Archive | May 19, 2015

Running Up Philadelphia’s “Rocky Steps” Is No Big Deal. A Walk In The Park

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Click to see fleeting 27-second YouTube video of I running up the Rocky Steps, to start off with Teischan. Devanee opted to shoot the video than race me up the steps.


This, like seeing the Orangutan with a plastic bin over his head at the Philadelphia Zoo, took place on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Teischan, Devanee and I had arrived in Philadelphia late the night before so that we could pick-up our burgundy red Jaguar XJ8 on Monday. We were at the Museum on the way back from the Zoo. Racing the kids up stairs and steps, à la “Rocky Steps“, has been a fun and contentious 20 year pastime. None of the 4 kids have yet been able to beat their old man (though Danielle’s ex-marine boyfriend did do so). Devanee, last year, nearly as tall as Dad, got close — within 1 step. I know that my days are numbered. I am getting older, the knees yet again are getting wobbly and Devanee and Teischan are getting bigger and fitter.

This was fun. It is NOT hard. Piece of cake. But as Devanee loved to point out after each such race: “It is not fair. You run, each day, up a ‘frikking’ mountain, with 6 pounds of weights on your wrist”. I always point out that nobody is stopping her from running up the same hill wearing 6 pounds of wrist weights.

Pope Francis will be conducting his Mass, in September, from the top of these very steps. I doubt whether he will climb them. But he is older than me and is half a lung worse off.

Fun place. I liked Philly. Been there ‘tons’ of times from 1985 to 2000 — BUT always for business or to do a seminar. Never did the tourist stuff. Kind of strange. The person that I have been to Philly most was Don ‘Gomer’ Pyle — and now he is dead.


Reconciling Acceleration Of Philadelphia Amtrak 188, by Brandon Bostian, With Possible Projectile Is Hard To Do.

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One could, and lawyers will, argue that Brandon Bostian accelerated, per his ‘flee or flight’ instincts, when he heard, saw or felt a projectile hit the train. And in the end it would be just his word on that.

That he can’t remember anything is so convenient to him and his lawyers.

But is it the normal the thing to do — accelerate a train to THAT EXTENT IF one believes one is under attack?

I, like others, are fairly sure that NO PROJECTILE on its own caused the acceleration.

The acceleration was done by Brandon Bostian — by the use of the accelerator lever. No projectile was involved in that.

So the only argument is whether the prospect of more projectiles is what caused him to accelerate. I am sure his lawyers will milk that to death.

I personally think the projectile or projectiles were a coincidence and now a Red Herring.


Do YOU Ever Have Days Like This? Orangutan, At Philadelphia Zoo, Shows How To Cope.

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Orangutan using plastic bin for refuge.


One of the Orangutans at Philadelphia Zoo on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

It was sunny, hot, crowded and noisy.

Teischan spotted it and came and told me. Glad I managed to capture it.

This is about 1/8th size.

Can you relate?


We Got Our Jaguar — A Burgundy Red XJ8 (From ‘Dave’ at “European-Cars”, Outside Philadelphia, On eBay)

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A Jaguar has been on the cards since last September — once we got the 1968 Green MGB. Our lease on the KIA Sportage was expiring in May/June 2015 and Devanee and I prevailed that we should get a Jag as the replacement. Initially it was going to be a ‘practical’ AWD X-Type. ‘We’, Devanee & I, looked at quite a few, online, over the winter. We were going to get a British Racing Green (BRG) to match the MGB. But, lets face it the X-Type is not a quintessential Jag.

And then a couple of months ago Deanna let it slip that she would quite FANCY a V-8 Jag. The die was cast. We would get a XJ-8 — because now we had at least a partial vote from Deanna.

I started looking. The KIA goes back May 29. Not many GOOD, ‘low-milage’ Jags for sale in New England — especially NOT New Hampshire. Found a few in Maine and Mass. I waited until we got back from Arizona. Then we were in May and it was time to act.

I checked out various online sites including eBay. I ‘really’ wanted an XJR with the turbos. Could have had one shipped from Houston, Texas BUT getting a car shipped, sight unseen, did not appeal.

