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Old 12-22-2012, 12:21 AM   #16
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Smile ** OK - SO WHAT DID I DO WITH ALL THAt $ ?? **

Well, after spending a few weeks deciding what to do . what to do, what to do...............



I decided to do something "totally" insane with the money -
and in the process celebrate -



and move forward and away from the debacle over my newly March 2013 Collette Vacations.com canceled vacation that I didn't choose to cancel.
(TAKE NOTE HOW I HAVE NOW CHANGED THE TITLE OF THIS TR TO REFLECT MY NEW ADVENTURE)


I.......



er........


Well you see.........





I decided to pay (ahead) 14 months of my home mortage ALL AT ONCE!!


SIDENOTE:
- (I decided to go this route since approx 90 days out from any vacation is just IMO too soon of a turn around time to research, find and then plan any vacation & that moreover, I always have a 'bad habit' of turning vacations into adventures) -




ANYWHO -
Now, let me tell ya, it was funny getting my bank to reverse off the huge credit I had on my Disney credit card and apply it against my mortgage.




Meaning,
they told me there would be a '$XXX.xx' advance payment charge applied to my credit card if I did that.


HUH????





So I asked the bank rep if they could process me a refund check.
She said yes.

I then said
why not print one up now for me, I sign it and then give it right back to you to apply to my mortgage account.

She looked at me as if I had lost my mind.




It took a few days, but I got the refund check in the mail, took it promptly to the bank and now have 14 months of my home mortgage all paid off @ once- which is good.
Hopefully now that will speed up how much I have left to pay on my mortgage.



THE BANK'S REACTION TO ALL THIS? followed very quickly by.




So,
I decided to celebrate and have a meal that would bust all meals; courtesy of SUBWAY (my fav place to visit):

(a foot-long chicken sandwhich & 6 choc chip cookies) = YUM!!


and what meal just wouldn't be complete without -


** that's a BLUE BELL cookies & creame chocolate milkshake with 'Manheim Steamroller' powdered cinnammon hot chocolate sprinkled in for good measure. **



I thought of adding whip creame to it but hey......since this meal was "0" calories , why add extra calories to it??




ANYWHO -



Along the way of all this celebrating, I finally figured out what to do with my vacation time coming up in March.









UP NEXT




Still keeping in the spirit of wine tasting 101 & other pre-trip assorted silliness AND as a side note, meeting up with my Disneyland vacation planner for an upcoming December 2014 adventure into Anaheim California.
(okokokokok.....so I am getting a little ahead of myself)






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Old 12-22-2012, 01:01 AM   #17
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......Make not only Lemon-aid but also save one to grow a lemon tree and sell the lemons to the general public!!



Ok.....what I am trying to say is that the booking agent that I went through for this vacation, Collette Vacations.com "just decided" to no longer offer this vacation!!
(SHAME ON YOU COLLETTE VACATIONS.COM)!!


So......what to do - what to do.



After taking about 2 weeks to decide what to do, I have made up my mind and I am also in the process of doing something so totally "rated G' insane with the money I would have spent on this vacation.



Also,
keep in mind this blog will now be used for my upcoming 10-day "Rose Parade & Coastal California" vacation; booked through YMT Vacations.com. And the fun for this vacation begins in approx 360 more days.



BUT...........what will I be doing in March (The time I have alloted for this now Collette Vacations.com canceled vacation)??


And what did I do with the money I would have spent on that vacation??





DETAILS COMING UP -








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I totally missed this post!



But am all caught up now.


The bank was going to charge you an advanced payment fee??? Good to see that banks are the same all over the world.

Congrats on getting 14 months ahead on the home loan.

Now....where are you going on vacay again???
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:36 PM   #18
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I totally missed this post!



But am all caught up now.


The bank was going to charge you an advanced payment fee??? Good to see that banks are the same all over the world.

Congrats on getting 14 months ahead on the home loan.

Now....where are you going on vacay again???





Hi!!
I had fun the other day reading your TR ("Another Mad Dash") - loved it!!

