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CV! Part 196 – The End of August (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tues)

CV! Part 196 – The End of August (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tues)

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PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL! GET FULLY VACCINATED!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!


Friday, August 27, 2021 – FlashbackFriday!
Do Not Travel! StayTheFuckHome!

Aloha Friday!

“Remember Friday is Hawaiian shirt day, so, you know,
if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.”
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1:11am: Yes, it’s Friday morning. THIS WEEK JUST SUCKED.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

1:11pm: THIS WEEK JUST SUCKED. Oh, did we say that twice?
Recapping Friday morning.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso and ate a slice of cold leftover pizza.
We went back to bed and slept. We woke up. We drank an iced espresso.
DRINK COFFEE. DRINK WATER. It’s HOT. Stay hydrated. Piss clear.

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3:15pm: We ate the rest of the leftover pizza and drank an iced espresso.

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99 Degrees in Van Nuys! We finally turned on the AC today. VERY COOL.
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ

5:45pm: We took a nap. Then we woke up.

10:11pm: Recapping Friday night…. sort of.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We drank a big glass of cran-raspberry-orange juice.
We ate too much pizza earlier, so we didn’t get hungry until late.

11:45pm: We took the dogs outside. We made dinner.
Friday night. Good Shabbos. Dinner at Midnight.
On The Menu: Fried chicken breast w/BBQ sauce, toasted cheese sandwich
on challah bread, dill pickle, nectarine, celery with peanut butter,
and an iced espresso to drink
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Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? COVID-19?

TRAVEL ALERT! HURRICANE IDA WARNING!
CATEGORY 4 STORM APPROACHING NEW ORLEANS!
Expected to make landfall on Sunday….

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NOTE: Afghanistan crisis will evaporate, and it will be all about New Orleans next week.


Saturday, August 28, 2021 – One More Saturday Night!
Do Not Travel! StayTheFuckHome! DON’T STOP SOCIAL DISTANCING!

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1:20am: Binge-Watching the first season of “Jack Ryan” (the series) on Prime.

3:15am:

9:01am: We’ve been up for two hours, and we should still be asleep.
We took the dogs outside. The dogs got fed. We got the newspapers.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK!
BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK!

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1:50pm: Well, we really felt like sh*t this morning.
We made an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We did some morning stuff, but then went back to bed.
We woke up. We got the mail. The dogs are chillin’ in the bedroom.
The gardeners are here working on the backyard landscaping today.

NOTE: TOTALLY SUCKS waking up and your first real thought of the day is…
“FUCK, DO HAVE COVID-19?” because people aren’t being safe around you.
It can ruin your whole morning, not to mention your whole fucking day.

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2:40pm: We made an iced espresso and retreated back to the Home Office.
We are not allowed to be mad, but WE ARE ABSOLUTELY ENRAGED.

Here’s a little rant for the supposedly intelligent people:
WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU SOCIALIZING WITH STRANGERS?
WHY ARE YOU GOING TO – AND THROWING PARTIES?
WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO STRANGERS WITHOUT A MASK?
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?
WHY ARE YOU GOING TO THE MARKET?
WHY ARE YOU SHOPPING IN PUBLIC?
WHY ARE YOU TRAVELING? WHY ARE YOU MAKING PLANS?
THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER!
YOU CAN STILL GET SICK, AND YOU MIGHT DIE.
YOU CAN GET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SICK, AND THEY MIGHT DIE.
AFTER 18 MONTHS WHY ARE YOU BEING STUPID AND CARELESS?
THIS IS A DEADLY DISEASE. YOU MIGHT DIE.
AND THERE CAN BE LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES IF YOU DON’T DIE.
THE DELTA VARIANT IS MORE CONTAGIOUS, MORE INFECTIOUS,
AND THERE ARE MORE VARIANTS COMING…..
THE GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.
THE GOVERNMENT IS LYING TO YOU, THEY ARE NOT BEING HONEST.
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE FEBRUARY OF 2020.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!
DON’T STOP SOCIAL DISTANCING! WTF? YOU MIGHT DIE. End of rant.
Really can’t believe we have to keep saying this to “smart” people.

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5:45pm: And so it goes. Choreboy needs to show up today.
Our weekend just got better too. Anger and anxiety relocated for now.

HEY SATURDAY NIGHT!
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6:15pm: We took the dog outside. We fed the dog. We took the dog outside.
We cleaned out the refrigerator. We took out the trash and did the dishes.
We scooped some poop. And then we made an iced espresso.
7:05pm: We did a load of laundry. And we did a little yard work before it got dark.
We haven’t eaten all day long…. so now it’s time for food.

10:15pm: We ordered food and got dressed and went and picked it up.
We got home and the restaurant called because we dropped our wallet!
So we drove right back to the restaurant and picked it up. VERY LUCKY.

On The Menu: Sushi.
Spicy tuna cut roll and a California roll, with a Coke to drink
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10:55pm: Let’s bake some brownies.
And we also made another iced espresso.
NOTE: We ate a brownie and it was delicious!

And this too:
The guy who was photographed as a baby wants to sue now….

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CORONAVIRUS!
The Delta Variant sucks.
Will it ever end?


Sunday, August 29, 2021 – Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
Do Not Travel! StayTheFuckHome!

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

4:35am: And now we’re awake again. Good morning.

6:00am: Watching more “Jack Ryan” episodes on Prime.

7:00am: We took the dog outside. We fed the dog. We took the dog outside.
We got the newspapers and then made an early breakfast.

