carolina in the summer but our trip down south is being delayed this year. My youngest daughter will be going to Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has to be there in September, so we are combining our NC trip with taking her to school. Should be interesting -- none of us has ever been to Savannah, or Georgia for that matter. New state, wooo!

Hope you like being raped in the ass!

Is this a meme or something...?
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 13, 2012, 12:15:00 PM
Thought I'd revive this thread, because I was wondering if anyone had any vacation plans coming up!

This is a quiet summer for us, at least with regards to traveling. We have usually taken at least a couple of road trips/long weekends by now, but saving for closing costs for the house has sucked up all of our money and I have to save my vacation time for moving, etc.

We usually go to North Carolina in the summer but our trip down south is being delayed this year. My youngest daughter will be going to Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has to be there in September, so we are combining our NC trip with taking her to school. Should be interesting -- none of us has ever been to Savannah, or Georgia for that matter. New state, wooo!

Savannah will likely still be quite warm (my first trip there was last year).

p.s. I have a few friends who are SCAD graduates, and I can tell you it's a diploma that can definitely help in the career department.

You have no idea how glad I am to hear you say that. I haven't been happy with her decision to get an art degree, but SCAD seems to be a great school. I also hear Savannah is a beautiful city.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: gbeenie on June 13, 2012, 12:27:41 PM

We usually go to North Carolina in the summer but our trip down south is being delayed this year. My youngest daughter will be going to Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has to be there in September, so we are combining our NC trip with taking her to school. Should be interesting -- none of us has ever been to Savannah, or Georgia for that matter. New state, wooo!

Hope you like being raped in the ass!

Is this a meme or something...?

It was a reference to Deliverance.

I've lived in Georgia for going on twenty years, and I can honestly say that never gets any less hilarious. It can't. Literally.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: a pretty girl is like on June 13, 2012, 01:53:23 PM
Yes, ass-rape by rednecks isn't very funny.

Well, it's all in the context really.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: 100dollars on June 13, 2012, 03:10:02 PM
I've never been on vacation.  i've never left my state.  I dont have health insurance or even car insurance right now.  Last year I was homeless. Have you ever stayed in a homeless shelter?  Its pure hell.  First you get your TB test and a urinalysis.  Then they bus you from the pickup spot to the church du'jour.  On the way to the church you pick up tricks of the trade including good bushes to sleep under and the best places to shoplift.  When you get there they give you food that sucks certified ass.  You will get accosted by a jesus freak who will grab your hand and not let you go and proseltyze right in your face.  The bathroom reeks of you know what and instead of showers they douse themselves with cheap cologne that gives you a headache.  Then you watch a G rated movie and talk with the other homeless people who turn out to not really have hearts of gold.  They are angry mentally diseased criminals.  Then you get a super thin pillow and a super thin foam pad and you lay out on a hard church floor with angry noisy smelly homeless all around you.   I think they bus in like the top 5 world champion snorers for the evening.  You never really sleep.  They wake you up at 5 am  and you start to break everything down while a big angry mexican guy sings the most hateful version of Hakuna Matada you've ever heard.  Then they bus you back to the pickup spot.  Vacation.  Yeah right.  Not in America pal.  My profession?  Math teacher.  I am in full support of class warfare.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 13, 2012, 04:29:38 PM
I've never been on vacation.  i've never left my state.  I dont have health insurance or even car insurance right now.  Last year I was homeless. Have you ever stayed in a homeless shelter?  Its pure hell.  First you get your TB test and a urinalysis.  Then they bus you from the pickup spot to the church du'jour.  On the way to the church you pick up tricks of the trade including good bushes to sleep under and the best places to shoplift.  When you get there they give you food that sucks certified ass.  You will get accosted by a jesus freak who will grab your hand and not let you go and proseltyze right in your face.  The bathroom reeks of you know what and instead of showers they douse themselves with cheap cologne that gives you a headache.  Then you watch a G rated movie and talk with the other homeless people who turn out to not really have hearts of gold.  They are angry mentally diseased criminals.  Then you get a super thin pillow and a super thin foam pad and you lay out on a hard church floor with angry noisy smelly homeless all around you.   I think they bus in like the top 5 world champion snorers for the evening.  You never really sleep.  They wake you up at 5 am  and you start to break everything down while a big angry mexican guy sings the most hateful version of Hakuna Matada you've ever heard.  Then they bus you back to the pickup spot.  Vacation.  Yeah right.  Not in America pal.  My profession?  Math teacher.  I am in full support of class warfare.

