Summer break is upon us and like any parent with kids at school we’re planning for affordable trips once school is over. It was easy to plan for little ones since either way they’re going to like it. Unfortunately as kids grow up to teenagers then what I think as fun might not be the case anymore. For instance I read up on WWOOFing. Its a cheap way to have lodging at a farm in exchange for a few hours of helping out at the farm. I thought it would be fun trying out farming for a few days, I’m sure my daughter and I could learn something new. Well she didn’t think so…
Therefore, here I am looking for a plan B which would be expensive so I figured since I’m going for broke, might as well do something we both have never done, which is be on a cruise. Therefore, I summed up the courage to call the agent and in no time my wallet was feeling empty. A few more paperwork and we’re set. Now lodging and transportation after the trip is planned for. Airbnb for lodging and experiences is a great way to explore while transportation with rental car has been my go-to.
Share some of your go-to summer tips and tricks.
Three times this past week, I’ve encountered the same eye opener car accessory hanging from this particular car. Its in the shape of the male genatalia driven by a male driver. Either its just a small area that I work in or that I keep encountering the same driver.
To me, it was funny so I started taking photos just to prove a point. However as I shared my encounter, it was met with disgust or merely dismissed. This got me into thinking, would it be the same response if the opposite sex’s merch was displayed in the same way, regardless of the sex of the driver?
No one would dare for fear of backlash and be accussed of being a sexist, crude and of “bad taste.” Depending on the social norms or environment, I guess. Its a weak argument but its something to consider. Right?
One random phone call this week got me riled up since receiving it. Collections called to be paid for a closed Verizon account.
After days of pestering for an account that is disconnected, closed with no services or calls from Verizon for 3 years. I was told I owed $524.22! Whoa!!!
This is where it get iffy, numerous calls to Verizon got me transferred to several departments telling me to file a police report in order to contest it. I called a precint in California where I used to reside and was told they can’t help with the issue, it needs to be dealt with through Verizon themselves. Therefore, after days of more back and forth from Verizon I paid the bill in FULL. Mainly out of frustration and lack of evidence since its been 3 years since I relocated so I felt I don’t have a leg to stand on.
The iffy part is since its been verified that my account is disconnected/closed, they can’t email me or mail me a payment confirmation. The best they can do is provide me an approval number over the phone. Wait, WHAT!!! I was willing to provide my updated information but they can’t even provide me with a mere confirmation email or mail me one?!?
Is that grounds for fraud or what?! Ilene, (don’t know if that’s her real name) the Verizon rep told me that if there’s additional issues to call their Customer Service number which I remember by heart now. 1800-922-0204.
Yeah, I’m calling you out Ilene from Verizon with my approval number 397566.
After some research, I guess I’m not the only one getting scammed.
End of rant.
Disclaimer: Everyone’s view point on weapon or “gun” is a hot topic nowadays. My stance is awareness on weapon safety and handling. Therefore, I myself handle it as needed to stay proficient. Others view weapons differently and I completely understand.
With that in mind, I don’t own any firearms however I might consider owning one in the future. My mother does not approve of it due to mishandling stories she’d heard off in the past. Some ended with accidental discharge that caused a fatality.
I shared that notion to point out the lack of awareness from the handler. Therefore, I encourage safety and proper training on any weapon. Accidents happen once those are lacking.
The argument regarding the issue of mental health of weapon handling does need to be discussed. I’m not medically inclined however, I agree that any weapon with a mentally disturbed handler should not be in the same context.
What’s your take?
When I took my week long leave I made a point to not indulge in alcohol for different reasons;
1. Loss a few pounds.
2. Spend more quality time with my daughter.
3. Reach a natural way of sleep that is not dependent on alcohol.
I’m used to having 2 glasses of wine every night with dinner so by day 5 my body was in withdrawal. I have to say I cheated by drinking 3 wine coolers in one night.
However after my leave, I had to indulge again by treating myself with a long island ice tea. I have to say it was the best one after my short dry spell.
I noticed that even with the short amount of time without alcohol, my alcohol dependency was curbed. I don’t have the urge to drink every night anymore which is a good thing, since its helps me towards my goals and I get to save some money.
I have to say my drink of choice is red wine. For me the darker, the bitter, the better.
To any single parents out there, its bitter sweet when one has to leave. Unfortunately, my moment has come when I have to leave my mini-me. The short time spent seemed as if I never left since we connected like it was yesterday. We flooded each other with stories so rich that I can’t wait to catch up again.
To my baby girl, don’t let this parting hinder your own happiness. This will pass and it will be short-lived, focus on yourself because I’ll be supporting you always.
Just like the family of geese we saw yesterday, we’re still a family you and I; small but intact, so dry those tears and keep your chin up!
You’re a smart girl, growing up as a smart young woman. Remember my home will always be open to you, its just a matter of time and you’ll find your own way too.
I’m so proud of you and you deserve all the happiness this world has to offer. For now I bid you a soft and sweet farewell, until June when I get to see you again.
Take care and know you are so loved not only by me but by everyone else in your circle. I just ask you to stay resilient and strong, not only for me but for yourself as well.
Per my usual, every time I travel outside of my island home its always cold no matter where I end up. DC is definitely cold for me as I observed locals jogging in shorts and T-shirt passing us in puffs of warm breath. Like human trains chugging along for every jog they make.
As a tourist, a group of us walked to the famous monuments/museums and experienced oddities such as protests in front of the capitol and chants in Arabic outside the backyard of the White House. From local police barring us from walking towards the front of the White House, to a homeless man setting up a permanent protest tent near the backside of the White House.
Its a reminder of how much liberty and priviledged we are compared to other nations. Besides all the observed oddities, DC is beautiful. The cherry blossom trees in bloom was a site to see, to the unique colonial homes.
Given the cold weather, I am glad for the wonderful experience. By the way, I recommend eating at Sardis. Its a Peruvian restaurant and my first time at it. Let me know if its authentic enough or not. Better yet, make other suggestions of other places to eat at DC.