I can tell that I need to 'save' it as a way to refer back to things as I get closer to my date of departure on this GUARANTEED vacation of mine.




Me??
The fun begins December 29th 2013 -
as I will be heading off into: Los Angeles, Pasadena, Solvang, San Luis Obispo, Monterey & San Francisco.


Say, would it also be ok for me to ask you a few ?'s should I have any as I get closer in to leaving??




Until then, I am off again doing some mad planning for England June 2014 (through CIE Tours).
(I was debating between 'Rick Steves.com' & 'CIE Tours' but I like CIE cuz I have been with them before & had no issues & they offer more places to see than Rick Steves.com)



That and finishing up planning a few things for March 2013 (that I will be doing locally) in keeping in the spirit of all things SO CAL.






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Old 12-25-2012, 04:38 PM   #19
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Smile SOMEONE RECEIVED A LETTER TODAy.......


(say hello to "Ladybug")




....from Santa Beagle -


explaining that she has been a good girl all year.


So, per the letter, 'Ladybug' (who is now 16 months old) was informed to go look under the Christmas tree and find items with her name on them.
and what did she 'find' under the tree??


Why she found a gift certificate for a mani/pedi folowed by a bath
AND -
not one but three cases of wet Pedigree food
AND -
four boxes of treats
AND -
three chew toys!!



Hmmmmmmm.......it must be the way she shows her emotions through her ears.




Dogs - gotta love 'em!!






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Merry Christmas! Looks like the Beagle's been a good doggie. What about you?

Thanks.

Feel free to ask. Happy to answer if I can but there are a few locals that do hang out and lurk here as well. Ask and you never know who will chime in with local info.

I'm still updating that TR with updates from my November trip. Still have 5 days around San Francisco/Cabrillo to update.
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Merry Christmas! Looks like the Beagle's been a good doggie. What about you?

Thanks.

Feel free to ask. Happy to answer if I can but there are a few locals that do hang out and lurk here as well. Ask and you never know who will chime in with local info.

I'm still updating that TR with updates from my November trip. Still have 5 days around San Francisco/Cabrillo to update.


I appreciate that as this will be my very first time into these cities.

As my things I will be doing in March to early April 2013 (locally) will center around food and wine & a few other surprises that will keep me in the mood for all things SO CAL.




That reminds me, I have got to tell you and others a San Fran comment that just had me laughing (from a Guest of ours @ work) - and it centers around of all things - PRAWNS.



Between that
& what's up with me and Christmas............
AND -

that I also have a birthday coming up
DECEMBER 30th.
**(now do you see why I am also planning a late Dec 2014 adventure into Disneyland Anaheim)?**


I am suucchh tthhee ppllaannneerr.





DETAILS COMING UP -







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Sounds like great plans. And Happy Birthday.
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Smile GET YER POPCORN READy.....


(pic from inside a popcorn machine while visiting the FT Worth Texas Science & History Museum - Oct 2012)




Cuz we have FINALLY turned that corner in all things SO CAL.



First up, I finally finished putting together a cd of travel music to keep anyone in the mood for this adventure.


1) Bird Song" by Manheim Steamroller
2) "Country Idyll" by Mason Williams & Manheim Steamroller
3) "Classical Gass" by Manheim Steamroller
(#1, #2 & #3 are great for Spa retreats)

4) "Enjoy It" by Maurice Chevalie
(just in case it rains)

5) "Soul Basso Nova" by Quincy Jones
6) "California Dreaming" by The Mammas & The Pappas
7) "California Girls" by David Lee Roth
(#5, #6 & #7 for when I tour LA)

8) Mahna Mahna" by the Muppets
9) "Theres No Buisness Like Show Business" by Mary Martin
10) "Overture to Mary Poppins" ; from the Disney cd, "Mary Poppins"
(#8, #9 & #10 for when I tour Hollywood)

11) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson
(what can I say?? I love 'ritas!!)

