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Maine Vacation

Posted by firstman2006 on August 12, 2007

Vacationing in Maine for a week or so.  Having been born in Maine,  I have roots on my Pop’s side that are quite extensive. We left Boyertown at 10pm and then picked my bro up in Ambler, were we departed for Maine at about 1130pm. Lizzie and I were sleeping, and my bro drove through the night. We got in Maine around 5am and stopped in at Portsmouth for Breakfast.  After eating at a little dinner we headed out to Lisbon, passing LL Bean on the way. Lizzie and I will be back there later on in the week. Arrived in Lisbon around 7am.  Upon arrival we my bro had to wake everyone up. First to wake up was my cousin who is the only one with out any kids at this point in time. Then to my Aunt and Uncles were Lizzie and I would be staying.  After visiting with them, and our other cousin, we walked over to my other Uncles house to wake them as well. Did I mention that all the relatives live within a block or so.  Actually it seems that there was one house at one time, and then others were built up around it, until there is what now is something of a compound of 6 houses on about 10 acres.

More of my Maine Vacation will be written about on the travel blog of Lizzie Bean.

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Back from Puerto Rico Honeymoon

Posted by firstman2006 on June 29, 2007

Lizzie and I are back from our Puerto Rico Honeymoon, and hard at work. We had a fabulous time that was filled with both Gran Melia PR Beachlounging about the pools, and some scheduled activities/unscheduled activities.

To see all of our Puerto Rico pics, check out the Gran Melia picture set on my Flickr account.

Highlights of our trip.

  • Went to a sales pitch for the Gran Melia Vacation Club, that is something like a flexible Time Share were you buy vacation time at any of the Gran Melia resorts as well as partner resorts; which ends up being quite an impRosemarry of Gran Melia Vacation Clubsressive inventory of sites. I will be blogging more about this on the Travels of Lizzie Bean travel blog, which can be reached by clicking the previous link.
  • Went to Old San Juan the day after meeting with Rosemarry of Gran Melia Vacation Clubs. Our first time out driving in Puerto Rico. Took a little while to get used to the road signs. (Sur= South,Este=East, Old San Juan FortNorte=North, and oeste= West). West and East had us a bit confused. It also did not help that the direction of the roads does not stay the same. For example if you are on rt 22 heading east, and it starts going south, you will find yourself suddenly on 22S.
  • I got sick on Thursday, so we lost a day since I was in bed sleeping the entire day.
  • Drove to Rincon on El Noche de San Juan. Got to see a lot of the island.
  • Had a trip to the Spa and had a couples massage that was oh so sweet.
  • Went Kayaking at night on an Enchanted Kayaking trip. We were the worst Kayakers. We ended up being towed by the guide. Two people who do not know their left from right in a Kayak is a very cosmical site. The Bioluminescent Bay was so cool.
  • Gambled and won more than we lost.
  • Arrived home safely.

In looking back, we would love to go back to Puerto Rico again, and very likely will.

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Lost Luggage | Use Luggage Tags

Posted by firstman2006 on March 22, 2007

Lost Luggage is a problem that many airports, including PHL(Philadelphia Airport code) must endure. Having personally experienced the event of Lost Luggage tracking down Lost Luggage, I can personally testify that the airline personnel, will try within their limited abilities, but most certainly they are ill equipped to deal with frustrated patrons who have lost a piece of luggage.

For a detailed description of my adventure while successfully attempting to recover my lost luggage, please visit the above lost luggage post link.

Perhaps I should invest in some Luggage tags such as the ones available from Luggageonline.com to insure the identification of my bags. The information on these tags includes phone number, address and email.

I was reading on another travel blog that most bags are lost during late check ins and during quick stop overs. That does make sense.

In my situation, it was a midnight check in, and the person who arrived on the same flight as me, but made it to luggage terminal ahead of me, did not check the bag carefully. The husband was given the task of picking up the family bags…need I say more. A very common mistake that even I would be capable of making. I then made the mistake of assuming the girl who took my information for a lost bag new what she was doing, and did not verify the info she typed into the computer.

The airline however, uses a contractor that is paid per piece of lost luggage returned, whether or not it is returned to the right place or not. My bag was on a ticket for a person who lived in NJ. They left her bag and my bag outside of her house at night, and then called and verified receipt. However, her roommate answered the phone, and looked out and saw them and verified. The roommate just assumed that both bags were hers.

After doing a reverse name look up on Google, I found a phone number and gave her a call. Several hours later, to my dismay, I got a phone call saying they had my bag. And the rest is history that can be read in the my previous lost luggage blog post.