I've been on vacation to Vegas 8 times.  I've always leave my worries behind.  Since I have health insurance and car insurance, I don't need to worry.  Last year I stayed at Caesars Palace.  Have you ever stayed at Caesar's Palace?  Its pure heaven.  First you get your room keys and a free cocktail.  Then they take you from the front desk to your room.  On the way to your room, you pick up some tips from the bellman about good shows to see and the best places to shop.  When you get there they give you food that is delicious.  You will get greeted by a concierge who will grab your hand and not let you go until you every need is satisfied.  The bathroom reeks of you know what (Italian marble!) and instead of showers they have elaborate tubs with cool little bars of soap that gives you a moment of joy .  Then you can see an R rated show (tastefully done, of course) and talk with the other guests who turn out to have hearts of gold.  They are normal folks just like you, looking to spend their hard earned cash and have some fun.  Then you get back to the room, you find a super soft pillow and a super thin mint laid out for you.  As you lay out on your pillow top mattress with the aroma of fresh flowers in your room. There is a limo waiting downtown if you want to see those casinos for the evening.  You never really sleep.  You wake you up at 9 am and you start all over again while a sweet Mexican lady sings while waiting to service your room.  This is truly the best service you've ever seen.  Finally the limo takes you back to the airport.  Vacation.  Nothing else like it.  This is my America, "pal"!  My profession?  I work for a living and don't cry about it.  I am in full support of you shutting up.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Nunyerbiz on June 13, 2012, 04:36:45 PM
I've never been to Vegas... but it certainly sounds better than being homeless... and really... if that angry Mexican singing the most hateful version of Hakuna Matada I've ever heard got a show in Vegas... well, win fucking win!
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: goflyblind on June 13, 2012, 04:43:04 PM
vegas sounds like complete and utter shit.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 13, 2012, 04:49:11 PM
vegas sounds like complete and utter shit.

In reality, a lot of it is.  Plus a lot of the good shows are overpriced and it is expensive to stay at the very nice places (never really stayed at Caesars, can't afford it.)  If you don't know how to enjoy yourself there on your budget, it can be a shitty trip.

My point was that the asshole troll comes into a nice little thread about what folks are planning to do for vacation time and throws himself a pity party which is probably 100% make believe anyway.  Pissed me off a bit (which is the point of a troll, so job well done I guess.)

Sorry if my comeback to him offended anyone out there actually struggling in this economy.  I know it is tough these days.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2012, 04:49:43 PM
vegas sounds like complete and utter shit.
I mostly agree with that, though Ann and I have talked of doing a Sad Vegas tour, you know, visiting the hasbeen hotspots and the like. might be funny for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 13, 2012, 04:52:07 PM
Monty, you're a swell fella.  :clap:
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 13, 2012, 04:54:03 PM
vegas sounds like complete and utter shit.
I mostly agree with that, though Ann and I have talked of doing a Sad Vegas tour, you know, visiting the hasbeen hotspots and the like. might be funny for a couple of days.

I never go just to go to Vegas anymore, now it is always because of something happening there.  Last month it was a UFC.  Before it was to see certain shows or concerts that were playing there.  It has changed a ton over the last 10 years that I have been going.  And not really for the better in my opinion.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 13, 2012, 04:56:02 PM
I've never been to Vegas and never really had the inclination to go. There honestly aren't many cities I'm interested in visiting -- I'd much rather camp out than stay in a hotel room.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Nunyerbiz on June 13, 2012, 05:00:26 PM
Capitalism gone apeshit can provide a certain sense of awe... And I think Vegas would be sorta the man-made version of the Grand Canyon... something that is really cool to see once, but you never really have to go back.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 13, 2012, 05:02:08 PM
vegas sounds like complete and utter shit.

Yeah, I've never been to Vegas.  But I never, ever want to go.  I kind of hate tourist-trap places I think.