12) "Auld Lang Syne" by Manheim Steamroller
13) "I'm a Pepper" (the Dr. Pepper Theme song)
(#13 for the am on January 1st)

**** Hey.....I practically live off Dr Pepper while on vacation ****

14) "The Victors" by the University of Michigan Marching Band
(I can dream, can't I?)

15) "Another one Bites the Dust" by Queen
16) "Double Dutch Bus" by Ravone Samone
17) "Pacific Coast Drive" by Doc Powell
(#16 & #17 for 'Motorcoach time' in between cities)

18) "Mission Theme" (theme for NBC NEWS)
(for when I tour Hearst Castle)


......and who can't forget -
19) "I Left my Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
20) "The Boudin Bakery"
(#20 & #21 came from a Disney cd I have)

21) "Seasons of the Napa Valley"
22) "So Long" from the Disney's 'Haunted Mansion" cd
23) "Happy Trails" by Roy Rogers



ANYWHO -


and looks like I have a 3 hour spa retreat (at a place nearby called Massage Envy) coming up 3rd week in February followed by a early dinner at a pretty cool seafood restaurant called Pappadeux; courtesy of good ol' Saint Nick.
(details forthcoming I promise)



Speaking of seafood (prawns)-
Got a good story to tell about a Guest of ours (where I work at).



Back a few weeks ago when I was feeling down about my canceled SAN FRAN trip, he came up to me one day & said to me:

SIDE NOTE: NOW KEEP IN MIND THAT I LIVE APPROX 8 HOURS AWAY FROM GALVESTON, TX & ALSO HAVE FAMILY THERE



SO -
with allllllll due deference to "Pepe"



He (also from south Texas) said that a few years back, he went to San Francisco for the very first time and while visiting the Fisherman's Wharf area, he stopped off at a restaurant and had a wonderful seafood dinner that just really made his day.

Towards the end of his meal, he remarked to the Wait staff how wonderful that meal was.

Well, the Waiter approched him and replied with great pride:



WAIT FOR IT.......


WAIT FOR IT.............




NOW!!
"Why yes SIR! We just had these Prawns flown in yesterday from GALVESTON."




okokokokokokokok............I thought that was funny.
as it DID cheer me up.





With that, it
looks like I am off to Cracker Barrell this Saturday for a nice quiet birthday breakfast (that just can't be beat......pics forthcoming) followed by a movie.




I mean hey - it has been sooooooooooooooo long since I have out to Cracker Barrell. My mind is just saying:


Pancakes..................
Pancakes.......................








UP NEXT:



PIcs from Cracker Barrell &
just WHAT exactly am I doing April 12th-April 16th 2013 n relation to this December adventure??





Details coming up.






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Nice list of Californian theme songs!

I have Massage Envy too. I'm envious that you're getting one.

And I smell a fishy story coming up. You've left us hanging with a "gone fishing" sign on your thread.
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Nice list of Californian theme songs!

I have Massage Envy too. I'm envious that you're getting one.

And I smell a fishy story coming up. You've left us hanging with a "gone fishing" sign on your thread.


Well, I figure it this way - I always do my best to open and or close any adventure with a spa retreat.
(PSSTTT!!!! the hotel where I will be staying at for this upcoming Dec 2013 adventure DOES HAVE an onsite SPA)!!



Meaning, it's like a feeling when seeing the Master bedroom section of the Dream Suite over in Disneyland (California).

Ya know.....when the picture behind the headboard is activated and the opening music to the Disney's movie 'Jungle Book' is softly playing in the background........it's just a really nice way to end such a nice vacation:

Or as Disney Castmembers say -
'A goodnight kiss.'



Also,
I have now the burned cd of music (from my Ipod collection of 2,464 songs) in my car as I listen to it whenever I am driving to and from work.
It just puts me right in that "vacation sort of mind" & whatever was on my mind earlier.......just goes away.



NOW ABOUT THAT PESKY TOPIC CALLED "WINES."
From my very first experience in "wines 101" earlier this year, I discovered that I like sweet or semi-sweet wines; be it red or white.