On The Menu: 2 eggs over medium, bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jam
sandwich on toasted challah bread with an iced espresso to drink
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Hey, it’s a**holes standing in the rain day on CNN!
HURRICANE IDA HIT LOUISIANA HARD TODAY. AND IT’S GONNA GET WORSE.
Climate change is real. New Orleans is fucked.
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2:40pm: We are restless. We went back to bed and slept a little.
We took the dog outside. We made an iced espresso.
We took the dog outside again. It’s really HOT out today.

7:30pm: We took the dog outside. We fed the dog. We took the dog outside.
We played with the dog. We chilled with the dog. And now he’s napping.
And we are thinking about dinner.
Nothing happened today. We watched TV and surfed the interweb.
We just cleaned in here, but it looks like tornado hit last night….

On The Menu: Chicken and cheese sandwich on toasted challah bread
and a dill pickle. And another iced espresso.

Pompsie’s Downtown Las Vegas LiveStream on Sunday Night:
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10:35pm:  Still nothing. We took the dog outside. Now he’s back to napping.

Ed Asner died. RIP
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.


Monday, August 30, 2021 – Monday. Monday.
It’s the last Monday in August – Labor Day is one week away!

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1:45am: We took a shower and we shaved.
Feelin’ clean and fresh at 2:00am.
We cleaned up our desk area and did a load of laundry too.

2:30am: We made another iced espresso and ate a brownie.
Watching NFL Football preseason highlights. GO BRONCOS!

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy”
– yeah, it’s Monday morning

7:15am: We are awake. We took the dog outside. We fed the dog.
We got the newspapers. We made an iced espresso.
We took the dog outside again. Such a good boy!

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“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy”
– yeah, it’s Monday morning

The news this morning is not good.
Afghanistan disaster, COVID-19 Delta Variant surge, Hurricane Ida….
Now “Tropical Storm” Ida reeking havoc in Mississippi!
The Mississippi River is flowing backwards because of the storm surge.
Louisiana is a DISASTER…. New Orleans is without power again.
GAS PRICES MAY RISE AGAIN. Damage to the oil and gas industry….
CoronaVirus is out of control – hospitalizations, death rates, etc.
The European Union is going to institute TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS again.
And the Afghanistan pull-out continues. ISIS rocket attacks. Suicide bombers.
13 DEAD AMERICAN SERVICEMEN. Civilian casualties. TOTAL FAIL.
PR Nightmare for President Joe Biden. TRUMP AND POMPEO DID THIS!
And don’t forget the FIRES that are burning in California and Oregon….
Caldor Fire is in South Lake Tahoe (California side) and they have to evacuate.
El Dorado and Alpine Counties are already under evacuation orders.

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Monday. Blue Monday.

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1:35pm: And we are awake again. We took a nice nap with the dog.
The housekeeper came and went. The house is clean.

2:05pm: We took the dog outside. We made an iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water.

And the Not Burning Man 2021 Live Feed
is LIVE from Black Rock Desert on YouTube:
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3:35pm: Time is flying by today now that we are awake.
We’ve been playing with the dog and watching YouTube vids.
We should run errands. And we need to eat something.

4:25pm: We unloaded the dishwasher and we planned to get dressed….
but we kind of had an anxiety attack about going out into public.
We have been wrestling with going out and just sayin’ “FUCK IT” today.
So….. nothing is urgent.
We are going to say “Fuck It” and go eat some food now.

5:15pm: We made some food. We ate. We took the dog outside.
We fed the dog. We took the dog outside.

On The Menu: 3 hotdogs with mustard, onion, and cheese; a dill pickle,
an avocado, and an apple, with an iced espresso to drink
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11:35pm: Recapping Monday night. Nothing going on.
There was a short pursuit that we just watched after it was all over.
And watching the Livestream (at night) from the “Renegade Burn 2021”
And we took the dog outside again.

There was a cricket in the house. And it was loud.
So, we had to go on the hunt, and take care of it.

Monday night Livestream:
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Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – DoNotTravelTuesday!
The 243rd day of the year and the LAST day of August!
And technically, alcohol is a solution.

12:56am: We just watched “The Doorman” which was a “Die Hard”
in a old hotel under construction homage…. RIP-OFF!
It was okay, Jean Reno as the bad guy holding hostages,
while a guy tries to open a safe, while a guest “Hero” in the wrong place,
at the wrong time, overcomes obstacles and kills all the bad guys.
Oh, damn …..SPOILER ALERT? It was okay.
Sometimes you roll the dice, and take your chances.

3:00am: We made a quick bite to eat.
On The Menu: Popcorn shrimp with Korean BBQ sauce

9:45am: Breaking News: Secret deal with the Taliban? Really?
Okay, we went to sleep after 5:00am and we woke up around 8:30am.
We woke up. We took the dog outside. We fed the dog. We took the dog outside.
We got the newspapers. We drank a cup of espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.

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Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? WILDFIRES?

MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL RESIDENTS IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE!
The Caldor Fire is burning tens of thousands of acres in northern California.
ALL NATIONAL FORESTS CLOSE IN CALIFORNIA FOR 2 WEEKS AT MIDNIGHT!
CALIFORNIA NATIONAL FORESTS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17!

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5:05pm: We slept the day away today…..
we woke up and went back to bed with the dog. We woke up.
We took the dog outside. We drank an iced espresso.
We ate a toasted bagel with lox and cream cheese and a dill pickle at 4:30pm.

