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I don't know if I'm coming or going. I told you I would be somewhere balmy this week and where I ended up wasn't exactly what I had planned.
The adventure began early Friday morning, when we went to bed around 1am. The second I put my head on the pillow I was out like a light. I was dreaming about our trip to MAUI which we had planned for the morning, and the next thing I remember is hearing Amber say, "You have a spider on your head." I was like, "What?" She said, "You have a spider on your head". All I could think of was The Brady Bunch episode when Peter had a spider on him in Hawaii. I was so tired I just said "That's okay.... it's fine there...... he's my friend." (What was I thinking?) Then Amber said, "NO, YOU have a BIG spider on your head and it's LEGS ARE 4 INCHES LONG!" I jumped out of bed higher than Carl Lewis did in the 1996 Olympics. While in the air, I did one of those crazy heevie jeevie wipes of the hair and body and somehow turned the light on, all within a mila second. Amber who jumped up as well and was high stepping around the bed yelling, "Oh my God, Oh my God there's a spider...." was hysterical. We looked everywhere for this tarantula and found nothing. It was one of the rudest of awakenings ever and the worst part (really the best part) was there was NO spider. When we went back to bed and turned the light off, I said , "How the heck could you see a spider on my head when I can't even see my hand in front of me?" At that moment we realized she must've been talking in her sleep. The girl was SLEEP TALKING. Can you believe that?
Rude awakening #2: The alarm goes off at 6:30am and we were off to LAX for our standby (we thought we would save some money by using Amber's airline passes) flight. We were going to Maui to attend our friends', Greg and Tiffany, wedding that was taking place at the posh Four Season's Hotel in Waliea. How nice was that going to be? When we looked up the flight loads 3 weeks ago they were wide open, but unfortunately, that changed awfullyquick. The flights were so full I couldn't even buy a full fare first class ticket (not that I was going to anyway). To make a long story short, we didn't get get on the flight and I don't know if I will ever use those passes again for Hawaii. We tried every airport: OGG, LIH, HNL, KOA, running from one gate to another. There's a big difference flying with companion passes than purchasing a ticket and being an elite member of their frequent flier program. First of all, if your using one of those passes, you have no status even if you normally do. Throw your Premier Exec 1K card in the garbage and don't even bring it up. Wait in the long coach line and shut up. Dress well if you want to sit in First or Business because jeans, sneakers, and hats aren't allowed.
When you get to the gate, be prepared to be treated like a second class citizen as I did. We checked in with a lady who was so friendly to the people in front of us but the moment we approached the podium and she saw our passes she didn't even bother to look up at us again. She wiped that fake smile off mighty quick. What a BEEOTCH, as Snoop Dog would say. The worst part was I couldn't even say anything because Amber Airplane would get in trouble. So I just smiled and said thank you and made a mental note to self: Never give her a box of chocolates.
Instead of going through that torture again the next day, we flew to JFK instead. We took the early flight on Saturday and got Business Class. Yeah baby! We ran into some friends on the plane that helped make the trip go by quicker and the scenery wasn't too bad either. Check out this shot of the NYC skyline on approach to JFK.
Memorial Day weekend is my favorite time of year to be in CT. It's the first unofficial day of summer. Everyone's in a great mood because the beaches and snack bars are now open. Not to mention it usually falls on my birthday (May 31).
My Dad and my buddy Mike picked us up at JFK and we didn't go right
home as one might think. Instead, we went to Stew Leonard's, which
is one of my favorite grocery stores in the world (according to Ripley's
it the Worlds Largest Dairy Store). We stocked up on food and
for the weekend.
Sunday morning we cruised by our friends', Brendan, house for brunch to kick off the day before the parade. The parade begins at high noon when you hear the whistle from the firehouse. The parade is small but so is Rowayton, Connecticut. It's the perfect length for it lasts only 20-30 minutes and the only thing it lacks are colorful floats and candy (I love it when then throw candy from the floats).
Here are some highlights from the Parade. Respectively, the
lead the way, followed by the
and the Fire Dept . This year included about 20 extra trucks because of Rowayton's FD 100 year anniversary and Sept. 11 (We lost 4 people that day).
Some lady came by painting faces and Amber, my brother, and I weren't going to let her go without painting our mugs .
There were old cars with old people (this lady is turning 100 this year). They also had all the little kiddy stuff such as the Brownies and the T-Ball
If you go to the parade next year, make sure you attend the ceremony at the Canon, it's really patriotic and enlightening. It really makes you realize what Memorial Day is all about and you walk away even prouder to be American and to have grown up in such a small tight knit town.
Did I mention there are
free hot dogs
at the Fire Station?
The highlight of the day was getting together with my high school buddies and playing our annual game of Stick Ball (We use a shovel handle and a paddle ball).
It's the old guys vs. the young guns and we, the latter, haven't lost in years. :-)
Monday was a beautiful beach day on the East Coast , so naturally that's where we went. It was 80 degrees out and Amber cooled off with a Sponge Bob popiscle. I was going to go for a dip but the water is still waaaay too cold. 52 degrees sounds more like a way to become a member of the polar bear club, and you don't see any hair on me (not even my head).
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Super Survival Strategies for Life's Trickiest Situations
Open the window as soon as you hit the water. This allows water to enter the car and equalize the pressure between the inside and outside, making it easier to open the door or escape through the window.
If the power windows don't work, break the glass with a heavy object, such as a steering wheel lock, and get out.
If you can't open or break the window: Wait until the car fills to the point where the water reaches your head. Take a deep breath and hold it. By then, the pressure inside and outside the car should be equalized, so you can open the door and swim to the surface.
Precaution: Drive with the windows slightly open whenever you are near water or ice.
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The Diners-BA Double Miles Offer.For the fifth year in a row, Diners Club members can take advantage of the card's special relationship with British Airways -- offering double miles when transferring Diners Club points to BA miles -- June 1 through August 31, 2002. Therefore, travelers spending $20,000 with a Diners Club card will earn enough points, through BA's double-miles offer, for domestic First class Travel with Oneworld partner, American Airlines --
while American Airlines AAdvantage Visa cardholders will strive to spend $40,000 for the same benefit.
The "Points Exchange" Program.Have more United and/or American miles than you know what to do with? Can't ever find seats to the destinations you want to fly with these carriers? Those are just a couple reasons you might want to exchange your miles with the two airlines, for Diners Club points. You'll loose half the value on the exchange, but with the British Airways double-miles offer, you'll gain them right back when transferring the points to BA miles! You may transfer up to 50,000 miles annually to Diners Club points, per airline, in 10,000-mile increments.
Get more United and American Miles .You can buy up to 15,000 American Airlines miles ($375) and have someone buy you up to 15,000 miles. United offers a similar program $418 for the 15,000 miles, at
Through these programs, you can buy 30,000 American miles and 30,000 United miles for $1,586. Get a secondary card for your spouse, child and/or sibling, and they can repeat the same process - acquiring up to another 60,000 miles. With BA's 5,000-mile discount award offer, for travel booked online through July 15, you'll only need 75,000 BA miles through "Step 3") for Business Class travel from the U.S. to Europe. Compared with the published Los Angeles-London Business Class fare of $9,016, these methods can be worthwhile.
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