It is so much of a tourist trap these days it isn't even funny.  Unless you have the big bucks, then you can avoid all of that and probably have a blast.  I will probably go again in the future if the right show or event gets booked there.  But I have already seen the two Cirque shows that I was interested in (O and Love - both spectacular) so unless it is a concert tour that is skipping Florida that I absolutely have to see, it might be awhile before I get back there.

I want to visit Australia next.  That is the dream trip.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2012, 05:12:08 PM
I want to visit Australia next.  That is the dream trip.
That or Japan, though I really should visit a friend of mine in Venice since she's been wanting me to do that for years.

Was looking at pics of Uluru today (for dingo related reasons obviously) man I want to be in the presence of that at some point. :)
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: goflyblind on June 13, 2012, 05:16:29 PM
i'd like to go to the hebrides. maybe iceland and scandinavia. melbourne would be nice only 'cause a pen-pal lives there.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 13, 2012, 05:18:43 PM
My daughter went to Iceland and loves it. She wants to live there. I think I would be saddened by the lack of trees.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 13, 2012, 05:18:54 PM
Iceland would be cool.

(no pun intended)  :o
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2012, 05:24:06 PM
Not as cool as Greenland (pun intended).

Norway is ace, lived there, would again, if I could find a job that paid as well as the one I had while there, otherwise, pft it's nice to visit but hellishly expensive.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 13, 2012, 05:27:27 PM
OK, I'm just going to post a link to the rules of the forum here (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=23746.0), and remind folks to keep it civil. I don't believe that 100 Dollars was trying to be a troll (and certainly not an asshole), though I do believe the post was also maybe not in the spirit of the thread.

Ideally we can leave it at that, and go back to talking about vacations.

(Hope you all make it to Australia some time, it's pretty nice here)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 13, 2012, 05:35:00 PM
Meanwhile I am pretty sure that at some point in my life I'm going to have to go to the Philippines, which really freaks me out because my brother-in-law just posted a picture of his son getting ready to eat a roasted whole "stuffed frog". :(
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 13, 2012, 05:36:28 PM
OK, I'm just going to post a link to the rules of the forum here (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=23746.0), and remind folks to keep it civil. I don't believe that 100 Dollars was trying to be a troll (and certainly not an asshole), though I do believe the post was also maybe not in the spirit of the thread.

Ideally we can leave it at that, and go back to talking about vacations.

(Hope you all make it to Australia some time, it's pretty nice here)

Well considering his post originally ended with the phrase "KILL THE RICH" before he edited it. (Did anyone else see that?), then yes he is a troll and an a-hole.

Listen, I understand that there is a place for that type of post, but not in this thread.  He was inviting a confrontation with it which I unfortunately fell for.  At least I was clever and rewrote his post so that it would be on topic as well as a rebuttal.

I am blocking him anyway, so I won't be bothered anymore.

And I will make it to Australia someday.   :)
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 13, 2012, 05:39:16 PM
Have you traveled around a lot in Australia?

Not as much as I should have, unfortunately. I've done a reasonable portion of Western Australia (If you exclude the desert), and other than that, just Melbourne and Sydney.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2012, 05:42:48 PM
Trying to remember; the Hanging Rocks as in Picnic At... where are they?

Meanwhile I am pretty sure that at some point in my life I'm going to have to go to the Philippines, which really freaks me out because my brother-in-law just posted a picture of his son getting ready to eat a roasted whole "stuffed frog". :(
If you provide the ticket, I'll go in your stead. :)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: 100dollars on June 13, 2012, 05:50:23 PM
I've never been on vacation.  i've never left my state.  I dont have health insurance or even car insurance right now.  Last year I was homeless. Have you ever stayed in a homeless shelter?  Its pure hell.  First you get your TB test and a urinalysis.  Then they bus you from the pickup spot to the church du'jour.  On the way to the church you pick up tricks of the trade including good bushes to sleep under and the best places to shoplift.  When you get there they give you food that sucks certified ass.  You will get accosted by a jesus freak who will grab your hand and not let you go and proseltyze right in your face.  The bathroom reeks of you know what and instead of showers they douse themselves with cheap cologne that gives you a headache.  Then you watch a G rated movie and talk with the other homeless people who turn out to not really have hearts of gold.  They are angry mentally diseased criminals.  Then you get a super thin pillow and a super thin foam pad and you lay out on a hard church floor with angry noisy smelly homeless all around you.   I think they bus in like the top 5 world champion snorers for the evening.  You never really sleep.  They wake you up at 5 am  and you start to break everything down while a big angry mexican guy sings the most hateful version of Hakuna Matada you've ever heard.  Then they bus you back to the pickup spot.  Vacation.  Yeah right.  Not in America pal.  My profession?  Math teacher.  I am in full support of class warfare.