Scenes form the Not Burning Man 2021 Livestream on YouTube:
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TutuTuesday! Get your dust storm on!

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6:15pm: We took the dog outside. We fed the dog. We took the dog outside.
We drank an iced espresso.

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS OVER!
20 YEARS OF US BLOOD AND TREASURE!
BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WASTED ON FOREIGN SOIL!
THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES SACRIFICED OR CHANGED FOREVER!
President Joe Biden got us out of the Afghanistan War, as promised.
Let the OPIUM TRADE continue without interference! Go Big Pharma!

9:55pm: We took the dog outside. We played with the dog for hours.
We got dressed and ran an errand. We were going to get gas….
and we were going to go to the market.
But there were too many people at the market.
We drove through the parking lot, and decided to go another time.
So, we’ll do all the errands tomorrow. We drove home.
We took the dog outside. We played with the dog. We took the dog outside.
Now it’s time for food.

On The Menu:  Fried chicken breast with BBQ sauce, mac’n’cheese with bacon,
dill pickle, half an avocado, and a strawberry-banana nectar to drink
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DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD in Summer of 2021!

EIGHT MONTHS AGO, TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS
TRIED TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES! 

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TRUMP SOLD OUT THE UNITED STATES.
AND THE GOP TRAITORS NEED TO STFU.

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THE GOP TRAITORS ARE LYING TO YOU!
DON’T BELIEVE THEIR LIES!
YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!
YOU SAW IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES!

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
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CV! Part 194 – Weekend with an “E” (Fri-Sat-Sun)

CV! Part 194 – Weekend with an “E” (Fri-Sat-Sun)

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ARE YOU GOING TO NOT BURNING MAN? Really?
If you are planning on going to Black Rock Desert, Nevada, this Summer, 
please read our previous Blog Post “Not Burning Man 2021”
Here’s an excerpt. The BLM has instituted rules, regulations, and restrictions!
The link to the Blog Post is below. “Know before you go.”
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“Safety Third!” Don’t die. SERIOUSLY READ THE BLOG POST.
Not Burning Man Sucks. Don’t Go!

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!


Friday, August 20, 2021  – World Mosquito Day
National Radio Day!
(“Testing, testing.”)

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Raise awareness about illness and disease caused by mosquitos!
Mosquitoes cause more death & disease than any other animal on the planet!
 
Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, West Nile Chickungunya, Kunjin Jamestown Canyon Virus, Zika, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, St Loius Encephalitis, Pogostra Disease, Ross River Virus, Lymphatic Filariasis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Rift Valley Fever, Lacrosse Encephalitis, and the list goes on.
On this day in 1897, Sir Ronald Ross discovered the malaria parasite
in the stomach tissue of a female Anopheles mosquito.

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“what a long, strange trip it’s been”

7:20am: We got a pursuit on the 605 Freeway this morning! 
Guy hit 120mph. The chase didn’t last long.
He got off the freeway and drove down a cul-de-sac,
foot-bailed and ran through a couple backyards, jumping fences,
and out onto another cul-de-sac where he ran into the police.
He surrendered. Suspect in custody.

We took the dogs outside. And now we have to do the morning stuff.
We’re already running late today, and we really don’t have anything to do.

After becoming a cult science fiction comedy series on BBC Radio, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams

Here author Douglas Adams poses holding a copy of the book which has “Don’t Panic” written on the front cover. 29th November 1978. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

On this day in 1920, the first commercial radio station,
8MK (now WWJ), began operating in Detroit!
And the National Football League (NFL) is organized as the
American Professional Football Conference in Canton, Ohio!

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Breaking Entertainment News! What is “You Ain’t Got No Job?”
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Mike Richards resigned this morning as “Jeopardy” host after one day of production, and currently remains Executive Producer. The ADL is calling for an investigation into Richard’s past remarks about Jews, women, and Asians, as well as his involvement with “The Price Is Right” sexual harassment history. Sony Pictures Television has cancelled production, until a new Host decision can be made.

11:10am: Watching President Joe Biden’s press conference on Afghanistan.
Joe just gave them the soundbite. “The buck stops here, it was my decision”
TOTAL FAIL. And this press conference is a TOTAL FAIL too.
MORE DISTRACTION FROM THE TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS.
AND WTF? NO MAKEUP? AND DON’T LET JOE BIDEN GO OFF SCRIPT!

We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We drank a double iced espresso. We ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese.
We got busy in the kitchen for a little bit. Makin’ Bacon:

And we took the dogs outside again.
The exterminator was here.
They were barking like good watchdogs.
And the roofers are almost finished across the street.
It’s a beautiful day. We were going to run errands…..
But now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office again. 

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Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? COVID-19?

TRAVEL ALERT!
American Airlines extends alcohol ban in Coach class into 2022.
And Southwest Airlines still has an alcohol ban in place.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES APOLOGIZED TODAY FOR
SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS LAST WEEK. HAHAHAHA!
We’re laughing because it’s ridiculous to apologize for TOTAL FAILURE.

The US extended the ban on non-essential travel to Canada until September 21.
And so the US-Canada Border remains closed to travelers for the near future.

HURRICANE HENRI (Category 1) IS ON THE EAST COAST!
Going to suck in New England, so don’t go there.

COVID-19 ANXIETY RISING IN THE US DUE TO DELTA VARIANT SURGE.
Hospital ICUs in Alabama are at 100%. Major outbreaks in southern states.
Texas hospitals are overwhelmed too. 

