Monday, March 27, 2017

Trump's Rules

Trump's rules on which he was raised:

Never use your own money. Steal a good idea and say it's your own. Do anything to get publicity. Remember that everybody can be bought.

Everybody but the House Freedom Caucus.

Trip to Walt Disney World/Sea World  March 17 - 24, 2017

What is there to do at WDW/Sea World if you do not ride the rides?  It turns out there a lot of fun things to do.  And some disappointments.
I used a large chunk of my frequent flyer miles for a bulkhead seat in First Class.  I reserved a room on the top floor with a balcony at the Comfort Inn Buena Vista.  It is a great location for city bus transportation to Disney Springs, Comfort Inn Shuttle to WDW and Sea World, and nearby markets and restaurants.
I took a Blue Star Shuttle ($37 RT) to Portland (PDX), checked free two bags, cleared TSA precheck, and saw a couple short films at Hollywood Theater.  I relaxed in Alaska Lounge.  The flight left from PDX at 6:40am, arriving Orlando (MCO) at 3:07pm.  I collected my luggage and took a Mears Shuttle to the Comfort Inn.  I had dinner of Fish & Chips at nearby Hooters. 
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Saturday,  March 18.  I traveled on Bus #50 to Disney Springs.  Interesting place.  I had a Turkey Havarti Sandwich and Shortbread Cookies for lunch at Starbucks at 1:40pm.  I hosted a Geocaching Event at 6:30.  I gave each cacher a Goodie bag when they signed the log.  I gave three prizes for the cachers who had the most Earthcaches, the most Virtuals and the most Benchmarks.  One of my best Events.  Highlights: photo of young boy at Sit-by-Me statue of Patrick Kavanagh (1904–1967), an Irish poet and novelist; lunch at Starbucks patio overlooking the tethered hot air balloon and the lake; and riding the ferry boat on the lake.  I caught the #50 bus back.  I walked to Domino's Pizza from the Comfort Inn and got a pizza for dinner.
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Sunday, March 19.  I traveled on Shuttle to Epcot Transportation Center.  I got a greatly reduced WDW four day ticket with Park Hopper.   Epcot is my all time favorite place but not on a Sunday and not during Spring Break!  I had the Cheese Plate at U.K. Rose and Crown.  R&C updated the plate which was disappointing.  I met Stephen Twining - the 10th generation of the Twinings tea dynasty.   I took a guided tour of the English Tea Garden.  I saw the films at several Pavilions.  I was deeply disappointed that Norway had changed its ride.  I had a Yogurt Parfait at Norway Kringla Bake.  Highlights: flowers in profusion (Flower and Garden Festival), Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Butterfly Haven, Canadian pavilion "O Canada!" film; China Acrobats, and the two boat rides - Living with the Land and the Mexico Pavilion.  I caught the 8:00 shuttle back to the Comfort Inn.   I had leftover Dominos Pizza for dinner.
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Monday, March 20.  I traveled on Shuttle to Epcot Transportation Center.   I ended up visiting the incredible Wilderness Lodge near Magic Kingdom where I took several photos of the massive 82 foot tall, three sided stone Geological Fireplace.  The lodge was inspired by Early American National Parks Service lodges.  I traveled by Shuttle to Animal Kingdom.  Paloma at Disney Services helped me set up the Disney App and taught me how to set up the Fast Pass.  I had a Fruit Cup, Blueberry Scone and Earl Grey Tea at Starbucks for lunch.  Highlights: Kilimanjaro Safari and live shows - Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo - The Musical.  I was disappointed that I missed Flights of Wonder in Asia.  I had dinner at Flame Tree Barbecue of Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich with Cole Slaw and French Fries.  I traveled back to Epcot where I caught the 8:00 shuttle back to the Comfort Inn.
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Tuesday, March 21.  I traveled on Shuttle to Epcot Transportation Center.   I rode the Monorail to Disney Transportation Center.  I rode the Ferry Boat to the Magic Kingdom.  I got a Mickey Mouse vanilla ice cream cone at the Ice Cream Parlor.  I really like the Fast Pass.  Highlights: Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bear Jamboree and the Haunted Mansion.  I did not have a good tour guide on the Jungle Cruise.  I loved the Golden Horseshoe show but it is unfortunately gone.  I had lunch of Lobster Roll at Columbia Harbour House.  I found a great location in Frontierland  to watch the beginning of the 3:00 Disney Parade.  I had Blueberry Cobbler at Columbia Harbour House at 4:15.  I traveled back to Epcot where I caught the 8:00 shuttle back to the Comfort Inn.
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Wednesday, March 22.  I traveled on Shuttle to Sea World.  I saw all of the shows.  I saw the Killer Whale/Orca show twice.  This is the last year of the killer whale show.  I had a delicious slice of Carrot Cake at Voyagers Smokehouse for lunch.  Highlights: Shark Encounter (the escalator was not moving so I had lots of time to watch the sharks), Killer Whale/Orca shows and the Caribbean Flamingos.  I got a Smoked Turkey Sandwich and a Cheesecake at Cypress Bakery to take back to the Comfort Inn for dinner.  I got back late as the shuttle did not pick me up on time (7:15 instead of 6:45).  I got back in plenty of time to watch "Survivor".
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Thursday, March 23.  I traveled on Shuttle to Epcot Transportation Center.   I rode the monorails to the Magic Kingdom.  I rode the kids rides - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, it's a small world, Peter Pan's Flight and saw Under the Sea.  I had lunch at Columbia Harbour House of Shrimp Platter with Fries and Cole Slaw.  I went back to the great location in Frontierland to watch the beginning of the 3:00 Disney Parade.  It started sprinkling when I got to Tomorrowland.   I rode the PeopleMover (saw inside Space Mountain!) and rode the Carousel of Progress.  Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and the Hall of Presidents were closed.  I got a Mickey Mouse vanilla ice cream cone at the Ice Cream Parlor.  The entire Disney monorail system was shut down so I caught a bus to Epcot and then caught the 6:00 shuttle back to the Comfort Inn.  I am absolutely exhausted.
I did not write about everything that I saw and did - just the highlights.  I do regret that I did not spend more time exploring Disney's Wilderness Lodge and grounds.  And take time to have Afternoon Tea at Disney's Grand Floridian Garden View Tea Room.
I rose at 6:00am for 6:30 breakfast on Friday, March 24.  I walked several blocks about 9:00 to find a Mystery Cache - Crossroads.  I packed my suitcases.  The Mears shuttle picked me up at 12:30.  I got to the airport early.  No First Class Lounge.  The flight left at 4:07.  Plenty of leg room again in a First Class Bulkhead Seat.  There was only about 15 minutes that the seat belt light was turned off.  Very rough flight.  I arrived Portland Airport about 7:30, picked up my luggage and walked across to Blue Star shuttle pickup.  Cold and rainy.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