ummm this seems a bit too real to sound made up and its funny.  thumbs up.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 13, 2012, 05:51:48 PM
Trying to remember; the Hanging Rocks as in Picnic At... where are they?

Those are in Victoria, which is the other side of the country from me. I have not visited them.

Is that the stuff with the really ancient organisms on it? Bryson talked about these giant piles which are essentially prehistoric life forms that are still alive, somewhere on the western coast.

Hrrmm... I'm on the west coast and am embarrassingly not sure what that would be. Gimme a minute and I'll try to figure it out :P

The only thing I could think of would be The Pinnacles, but if it is, that's the first I've heard of the prehistoric life...
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: 100dollars on June 13, 2012, 05:59:11 PM
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Well considering his post originally ended with the phrase "KILL THE RICH" before he edited it. (Did anyone else see that?), then yes he is a troll and an a-hole.


Screenshot or it didnt happen.  And whats with the rhyming?  Who do you think you are, Kid N Play or something?
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 13, 2012, 06:01:00 PM
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Well considering his post originally ended with the phrase "KILL THE RICH" before he edited it. (Did anyone else see that?), then yes he is a troll and an a-hole.


Screenshot or it didnt happen.  And whats with the rhyming?  Who do you think you are, Kid N Play or something?

Last warning for both of you.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 13, 2012, 07:29:42 PM
So I think we're doing a trip to New Orleans in September.  We were looking at NYC but that was much more expensive.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Lembach on June 13, 2012, 08:43:53 PM
I want to visit Vegas when it looked like this:
(http://i.imgur.com/iU5Fb.jpg)

And this:
(http://i.imgur.com/IjUnf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zYyBQ.jpg)

and you could see signs advertising this:
(http://i.imgur.com/GuKgd.jpg)

And it was run by these guys:
(http://i.imgur.com/5ECPR.jpg)

Not by:
(http://i.imgur.com/Wu82Q.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: MontyServo on June 14, 2012, 04:12:29 AM
This is the Vegas that I dreamt of when I was a kid and had a Viewmaster reel that showed pictures of Vegas just like these.

The Riviera is still there, but the Stardust and Frontier both bit the dust several years ago.

The Flamingo is still there technically, but obviously not the same as pictured here.

The International is still there although it was called the Las Vegas Hilton for years and now is just called the Las Vegas Hotel.  That is where they had the Star Trek Experience for a few years.

I would have loved to have seen Elvis in Vegas.  And every time I go I try to find some sort of old time performer to go see, although I have to say I never do.  Rich Little (who I didn't even realize was still alive) was performing when I was there last month, but I didn't go.  I guess he probably was a headliner back in the heyday of Vegas.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 14, 2012, 06:40:45 AM
So I think we're doing a trip to New Orleans in September.  We were looking at NYC but that was much more expensive.

Oh, bummer.  :-\
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 14, 2012, 07:39:32 AM
So I think we're doing a trip to New Orleans in September.  We were looking at NYC but that was much more expensive.

Oh, bummer.  :-\
I know, I'm sorry Faith. :(
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on June 14, 2012, 07:45:32 AM
Oh well, I guess that just means APGIL and I will have to make a trek to the wilds of Detroit some day. :)
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: goflyblind on June 14, 2012, 08:07:39 AM
is all of america full of ass-rapings? that's worrisome. ??? :o :speechless:
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on June 14, 2012, 08:13:29 AM
is all of america full of ass-rapings? that's worrisome. ??? :o :speechless:
Well, they're kinda like random thunderstorms.. They happen from time to time.. Watch out Canadians!
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/smiley-theyareontome.gif)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Nunyerbiz on June 14, 2012, 08:22:19 AM
Hey Wurwolf... when you visit... you can leave with a lousy t-shirt!!!

