Canadian Buffoon's Back to Front Vacation - Update! 01/14 - Backside of Water

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  1. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Yes she is. ::yes::

    And... thanks!
  2. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Well hello there, Kelly!
    :welcome: to the TR!

    Well, I'm glad you've decided
    to come out of lurkedom.

    But it's never too late to chime in.
    I run a very open TR, here. :)

    Great! Hope to hear more from you! :goodvibes

    You're in luck!
    The next update
    is pretty much ready
    to go.
    Proofing now.
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  4. pooh'smate

    pooh'smate Stuck in the Middle

    Jan 22, 2005
    I am still catching up as I am behind but I had to stop and post about the tourtiere. My dh is from MTL and we have tourtiere every New Year's Eve. We love it and I do make it pretty regularly through the fall and winter.
  5. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Then I have bad news.
    I'm about ready to post
    the next update.

    But the good news is...
    There's no rules!
    Catch up, jump in...
    It's all good! :)

    Of course.
    This seems to have brought
    a few people to comment.

    I need to learn.
    I told my Mom that she
    "has" to teach me this year.
  6. pooh'smate

    pooh'smate Stuck in the Middle

    Jan 22, 2005

    I can send you the recipe I use. I found it in a cookbook one year and made it as a surprise for my dh. He took one bite said it was better than his mothers and even better then one that is really famous in Quebec that some Monks make.
  7. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Welllll…. I dunno…
    Kinda used to my Mom's and...

    I'm sorry. What's that?

    Send it!!!!
  8. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Cole at Christmas
    (not a typo)

    I left Upper Sandusky
    and a very nice DISmeet
    happy and full.

    I do love meeting new
    friends that until then
    were friends-I'd-yet-to-meet. :)

    I drove on toward Cleveland.
    Over the next couple of hours
    I made a few stops
    at a few Harley shops.

    I usually listen either to
    tunes on my iPhone,
    random radio stations,
    or to audiobooks.
    Mostly audiobooks.
    (One such, Aurora,
    by Kim Stanly Robinson,
    is science fiction and if you
    enjoy that, I highly
    recommend it.)

    When I need to pay particular
    attention to traffic,
    or there are numerous
    interruptions by Betty,
    I'll turn off the book
    because I can't really
    concentrate on the plot.
    Or to Betty.
    Or both.
    Or... neither, rather.

    When I did so, the radio
    announced that tornadoes
    had been spotted in the
    ______ area of Cleveland.

    Great. I had no clue where
    ______ was. For all I knew,
    I was driving right into it.

    Luckily, I avoided making
    like Dorothy.
    Probably because I'm more

    He was the brave one, right?

    So where was I heading?
    Well, in Cleveland, one must
    visit the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, no?


    Well... it had been my plan
    to visit it.
    And the map I'd printed
    did include it, but...

    Tickets to the Hall are $26.
    Not including parking.
    I was going to arrive
    around 3:30 - 4:00pm.
    People have posted that
    they've easily spent
    four to five hours there.

    And it closes at 5:30pm.
    So... $26 for an hour or so
    of very rushed, unsatisfying

    I decided to skip it.

    Silver lining
    (Chrome lining?)
    I added a couple of Harley stops
    and decided to check into
    my hotel before my next DISmeet.

    But first...
    Well, in Cleveland, one must
    visit the Christmas Story House.


    If you don't recognize that house,
    then you probably haven't watched
    A Christmas Story.
    If you haven't watched
    A Christmas Story...

    Why haven't you!?!?!? o_O

    Seriously. Watch it.
    Well... maybe not now,
    but when you're in a Christmas
    kinda mood.
    Maybe next month, some time.

    And wash out your mouth
    with a bar of Lifebuoy
    for not having seen it.


    So! ls everyone ready
    to visit the house?

    Then you should probably
    head over to Cleveland,
    since I didn't go in.

    You may be saying to yourselves: [​IMG]

    But I've been there before.
    You can read about it here:
    Christmas in July
    (If you haven't already. If you wish.)

    While I didn't go in,
    I did notice a couple
    of new items on display
    in the garage across
    from the house.
    Well... new to me anyways.


    According to the (slight)
    research I've done on this car,
    a 1938 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan,
    it apparently is the original one
    used in the movie.
    My only complaint
    is that while the tires
    are round and made of rubber...
    They have tread on them.

    The fire truck, however...


    Is not the one used
    in the movie.
    It's actually a 1939
    while the original
    is a 1938 model.
    The movie one is
    owned and currently
    on display at the
    Chippawa Volunteer
    Fire Fighters’ Association
    in Niagara Falls, Canada.
    (original seen here in this
    still from the movie.)


    You'll notice that the truck
    says Chippawa on it.
    It was parked
    (in the next frame)
    so as to obscure
    the name.