BUT -


In preperation for Pappadeaux's Restaurant in or around Febr 6th area, I am discovering
that there are "sub-sections" of wines!!


Meaning - there are riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, blush (on the white side)..........

THEN
ya have Pinot Noir, Merlot, cabernet Sauvignon,etc of the Red side!!


RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!



ME?
I have tried chardonnay white wines before BUT.........
(it was ok.....didn't really grab my attention but was ok)



I am wondering what semi-sweet or sweet wines (RED?) would you suggest for a seafood meal while out in the SO CAL area (ultimately why I am trying to research this). The reason why I am asking this rather Goofy ? is that I have a desire to taste different wines that are local to the area; after all - California is the #1 ranked state in producing wines & I would like to be enjoying local assorted wines with local food.


I mean Gheesh la Weesh, I remember as a kid that whenever our whole family would go out to eat at a local restaurant......
say at a Mexican restaurant........


me?
I would order a CHEESEBURGER while there.



And I rreealllyyy wwaaaannnaaaa BREAK that trend.




Now
while looking at the Pappadeux's menu,
I have looked at (a white chardonnay) 'Cakebread', Napa Valley & (a white wine Riesling) J. Lohr "Bay Mist" ; Monterrey California & they seem to initially grab my attention.
BUT.......


Any others??





okeydokey -


I am off now to the wacky world of Cracker Barrel this weekend & plan on buying some chocolate malt balls afterwards from their gift shop........


boogying on home, (I decided NOT to go out to a movie), whipping up some fantastic instant hot chocolate with marshmellows drink
('cuz it's still COLD OUTSIDE)

AND........


watching, "Scenic Napa Valley Sights & Sounds" dvd.
(by Ambiance Videoscapes)





Will let ya know my "review."








P.S. and speaking of 'fish stories,' there's nothing like just a kicking back on the edge of Galway Bay (Ireland) & watching the fish swim late in the afternoon while
listening to Celtic Woman's song, "Galway Bay" on your Ipod.





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As far as wines go, I'm usually a one-glass screamer. One glass is as much of alcohol my body can consume before I pass out.

My general rule of thumb is white wine with seafood. You're looking for a sweet/semi-sweet red to go with the seafood? Maybe a zinfandel or a rose or even a lambrusco?


Hmmmm...I wonder if some of the other Californians might recommend a particular vineyard.



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As far as wines go, I'm usually a one-glass screamer. One glass is as much of alcohol my body can consume before I pass out.

My general rule of thumb is white wine with seafood. You're looking for a sweet/semi-sweet red to go with the seafood? Maybe a zinfandel or a rose or even a lambrusco?


Hmmmm...I wonder if some of the other Californians might recommend a particular vineyard.



Happy New Year to you.



A HHUUGGEE thank you for some input as I have been busy on this issue myself these past few days.

PPStttt!! I had fun the other day learning about you. It seems that on a local tv station that had a segment from one of your local speed boat operators (who were filming right in front of the Opera House) and one of the locals was trying to teach the tv Host how to say where there were from and how to say it if you are a local; which is

"stralia!" but......he kept on saying, "Australia."


Too funny.




ANYWHO -
about December 30th......




(pic from the local Cracker Barrell restaurant; Dallas Texas)




Dec 29th (the day I chose to celebrate my B.D.) -


It has been a while since I visited a Cracker Barrell but for some dang reason, I was just cravin' some much needed pancakes so off I went to find some....and I wound up here:





The interior of their gift shop had changed a little since the last time I was in but still, I felt right at home -




While I was waiting for my B.D. meal, I decided to play this game (which by the way, I bought one from their gift shop to play now at home) -




a pic from the interior of the restaurant side:



and -

Love their fireplace!!




Now DID I order some pancakes?? Well.....at the last second, this caught my eye:





....and I tell ya what, those french toast just hit the spot JUST right!!



It was really fun to relax and unwind over a really nice meal w/no Dogs around, etc.
Just you, you and well...... you.