(http://rlv.zcache.com/detroit_where_the_weak_are_killed_and_eaten_tshirt-p235861639401611917envm8_400.jpg)

Of course, these fucking things have been around since I was a kid... a shockingly long shelf life for a douchy t-shirt... and they always pissed me off. First, because only dipshit honkies from the burbs actually wear them... and second, black folks that actually live within the city may be a great many things... but they aren't this douchy.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 14, 2012, 08:29:48 AM
Man I thought it was going to be this one:

(http://www.luvthatshirt.com/images/s02/39275.jpg)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Nunyerbiz on June 14, 2012, 08:32:19 AM
I'm sure the variations are virtually limitless now... as t-shirts probably only trail porn as an internet money maker.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on June 14, 2012, 08:39:34 AM
That's the version I remember seeing my first visit to Royal Oak back in '96

I swear the pair of us should have a thread on here called, "Yes we live in the (vicinity of the) D" or something as our metro area seems to fill people with more fascinated dread than anywhere else in the US. People could ask us questions about what it's like to actually cross 8-Mile!  :)

Lucas and SJP could chime in too.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: gbeenie on June 14, 2012, 12:19:23 PM
is all of america full of ass-rapings? that's worrisome. ??? :o :speechless:
Well, they're kinda like random thunderstorms.. They happen from time to time.. Watch out Canadians!
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/02/smiley-theyareontome.gif)

[insert obligatory ball-lightning joke here]
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 14, 2012, 06:57:20 PM
Is that the stuff with the really ancient organisms on it? Bryson talked about these giant piles which are essentially prehistoric life forms that are still alive, somewhere on the western coast.

Hrrmm... I'm on the west coast and am embarrassingly not sure what that would be. Gimme a minute and I'll try to figure it out :P

The only thing I could think of would be The Pinnacles, but if it is, that's the first I've heard of the prehistoric life...

Wow, those are really cool, but that's not what I'm thinking of. I don't have the book anymore so I can't look it up. Dammit, now this is going to bother me.  It was something just off the coast, I think.

Well, here is what we have to offer according to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Visitor_attractions_in_Western_Australia

Any of those ring a bell?
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 14, 2012, 07:52:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamelin_Pool_Marine_Nature_Reserve

This is it. He was talking about the stromatolites (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromatolites) there.  Cool, cool stuff.

I'll have to go check it out some time!
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 13, 2012, 08:33:06 AM
I want to use up some vacation time but have nothing to use it for. I used to go to Cedar Point for the weekend, but my usual group can't afford it this year. I was thinking of visiting my dad in Virginia Beach but I think my dad and stepmom just got custody of my step-nephew (?) since my step sister was in rehab (alcohol). I think she lives with them now too. Not exactly something I want to deal with while I'm on "vacation". I suppose I could try to find people that want to go camping in-state. Or just enjoy a week of not working.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: k1 on July 13, 2012, 08:54:22 AM
My parents are picking up the kids and taking them for the weekend in a few minutes. The wife and I are going to go to Canobie Lake Park tomorrow unless we decide to do something else.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 13, 2012, 09:05:41 AM
My parents are picking up the kids and taking them for the weekend in a few minutes. The wife and I are going to go to Canobie Lake Park tomorrow unless we decide to do something else.

Canobie Lake Park? I wonder if he means old Ben Canobie Lake Park.


I'll show myself out.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on July 13, 2012, 09:14:38 AM
That's the wan.
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on July 13, 2012, 09:16:44 AM
My parents are picking up the kids and taking them for the weekend in a few minutes. The wife and I are going to go to Canobie Lake Park tomorrow unless we decide to do something else.

Canobie Lake Park? I wonder if he means old Ben Canobie Lake Park.

Just stick close to the O B Wan boat landing.. It's your only hope :-X
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 13, 2012, 01:47:31 PM
Week...end?