Los Angeles and Orange County are sending kids back-to-school in classrooms.
WTF? THERE IS NO REAL EFFORT TO STOP THE VIRUS FROM SPREADING!

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Fun Fact:
The Kilauea Volcano adds 42 acres to the Big Island Hawaii every year!

12:15pm: It’s Friday Afternoon.

NOTE: We got dressed and ready to go run our errands
and then got hit by the “Friday Fuckits”…. and we didn’t do anything.
None of our errands was urgent except the going to the market to get food.
But we got some food for tonight, and the market is open until ~1:00am.
We got undressed again and spent the afternoon with the dogs.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZ (nappy time)

6:20pm: We woke up. We made a double iced espresso.
We ate another toasted bagel with cream cheese.
We prepped the dogs’ supper. Now it’s time to feed the dogs.

7:05pm: We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.
We took the dogs outside. Supper+snacks+carrot = Happy Pups!
We drank that double iced espresso down. Now it’s Friday night.
Another week – HOT SUMMER DAYS and COVID-19. This sucks.
We are so unmotivated right now…. almost nothing matters.
DON’T GET SICK. DON’T DIE. (StayTheFuckHome!)

8:30pm: Friday night. Nothing happening.
Just listening/watching LIVE MUSIC this evening.

TRIGGER-WARNING

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We are done. We made a quick bite to eat.
And we fell asleep for a couple hours and woke up early Saturday AM.

On The Menu: Quesadilla (made with flour tortillas) with salsa

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!


DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD!

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THE GOP TRAITORS ARE LYING TO YOU!
DON’T BELIEVE THEIR LIES!
YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!
YOU SAW IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES!

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AND SEVEN MONTHS AGO, TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS
TRIED TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

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TRUMP TREASON! FUCK RUSSIA! FUCK PUTIN! 


Saturday, August 21, 2021 – World Honey Bee Day!
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The Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera
European Honey Bee/Western Honey Bee
and there are as many as 29 known subspecies
(we may have thought it was last week, see our previous Blog Post)

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Fucking Facebook thinks I’m in Tucson….

We woke around 1:30am. We were up until about 4:00am.
“SLEEP IS FOR SISSIES.” – but insomnia sucks.

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8:50am: Woken up by the dogs barking before 8:00am. FUCK.
We drank a cup of espresso. Saturday morning again.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. The newspapers got got.

11:35am: We made Saturday brunch. The mail got got.
On The Menu: Toasted bagel with lox, cream cheese and Persian cucumber;
dill pickle, carrot sticks, pita chips, strawberries, and an iced espresso to drink
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZ NappyTime with the Dogs.

4:20pm: We took a nap with the dogs. We woke up. We made an iced espresso.
We worked on this Blog Post.
We watched a few episodes of “Fluffy’s Food Adventures” on Amazon Prime.
Gabriel Iglesias is hilarious. And they eat a whole lot of great food.

On this day in 1911, the Mona Lisa (painted by Leonardo da Vinci) was stolen from the
Louvre Museum by three Italian handymen; it was not recovered until 1913.

9:45pm: And Saturday night. Recapping Saturday evening.
We ordered dinner. We got dressed and drove over to pick it up.
We drove home and ate dinner. The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed.

On The Menu: CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) takeout.
BBQ Chicken salad w/avocado (full size), and a Hawaiian pizza w/pepperoni, no ham.
And cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink. And then another iced espresso.
We ate the salad at 7:00pm and saved the pizza for later tonight.
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First, Don’t try to order online. The website is a mess. We telephoned the order in.
But we got sent to a voice message system…. high volume, long wait.
So, we called the other restaurant too, and it was the same deal.
and then chose the option to have them call us back.
So, someone called us back, from a third party service, not the restaurant. 
and they took our order and then placed our order with the restaurant. WTF?
We joined the CPK Rewards Card too. So, we should be getting a BONUS too.
And we want to make sure we get credited reward points for this order.
And all we wanted was dinner. SO COMPLICATED. Technology is not your friend.

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And of course, it’s National Senior Citizens Day too.
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Dinner was good. 
We watched TV, we surfed the internet, we worked on this Blog Post,
and we watched YouTube vids and Livestreams! Fun. Fun. Fun.

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There was a Saturday backyard party on the corner of our street with
loud electronic dance music that started around sunset and didn’t end until after 1:00am.
WOMP. WOMP. WOMP. WOMP. All night. Happy birthday. 

NOTE: Last night at Citifield in Chicago at the Dead&Co. show, during Intermission.
a wasted fan tried to do a flip on the upper deck, fucked up, and fell to his death. RIP

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Sunday, August 22, 2021 – SUNDAY! SUNDAY!
It’s National Tooth Fairy Day!
(also on February 28)
In 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold wrote an eight-page play titled “The Tooth Fairy”.

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It’s our beautiful little girl’s 5th Homecoming Day! Five Years!
We love her so much. She is the sweetest little baby too.

1:15am: We took the dogs outside.
We ate half of the pizza and drank another iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. Eat Pizza.

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7:05am: We woke up early. We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.
We drank an iced espresso. We did the dishes. The newspapers were gotten.
Happy Sunday morning.

The Full Moon is conjunct with Jupiter and Saturn,
in the center of the constellation of Aquarius right now!