    It should have said
    Hohman on it,
    since the movie is set
    in Hohman, Indiana.
    Which is why the one
    on display in Cleveland
    has that stenciled on it.

    Oh, and...

    The outdoor winter scenes
    at the school were shot
    in St. Catharines, Canada.

    Oh, and...

    Well, that's all I'm going
    to say about poor Flick.

    So why did I stop there?
    Well... only one other
    reason anyone would
    feel compelled to go there.

    To pick up one of
    these beauties.


    It's indescribably beautiful!

    Purchase in hand,
    I lovingly placed it in
    the trunk of my car,
    careful not to damage it,
    lest I be forced to bury it
    next to the garage,
    with the sound of "Taps"
    being played, gently.

    Major award in hand,
    I set out once more.

    I had a couple stops
    before checking in to
    the hotel.
    One of those stops was at
    South East Harley Davidson.

    Frequently, due to the frequency
    that I frequent Harley Stores,
    I simply pop in, grab a poker chip,
    and continue on my way.
    Every now and then,
    something will catch my eye
    and I'll peruse a little longer.

    This particular shop held
    a few surprises.



    A 1919 Harley with...
    A covered side car????
    It looks a little ratty...
    but it is almost a hundred
    years old.
    Still, never seen anything
    like that before!

    Also, there was this Harley:


    Owned at one time by
    Elvis Presley.
    I find it interesting
    that with the passage
    of time, this may be
    less cool than it once
    would have been.

    Kids these days.

    Now if it was a
    Taylor Swift bike!

    Who cares.


    My original plan was to
    have my next DISmeet
    and check in to my hotel
    But since I was running
    a bit ahead of schedule,
    I actually had time to
    check in and get myself
    situated before the meet.
    That would save time later
    and allow me to get some
    rest a bit earlier.
    Another long drive coming.

    So.... here's the thing about Betty.
    I've noticed that there are times,
    when the road is straight and true,
    and as we're coming up to an exit,
    she'll start telling me to
    "Keep left, on I-90 to Chicago"
    for example.
    Well... yeah.
    She didn't tell me to take the exit,
    so why would I?

    She doesn't do it at every exit,
    thank goodness.
    But often enough that it's noticeable.

    I left my last Harley shop of the day
    and headed to the hotel.
    And... came to a standstill.
    There was an accident up ahead
    and nothing was moving
    to allow those nearest to stop
    and admire the carnage.

    I started looking at the clock,
    thinking that I'd be late
    for my DISmeet.

    I hate being late.
    I really do.
    I think it's completely unfair
    to the people whom you
    are making wait for you.

    Luckily, in jolts and staggers,
    the traffic started to lurch forward.
    Soon I was traveling at highway
    speeds once again.
    I glanced at the time and
    at Betty's ETA and knew
    I'd have time.
    It would be tight, but do-able.

    As the miles to destination
    wound down, I became more
    convinced that I'd just make it.

    Okay... in another mile or so,
    I need to make a right turn.
    I approached a long ramp,
    on the right.
    I started to wonder if I
    should take it... but Betty
    made no comment as I approached.
    Okay, obviously a ramp leading
    elsewhere and I'd have that right
    turn come up real soon.
    I passed the ramp and Betty
    cheerfully and smugly chirped:
    (Usually Betty says that
    in an accusing/exasperated tone.)


    The ETA went from one minute
    to ten more minutes.
    With a (more or less)
    U turn up ahead.

    Thanks Betty.
    Should've trusted my instincts.
    (Totally disregard that my
    instincts were completely wrong
    just a couple days ago.)

    I got to the hotel
    (10 minutes late)
    and as quickly as I could,
    checked in, found my room,
    dumped my bags, and headed out.

    (This photo was from later that night.)


    Yep. Room.
    Rejoice that I posted that.

    I ran (i.e. hobbled quickly)
    back to the car,
    hopped (i.e. slowly, carefully eased)
    in to the seat
    and zoomed (i.e. just slightly over the speed limit)
    off to the DISmeet.
    And I was gonna be late.
    And I was not happy about it.

    When I used to travel
    in the States, I was pretty
    much out of contact.
    I did have my iPod that
    I could use when I had wifi
    to send and receive emails...
    But I didn't have a cell phone
    that worked outside Canada.

    Now I have a shiny new iPhone, but...
    I can place and receive calls,
    but I would incur roaming and
    long distance charges,
    so it's really for emergencies.
    I can text, however...
    but most people with iPhones
    don't use "text".
    They use iMessage.
    I do too.
    But I didn't have data
    in the States,
    so I could only get text texts.

    So I started texting Carrie
    (@orangecats2) that I
    was on my way but would be late.

    No answer.