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Boyertown?

Posted by firstman2006 on December 30, 2006

Boyertown? Where the heck is Boyertown, PA? Boyertown is located about 2 hours North of Philadelphia, with a population of just around 4000, it is a small town that has a very close proximity to larger metropolitan areas. Boyertowns main industry at one time was a casket company, but closed with in the last decade.  Retail stores within five miles of Boyertown include a Super Walmart in Bechtelsville, a strip mall that once included a Ames and is now empty. There is also a Redners grocery store, and a Weis Market located in nearby Gilberstville.

Boyertown has dining restaurants that range from fine dining experiences to fast food of McDonalds.  The  town of Boyertown also has many little diners ( CD’s Place being one of my favorites).  From Mexican to  Italian, Boyertown has a good variety  of ethnic  foods.  If feeling a bit more adventurous, visitors can even venture out to  local farmers market/flea  market, Zerns which is located  in  nearby Gilbertsville.

Boyertown also has  a bit of importance in history in that a nearby mine is where  Thomas Edison got his ore for his light bulb experiments.

Throught out the year, Boyertown has many different festivals and community events.  One of my favorite local sites is the local portal, Myboyertown.com, which is a site that aspires to be a leader in the Boyertown community with many great features to include an online contest that encourages participants to visit businesses in the Boyertown area.

Boyertown is a great little town with lots of activities for all. With a great location, if looking to relocate, to the Philadelphia area, its a great candidate for relocation due to great facilities and Real Estate prices that a very reasonable. If you plan on visiting Boyertown, leave a message. If you are from Boyertown and would like to comment, please do so also.

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Suitcase Found, No Thanks to Southwestern Airlines.

Posted by firstman2006 on November 3, 2006

Red Missing Suitcase

Red Missing Suitcase,
originally uploaded by Emperor Anton.

Refering to Returning From Vegas post.

Well I had Lizzie do a reverse phone number look up to find my suitcase. The airline for some unknown reason(lack of organization) sent my suitcase to NJ. Poor suitcase. I called the phone number and left a message. Later on in the evening, I got call from a really nice lady. She was sorry for not realizing sooner that the suitcase was not her roommates.
Apparently, the delivery service dropped off two bags and not one. Her roomate brought hers up stairs but left mine downstairs. She asked her roomate when she was going to bring it up, and she said that she had, but she had no idea whose bag was down stairs.
So Lizzie and I got directions off of map-quest, and traveled under two hours to get the bag. Had brunch in NJ, and then returned home with my bag.
Next week, I called the regional office which I believe is in Texas. They listened to my story and said they were sorry, but would send me $100 dollar travel voucher. That is really nice of them, but I would prefer that they learn from their mistakes and fix the problem so that it does not occur again, since I might have to travel with them in the future if no other flights are available.  Southwest is a discount airline, that is a far cry from being Cathay Pacific, my favorite airline which we flew with to get to Whistler last winter.

We may have been in the economy seating on the Cathay flight, but it felt like fist class. Drinks included, all the movies we wanted(watched “Walk the Line” for the first two times), choices of several different gourmet meals, gorgeous flight attendants, and spacious cabins.

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Returning from Vegas without My Riccardo Suitcase

Posted by firstman2006 on October 27, 2006

Well we had a grand time in Las Vegas. I would go on and talk about the trip, but I have talked about that in both Pixelheadonline.com and Lizzie Bean blogs. I may vent a little more about the non-smoking issue, but not in this post.

This post is going to concentrate on the the return trip and how Southwestern Airlines or the baggage return people at the Philadelphia airport lost my red Riccardo suitcase. Red Recardo Suitcase

Apparently a dad who was anxious to get home because it was past 1am grabbed my bag instead of his. Lizzie said she thought this was what had happened. Well the next day I called the airline and they said they would get back with me after the next flight from Las Vegas got in. I got a call from the baggage office telling me that they found my bag and that it was someone else who had taken my bag. People really need to learn how to read…moron. Any way, I then get a call from her again saying that the bag has made it there, and arrangements will be made. They have my phone number and address. I would be receiving the bag in the next day or so. So we got back on Wednesday morning, here it is Friday evening, no bag. I called the airline this morning she said the bag had been picked up, and they gave me the number to the service that supposedly delivers the bags. The person I spoke with at Mercury said he would try and track down my bag for me, and I should call back within an hour or so if I had not hear anything. That was about 930am this morning. Just called and was on the phone with the same guy, and he tried to track down my bag again. The person he thought had picked it up didn’t. He has no idea who picked it up. He called the Southwestern office, and apparently they have lost or misplaced the paperwork for my bag. I now know why so many bags get lost. It is due to incompetence. Someone is now in possession of my bag and selling it on eBay.