9:45am: The dogs got bathed. We drank another iced espresso.
We reheated and ate the other half of the leftover pizza for breakfast. 
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3:05pm: We hung out with the dog. We took the dog outside.
We made and ate some lunch.

On The Menu: Toasted bagel with lox, cream cheese, and Persian cucumber;
dill pickles, carrot sticks, pita chips, a banana, and strawberries 
(repeat of yesterday Brunch, so no pic today)

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

11:15pm: Recapping Sunday. We’ve been chillin’ in the Home Office.
We took a nap. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. It was a beautiful day.
We scooped the poop. We drank another iced espresso. 
We just published out long awaited Blog Post “Cheap Eats in Las Vegas”. 

On The Menu: Enchiladas. And then three small quesadillas (made with corn tortillas).
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And onward to Monday…..

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Pan Am “Clipper Class” was introduced in 1978
as a way to entice frequent business travelers to fly Pan Am.
This 1982 brochure highlights some of the features of this service:

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Not Burning Man 2021

CV! Part 193 – August Week (Sat-Sun-Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)
CV! Part 192 – It’s Our Birthday again! (Wed-Thurs-Friday the 13th)
CV! Part 191 – DO NOT TRAVELTUESDAY! (Tuesday)
CV! Part 190 – “The Days Between” part two (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon)
More Recipes for Summer 2021
CV! Part 189 – “The Days Between” part one (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)
Good Advice from an Old Farmer…. and Albert Einstein!
CV! Part 188 – HAPPY JERRY DAY 2021! (Sunday)
CV! Part 187 – The End of July! (Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat)

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King Cotton Blues

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King Cotton Blues
Lyrics by Robert Hunter
Music by Malcolm Welbourne (Papa Mali), Bill Kreutzmann, Matt Hubbard
as performed by 7 Walkers

Got the king cotton blues, that I can’t deny
I’ve always been in trouble, but, I never did know why
Some say it’s my attitude, others said my luck
Those that said my just deserts can take a flying fuck

Got the king cotton blues, right down to my core
I can take the licking, boys, stand up and ask for more
It ain’t because of courage, on account of being brave
I never saw much reason to avoid an early grave

[Chorus:]
King cotton blues boys, be it understood
Shotgun is too merciful, hanging is too good
Drowning’s too uncertain, poison is too slow
To snuff a worthless widow’s son whose time has come to go

Got the king cotton blues, reason to complain
All the local prostitutes, spit upon my name
I take out my handkerchief, and dust that shit away
Revenge don’t bring relief, boys, no matter what they say

Got the king cotton blues, price upon my head
A thousand bucks alive, and double if I’m dead
They don’t want to have to feed me, they know my appetite
Let’s head down to the bar afar, and pick another fight

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Got the king cotton blues when shit hits the fan
No shame to duck, boys, any chance you can
Take your absolution, at the whorehouse down the block
For those who disavow you, can wind the devil’s clock

Got the king cotton blues, every dog knows the tune
Every cat has a version, beneath the brightful moon
Take your revolution, and stick it upper class
Be kind to one another, and dip your lights when you pass

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Got the king cotton blues, that’s all I got to say
They done locked up the keys, and threw the house away
I’m just buying my time ’til they pop my red balloon
Feed me to the tigers, throw my leg across the moon

[Chorus]

King Cotton Blues by 7 Walkers with Willie Nelson:

7 Walkers (2009-2012) featured former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann,
guitarist and singer Malcolm Welbourne aka Papa Mali,
multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, and bassist George Porter Jr.
NOTE: Reed Mathis was an original member of 7 Walkers,
He played on the self-titled debut album (released on November 2, 2010)
He left the band due to touring commitments and was replaced by George Porter Jr..


And now a little King Cotton history:

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“‘King Cotton’ is a slogan that summarized the strategy used before the American Civil War (of 1861–1865) by pro-secessionists in the southern states (the future Confederate States of America) to claim the feasibility of secession and to prove there was no need to fear a war with the northern states.” – wikipedia

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Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll,
or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants.

Genus: Gossyplum – family: malvaceae

India is the world’s largest producer of cotton.
The five leading exporters of cotton in 2019:
(1) India, (2) the United States, (3) China, (4) Brazil, and (5) Pakistan.

The invention of the cotton gin lowered the cost of production,
leading to greater profits, and the expansion of cotton farming and slavery.

SLAVERY AND SLAVE LABOR – The real hands that built America!
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Monroe,
John Hancock, and many other “Founding Fathers” owned slaves.

August, 1619 –  First Slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia
20-30 enslaved Africans landed at Point Comfort
(now Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia)
Captain Jope and Mr. Marmaduke from the English warship ‘White Lion’
traded captives removed from the Portuguese slave ship, San Juan Bautista
to the Governor and Cape Merchant of Jamestown for food and supplies.

1662 – Slavery officially recognized as the statutory law of the colony.
Legislation passed to define the status of mixed-race (mulatto) children.
Children were considered the same status as their mother.
If the child was born to a slave, the child would be born a slave.

BLACKLIVESMATTER!
Acknowledge the history and legacy of slavery, the slave trade,
the failed reconstruction and post Civil War retaliation, sharecropping,
“The Great Migration”, the Klu Klux Klan, segregation, Jim Crow, and racism!