After a bit, I peered over my now empty plate of what was once some might nice French Toast and spied this menu:




I never had a Baked Apple Dumplin before so I thought I would give it a whirl -




Ok......THAT REALLY MADE MY MEAL COMPLETE!!




Soon, it was time to head on back to the ol' homestead (and to grab Ladybug) for a few laps around Duckcreek park.

After a few hours of this, both of us were cold, wet, tired and well.....were in need of a small pick me up.


So, back to the home we both a went, she nibblin' off a few treats by her side
and me kicking back with some much needed hot chocolate and a few malt balls while we both took in watching a pretty good dvd called:

"Scenic Napa Valley Sights & Sounds" by Ambiance Videoscapes.
(learned a lot by watching it; wud highly recommend it)





AND SPEAKIN OF WINES -
Yes, I have been learning a lot about them these past few days. That's coming up in my next posting.





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A HHUUGGEE thank you for some input as I have been busy on this issue myself these past few days.

PPStttt!! I had fun the other day learning about you. It seems that on a local tv station that had a segment from one of your local speed boat operators (who were filming right in front of the Opera House) and one of the locals was trying to teach the tv Host how to say where there were from and how to say it if you are a local; which is

"stralia!" but......he kept on saying, "Australia."

Too funny.


And here I was thinking it was the Land of Oz!

That segment would have been shot in Sydney. I live in Melbourne. That would be equivalent to the distance from LA to San Francisco.
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And here I was thinking it was the Land of Oz!

That segment would have been shot in Sydney. I live in Melbourne. That would be equivalent to the distance from LA to San Francisco.

OOPSIE!!
Oh well.....just goes to show ya about us Men & directions!!




NOW, about that pesky 'wine 101' topic.........

I have this theory and it's just that - a theory about wines.
And it has to do with one's choice of beverage at breakfast time &
what is one's favorite soda to drink.




So depending of what one's answer is to either one of those two ?s will then set what kind of wine you like to drink.



For example, if one like to drink O.J. during breakfast time, then one is more apt to drink say either a red Full-bodied wine or possibly even a blush white wine.

Moreover, if one prefers a light colored soda (Sprite for example) over a dark (Coke or Dr Pepper), then IMO one wud prefer or lean towards a red colored wine.



BUT WAIT!!!!



What happens if you drink tea???????


Well, IMO, one would have a prefential towards a light to medium red or white wine.




AGAIN......this is just a theory.




ANYWHO -
I have been asking a lot of questions about wines these past few days &
from what I can see, I also can tell IMO that the enviornment also sets the mood for what kind of wine a person would want as well.


1) For example, IMO I would highly reccommend a Bunratty honeyMeade wine while over in Ireland.
(you can taste the honey from the Meade & it has a slight after-kick)


2) and then a Mead (no 'e' at the end of Mead) while visiting the Scarborough Faire Festival
(makes ya feel like the 'bar scene' from the original "The Hobbit" movie!!)




So, when I am over in SO CAL in these next few months, based upon my initial liking of semi to sweet wines (like the Texas Rose wine @ the Delaney Vineyards; Grapevine Texas) - I feel that my likes are more learning towards the Light to Medium side of red wines (a Merlot) followed closely behind by the Pinot Noirs.

and yes, I can handle the Chardonnay side of the whites ......



but I can tell that since I like Dr Pepper ALOT.........
(a dark colored soda)


Guiness on the beer side......................
(a dark colored beer)


This is why I lean towards the Red side of wines.




AGAIN......just a theory.






Now onto the rhealm of Napa Valley:

Looks like (unless they change it) YMT vacations will be visiting the Sebastiani Winery & Sutter Home Winery; which is good so my last day on this vacation is now settled.
and yes -
that was a pretty fun dvd about Napa Valley I watched the other night. Very informative and learned a lot about the area.




So now I am off the visit Massage Envy in about 28 more days followed by a wonderful meal at Pappadeux - looking forward to both as some much need R&R is needed for yours truely.






UP NEXT:



Getting envious at Massage Envy & just EXACTLY what wine did I order while visiting Pappadeux restaurant??






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