If you happen to see my bag that looks like the picture above let me know. It has my Norelco shaver, my Nike shower shoes, smushed or flattened coins I made for my son, porn cards for Kenny( the cards that get passed out to get men or people to use their prostitutes), and my clothing to include my favorite pair of jeans. It is a nice little bag that I bought to carry my Cutco knives when I was selling them rigorously, but has since turned into my main travel bag that has been across the United States and into Canada.Red Recardo Suitcase

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Las Vegas

Posted by firstman2006 on October 12, 2006

Planning a trip to Vegas towards the end of the month. Just sent an email out to a gambling portal to see if they would like to sponsor me. I am not a gambler, but I do have a great looking head. Would have a temporary tattoo on my head for the trip. Could pay for the trip and then some. The only problems that I see is that I really am not a gambler. I would think they would want a gambler, if that is they would want to advertise on someones head at all. Well time will tell.

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Car Wraps and Automobile Advertising

Posted by firstman2006 on September 13, 2006

Lizzie bought a new car from Carsense.com just a week ago. Now I say new, but it is actually a used 2005 Honda Civic, which is new to us, and a lot newer than her previous car. We had started out at a Honda Dealer and were really favoring the Honda’s, but would never buy a new car and have to suck up all that depreciation. Besides, Lizzie has bought her last 3 cars at Carsense, and had awsome results… atleast she has never had a lemon. They also gave her a lot more money for her old car than the Honda Dealer had offered.

Any way as we are driving down the road in her new car, I am reminded of what an old Mass Communications professor I had at HACC(Harrisburg Area Community College) had said about advertising on autos. Unless a dealer or even the manufacturer would pay him for advertising there brand, then he did not want any thing with there name on his car. No licence plates, no brand names nothing. I think this is a good idea. I believe that we consumers should band together and demand that they take off the advertising or pay for it.

Advertising on automobiles is a very affective medium. The Carwrap market is a growing industry. I myself have looked into this in the past, and would love to be able to use my car to advertise. I have heard that often times that what the advertisers are paying for this is more than enough to cover the costs of a new car and its other financial requirements such as insurance and maintenance. At the very least, I think I should be able to advertise a text message on my car for a company, and get paid for it. Perhaps I will start by putting the URL to one of my sites on it. Hmm.

Perhaps I am being a little rectal, but I do think that they dealers and manufacturers take it for granted that we will advertise for them. I am now calling all consumers to revolt and stop the unpaid advertising. Don’t we pay enough for our cars?

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VOIP and Calling Cards

Posted by firstman2006 on August 29, 2006

I was just reading Tom Keatings VOIP blog were the he poses the question  “VoIP spells doom for calling card business?”  In my post “Phone Calls While Traveling” I state that I believe that calling cards are a great item to have in case of an emergency or to use while traveling to avoid roaming charges. Mr. Keating gives his readers some great information about using calling cards for VOIP calling. This is area that many of the calling card companies, Cloncom included, will be venturing.  I am pretty unfamiliar with VOIP at the present although Lizzie does have Vonage. I must admit I did experiment with using IM to talk to people while using a microphone and headset, but was turned off by the echo. It has come a long way since then. There have been times, such as in ski lodges, which have wireless connections but no cell phone signal that I would be temped to use VOIP to make phone calls. I do make a prediction, that in addition to using Lizzies Vonage, I will use VOIP while traveling, and may even purchase pc to phone calling cards from Cloncom.com

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Phone Calls while Traveling

Posted by firstman2006 on July 26, 2006

cell phone off

I love those movies where the person throws their phone into the ocean. More times than I can count I have been temped to do this. It seems that they are an integeral part of our lives, so much so that kids request them for presents. When I go on vacation I need to take one with to stay in touch with kids and unfortuneatly work. I don’t need it that much for work, but Lizzie is continually using hers for client calls. While in Canada last winter she had many calls, and she then had quite a phone bill the following month. As a result of this trip, I now propose that while traveling abroad, International Calling Cards be used for making any phone calls that will be over a minute. These can be purchased on line from Cloncom.com ahead of time, for very reasonable rates. I actually suggest that people keep a calling card handy for emergencies. Cloncom also sells wireless calling cards that can be used on the invader of our personal time, the cell phone.

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