Travel

Musings on our past and future wanderings.

Deaf no more

Deaf no more
cell block tangoI am again among the hearing! 🙂 I coughed a bit last night, but when I woke up, the fluid was gone from my ears. I can hear! Huzzah!

The Rock
Last Monday, we went to visit Alcatraz. Which is now Alcatraz Island State Park. Doesn’t sound so scary anymore. Took the Blue Line Ferry across the Bay for a 20 minute journey to the island. After being briefed by Ranger Joe (not real name) we climbed up to the cellhouse (equivalent of 13 flights of stairs) and received our headset for the self-guiding audio tour. This is a type of tour I first experienced when I visited Graceland in 1995. You are given a headseat and a digital player and you follow the directions on the recording. “Turn right down the first corridor and proceed to cell 102, where you will see Kim in a traditional tourist photograph.” On one hand, it’s a great way to take a tour because you can hear ACTUAL audio clips of ACTUAL hardened criminals talking about their stays in prison. On the other hand, groups of people wander wordlessly from room to room, isolated from each other. But seeing that isolation was a big part of the Alcatraz experience, maybe the tour was done that way on purpose!

Did you know that the wardens’ wives and children also lived on Alcatraz back when it was a prison?

My diet offcially restarts tomorrow. I’ll go back to yoga on Wednesday and restart the gym on Thursday (hopefully I’ll be feeling better by then). To shake things up a bit (and to avoid post-vacation depression) I’m not restarting daily weigh-ins until Monday the 15th.

And so goes another lazy Labor Day. The only ‘must-do’ for me is food shopping. Me cupboard is bare.

September 1, 2003 – afternoon

feels like: 9:01 pm
quackers

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
The one thing that irks me about the Disney resorts (both in Cali and Florida) is that they need to be more wired. Once you step foot on Diz property, web access is nearly impossible for the mere mortal non-business traveler to obtain. I wanted to blog a few times through vacation, but nope. Oh well.

Vacation was fantastic and wonderful and all that jazz. I had a blessedly wonderful time, save the fact I was sick the entire time. Yup. My suspicions were correct. I was coughing from night one, and neither Robitussen DM nor Dayquil could help. Was feeling better yesterday, but now I have an ear infection that I did NOT have before today. How do I know? Well, dear reader, on the way down from the plane, my ears filled up with fluid. They’re still full to the point that I can hear the fluid swish when I tilt my head around. Nice, hm? As a result, I can’t hear very well. Good thing I have off tomorrow, hm? 🙂

No doubt, I’ll write more about vacation as the week goes on.

While I was gone, Max turned into quite a proper little pup. He is all healed from his surgery, and the lack of … um… a sack … has done him wonders. No more humping. No more snapping. No more baring his teeth at me. David’s turned him into a little cuddle pup. He climbs on your lap and snuggles. He also plays with you, and by himself. He tosses his toys up in the air and thrashes them all around. He still has a housebreaking issue…but we can fix that. I was more concerned with his temprament issues, which have dissipated. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve had a young dog; a dog that tumbles over himself with excitement when you walk into the room. A dog that teethes on your knuckles.

Max is nothing like Mickey was. I’m very glad for that.

My kitties are still in exile, poor loves. Though Charlie will venture out to the breakfast bar to sit by me when I’m here on the PC. That’s where he is now. Misty’s in the bedroom, and Max is dozing by the sliding glass door.

Played with Dierdre the Pain a bit. She’s level 88 now.

I’m going to catch up on some surfing, log into Asheron’s Call for a chat, and then Nyquil myself and call it an evening.

Glad to be home!

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