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Travel: The Great Educator

As I look back on all the travel we have done in our life time, it is clear that I cannot think of any thing that has provided more of an education to us. 

One of the key trips that we every took was to London with our kids.  They were High School/Jr High School age and it was their first time out of the United States.  We rented a flat in the heart of London and we have so many memories of the things that we did and learned.  In fact, after a few days in London, they were able to take off on their own on the “tube” and explore London.  They learned from that trip that they were capable of traveling anywhere they wanted.  And boy have they taken advantage of that as adults. 

SAM_0357Our last trip a few months ago was to France.  It was one of the greatest trips we had as the people treated us so well and we learned so much.  Our trip to the Normandy Beaches to see how much our troops gave up in the second world war was very emotional. 

louve lib 3When the Islamic terrorists went on their murderous rampage in Paris, it was especially painful for us as both shootouts were within walking distances from where we stayed or visited.  The French people watched their police fight and die to protect them and now look in wonder at the anti-police marches in the US. 

So much about travel is perception.  We dressed like the French, learned some of their language, treated them with respect.  They responded in kind.  We saw a few Americans in France with backpacks, treating the locals with disrespect and they were not treated like we were.  Perception:  Missed a huge opportunity the other day to 20150114_123854have the people of Europe perceive that the United States support them in the fight against the Islamic terrorists. 

Our visit from family this week was a joy.  That family is a great traveling group.  Good planners, not afraid to try new things even driving the infamous LA freeway at night in their rental car.  I love the pictures where their kids were enjoying the sunset over the Pacific ocean and the visit to the SoCal mountains.  A trip that will help educate them in a positive way for the rest of their life. 

Travel:  The great educator.


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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in California, england, France, politics



Twenty Days Away from France

We are well on our way for packing for our trip to France.  Its difficult to know what to pack in the shoulder season where it could be cold, warm, wet or dry.  We will do the best we can. 

Talked to some friends that spent a couple weeks in Paris recently.  They are a bit younger than we are but the husband said, “Trip was good but be prepared for things to move very sloooow.”  The wife said, “I just loved it.”

I have been doing a bunch of writing for TripAdvisor as of late.  For some reason, we have been hitting restaurants that have had exceptionally good service.  Couldn’t do enough for Libby and me.  We are interested in seeing if service in French restaurants meet up to American restaurants. 

Finally, we have been thinking about never ending instability in the Middle East and between Russia and it former satellites and how it could affect our trip, especially our flights.  We have decided to worry but to enjoy our trip.  What will be will be or  ce qui sera sera in French.

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Driving, gas prices, politics, service, weather



Hollywood’s “Message” Turning Off Customers

About 20 years ago, 8 years before I retired, I read an article that said the leading movie goers were teens and retired.  I was excited about that because working 60 hours a week didn’t allow me to see many movies.  Maybe 3-5 movies a year. 

Retirement came and Libby and I started to go to more movies.  Ouch!  Talk about disappointment.  Nearly every movie had a “message” built in that was so obvious.  I am sure you can guess that it was Hollywood’s liberal message.  I had been so busy with life that I didn’t have time to notice how movies had changed.  All police, military, companies and gas powered cars were evil.  Wow.  Luckily, we now have a 52 inch TV with Netflix in Hi Def.  Add to the great “old” movies, we can watch some great English dramas like Downton Abbey and Doc Martin.  Pop Corn isn’t $8 bucks at home either. 

So how has Hollywood done since they make sure their message is more important than the movie content?

Domestic box office revenues also are down from last summer despite blockbusters “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The number of people going to the movies dipped noticeably in North America this summer, putting increased pressure on the final four months of 2012 to bolster the bottom line.

According to preliminary estimates, 533.5 million tickets were sold this summer, down 4 percent from last year and the worst turnout since 1993. The lowest attendance before now came in summer 2010, when there were 534.4 tickets sold.

How many movies have we seen in a theater this year?  One, Harry Potter, Deathly Hollows II.  If I want to get “Hollywood’s Message”  I can just flick the channel to CNN. 

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in politics



Newsweek Magazine Tells Obama to Hit the Road?


Wow!  One of the most liberal magazines in the nation saying this?  Are they that desperate to sell magazines or….?

Looking back on how many political campaigns we have traveled this is a first. 


Posted by on August 20, 2012 in politics