Touring the Big Apple

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should really surf on over to the New York tourist guide web page and check out what kind of services are provided by Family In New York, Inc. because this is the coolest thing, I swear, I’ve never heard of anything like this. It seems like Family In New York, Inc. will take you on a private, guided tour of the Big Apple from your hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge and everything in between. The site has some great photos and descriptions of what you can expect. Very cool!

Some Reservations?

Rawr. Every time I watch No Reservations ( or anything Anthony Bourdain guest stars on ) I wonder how I’ve managed to not trap him in my man trap yet, lol. He’s some sexy man, that one, even if he is old to the third power and kind of a mean little snot. I’m in love with No Reservations. It’s 100% better than Andrew Zimmerman’s weird food show, partially because Andrew’s such a Jeremy Piven (sp?)-style douche bag that he actually and quite literally makes Ryan Seacrest, who I’ll affectionately refer to as Queer Eye from now on, look like the real Dick Clark by striking comparison, lol..

I’ve become such an advid fan of the Travel Channel, though, I find that I watch it more than History Channel these days only because they’ve started out matching History in the exotic places they go and the fun, weird things they get to do on those shows. Plus Bourdain makes ass fun of the likes of Bobby Flay (dick) and Rachel Ray (psycho), and that sits well with me, lol.

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Bourdain Is My God Now

So, I love Anthony Bourdain. I’ve just decided I do. I’m a huge fan of No Reservations ( travel channel ) because of the places they go, the food and the culture, and I’ll never get to go anywhere so it’s nice to have a pretend experience, but even if it was just a stupid cooking show I’d still love Bourdain, that man is so freaking funny, smart and sexy, I don’t know where they found him.

I’m starting to think he’s lobbying for my affection, lol. He’s from New York, he quotes Nietzsche, loves The Ramones, gets inked, drinks, smokes, bitches and makes fun of the likes of Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay ( two hosts I despise ) and it makes me wonder if I made him in the garage with my power tools and just forgot about it? Seriously, it sounds like I programmed him myself, doesn’t it? Lmao. I’m watching his Vietnam ep right now and waiting impatiently for No Reservations China episode that’s this week. And now he’s smoking, because he knows that drives me insane. Okay, so maybe I’m a bit obsessed, lol.

Affordable a Vacation? Me?

If you’ve ever dreamt of Luxury Skiing holidays in Meribel, France, or longed for Luxury ski chalets in St Anton, Austria, then you’re likely dreaming of luxury ski deals from SuperTravel. Okay, granted I don’t and will never have enough money to go on a vacation, especially not to the likes of Courchevel, France or anywhere else in europe, but the deals over at SuperTravel actually make me wonder if I’d be able to go someday. I ride the poverty line, and I have to live hand to mouth, but does that mean a Meribel chalet is really out of my reach? It’s starting not to seem that way, and Supertravel has specialists who can arrange vacation travel for you, maybe they could help? Either way, it’s looking more and more possible. :D

Vacation Memories

I haven’t been on vacation in a super long time, mostly because of the fact that all of the money I’ve got goes right to feeding and clothing, and paying bills, etc., and I doubt I’ll go on another vacation anytime soon, but if I were there’s only one place I’d want to go, and that’s home to Los Angeles ( well, home is Anaheim, but we did live in L.A. for quite a long stretch ). The last time I was there was when my family decided to visit my sister Tina and her husband in their brand new house, and it was a blast even though we stayed in most of the time.

Of course, we hit the Southern California vacation spots: to Anaheim for Disneyland, Knotts and shopping – to San Diego for Sea World and the gorgeous Zoo, which was a highlight. Then we headed down to Tiajuana back when it was easy to leave the country for a bit just to party. But what made it memorable was it was one of the only vacations I’d ever taken where my stepsis and I had really bonded. We went out dancing ( swing dancing ), we went shopping, we just hung out, vegged and watched TV and did mini golf and all of the things that families are supposed to do but we never had in our family.

Before we left for home, we hit Vegas with Tine (without her fam) which we haven’t done in, well..ever. If you’re looking for insanely fun things to do in Las Vegas, you should definately consider the more ‘old skool’ casinos if you can find any, but if you can’t, then check out Madame Tussauds – their Jack Sparrow is scary realistic!

You can find out more about Madame Tussauds, Las Vegas and and discounted sightseeing tours over at Trusted Tours & Attractions, your source for online travel guides – actually, if you love free ( and I know you do ), you can sign up for their newsletter before June 30th of this year and you could enter to win a handheld GPS!

Sal Paradise and Me

Ahh, you don’t even know how much I want to go RVing around like Mickey Mouse, lol. Well, granted his was a trailer, but still. Laota and I are always talking about how, if we could get an RV for a decent price, we’d probably live in it but most people, I’m sure, would look into buy an RV or Motorhome for vacationing. What we’re looking for are used RVs, something that maybe has a working bathroom, but that’s not a must. Just something we can afford that we can pack our few belongings into and drive off into the sunset. Or unrise. Or something, lol. We’ll likely check out RVs.com for that kind of thing, just because I like how un-complicated it is.

Going West is a dream of ours. Laota was born in Orange County, California, and I was born up by the border in Washington state, so we’re not really used to the midwest. Plus my mom was a band promotion agent for a long time, so we lived in tour busses and wagon trains of cars, from one truckstop to the next, Stucky’s after Stucky’s, and I don’t think I ever got over that. I love being on the road, I’d live halfway between Los Angeles and Vegas if I could. Sal Paradise had the right idea.

Online Car Rental?

Argh, I’m annoyed! I’m annoyed that there’s no Advantage car rental in town. I’ve got a *whole lot* of stupid rural countryside here, no sidewalks and either flooding, baking sun or freezing rain/snow at any given time to walk through. Yes, I end up having to walk everywhere, and it’s murder!

I so want to be able to rent a car from Advantage.com, I didn’t even know you could do that online! The site’s really nicely designed, takes a bit of time to load but it’s easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for. If I’ve read this right, they’ll even pick you up! If you get time, check out their search feature – we’re definately living in a brand new era if you can rent cars online!