Friday/Saturday/Sunday are the only days that I work both jobs. So really just doing nothing would be fantastic, but I still feel like I need some sort of plans.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on July 13, 2012, 01:49:04 PM
Come see sunny Detroit, we have a gigantic tire.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 13, 2012, 01:51:52 PM
Is that Robocop statue up yet?
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 13, 2012, 01:52:29 PM
Come see sunny Detroit, we have a gigantic tire.

Is it on fire? Because if it's not, that's kind of a deal-breaker.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on July 13, 2012, 01:56:54 PM
Is that Robocop statue up yet?
I think it's awaiting approval to be erected actually, the money was raised and the statue created, then things went quiet.

Come see sunny Detroit, we have a gigantic tire.
Is it on fire? Because if it's not, that's kind of a deal-breaker.
...it... can...be....
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 13, 2012, 01:59:13 PM
Is that Robocop statue up yet?
I think it's awaiting approval to be erected actually, the money was raised and the statue created, then things went quiet.

Come see sunny Detroit, we have a gigantic tire.
Is it on fire? Because if it's not, that's kind of a deal-breaker.
...it... can...be....

Sold!
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on July 13, 2012, 02:14:25 PM
Just a few tips for people going on vacation from a motel worker. 

Do not use online services like Priceline or Expedia.  You are not really saving any money, and can get the same deal (or better even) if you contact the hotel directly, or go to their website.  You can also get good discounts if you are an older person, you don't have to be a member of AARP, at our motel its age 55.  Also, AAA and anybody who works for the Governemnt or Military get special rates.  This inclues anybody from teachers, to marines.  Our motel also gives special rates for people traveling in groups.

I want to tell my customers this so bad, but I cannot.  For example, I just a read a review of somebody who stayed at our hotel and booked at Expedia.  They paid over $90 (with taxes) for a weekday rate and were talking about the great deal.  For the same room they could have gone directly through us and  saved over $10.00, this is rack rate, with no other discounts.  They probaby also don't realize that the motel will only see about $62 of what they paid.  The rest goes to the online booking company.

Also look for those travel guides found at rest stops and vistior centers.  With one of these coupons (walk ins only though) they could have saved $30!
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 13, 2012, 02:28:12 PM
Come see sunny Detroit, we have a gigantic tire.

Is it on fire? Because if it's not, that's kind of a deal-breaker.

...it... can...be....

Sold!

Don't forget to write!


(http://i.imgur.com/WxrLk.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: k1 on July 13, 2012, 02:30:30 PM
Just a few tips for people going on vacation from a motel worker. 

Do not use online services like Priceline or Expedia.  You are not really saving any money, and can get the same deal (or better even) if you contact the hotel directly, or go to their website.  You can also get good discounts if you are an older person, you don't have to be a member of AARP, at our motel its age 55.  Also, AAA and anybody who works for the Governemnt or Military get special rates.  This inclues anybody from teachers, to marines.  Our motel also gives special rates for people traveling in groups.

I want to tell my customers this so bad, but I cannot.  For example, I just a read a review of somebody who stayed at our hotel and booked at Expedia.  They paid over $90 (with taxes) for a weekday rate and were talking about the great deal.  For the same room they could have gone directly through us and  saved over $10.00, this is rack rate, with no other discounts.  They probaby also don't realize that the motel will only see about $62 of what they paid.  The rest goes to the online booking company.

Also look for those travel guides found at rest stops and vistior centers.  With one of these coupons (walk ins only though) they could have saved $30!

I typically "shop around" when looking for a hotel.  For example the one we're staying at this weekend I checked prices on via AAA, directly though the hotel, then through the rewards program of the hotel, then through the rewards program on my Best Buy card.

Best price was directly through the hotel (which I could also access through the BB card program for triple points) plus also use my hotel rewards card to get additional points that way.  Saved about 40 bucks a night.  Plus I'm getting all those points for Best Buy gift cards and now I have enough points that my next stay at the hotel is free.

If only I had been able to work my frequent flyer miles in to the mix somehow...  :)
Title: Re: Re: Vacations
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on July 13, 2012, 02:35:28 PM
Yes, those rewards cards can really help with the saving.  I checked in a guy in the other day that had over 111,000 points.  A free nights stay is 11,000 points.

