Oh. That’s right OR doesn’t let you pump your own gas. I’ve never understood this. 

This gentleman pumped it for us. I just hope that if the scripture written on his back is accurate that God waits for me to leave the gas station before becoming an all consuming fire. Cuz gasoline & open flames & stuff.

Oh. That’s right OR doesn’t let you pump your own gas. I’ve never understood this.

This gentleman pumped it for us. I just hope that if the scripture written on his back is accurate that God waits for me to leave the gas station before becoming an all consuming fire. Cuz gasoline & open flames & stuff.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, it really bugs me that more health clubs don’t offer free wifi. The same holds true for hotels. Stop charging me a fee to use your wifi and just build the cost into the room rate.

It’s 2014 and I can get f* cking free wifi if I stop in at Starbucks so it just makes hotels seem ridiculously cheap when they charge for the service. Don’t get me wrong. The hotels offering “free wifi” are simply indirectly charging you for it - but it’s more palatable to see signs that say “free wifi” than it is to read a notice announcing I’m gonna be charged ten bucks a day to use the internet.

Money saving tip: For reasons, I’m not fond of using sites like TripAdvisor or Hotels.com to actually make my reservations. However, before walking into a hotel and asking if they have a vacancy I will check out the rate being offered on those sites via my cell phone’s web browser. For our hotel in OR, I did that. The desk clerk told me the rate would be $125 and when I said, “Oh, hotels.com quoted $85,” she checked the site and agreed to match it. Always do this before cold calling on a hotel. You’d be surprised how often you’ll save money.

For the second time in a month my travels have taken me to a Planet Fitness location. I must say I like them. Both the one in Florida and this one in Salem, OR were clean, the equipment was in good shape, and neither was afraid nor too cheap to run their A/C at a comfortable temperature. Nothing irks me more than a gym that’s needlessly warm. In fact, if the staff can wear short sleeves and/or shorts and not be a bit cold then the gym temperature is too warm for the folks working out.

And it is true that the customer profile of a Planet Fitness seems to be more middle-aged peeps like me than 23-year-old body builders. This does lower the tension or sense of anxiety us average folks have.

The best part, though, is LifeFitness equipment was found at both locations and I am, without shame, a LifeFitness slut. Even better, the OR location had free wifi. I’ll never understand why so many health clubs still don’t offer this feature. It’s 2014. I’m pretty sure the internet is here to stay. I’d much rather be online than the guy stuck using the equipment in front of the 60” TV blasting Snake News or whatever that animal “news” network is. (For the record, I don’t watch any cable news -I get my fill of made up sh*t when I read to the kids at bedtime- so I can never remember the names of the “news” networks.)

The only bummer part was neither location had pizza while I was there. Of course, 4:30am is a bit early for pizza. Maybe breakfast pizzas could be a thing!

Also bring your taste for purple. It’s everywhere. Even the pen I used to sign in was filled with purple ink.

We opted to drive home from Vancouver, BC. After spending a ridiculous amount of time in congested traffic in several locations (the border crossing was 50 minutes - not 30 minutes like the wait time signs said), touring through a now defunct toilet paper manufacturing plant where I once worked, and making a pit stop at one of DynaPapa’s Seattle-ish area clients whom we’ll call MacroHard we finally made it to Salem, OR. We’ll continue the rest of our journey home in the morning.

I must say, though, that WA & OR are quite lovely and civilized places. There’s at least one Dairy Queen in nearly every major city on I-5 in WA and OR. Perfection.

I felt sorry for the other cruise passengers because they didn’t have our wonderful dining crew. Lito and Jack were awesome. They made each dining experience something to be remembered and were extremely patient with and kind to the twins. 

These guys work hard & are away from their families for months at a time. To remain so positive and treat their guests so well while surely being homesick is truly amazing. 

I salute them for their hard work and a job well done.

I felt sorry for the other cruise passengers because they didn’t have our wonderful dining crew. Lito and Jack were awesome. They made each dining experience something to be remembered and were extremely patient with and kind to the twins.

These guys work hard & are away from their families for months at a time. To remain so positive and treat their guests so well while surely being homesick is truly amazing.

I salute them for their hard work and a job well done.

1. Climate change is clearly affecting Alaska and its glaciers. (More on that in another post.) But, if I hear another f*cking idiot (usually of a particular political persuasion) on this cruise ship mistake weather for climate I’m going to scream.

2. Maybe it’s the 12-year-old tween that forever lives in my brain but whenever I see the “privacy please” sign on someone’s state room door, I think, “They must be having sex.”

3. The day before we arrived in Skagway the local railway tour operator experienced a derailment. A few hours before we arrived in Juneau there was an earthquake which knocked out internet service to most of the city. Hopefully we don’t create a disaster for Ketchikan while we’re here today.

I overheard a guy complaining to his friend that he’d been to one of the adult clubs on the ship several times but never seen any single “chicks” there.

I wanted to say, “Ummm, it’s a Disney cruise, Dude. I think you were looking for the Carnival cruise ship when you accidentally boarded this one.”

Seriously, who takes a Disney cruise hoping for a hook-up?

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