Thursday, February 13, 2020

Large Family Travelling

Hubby and I grew up with families who took yearly family vacations as well as other trips throughout the year. My family always took a trip with our four, plus Mom's two sisters & their families, their parents and Grandma's sister and brother~in~law. I was raised to love all generations, so it was nothing for me to include others in our vacations or day trips.

Our first granddaughter was born last year and we couldn't imagine leaving her behind. It started with local carnivals when she was one month old when we drove three hours each way to pick up her uncle Trevor and Aunt Ana from the airport when they flew in from California to be her godparents, then at two months, Randy and I took her to the local carnivals because her mother had to work.

Randy went all out for her first birthday and booked a week in Ontario, Canada. We had a hotel facing Niagara Falls, so she got to wake up seeing the Falls and go to sleep seeing the lights on the Falls. Incredible! She shopped til she dropped more than once. Her best stuffed friend was included in all the photos. For Mothers' Day, we drove up to Bloor Street in Toronto and I got my first Louis Vuitton purse. It was a trip to remember.

We headed to the West Coast later that summer and spent a week with our son. Universal Studios was nice, but I wouldn't do it again. There wasn't enough for a one-year old kid and I was in a wheelchair at the time. We loved our day trip to Tijuana and visiting friends there. Truly the kindest people around.

Our little one gave us no trouble on the planes, even when we were in our seats for hour at a time. We brought along her carseat and she mainly slept on the many flights and layovers. Once we hit San Diego, she headed straight for the ocean. Children are pretty flexible and I can't understand why people think international travel with babies or kids is a nightmare. How will your child ever learn if they don't travel?

Anyway, just random thoughts. Hope everyone has great trips planned!

Big Apple Dreaming

I just booked a quick day trip to NYC for hubby and myself as a Valentine's present. We'll hop on a bus early this Saturday for way too many hours, have 6 hours in Times Square, then back on a bus and get home early Sunday.

Here's my question: What is the top can't miss things to do and the top don't even think about it list?

We've talked about going on a trip there for years and have our camera equipment, but have no idea where to start. We want to make the most of the time we have. I'm open to suggestions. Please help!

The biggest problem is I'm disabled and walking fast isn't possible. I'm not spending our first trip there in a wheelchair, so that's out, too.

Thanks all!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hatebreed 25 Years of Destruction tour

I got an email there were tickets left to this show on Thursday and the show was Friday, three hours away. No problem really, there were five bands and tickets were $25, so $5 a band. How could we miss it? Heavy metal is my favorite genre, so I ordered them and we went to Pittsburgh.

The first band was Fit For An Autopsy and they were in incredible! We were front row center and held the spot all night. I met the singer - Joe Badalato before the show. He was a great guy. We'll go see them again with no hesitation.

Can't say I'm a fan of Terror. The singer kept taunting the stoners to rush the stage and "Give security something to do." I got kicked in the head, pushed, punched, etc .  It was insane. Was so happy to see them go.

Cro-Mags were good, but again the stoners made it hard to enjoy when I had to duck flying feet. Pot was openly smoked at the show, there was clouds of smoke. Even the singer commented on it.

Obituary was great to see and hear live. Crowd surfers in combat boots hurt the total experiencethough.

The headliner was Hatebreed. These guys were the show. From the second they took the stage, it was obvious they were stars. When fans started rushing security the first two minutes, Jamey stopped singing and called for the lights. He made sure nobody was hurt and called for a circle run, at the back! That move made him two new fans. That removed the pressure and I didn't hit the floor every five minutes.

It was an experience we never had before and while I'm glad I went, I kinda doubt we'll go to another one at that venue. I've been to *many* concerts, but nothing like this. Rushing security gets people kicked out, there it's just weight lifting for security. The same people flew over time after time. Strange night.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

So, a funny thing happened ....

I do mean to blog daily or at least weekly, but then life happens. Funny how that works. If I believed in hell, I'd say that good intentions send you there.

Maybe it's easier to just add a few photos under a cutline? I'll try that, but at least it shows I'm alive. Just a few things I love:

Disturbed Concert

I had the time of my life and knocked the top of my Bucket List off all at one time!

I got to meet my favorite band Disturbed, got photos and an autographed guitar!! It was such an incredible experience!! They were kind, sweet and humble. I danced the night away with mein Leibchen and will never forget a second.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Searching for a 30th wedding anniversary trip to NYC

My husband and I have been together my entire adult life and in August, we'll celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  Where did all the years go?

Our current dream trip is a weekend in NYC. We want to have a guided tour our first time, so I'll begin the research necessary to give the safety of a group, but enough flexability to see and do what we want ~ Statue of Liberty, Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, riding a double decker tour bus and a Broadway show. Of course, souvenir shopping for my family is important as well.

I'm asking my readers for any ideas or suggestions on trips they've made. Is it safe to be out at night? Best hotels to use? Best tour companies. Any tip will be gratefully appreciated.

We have until August when our anniversary hits.

I'm ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple.