Sunday, February 26, 2017

I Have Returned!

Pat and me the day we arrived in LA Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yes, it's true! I have returned.

What a vacation we had! So much to write about and so many photos and videos to share.

View of Los Angeles from my window in the plane right before we landed, see the movie studio buildings in the foreground and downtown Los Angeles higher up in the photo

I returned home last night about ten o'clock after a long flight delay.  

We left our Airbnb accommodations in West Hollywood at 4:45 am yesterday morning to return our Hertz rental car and be at LAX in time for our 8:20 am flight back to Philadelphia.  In Philadelphia Pat would make his connecting flight back to his home in Toronto.

Just as we had problems going out and with our accommodations in La La Land, we had problems returning home.  

We were an hour ahead of schedule halfway across the United States until a storm front roared through Philadelphia.  Then we were put in a very boring hold pattern over Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for over an hour. 

Storm front roaring over Philly just as our plane was headed there an hour ahead of time

Then we ran out of fuel and had to land in Harrisburg to refuel.  

Pat did have a long layover in Philly until now.  Now he was afraid of making his connection.

Then to top everything off we couldn't get off the runway in Harrisburg.  The vehicle that refueled the plane couldn't back up!

More delay.

By this time, my ride that was waiting to pick me up in Philly had to go in a holding pattern.  First he had to stop someplace to pee.  I felt bad for him, having to wait so long for me but he was good natured about the hold situation.  Thank goodness.

We finally arrived in Philly in the dark, just as we had left LA, in the dark.  

The rain had dissipated and all we saw was the wet tarmac.

Pat and I parted company and I was off to the baggage claim area for my ride back to the now cold climes of southern Delaware.  During the last part of the week while Pat and I were "chilling" in California in fifty degree weather (thank goodness I had my hoodie with me), Bill and my neighbors in Sussex County Delaware were getting an early dose of spring like seventy-two degree temperatures. Wow.

Pat was able to make his connection, it was delayed also.  Got a break there.

My ride picked me up and we were off for our two hour ride back to southern Delaware, with a pit stop in Newark for food.  I had not eaten all day except for a pack of those tasty free American Airline crackers.

Bill stayed up late for me and was waiting with our garage door open for me when I arrived home.

So good to get home!  Vacation are good but arriving back to the familiar comforts of home are good too.  

I was exhausted last night. After unpacking (always a "fun" thing to do after a trip)  I don't think I even moved my position in bed once I got to sleep.  I'm still a bit woozy.

I wasn't going to write a long blog today but here I am writing one.  

I have so much to write about our trip. So many things.  One of the main being our discover of Palm Springs, California. Oh how I LOVE Palm Springs. More about the discovery later, MUCH more. See the banner photo at the top of the blog for a taste of this wonderful paradise in the middle of the desert.

Tomorrow I have to deal with a new passel of medical bills an notification that we received from theVA re Bill's medical emergency last November.  Seems the VA is contesting some of the bills.  I'm not sure why but I'll be on the phone quiet a bit tomorrow so I may not be able to get to my blog right away.  

Do not worry though, I'm here with a big fresh batch of photos, videos and memories to share.

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Packed and Ready To Go

This time tomorrow I'll be on that silver tube in the sky (aka American Airlines) headed towards the sunny and warm skies of California. 

While on FaceTime with Pat last night, I suggested we double check our flight times. Of course there was a snag. Since we made our flight reservation last April, American Airlines has changed the time of our flight four times.  Good thing we checked because American Airlines had Pat leaving Los Angeles at 6:00 am in the morning and me at 8:20 am!  How did that happen?  I guess it was because Pat had to make a connecting flight from Toronto to Philadelphia then Philadelphia to Los Angeles. 

Pat called American Airlines and they changed my flight too 8:20 am so I could travel with Pat. No charge but I didn't get my extra legroom seat that I paid and extra $85 for.  I'm not complaining though.  Well, maybe a little bit.  At least they have us seated together and I don't have to pay the extra $200 for changing my flight.  

I always get nervous when making trips like this, worried that I'm going to forget something. I've already reminded Pat several times not to forget his passport.  Or else Trump's minions will arrest him at the border.  

I have all my chargers, underwear, shirts, socks and let's see what else. And extra pair of pants and my Macbook Air and an old iPhone that I use as a backup camera.  

Ready to go folks. The toughest part of the trip is coming up now, the airline flight out. Getting through TSA.  I should get a pass this time because I'm seventy-five years old. We will see.  

Wish me luck! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Two days ago we had spring like weather. 

Yesterday the bitter cold winds descended upon our flat coastal plains here in southern Delaware.

We had the threat of snow and freezing rain.  "Oh great!" I thought.  Just as I was going to work.  But the Gods were with us (me).  The snow missed us.  No snow, no freezing rain trapping me overnight at work. 

Was it cold?  You bet! Just one more reminder why I'm spending the next two weeks in sunny, WARM California.  

I'm packed and ready to go.  My flight leaves at 10:35 am Sunday morning.  I texted my ride and asked him to pick me up at 7:00 am.  

Am I excited?  YES!

I'm going to try and keep up with daily postings on my blog. But I can't make any promises. I'm taking my Macbook Air computer with me but when Pat and I hit the ground at LAX, we're pretty busy with our adventures of the day.  And staying warm!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

California Deaming

One more day of work then I'm off until February 27th.  

Folks, I'm ready to get away.  Big time.

I called my Airbnb host tonight just to check to make sure my reservation (that I made last year) is still on.  It is.  Super!  

We'll be staying right tin the heart of West Hollywood, just off of Melrose Avenue. Walking distance to all of our favorite haunts. 

The weather here today was positively springlike at 68 degrees. What a pleasure it was to take my daily walk.  The older I get I have a harder time handling cold wind in my face. Today was most pleasant. The same weather I am looking forward to the next two weeks in Los Angeles. Oh yes!

Wouldn't you know it, snow is forecast for tomorrow.  Just as I'm going to work. Thankfully, warmer temperatures are forecast for this Sunday, when my ride (my neighbor Bill B.) will drive me to Philly International Airport to meet Pat and our flight to Los Angeles. 

This time next week we will be totally immersed in California.  At time like this I am reminded of the old Mama's and Papa's song "California Dreaming".

Monday, February 06, 2017

California (Hollywood), Here We Come!

Our flight next Sunday from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, one coast to another coast

One week from today we'll be in California! 

I'm ready folks. In fact, more than ready.  

This year Pat and I will be staying in West Hollywood at for two weeks.  

Our bright and uncluttered accommodations in Los Angeles for the next two weeks

We'll be staying at a different Airbnb. In the past we've stayed at a bed and breakfast called the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast on Hollywood Boulevard.  Perfectly lovely accommodations but a little too cluttered and dark for Pat's taste.  Last year we split our time between the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast and an Airbnb in the Hollywood Hills.  That Airbnb was a disappointment. Black sheets, skunk outside and a neighbor screaming at Pat for daring to turn around in the tight driveway to let me off.  Plus the TV was crappy. What is it anyway with the cheapo TV's in the bed and breakfasts.  We had the same problem at our B & B in Niagara Falls. 

I am so looking forward to getting away from the news and just relaxing and doing whatever.

Pat and I don't plan our itinerary except for the flight out and the accommodations. We will be staying a few days in Palm Springs for the Mid-Century Modern Architecture Tour. Both Pat and I love checking out homes. We'll also be visiting Dr. Spo and his pals at their bathing suits optional accommodations. 

Indulge Resort, Palm Springs, California

Needless to say both Pat and I will be keeping our pants on. 

Now to start packing. I think I have this down pat now, underclothes and socks and not so much on shirts. And also all my electronic chargers for my Apple toys.

Not long now!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

My New Toilet Bidet

Hey folks! Tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to give you all a break from my political rants.  Not that there isn't a lot to rant about. In fact it's hard to keep up with the daily outrages of the incompetent, Keystone Cops antics of the Trump administration regime.

Time to catch up on the latest doings here at Casa Tipton-Kelly.  

We're getting a break from the seemingly endless succession of doctors' appointments. And to think I used to tease my Mother about her days being consumed with one doctor's appointment after another.  I remember back to my halcyon youth when I would go YEARS without a doctor's appointment.  No more folks, the Old Guy here is gradually falling apart, just like an old classic car.  No matter how much you take good care of your new car, inevitably parts start to go.  That's where I am at in life now folks, trying to keep the parts in working order.

Well, one thing I did last week has made my life so much easier is the installation of a toilet bidet.  Yes folks, after years of wishing that I had one of those toilet bidet contraptions that shot cold water up your ass after a dump, I got one!  

I have read that toilet bidets are common in other countries.  In our country I've read that many Hollywood celebrities get their ass cleaned out after moving their bowels.  I envied them.

Ever since my prostate procedure (seed implants) I have had a bowel "situation".  I sorry if I'm grossing any one out by being so blunt but that situation did and does exist.  This "situation" is one of the unfortunate by products of prostate cancer treatment.  Thankfully I don't have urinary incontinence, which is what my oncologist was concerned about.  But the other problem does exist.

I used these so called disposable wipes, which as you know really aren't disposable. 

We have a septic tank here at Casa Tipton-Kelly, which I quickly filled up last year. When the honey-pot septic cleaner guy came by last summer he advised me to NOT dispose the wipes in the toiled but put them in a trash can like his wife does. Hmmmm, doesn't that sound nice?  Hardly.

I tried a half-way measure, some in the trash (the ones that weren't too messy) and the others in the toilet.  Still, I was going through those wipes fast. 
What to do?  Stop pooping?

I had checked out different bidet attachments before and they all looked so complicated.  Then a few weeks ago I saw one on Amazon that looked simple to install and didn't require electricity. It  got excellent reviews.  It only cost $39.99.  I ordered it.

It arrived two weeks ago.  Now to install it.  I don't care how simple it claims to install I am NOT mechanically inclined. And I especially didn't want to take a chance with water connections.

I hired one of my neighbors (Scott) who is a handyman and did some work for me last summer.  He replaced the roof tiles on my garden shed. 

Scott installed my toilet bidet last Saturday.  He tested it. The water shot right up to the bathroom door! It works!

I tested it later in the day.  Folks, it was fabulous!

I was a bit concerned with the cold water but that turned out not to be a problem.  In fact, it felt rather ("rawther") good to have that cold shot up my anal cavity. And the best part, I felt clean.  

One of the postive reviews I read said "You wouldn't clean mud off of your driveway with a paper towel. You would use a hose with water. Why not clean yourself the same way?"  Indeed.

Just another small step in making life more comfortable and easier to get through the day folks. 

Life is good.  Now if we can just do something about that orange faced narcissist in the Oval Office who is making a laughing stock out of our country and making us less dangerous.

You didn't think I was going to let one day go without just one little political jab did you?

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