Started looking at eBay in earnest. There were a few Jags I liked and they were ALL from ‘European-Cars‘ outside Philadelphia. I had spoken with ‘Dave’, the person listed in all the ads. , preliminarily, about shipping options, before we went to Arizona. A few days after we got back from Canyon de Chelly, and with my latest book published, I felt I had the time to get this done once and for all. I kept on coming back to this 2002 Burgundy XJ8, with ’57K’. Showed it and a few others to Devanee and Deanna. Tesichan didn’t really care one way or another. I knew what Devanee would pick. Deanna is also liked the Burgundy.

I called up Dave on May 8, 2015 — the first Friday after Arizona. We agreed on a price. It was more than double Kelley Blue Book but Kelley really doesn’t have a clue as to what low-milage Jags sell for.

Deanna, with her bad back, would not have been happy driving up from Philadelphia. So the plan, all along, was to go down with the two kids, pick up the Jag and drive it back. The kids had never been to Philadelphia and they have, of late, become avid tourists. Then came the the Brandon Bostian Amtrak 188 crash. We were going to go Thursday, after school, and drive back Friday. Well the best laid plans of mice and men.

The kids and I left at 3:15 am on Saturday morning. Coach to Boston South Station. Amtrak to New York City. Times Square. 6pm Greyhound to Philadelphia. Get there just before 8pm. Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. All day Sunday and Monday morning to explore. Betsy Ross house, Art Museum, Zoo, Balloon ride, Liberty Bell, horse carriage ride, Rodin exhibit, Chinatown for Dinner, Reading Market for Breakfast, a tour of the Mint AMONG other things. Picked up the Jag, from Dave, at 1pm. Drove back 390 miles. Traffic, in places was horrendous. One spectacular van accident. WOW! We stopped. The car was wonderful. Devanne adores it. Teischan likes it. I am very pleased. No buyer’s remorse at all, at all.

“European-Cars” (also known by at least 2 other names, including “Car Cheer”) is OK. Dave is OK.

You can dismiss most, if NOT ALL, the negative reviews you will find online about them.

I will write separate posts on “European-Cars” & Dave. But, trust me, they are OK. I would buy from Dave again — and there is a pretty good chance that this might happen sooner than you think. SMILE. We are still one car short. Devanee and I both feel that we really must have an Jaguar XJS to drive around in the Summer/Fall. SMILE.

Bottom line. We are very pleased with the XJ8 we got from Dave at “European-Cars”.


Expedia: A CONFIRMED Hotel ‘Reservation’ From Expedia Is MEANINGLESS! Not Worth A Damn.

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A CONFIRMED hotel reservation from Expedia means NOTHING.

NADA.

All it means is that Expedia ‘accepted’ your reservation. It has NOTHING to do with whether the actual hotel accepted and CONFIRMED that reservation.

Got that?

Let me explain that to you again, and use the above as a real-life example.

Though I had the above Expedia hotel confirmation, with a confirmation number, the hotel, i.e., the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, had NEVER received my reservation let alone confirmed it.

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The Expedia reservation number has NOTHING to do with the Wyndham. It is BUT an Expedia reservation number.

Wyndham confirmation numbers are much shorter, such as this.

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Though I do not travel that much anymore I used to travel much, much more than most. For about 15 years of my life I used to travel, out-of-town, 3 to 4 nights a week. So I am no stranger to travel. Unless it is a hotel that knows me by name (and that used to be the case with many of the major hotels in Raleigh, N.C., since I was there every week) I never arrive at a hotel BEFORE reconfirming my reservation. As I have stated before I have contingency plans for my contingency plans. So …

This trip, to Philadelphia, blighted by the Brandon Bostian Amtrak 188 crash, was the first time, ever, that I personally have used Expedia. Never again.

Though I had the Expedia conformation, I was NOT going to arrive at a Hotel, with the two kids, until I knew that everything was OK.

So, I called up the hotel. They did NOT have the reservation. Never heard of it.

I called back again about 4 hours later. Same result. The Wyndham Philadelphia did NOT have a reservation for me.

I called Expedia.

I got to the bottom of it — BUT NOT thanks to Expedia.

The Wyndham was outstanding. I was very impressed.

Expedia, from what I can see, based on this experience, sucks.

So, be AWARE. Be VERY AWARE.

A confirmed hotel reservation from Expedia could have YOU sleeping on the streets.


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