    I eventually arrived at
    Melt Bar & Grilled.
    (And is it just me?
    Or is it weird it's called
    Bar and "Grilled" instead
    of Bar and Grill?)

    I sent Carrie another text
    letting her know I was here.

    No answer.

    I walked inside and looked around.
    I didn't see anyone familiar.

    (We had met previously
    a few years earlier.)


    She hadn't answered me...
    What if she hadn't been able
    to come for some reason?

    I was beginning to wonder
    if I should bite the bullet
    (aka, the cost)
    and phone her, when Carrie
    walked around the corner
    and waved.

    I asked. "Did you get my texts?"
    Carrie assured me that she had.

    I realized that I'd never actually
    asked a question, so there'd
    been no real reason for her
    to respond.
    I forgot about it and got
    down to the happy business
    of catching up with friends.


    It was nice meeting
    Carrie and Joe again, but....
    It was their wedding anniversary!
    I asked them why they were
    spending their anniversary with me,
    but they assured me that they were
    going to begin their celebration
    the next day as they were
    leaving for Disney in the morning.

    They then gave me a gift
    for my travels.

    Really, people... gifts aren't necessary!

    But, the case of Vanilla Coke was
    appreciated... and imbibed!

    Thanks, guys. I appreciated it very much. :goodvibes

    We chatted for a bit and ordered food.
    I ordered an interestingly named dish
    called "Cuban War Pig".
    A half order, actually.


    Honey ham, mojo glazed pulled pork,
    fried pickle spears, honey mustard
    and Swiss cheese.

    And it was.... wonderful.
    I believe Joe got the same
    while Carrie ordered
    "Mom's Meatloaf Dinner".

    There was one downside, though.
    I couldn't decide between
    fries or coleslaw...
    So of course I ordered both.
    But the coleslaw...

    It was cabbage and carrots
    and pepper....
    And nothing else.
    No dressing whatsoever.

    It was awful.

    It was basically a bowl
    of raw cabbage (with a hint
    of carrots thrown in.)
    I took a bite or two
    (the second, because I
    couldn't believe what
    I was tasting with
    the first bite)
    and shoved it away.

    In retrospect, I suspect
    that perhaps the server
    scooped some out of an
    unfinished batch of cold prep?
    And you may wonder
    why I didn't send it back?
    By then I was full and
    didn't want any more.
    I should have mentioned
    it though.
    Just to save someone else
    the ignominy of an incomplete
    helping of disappointing coleslaw.

    We spent the next while
    happily noshing and chatting.

    All too soon, the evening wore down
    and it was time for us to go
    our separate ways.


    Sure was nice seeing you guys again.
    Hope your trip to Disney was great! :)

    I drove back to the hotel.
    When I logged on to the wifi,
    I suddenly got a bunch of
    iMessages from Carrie.
    "We're here."
    "Okay, we're inside."
    "We're just around the corner."


    I made sure to tell future
    DISers that I met that I
    couldn't get iMessages
    and to just use straight texts.


    It wasn't long after that,
    that I hit the sack
    and fell asleep about
    five seconds after my
    head hit the pillow.

    It had been a great day
    with two wonderful DISmeets.

    And I think that's a good spot
    to end this chapter.

    The afternoon's drive:


    In case you didn't see it:


    Did you see it in this chapter?

    Coming up... The center of the Universe.

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2018
  9. buzzrelly

    buzzrelly DIS Veteran

    Nov 20, 2005
    I clicked over to read about your trip to Ralphie's house. I LOVE that movie :love: I'd love to see that, but I just put it into my maps and it's about a 14 hour drive from me and I am not a fan of driving, especially on highways. I guess I'll add it to our "someday" list. My DH wants to drive cross-country someday but since we couldn't take off 3 weeks of work in the summer, it's going to have to wait until we are retired. I also want to hit Marceline, MO on that trip, which seems like it's not even close to Ohio so maybe we'll need more than 3 weeks :-)

    I saw it in both chapters, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else :goodvibes
  10. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    Isn't it the best??? :goodvibes

    Yeah, that might be a
    bit of a problem, then. :)

    3 weeks?
    It's only 14 hours away.
    You could do that in one day.

    Well... if you're stupid
    like me, you could.

    But you could do it in
    a very easy 3 day drive
    or two full days.

    Yeah, that'd be another
    ten and a half hours.
    Bit of a long side trip.


    Only twelve and a half from me...
    Could do that in a day. Hmmm...

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  11. buzzrelly

    buzzrelly DIS Veteran

    Nov 20, 2005
    Ha! That part, but I don't think we'd revolve the whole trip around visiting Ralphie's house, as much fun as that seem to be. We kind of want to see a bunch of National Parks, the Grand Canyon, etc. And since my DH won't fly, that's the only way he'll ever see any of that :D
  12. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    I have very bad news for you.
    The grand canyon isn't
    all that close to Ralphie's house.