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“Oh! Isn’t that a Dainty Dish to set before the King!”
by artist John McLenan (1827-1865)

This cartoon depicts General George B. McClellan delivering a live bombshell to the table of the British monarchy. The table top says “Virginia” while the body of it is made of cotton and the supports are “whiskey.” Standing nearby is Lord Palmerston pictured as a whiskey bottle (“Old Rye Prime Minister”). In the background is a slave atop a stack of cotton and a black servant commenting on the instabilty of the cotton stack. This is referencing Great Britiain’s policy of neutrality towards the American Civil War and the belief by many Northerners that it was merely a strategic position taken by the British to maximize their economic benefits. In reality, Palmerston viewed neutrality and the possible success of the Confederacy as lucrative economic possibilites for Great Britiain. This depiction is infering that McClellan and the Union Army will destroy the foundation of this economic plan (portrayed here as cotton) through their military successes.

The Triangular Trade in the 18th and 19th centuries:
Great Britain shipped goods to West Africa.
These goods were used to buy captured Africans.
The African slaves were shipped to the West Indies and the Americas
and exchanged for sugar, rum, and other goods.
And then these goods were shipped back to Great Britain.

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The “King Cotton” March was composed in 1895 by John Philip Sousa
for the Cotton States and International Exposition (1895).

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Lloyd Lambert
(June 4, 1928 – October 31, 1995) from Thibodaux, Louisiana
He pioneered the use of the electric bass in blues, jazz, and R&B.
He was a regular at the famous New Orleans’ Dew Drop Inn.
Bandleader for Guitar Slim, and he had his own orchestra.
He also played with big names like Nappy Brown and Little Richard.

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Lloyd Lambert (and his band) – “King Cotton” instrumental


King Cotton is also the stage name of Dicky Sony,
an American Texas blues singer born in 1945 in Navasota, Texas.
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King Cotton as Roscoe from the film “Tape Heads”


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Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

So you’re probably wondering about the title….here’s the story:

We got invited to see and hear a blues band play in Pasadena on Saturday night at a place called Big Mama’s Rib Shack. I was not responsible for the planning or execution, once again I was a passenger along for the ride.

Someone may have told someone that the Rib Shack’s food wasn’t good, so the plan was to eat before the show and the decision was to go for Mexican food.

Two Tacos at La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant

Take the 101 freeway south to the 134 east past Glendale and into Pasadena. I wanted to take more pictures along the way, but “stupid” traffic had us running late to dinner. We finally arrived (only ten minutes late) at the restaurant and found a good parking spot on the street right out front.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

The restaurant is a relatively small place, with simple Mexican decor, and it quickly filled up with people once we were seated. We ordered drinks and then perused the menu.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

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It’s a standard Mexican restaurant menu with tacos, burritos, enchiladas and the usual appetizers and entrees. EXCEPT THE FOOD IS GREAT! IT’S REAL MEXICAN FOOD! 

On the Menu: 2 crispy tacos, one shredded beef and one chicken, two chicken enchiladas in mole sauce with rice & beans, chips & salsa and a margarita pre show!

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Margarita – with a lot of tequila!

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Two Crispy Tacos – One Chicken & One Beef with Chips & Salsa

Really good crispy tacos! Excellent Mole sauce! Gringo style Mexican food done right!

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Two Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Sauce and Rice & Beans

I was told that we would be eating at the show later, so I didn’t try a burrito, a combo or the Fiesta platter of appetizers…and I would happily go back. They also have an “All you can eat” Taco special that I would like to try.

We finished eating and then motored across Pasadena to Big Mama’s Rib Shack.

Blues & BBQ at Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena, California

Go north up Lake Avenue, past The Hat (really good pastrami sandwiches) and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, and you’ll come to Big Mama’s BBQ Southern Country Rib Shack.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena – Southern Country BBQ

The building’s not much to look at and the interior design is “whacked”. There are white vinyl booths on one side, tables in the middle with both plastic and wood chairs, and a beer & wine bar in the corner of the dining room. there was an area cleared as a stage (but no stage) next to the bar and a small area for the band’s merchandise as well. They have Saturday night performances, but it’s not real design as a performance space at all.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Here’s the menu: pork, chicken, seafood or beef, beer, wine and soft drinks and a full list of classic BBQ sides. Tickets were $20 for the show and dinner was also required, so we ordered food, with the plan to take home a good portion for lunch on Sunday.

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What’s on the Menu at Big Mama’s Rib Shack?

On the Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, mac’n’cheese, hush puppies, cornbread muffins, collared greens, yams & Heineken beer

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There were only two servers and a bartender covering the crowd, so we ordered before the first set and the food came during the performance before the intermission. And contrary to what we had been told, the food was good (not great, but good) country BBQ.

8:00pm – SHOWTIME!  John Németh and his blues band from Memphis, Tennessee

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John Németh from Memphis, Tennessee

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He Brought His Many Harps! (Blues Harmonicas)

I checked out the merchandise and the band’s setup before the show. I had never seen or heard the band before, but when I saw the collection of harps I knew it was going to be a good show. And I was not disappointed, the music was great!

John Németh and his blues band played two rockin’ sets of Chicago and Texas inspired music. He really is a master of the harp (blues harmonica) and his backing band was tight! The guitar, bass and drums were well rehearsed from playing gigs all over the country. At one point in the second set a guest bassist ( a former band member) stepped in for a few songs. I periscoped three of the songs and links to the live performance videos are located below.

