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Grand Voyages, Great Adventures

By suggestion of TigerLilly, who's been doing some traveling of her own lately: a place to talk about one's travel adventures (in the physical world!). Great road trips, the time you got a gig crewing on a yacht, your years in the Peace Corps, the time you walked the Great Wall... You get the idea!

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I was in a hotel

In Switzerland (I think, could have been Germany, one of those trips that has blurred a bit in my memory) one time when a big racket broke out in the hallway. Like CB, I stuck my head out the door to find out what was happening...and saw a bunch of VERY large guys horsing around. I kind of pipsqueaked out a "Hi," got some American "Hi"s back -- it was one of those Euro American football teams. We all chimed in with where we were from, talked some sports -- most of the guys were quite happy to be talking with a civilian "from home." And then they went back to making a racket in the hallway. Pals or not, I wasn't going to tell them to keep it down...

Next morning I took the elevator to the lobby with Lindsay Davenport. Without knowing, I'd apparently checked into the Jock Hotel for the evening...

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!!!!

yes, I can see that a quiet retreat might be best.

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dangerous territory

I am staying in quite a nice hotel here in Tashkent...but at the same time as the World Muay Thai (kickboxing) championship is taking place here. The hotel is full of very scary looking wiry, muscly tatooed people.Yesterday evening there was a lot of thumping noises outside my room and I went out to complain. A bunch of kickboxers were practicing in the corridor amidst an overpowering smell of liniment! I wisely retreated to my room without comment. Not a good place to get into an argument right now.

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back on the road

my quest to listen to Dark Star in every country in the world re-started today. Today I have been in Serbia, Montenegro and wound up here in the city of Shkoder in Albania. Must be the worst roads in Europe. Took 3 hours to drive just 80km. Crazy world. Now. what's in the minibar???

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Colorado

Happy Mother's Day TL ! I was just in Colorado, visiting my son(s) in Denver and in Ft Collins.
My younger son and I drove a diesel guzzling Penske out last weekend to Ft C where' he'll start school at CSU next week. Young Willow is now 650 miles away from Gramma and grampa : - (

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Just found out

that my brother drove from Denver to Chicago with his two dogs AND dad's ashes, for the Memorial picnic. Gotta think about it for a while, but there must be a short story in there-bout Dad going on a last road trip! I must have been delirious that I didn't notice he was there.
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well

spammer is now gone, but at least we got a story out of it...

I have to say, I am less and less thrilled at the prospect of ever getting on a plane again.

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thanks spammer

for pulling this thread up again! Had forgotten about it!

Had an adventure on the plane on the way back from Chicago. Spent the night on a plane, jammed in between a 300 lb Lutheran pastor, on his way to Latvia to care for orphans, and Oleg the Russian mafioso (or my guess from his knuckle tattoos). Since Pastor Do-Gooder took up half my seat, I was sitting all cozy with Oleg the Gangster, who offered to be my new friend and "take very good care of my family."

When I complained to a stewardess about only having half a seat, she said to me "But you are in United Economy Plus, and have 5 extra inches leg-room." I am not very tall, and didn't really need these extra inches for my legs, but could have used them better for my a$$.
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lithuaniam rap

lol the mind bogles

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Help Really Needed

ATTENTION ALL FAMILY: A great kid needs your help! I'm Mindy, my fiance Chris from Conneticut, one of the kindest realiest kids was popped on some old warrants on the way into Moe DOWN, Chris has had some very bad luck in his life. He has spent the past 2 years in the hospital, he has had 2 open heart surgerys, a heart attack and a stroke at 27, all caused by an abbcessed tooth. I thought because of his medical conditions they wouldn't keep him in jail, but they came down from a 9 month sentence or 5k fine to 90 days or 1k fine, but he isn't getting the medical attention he needs, I have to get him out. Fortunately for me some great family, Woodstock Ron from Utica took me in. but we haven't been able to come up with the bail money. I need to get him out as soon as possible and was hoping that if any of you kind dead folks here could help out with donations it would be gratefully appreciated.
Any amount will help and would be payed forward. You can send donations to Mindy Riffle at 1610 Sunset ave. Utica Ny. 13502. I hope that we can get Chris out, get him to his many doctors,get him some rest and then see you all on November tour. Forever Grateful, Mindy

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