Category: travel

New Orleans 2021

Day 1 – Gettin in


I had the time and inclination to go out a couple of days before everyone else. I had several reasons for doing this, but most of them are personal and I’m not going to share them here. I flew out on Tuesday the 19th of October, 2021.

I arrived at the airport around 12:30p, parked my car, rode the shuttle, checked in, had another smoke, and then headed for security. Security was fast and easy. Grabbed a few snacks and headed to my gate. The flight boarded around 1:45p, I managed to get a row to myself, which was very nice. Watched ‘A Quiet Place’, looked out the window, and slept a little.

On arrival, I found a cab and headed straight for my hotel. My room was small, basically a bed, and a shower. There was a ‘desk’ mounted to the wall (about 12″ deep) that I set up my laptops on, and a fridge for my future sodas, so I was content. 

I left the hotel pretty quick and went across the street to a gas station. It was enough of a walk and already dark, so I was able to hit my pen a few times to get the proper headspace. I walked into the gas station and was immediately yelled at over not wearing a mask, which I realized was back at the hotel. So I walked back to the hotel, and then back to the gas station, got my necessary supplies, and once again back to the hotel.

Leaky and I wanted to get in a couple of games of LegionTD but the login servers were having issues, so we played some Underlords instead.  


Alaska 2021

Day 1

The flight out of SLC was scheduled for 9:10p (landing at 11:56p). After a bit of discussion about the new airport being ‘huge’ and my lack of experience with the new airport, I agreed to pick up godoloju and mandeez at 6:00p. Since I wanted a few minutes to adjust my headspace as close to the plane as possible, we decided I would drive to the airport, and they would ride in with me. Parked in economy parking and rode the shuttle in. We were done with all of that and in the airport by 6:30p. After security, we had a 1h30m wait, and I was reminded that the ‘two hours before’ is for the worst case scenario, and it never takes anywhere near as long as that.

The flight there was fairly empty, and I ended up with a row to myself, and there were a few empty rows on the plane. I haven’t had a chance to try out the wifi on planes, so I decided I would this flight. They wanted $10/hr for “streaming quality” internet. It was not. I watched some streamers on twitch most of the flight and had to adjust the quality down to 320×240 and 30fps to get it not to stutter. The flight was uneventful.

We landed, grabbed the rental, and left the airport all within 30m. It was after midnight, and Anchorage (at least the part we were in) was dead. We were lucky to find a gas station still open. We grabbed some supplies, had a smoke, and godoloju showed his charitable side by filling up a gas tank for a guy that was looking for a little help.


Costa Rica – The Pre-Trip

Costa RicaA group of us are all headed to Costa Rica the first part of 2021.  Like Feb/March.  We’re still picking out specific dates.

Its less that we’re traveling together.  More that we’re all traveling to the same place during the same 1-2 week window.

If your interested in the details, reply to this post, and I’ll get ya invited to the planning document.

Thailand Day 8 & 9 – We made the most of it

leaving the AirBnB, w/ Grams

This was the day we needed to catch our flight, sort of. Our flight was 15 mins after midnight, so technically it was the next day, but there was no need for hotel rooms. We were all packed up and on the van headed to the airport around noon. The ladies all gathered to say good bye, and we took a picture with Grams, she had maybe 15 of these hanging on the in the center area. The plan was to get to the airport, ditch our bags, and visit somewhere near the airport.

During breakfast, Godoloju was still not feeling great and said something to Grams about it. She left for about 10 mins and came back with a couple of different medications, one was their version of aspirin, and the other was I think either a powder or a paste that she mixed into a liquid. It was a dark color by the time I arrived on scene my guess is either coffee or water. Godoloju spent a minute or so arguing with her about it, not really wanting to take something unknown, but she wasn’t having it, and he ended up drinking it. My only thought was ‘lets hope that wasn’t a laxative’.


Thailand Day 7 – Islands and beaches

always raining

Everyone was up and eating breakfast by 8:30 am, with the ride to the boat at 9. There was apparently some miscommunication with Grams about the breakfast and a few of the things ordered never showed up. Godoloju had a rough night and spent much of it in the bathroom, with TheGopher trying to sleep in the room attached. TheGopher caught a pretty large spider in his room that crawled into a cup allowing him to take it outside and let it go. We googled it a bit and think its a Huntsman Spider, but are not really sure.