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La Fiesta Grande1107 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (I’m told the Colorado Blvd location is closed)

Big Mama’s Rib Shack1453 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 http://www.bigmamaspasadena.com

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A couple of my travel answers about South Lake Tahoe

A couple of travel answers about South Lake Tahoe:

Q: Nice hotels in South Lake Tahoe? I will be traveling to Reno/ Lake Tahoe in the beginning of December and I’m having a tough time figuring out where to stay. I would like to stay between 100-150.00 a night. Any suggestions? I have looked at the Hyatt and Harrahs but wanted to try something maybe a little less corporate. Not much of a skier so I’m trying to stay away from big ski lodges. ~Stacey B., Denver

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Aston Lakeland Village (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A: Aston Lakeland Village Resort in South Lake Tahoe is a pretty good value. The lodge rooms are nice (and some have full kitchenettes if you like to cook on your own to save money). The property is right on the lake so you can walk down to the beach and watch the sunset. There are tennis courts and 2 swimming pools, a jacuzzi spa, laundry room and free coffee too. The property is a 10-15 minute drive from state line and the casinos: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and the new Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe. It’s definitely not corporate and there are lots of walking paths and tall pine trees on site. For less expensive accommodation options try the motels along Hwy 50 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Watch out for the Police and Don’t Speed!)

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Q: Best bars and restaurants in South Lake / near Heavenly? In a few weeks I’ll be spending a weekend snowboarding at Heavenly Mountain in South Lake Tahoe (and will be staying at the new Hard Rock Hotel). What are some of best places to eat in the area? I’m specifically interested in good breakfast spots and must-visit places for dinner (from $-$$$$ I’m open to all suggestions). Also, if there are any great bars (especially those with a great beer selection) I’d love to know. Thanks! ~Trevor M., Los Angeles

A: The Forrest Buffet at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe is pretty good. It’s on the 18th floor and has a great view of the lake and mountains. If you time it right you can watch the sunset while you dine. “All You Can Eat”, there’s a lot of good stuff on the dinner and Saturday/Sunday brunch (sorry no breakfast or lunch) menus and it’s a pretty good value for the price in my opinion. (and you can usually find a coupon for a few dollars off per person)

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A couple more travel answers about Las Vegas

A couple more travel answers about Las Vegas:

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Q: Best Buffet for the money in Vegas? I’m heading to Vegas and naturally looking for the best all you can eat buffets that will put all other buffets to shame. What are your favorites and why? ~ Cameron W., Los Angeles

A: Best Buffet in Las Vegas?

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, The Buffet at Bellagio, and The Buffet at Wynn are three of the best ($$$). I also like the Flavors Buffet at Harrah’s which is less expensive and has a huge variety of good things on the menu (and you can usually find coupons for Flavors and save $5 per person on the regular $18-$30 price)

NOTE: I ate at the MGM Grand buffet last year and it was TERRIBLE! It was the worst buffet I’ve ever eaten at in Vegas. The food looked good but literally everything was cold and tasteless…. I would also advise avoiding the buffet at Circus Circus.

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Q: Which hotel would you choose?

Having some difficulty choosing my hotel for my next trip to Vegas.  I actually have a reservation at the newer SLS hotel but am hesitant about it. Hesitant simply because it’s on the North side of the strip which I don’t usually stay. Everything I want to do/see is on the South end. So do I try out the newer hotel with a really nice room or go with something else location wise? Which would you choose and why? ~Karen H., Maryland

SLS –  Lux Deluxe King – Corner High Floor With extra wind – got a great Cyber Monday deal on the room at 1/2 off the regular price.  Price $122 per night

Tropicana –  either a 1 KING BALCONY W/POOL VIEW – BUNGALOW or 1 KING 2 ROOM SUITE – CLUB TOWER Suite.  price either $88 or $100 per night

Treasure Island –  Petite Suite or Tower Suite at $98 per night or $115 per night.

A: SLS Las Vegas Hotel, Tropicana Las Vegas, or Treasure Island?

Tropicana Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Tropicana Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Tropicana has the advantage of being across the street from the MGM Grand Las Vegas (lots of great restaurants just don’t eat at the buffet) and monorail adjacent (which will save you time and money). Spend the extra money on the Suite and ask them to waive the resort fee. Get a monorail pass and you have transit access to Bally’s & Paris, the Flamingo & Caesar’s, Harrah’s & the Linq, and the other “center Strip” hotels: Mirage, Bellagio, Monte Carlo, the Venetian, etc. And also off-strip to the Westgate (Las Vegas Hilton) and SLS (the Sahara) at the north end.

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World Cup Facts!

Every Four Years…WORLD CUP SOCCER! (aka Futbol)

World Cup!

World Cup!

The World Cup or Coupe du Monde” is the most viewed sporting event in the world exceeding even the Olympic Games.

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Tournament Kickoff: 12 June, 2014

Final (Championship) Game: 13 July, 2014

732 Players on 32 National Teams

A record 204 countries entered qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

BRAZIL is the host nation in 2014 

World Cup 2014 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

World Cup 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIFA -Fédération Internationale de Football Association

FIFA Membership: 209 national associations

FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland

FIFA President is Sepp Blatter

FIFA was founded in Paris on 21 May, 1904. Founding Members: Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain (the Madrid Football Club; Spanish Federation wasn’t created until 1913), Sweden and Switzerland. The same day, the German Association telegrammed its intention of affiliating. Membership expanded beyond Europe with South Africa 1908, Argentina and Chile 1912, Canada and the United States 1913.