    Okay... you're gonna
    need that three weeks.

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  13. Terra Nova guy

    Terra Nova guy DIS Dad #811 Newfoundland, Canada

    Nov 11, 2014
    I usually flick around to different radio stations when driving. I have actually never listened to an audiobook. It might be interesting.

    I can't blame you there. I once did something very similar at a science center in Singapore. They had a temporary Star Wars display there with a lot of movie props. It was similarly late in the day before I got there. I really wanted to see the Star Wars stuff, which I did, but I felt paying the full day admission price was a bit of a waste since there was an entire science center full of things I never saw.

    Confession time (and I have a feeling I may have mentioned this before, maybe in the DDC thread) - I have never seen A Christmas Story. At least not in its entirety. I know that house, the leg lamp, and I have seen parts of the movie. But something always happens that I never finish watching, or I see it part way through. I may well have seen the entire movie if I put all the bits and pieces together. It's shameful really. I distinctly remember sitting down last year to watch it. I distinctly have no idea why I didn't finish. But I didn't.
    Life goal for 2018: watch A Christmas Story. From start to finish.
    I'll have to let you know how that turns out.

    This is very cool stuff. Really. I like behind the scenes info like that.
    Now when I actually sit down and watch it, if anyone is with me, I can tell them all these interesting facts. And they'll think I'm smart.
    Kind of like that scarecrow dude.
    Oh...he was the brave one...was he?

    Sad but true. Although I didn't mind Taylor when she first came out and she was country.

    Interesting room. That little half-wall between the couch and bed. I don't think I've ever seen a room like that. I kind of like it though.

    It's one of the frustrating parts of travelling with a Canadian phone. It either costs a fortune in roaming to use everything normally. Or you don't use it. I completely missed meeting a friend I hadn't seen in years on a (previous years ago) Florida trip because of that.

    Oh, and about seeing it...I did, but I after my third look! He was sneaky this time, peeking out....won't say exactly where and give it away...
  14. buzzrelly

    buzzrelly DIS Veteran

    Nov 20, 2005
  15. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    I find that a bit annoying
    when I'm driving for
    a long time and the
    stations keep fading away.

    I find that I pay more attention
    to the audiobooks and they
    really make the miles roll by.

    Yeah, I feel your pain.
    When I went to the Chicago
    Museum of Science and Industry
    last year, I didn't have much time.
    I knew going in that I really
    only had time to see the submarine,
    but I would've loved to have had
    the time to see more.

    You're lucky you still are
    allowed in the club.

    Very lucky.


    And yet...
    I suspect your situation
    isn't all that rare.

    It's one of those movies
    that you happen to walk
    by the TV and it's on and...

    You sit and watch for a bit
    before you remember
    what it was you were
    actually supposed to be doing.


    Betting that you start and...


    Me too. :)

    Yeah. You'll be the hit
    of the party if you
    jabber away during the movie.
    You should definitely do that.

    And yes.
    Brave. I'm sure that's it.

    She was country?

    Your girls are younger
    than mine.

    Explains it.

    That half wall is the only
    reason I took that photo!

    I was going to mention it...
    and then thought:
    "Nah. Who'd care about that?"

    Been there.

    Been there.

  16. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    There, there.
    If you're nice,
    maybe someone will
    move it closer for you.
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  17. docsoliday1

    docsoliday1 DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever

    Mar 12, 2008
    I'd never heard of it before here, but I'm always good with good recipes. PM me with it if you would (or if you post it here, never mind) ;)
  18. Terra Nova guy

    Terra Nova guy DIS Dad #811 Newfoundland, Canada

    Nov 11, 2014
    There's one born every minute....
  19. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    So.... when were you born again?

  20. docsoliday1

    docsoliday1 DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever

    Mar 12, 2008
    I will attempt to reply better(multi quote) when I'm at a pc, but am I seeing wore the same shirt both times you met Carrie & Joe?
  21. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    That's me too. It's about the only way I get to read any more, just too busy. So I listen to audiobooks on my commute.

    Love Sci Fi, I've added this one to my long list of books I want to get to someday.

    Definitely on my bucket list. Sad thing is, we lived in Erie so right next door for about 6 years and we never made it over there.

    Ditto on this one, would be a neat place to see.

    I have to admit, I always find the facts you include in your TRs fascinating. But I'm a trivia buff so accumulating information I will never need in my daily life is a bit of a hobby. :rotfl2:

    Grrrr, hate when this happens. :headache:

    Awwww, sweet they spent it with you. I think my worse anniversary was the one where my MIL was visiting and the three of us went out to dinner together.

    Yep, but it took me twice through. Marvin was certainly sneaky this time!

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