|Dragon*Con 2013 at the Marriott Marquis|
|KLM B747-400 "The City of Atlanta" arriving at SXM shortly before the massive wake turbulence that almsot knocked me down|
A brief synopsis of some of the travels:
Sint Maarten: The aerosexuals "Mecca". The legendary airport's runway is so close to the runway you feel like you can grab on the landing gear when the planes pass over you on final. I think in the past perhaps some one might have. Add Caribbean Island time mixed with some Dutch flavor and you have good idea of what fun can be had there. Lots of beach time, lots of Corona, lots of rum drinks, and lots of girls in bikinis (or less, remember it is a Dutch posession). And if you can handle the summer heat (which honestly isn't any worse than Louisville, and you have a sea breeze) there's good deals to be had in the summer off season. I found a room that I was frankly weary of because it was so cheap, but turned out to be clean and more than I needed for a few days. It wasn't the Ritz but it did the trick.
|Air France A340... little blurry trying to catch on the fly by|
Boston: In addition the fabulousness that is Jersey and the history that is baseball at Fenway, I had a chance to hang out at the Harpoon Brewery (practically Jersey's next door neighbor). I'm not normally a giant Harpoon fan, but I found some of their seasonals and small batch brews very tasty.
|Fenway Park Sox vs Yankees|
|Seattle from Queen Anne hill|
On the downside, a few (so far small) health issues threw a crimp in the summer fun. From a flare up of gout (first one in several years) to what I think is a recurrence of a back/leg issue from a few years ago. Turns out I can't apparently rock all night and stand in uncomfortable boots for hours on end without consequence. I'm hoping it turns out like last time, in that the body heals itself and everything returns to normal. But only the impending doctor visits will tell. In the mean time I'm walking with a little bit of a limp and there'll be no 5k's for the time being.
So, that to me is an average summer. I've come to realize I tend to live in what others possibly think is an alternate reality from the rest of the world. I'm ok with that, since it makes me happy (for the most part). I will acknowledge by bar tabs have become both more frequent and more expensive, given the ease of "walking" home from across the street. But I do really like the new place, and it is set up for visitors (HINT!). Well, nto exactly right now, due to shoddy original construction the balconies are being enclosed. And that is a real pain in my arse... it's very hard to day sleep with walls being removed above your head. But it is temporary. Now, I need tog et back to living this charmed life. Trivia tonight I think, followed by doctor ordered "taking it easy" time with Netflix or a book (since I learned at Dragon*Con there's a lot of TV and literature I need to catch up to be well versed in the costumes).
Well, that was summer, bring on the Fall!
|Sint Maarten Sunset|