Before we headed out, someone asked if they had a laundry service and Grams said that they did. She told us to grab the hampers out of our rooms, to throw our laundry in them, and set them outside our doors. We all did, they probably had 6 or more loads to do.


Thailand Day 6 – The tides and the lady boys.

The sunsets were pretty amazing at the AirBnB

We had to check out and meet our ride to the AirBnB by noon, so most of us met at our hotel for breakfast around 10 am and we’re on the road by 12:15 pm. Its nearly a 3 hour ride from Patong to Krabi, and we had a nice air conditioned van for this trip. It was raining for much of the trip, but looking back, I wish we could have figured out how to do this ride on scooters. Not sure one way scooters are a thing though. We stopped once for a smoke and a pee break but the trip there was pretty uneventful, other than just looking out the windows, lots to see.


Thailand Day 5 – The jacket Jesus wore

Alternate Title: Hill of the Monkey’s – The Molestation of Bubbles

It was raining, hard.  We were finishing up breakfast at like 7:30 a when the email canceling our fishing charter came in.  This was the plan until around 6pm for the day, so now what.

My room hadn’t been cleaned since we got there so we headed to Godoloju’s room to try to figure out what we were going to do for the day. After several smokes and a couple of beers later, we decided on going to see Monkey Hill.  We found a Tuk-Tuk pretty quickly and we’re on our way.    It was a 40 minute drive and it was a pretty uneventful ride.

Hill of the monkey’s
As the driver slowed to a stop, we could see a small parking area and a lot of stray dogs.  Stray dogs are a thing in Thailand, idkwtf.   The road continued up the mountain, but there was a little gate and a security guard directing our driver to park.  We we jumped out and everyone was done using the facilities the driver or the security guard directed us up the hill.  There was a small cement bridge that was maybe 60 feet across that went over a ravine with a trickle of water in it.


Thailand Day 4 – In Soviet Russia, freak out has you.

more food

Alternate Title: If you want to end the night early, bring out the shots.

ComaD got up early and went Scuba diving, so he was gone for a big chunk of the day. Looks like he got a few photos. You’d better ask somebody.

Bucho, Bubbles and I went to The Coffee House for breakfast. One of the more American breakfast’s we had, while Godoloju and TheGopher were still sleeping it off. It was before 10am because we attempted to go to the Junglecylon Mall but it wasn’t open yet. So we took a walk down a side street that runs parallel to Bangla and then back to the hotel to meet up with Godoloju and TheGopher.

Here we split, and I can only tell you what I know of the other group’s experiences from the stories they told. Bucho, Godoloju and TheGopher went to get “manny petties” and a “good massage”. Bubbles and I went shopping for some type of sun hat for me.


Thailand Day 3 – Big Buddha

from the top of the island

Alternate Title: Delephantg
Alternate Title 2: I’m gonna write a book!

We agreed to meet for breakfast (brunch?) around 10 am, and found a decent little place down a side street (can’t find the Soi’s name) across from Soi Seadragon. I believe it was the Eurasian place you can see here. People were more adventurous with their meals here, and everything was great. I learned about Coke Light here, which is their version of Diet Coke, the only diet soda I found the whole trip. And yes, I ordered their version of chicken strips again.

We did a little shopping (I bought some sandals) on the way back to the hotels for some relief from the sun and our bowels and then hit the beach. I got to the beach about 15 minutes before everyone else showed up. After wading in the water up to my calf, and wandering around for a bit, I got to watch a team setup a parachute ride for some of the tourists.


Thailand Day 1 & 2 – Hell in the Air

we didnt take many pictures this first day.

Note: Since this story contains two Buddha’s, I’m going to let the deity keep the name and call our good friend Bubbles throughout these posts.

Alternate Title: “masssaaage?”

Day 1 was mostly all travel, however we were all so pumped to be in Thailand the first night, that we did go out and check the scene.

We purposely started flying early and arrived at the airport around 8:30 am. Most of the details about the flights are what you’d expect, full planes, 3 total flights, and Korean Air doesn’t have the air vents for each seat like every other airline I’ve ever been on. I live by those little vents.. but apparently the Korean’s don’t need them.