In tournaments from 1934-1978, 16 teams competed except in 1938, when Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, and in 1950, when India, Scotland and Turkey withdrew. The tournament was expanded to 24 teams in 1982 and then to 32 in 1998 allowing more teams from Africa, Asia and North America to take part.

FIFA World Cup Trophy

“Coupe du Monde” FIFA World Cup Trophy

The 1974 FIFA World Cup, the tenth staging, was held in West Germany. The tournament marked the first time that the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and was awarded permanently to the Brazilians.

Largest official attendance at a World Cup match: 173,000 in Maracana, Brazil, July 16, 1950 (unofficial attendance: 220,000)

WORLD CUP!

WORLD CUP 2014! USA! USA! USA! USA defeats Ghana 2-1 on 16 June, 2014!

The next two World Cups will be hosted by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

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World Cup! United States - One Nation One Team!

World Cup 2014! USA! USA! USA! United States of America – One Nation One Team!

UPDATE: 1 July, 2014 United States eliminated. Belgium 2 – United States 1

Great game! – Extra time! – Heartbreaking loss! – Belgium wins. Thank you and good night! Tim Howard played an amazing game as Goalkeeper, making 15 saves and keeping the U.S. in it until extra time. Too many opportunities for Belgium and too many missed opportunities for the United States. It was a good run, but now the U.S. is out of the competition. Congratulations Belgium. Good luck against Argentina.

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IT’S NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK!

NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK is May 3-11, 2014

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The first week of May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984, established by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983.

Visitors Center - Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Visitors Center – Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies. Each year, localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.

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This year’s theme is “Travel Effect”:

This theme aligns with the current industry-wide campaign to prove the benefits of travel.

Research studies on travel’s positive effect on relationships, health, education, meetings and more, provide opportunities to tailor messaging about the impact of travel. Access current economic impact data, including a state-by-state interactive map, to spotlight the Travel Effect in your area.

In 2014, Travel Effect will broaden its focus to examine America’s “Day Off Deficit” and explore what it could mean to individuals, businesses and the economy if U.S. workers were motivated to use more of the time off they’ve earned and deserve. Stay tuned for new research in the coming weeks.

Champion the Benefits of Travel! Travel Rally Day is Tuesday, May 6! 

Travel Rally Day is a concerted effort to demonstrate travel’s positive impact on local workers, businesses and economies – and, of course, on personal lives of travelers. Individual events are staged in cities nationwide during National Travel and Tourism Week.

The goal of Rally Day is to unite the local travel community with its supporters and publicly represent the importance of travel to media and elected officials.

Join the conversation by following @USTravel, #NTTW and #TravelEffect.

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SOME VERY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY!

LEISURE TRAVEL

■ Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $564 billion in 2011.

■ Spending on leisure travel generated $86 billion in tax revenue.

■ 3 out of 4 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (77%).

■ U.S. residents logged 1.5 billion person-trips for leisure purposes in 2011.

■ Top 5 leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers: (1) visiting relatives; (2) shopping; (3) visiting friends; (4) fine dining; and (5) beaches.

BUSINESS TRAVEL

■ Direct spending on business travel by domestic and international travelers, including expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), totaled $249 billion in 2011.

■ ME&I travel accounted for $99 billion of all business travel spending.

■ U.S. residents logged 458 million person-trips for business purposes in 2011, with more than one-third (36%) for meetings and events.

■ For every dollar invested in business travel, businesses benefit from an average of $12.50 in increased revenue and $3.80 in new profits.

(Person-trip defined as one person trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or a day or overnight trip 50 miles one-way or more from home.)

U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel Association

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

■ In 2011, international traveler spending (export receipts) totaled $153 billion and travel spending abroad by Americans totaled $110 billion (travel import payments), creating a trade surplus of $43 billion in favor of the U.S.

■ The U.S.received 62.3 million international arrivals in 2011. Of those, approximately 27.9 million were from overseas markets and 34.4 million were from Canada and Mexico.

■ The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 6.4% (down from 7.5% in 2000).

■ International travel spending directly supported about 1.2 million U.S. jobs and wages of $28.5 billion.

■ Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,300 when they visit the U.S. and stay on average more than 17 nights.

■ Overseas arrivals represent 45% of all international arrivals, yet account for 78% of total international travel receipts.

■ Greatest challenges facing international visitors: burdensome visa process; unwelcoming entry experience.

■ Top 5 leisure travel activities for overseas visitors: (1) shopping; (2) dining; (3) city sightseeing; (4) visiting historical places; and (5) amusement/theme parks.

9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show - Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

PRESS CREDENTIAL – 9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show – Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output. It is the voice for the collective interests of the U.S. travel industry and the association’s 1,400 member organizations. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.

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Tuesday Afternoon at the Woodland Hills Country Club

Tuesday Afternoon at the Woodland Hills Country Club:

Another Day, Another Golf Course!

The Woodland Hills Country Club

The Woodland Hills Country Club  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Celebrity Cruises (and Air New Zealand) threw us a party tonight at the Woodland Hills Country Club. Wine and other beverages to drink, tray passed appetizers to eat, and a presentation on Modern Luxury.

Tuesday Afternoon at the Woodland Hills Country Club (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Tuesday at the Woodland Hills Country Club (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Tray passed appetizers: Crab cake balls, vegetable quesadilla cones, beef wellington puffs, tomato and cheese on mini-bruschetta toast, and chicken potstickers. I didn’t drink the wine because I have to work tonight, just alternated between the iced tea and lemonade.

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