Archive | July, 2009

Indiana for the annual family visit

31 Jul






We’re at the Hampton Inn, my favorite mid-level hotel. There wasn’t a refrigerator in the room so Frank asked if we could move and they ended up putting us in a suite, complete with stove, living room and separate bedroom! I like this place.

The flights were fine, we got here on time, no issue on that front. Then we headed over to my father’s house. I’ve put up a couple pictures of the place. It’s always been beautiful, with lovely landscaping.

Today we’re off to an arts and crafts fair at Amish Acres in Nappanee. I’ll post about that tomorrow. More pictures here.

Breakfast at Mr. Chill's Cafe

25 Jul




Gerry’s out at the house with us for the weekend. We had to take the car to Clinton where the dealership is for service. We were going to eat at a popular restaurant there but couldn’t find a parking spot so we drove on to Mr. Chill’s Cafe, where we’ve eaten a few times.

The last time we were there it was run by a young Asian couple. This time it was an old Asian couple. Turns out the young man is their son and he’s off at the Culinary Institute in Poughkeepsie.

Breakfast was fine, though the sausages were those frozen things and I wish I’d had the bacon or corn beef hash instead. They’ve redecorated since we were there. It’s a very small place, but comfortable and familiar.

Breakfast at Mr. Chill’s Cafe

25 Jul




Gerry’s out at the house with us for the weekend. We had to take the car to Clinton where the dealership is for service. We were going to eat at a popular restaurant there but couldn’t find a parking spot so we drove on to Mr. Chill’s Cafe, where we’ve eaten a few times.

The last time we were there it was run by a young Asian couple. This time it was an old Asian couple. Turns out the young man is their son and he’s off at the Culinary Institute in Poughkeepsie.

Breakfast was fine, though the sausages were those frozen things and I wish I’d had the bacon or corn beef hash instead. They’ve redecorated since we were there. It’s a very small place, but comfortable and familiar.

Going to the March on Washington

21 Jul

It’s official, Frank booked a hotel in DC and we’re going to the March on Washington. This should be an experience. I was there with Gerry in 2000 for the march. It’s quite something to see a few hundred thousand LGBT people all gathered in one place.

This makes up, too, for not going to the NLGJA convention in Montreal in September. I really wanted to go, but we have other travel and I just decided it was a $$ tradeoff. California in October is a must, so that’s my travel budget for the year.

Segs in the City – thumbs down

19 Jul

It’s Sunday morning and we’re still in Manhattan. We never went to Gettysburg. A guy from Segs in the City (the tour company) called Frank on Thursday evening and said the 2:30 pm tour Saturday was cancelled, would we be able to do 10:00 am Sunday. Frank called him back, left a message, and never heard from the guy again.

So this is my review: use another company. We planned this weekend a long time ago. We had a hotel booked for Saturday night. I was really looking forward to this, and then they cancel and neglect to call back. Unfortunately it was a Christmas gift from Kathi, otherwise we’d demand the money back. We’re going to reschedule, but I don’t trust them now. So . . . if you’re going to Gettysburg and you have an inkling for a Segway tour, use someone else. There are a few companies doing this, find one that’s reliable.

Addendum: To their credit, the tour guide who had to cancel for a family matter wrote and apologized. It still threw the weekend completely off, but I appreciate their contacting me with an explanation and offer of a refund. We’ll just reschedule in the fall.

Next adventure – Segway tour of Gettysburg

15 Jul


We’re headed to Gettysburg this Saturday for a Segway tour – a Christmas gift from friend Kathi. I’m really looking forward to this. I’ve been interested in Gettysburg ever since I read Michael Shaara’s ‘The Killer Angels,’ about that fateful battle.

Never rode a Segway before so that should be fun. Look for pix and write up after the trip.

Last stop Ocean City, Maryland

7 Jul




We finally got the crabs Frank wanted. After seeing Public Enemies (not a great film by any means, but good enough) we headed over to Old Mill Crab House for all-you-can-eat crabs. I didn’t get any – I’m not a crab guy (bludgeoning my food is something I’d rather leave to a cook) – but the Captain’s Platter was fine. Fried everything.

Afterward we made a trip to the Ocean City Boardwalk, a regular stop on these trips. There never seems to be enough time. We didn’t play miniature golf (something you see a lot of in that area). Other places we wanted to go we just couldn’t get to. And no real down time – no afternoon nap, no early evening in. One of these days we’ll spend a week there and cover all the bases.

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