Friday, May 10, 2013

Travels to a Far and a Not-So-Far Country -OR- Heading Out for a Camping Weekend

Rock formations in the turquoise waters of Miniloc Island, Palawan in the Philippines, April 2013.

This picture and the next two were taken by bartender A. at No. 9 on his recent three-country visit to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand. I've previously posted a picture here* that A. took in Istanbul. Unlike me, A. is quite the world traveller. As for me, I'm worried about a 48 hour camping trip to western Maryland (see below).

*I'm about 10 pounds lower at about 155 pounds than I was when I wrote that entry and nearing my ideal weight although not my ideal body morphology just yet.


Boats in the harbor of El Nido, Palawan, the Philippines, April 2013.


I started this entry last night but was not able to finish it as it was already 130AM when I logged off. I am finishing it quickly early Friday afternoon before I head out on my planned weekend camping trip to western Maryland. I took the day off from work. Actually, I was supposed to work from home for 4 or 5 hours but that didn't happen, so I have to take it off -- and at this point I have virtually no time accrued because I keep using it in dribs and drabs.


From last night ...

Quill is still in the hospital but she should be released later today (Friday).

I went to the gym (treadmill but only about 4 miles tonight, weights, and 20 minutes of swimming) and then to Larry's Lounge, where I met Gary and Kristof and I had two beers. My stomach is hurting a bit, and I'm exhausted tired. I've been kinda backed up all week, so to speak.

Stunning tropical sunset at Pangalusian Island, Palawan, the Philippines, April 2013.


Closer to Home Travels ...

I'm supposed to go on a camping trip this weekend to Allegany (not Allegheny) County, Md., specifically, the Little Orleans Campground at the edge of Green Ridge State Forest along the Potomac River on the Maryland side. I'm going with Andrea and some friends.

Of note, I'm 43 years old and I've NEVER been camping before.

Actually, I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon. I'm not even going into the office. The good news is Andrea came by and picked up most of my stuff, so tomorrow it should be easy getting to the Metro where I am meeting her.

I'm feeling a bit apprehensive about it for a variety of reasons including the fact that we are piling into a 1984 station wagon that has about 400 million miles (to Mars and back and then some) on it and that looks like something out of one of those National Lampoon movies.  

Or maybe it's more like Mitt Romney's June 1983 family car trip from suburban Boston to the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario with Seamus the Irish Setter dog strapped to the rooftop the whole 600+ mile way. 


Speaking of trips, my mom and Ray took a short one to Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay. They are presently staying there for one night. 

Here are some pictures my mom sent me ...

My mom on the balcony of their room at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, Md., May 9, 2013.


My step dad Ray on the balcony of their room at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, Md., May 9, 2013. It is the occasion of his 66th birthday.


The view to the north from the balcony of their room at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, Md., May 9, 2013. Yes that is the Chesapeake Bay.

I'm far more partial to the Atlantic Ocean, esp. along the Jersey shore.


The view to the south from the balcony of their room at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, Md., May 9, 2013.


As for Green Ridge State Forest, where I am going this weekend, here is a picture of it ...

I can see I'm going to need all kinds of allergy medication: Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, you name it.


One last item this Friday early afternoon: I just did my budget for the current pay period, and in looking at my student loan debt, I (again) realized that in America, only the top 1% 0.1% are actually supposed to amass any wealth. It's our new corporate oligarchical overclass Disney Land and Walmart police state with "Free Trade" supply chains to Chinese spy centers and collapsing garment factories that kill, oh, maybe 1,000 people in Bangladesh. Where's my Ayn Rand primer?? But at least everyone can own unlimited firearms and convince themselves that they can defeat Jane Fonda's UN army or cardboard cutouts of Nancy Pelosi.

OK, that's all for now. Barring any weather or other disruptions, I will be away until Sunday evening.

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