It's also good for the front desk clerks.  At my motel the clerk that signs a guest up for those cards gets points everytime the card is used.  I'm up to over 10,000 points in just two months.



Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on July 13, 2012, 03:21:24 PM
Is that Robocop statue up yet?
I think it's awaiting approval to be erected actually, the money was raised and the statue created, then things went quiet.

Come see sunny Detroit, we have a gigantic tire.
Is it on fire? Because if it's not, that's kind of a deal-breaker.
...it... can...be....
Sold!
Ok the I'll talk to my fri...well let's cal him an acquaintance.. Reggie Reg*; I'll tell him the tire stole one of his beers, that's been enough in the past.

*I kid you not; I really do know someone who goes by Reggie Reg and, er, who's a little leaky in the old think tank...
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on August 09, 2012, 10:29:59 AM
Sunny* Carolinas, here we come!!

In a few weeks we're heading south again. First stop is in North Carolina, where we'll spend four days in the mountains where we always go. Then we're taking a little side trip to Hunting Island State Park on the coast of South Carolina for some camping fun, then down to Savannah, Georgia to drop my youngest off for her first year of college. And then APGIL and I are driving hell-bent for leather back up to Pennsylvania.

Hopefully it will be a fun trip and as always, we'll post pictures.


* Hopefully sunny and not in the middle of a giant hurricane.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on August 09, 2012, 10:43:39 AM
OOO Hunting Island State Park is south of Charleston, SC. Never been there but if it's anything like Charleston or King's Bay, GA. (both of which I was stationed back when I was in the Navy) you'll need lots and lots of mosquito repellant! :o
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 09, 2012, 10:46:06 AM
I look forward to photos of APGIL gettin' the vapors.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on August 09, 2012, 10:48:27 AM

Hopefully it will be a fun trip and as always, we'll post pictures.

Also, this would be a great opportunity to take some video.. 8)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: wurwolf on August 09, 2012, 10:55:00 AM
Yeah, I was looking at the map when I was on the phone with him and I was like, And it's right along the coast and the campground is on the ocean and it... looks a little... swampy... which means we'll have mosquitoes....  :-\

So I figured the bugs would be an issue.  Hopefully not so bad that we'll spend the entire time in the tent.

As far as photos and videos go, you will likely see plenty of APGIL's foot in front of the campfire.
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: RVR II on August 09, 2012, 11:04:33 AM
Yeah, I was looking at the map when I was on the phone with him and I was like, And it's right along the coast and the campground is on the ocean and it... looks a little... swampy... which means we'll have mosquitoes....  :-\

So I figured the bugs would be an issue.  Hopefully not so bad that we'll spend the entire time in the tent.

As far as photos and videos go, you will likely see plenty of APGIL's foot in front of the campfire.
Yeah the insect infestations along the south-east coast are horrid as several friends of mine told me And I have personally experienced BUT I wouldn't let that stop you from having a good time! 8)

If there is any good scenery there (at both stops), definitely catch that ... Even with APGIL's foot/feet ;D
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Space version 2.0 on January 17, 2013, 02:09:56 PM
Next weekend I'm taking a surprise trip with my brother to visit my dad in Virginia Beach. It's a 9-10 hour drive, so I need to find something to play in the car. Pretty sure I could get away with playing this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_clEa2pKPu0) for about 30-45 minutes. Considering acquiring audiobooks of something like Twilight of 50 Shades of Grey, really anything along those lines. 
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Tripe on January 17, 2013, 02:30:49 PM
Does it have to be annoying or do you just want long? There are tons of great audio dramatizations I could tell you about, hell even original series.  :)
Title: Re: Vacations
Post by: Space version 2.0 on January 18, 2013, 06:57:40 AM
Not so much "annoying" as "something he doesn't find humor in". I could probably get away with playing those books by relating it to how I like watching b-movies, which is something he just doesn't "get".
Which reminds me, I should finally listen to all of this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBzRmWeC6Ds) video.
Failing all those, I could always just play Rush the entire time.

Also considering buying a Rubik's cube, handing it to him as soon as we get in the car and saying "You have 10 hours."
Brotherly love, amirite?