What did the President know, and when did he know it??

Saturday morning Trump tweeted that Obama had his 'wires tapped'.  Obama, of course, did not tap Donald's phones but someone else may have.  The FBI?  The CIA?  M16?
What did Obama know and when did he know it??
Just how many top administration officials had just how many undisclosed meetings with Russian officials?  The list grows daily.
What does Trump know, and when did he know it?

All the President's Men

President Donald Trump defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions as an "honest man" who misspoke about his contacts with Russian officials during confirmation hearings, in a statement released late Thursday night by the White House.
What was the "honest man" covering up?  Did no one learn the lessons of Watergate?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

All the President's Men

Watch the DVD "All the President's Men" with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.  Also read the book "All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.   It wasn't the crimes that brought down Richard Nixon - it was the cover-up.

deja vu

Richard Nixon used warm words of praise for Haldeman and Ehrlichman in announcing their departures.

The President spoke of Haldeman and Ehrlichman as "two of my closest friends and most trusted assistants in the White House."

Donald Trump called Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a "wonderful man" after Trump announced his departure.  "I think it's really sad thing that he was treated so badly." 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cache Dash Splash II, Long Beach, WA

September 16th - I shopped at Safeway at 7:30am for some bottles of Sparkling Ice, NBC Cracker Wheat Thins, and Tillamook String Cheese for my son, Christopher, to take on the trip.  Christopher and I left about 8:00am for the Long Beach Peninsula.  I cut across St. Johns and the St. Johns Bridge to Hwy 30.  Mist shrouded the hills.  I stopped in Clatskanie to find a large geocache.  I drove across the four-mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge from Astoria, Oregon to Point Elice near Megler, Washington. 

We found the WSHS 125 Cache at Chinook School.  We found a library cache in Ilwaco and then checked in at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach.  I was able to get a suite on the 3rd floor.  Clean and reasonably priced (used the password).  Christopher had a bedroom and bathroom.  I had a bathroom, kitchen, dining area, living room and bedroom combination with a view of the Pacific Ocean.  We had lunch at the nearby Lightship Restaurant.   We solved the multi and mystery caches in preparation for the next day and found a few more caches.  We attended the Pirate's Pizza Event in the evening.  It was a warm September day but by evening I knew the weather was changing - and not for the better.  I saw the Harvest Moon from the room balcony.
September 17th - It was a very blustery morning.  We stopped at McDonalds in Long Beach for breakfast.   We found 33 of the 40 CDS caches.  tumbleweed2 cached half the day with Corvette Kent, Cache Finder 6000 and Sheppard4, then hopped in the back seat of my car for the afternoon/evening caching with Christopher and I.  I stopped at the Chinook Country Store at 6:15pm for sandwiches which we ate at a picnic table at Fort Columbia State Park.  We got back to the Event at the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach very late but just in time to get a couple pieces of the delicious chocolate cake. 
September 18th - I ate the other half of my sandwich for breakfast.  I stopped at McDonalds for Christopher's breakfast at 8:00am.  We found the seven remaining geocaches for the CDS Event.  We headed east on Hwy 4.  We stopped in Grays River at Duffy's Irish Pub for lunch.  Fascinating place.  I had a great time this weekend however Christopher did not enjoy the trip.  I like traveling alone as I only got to please myself. 

"But it's all right now, i learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself"  - Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party"