Monday, August 28, 2006

Rough seas again

You have guessed it.. There is a miss guided storm sitting at the tip of Florida unsure of where it would like to go in this world. Sunday it was a strong storm that was going to skirt up the west coast of florida and make landfall in Tampa and across. This morning it was to head up the middle of the state into Georgia. By 10am this storm looking for his way home, decided it should travel up the coastal counties of Florida and land on Brevard County by 2pm Wednesday afternoon. As of right now his path has moved slightly west a little and we get all the stronger wind.. So tomorrow morning we will arise to a possible new path of Ernesto.. And what will he be, Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, Cat 1 or can he make it to Cat 2???? Only time will tell.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Recent Events

Many of my family members now tell me that I can not go back overseas. The way I feel is that I we all stop traveling we are letting the terrorist win. Yep that is truly it.. The british government have arrested 20 some terrorist and are still looking for a few more. These men had a plan to blow up planes traveling from England to different US cities. They had planned to blow up the planes over cities to do more damage. The airlines have now limited carry on items to wallet, passport and ticket only. You can not bring anything else - No MP3 or CD player, No portable DVD, No drink, No Lotion, No car keys, No books, magazines or papers and the list goes on. Thank goodness that was not me the week brefore because I would go insane. Maybe by next years trip things will be different. I need at least a book & MP3 player or I will need some sleeping pills. Because I will be insane. I think it is great that they are not allowing certin things on planes. I think that if you purchased your drink in the terminal they should let you bring it on the plane. I truly felt pretty safe flying 3 weeks ago. There was only one guy who creeped me out on the plane.
What else.. I think I am going to go to Scotland next year. Men in Skirts... I have not figuired who I will be going with. There is a tour group that just does HP tours. I am waiting to see what the itenaries are between them and AAA. One group is a little more expensive because it does not include airfare. I will just have to compare them and decide.
Work is Work. Same old Same old..
Love life is still crap. Lonely as ever...

Saturday, August 12, 2006

England Flowers

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Nerves on edge

Well there news this morning was quite eye openning.. Over night they took down a plot to bring airliners down from England to US Airports. They had planned to blow up up to 10 planes. Apparently this has been a plan in progress for several months. Yep they were cooking this plan up while I was over there.. Freaky... Well I am going to try to put myself to sleep.. I will post more tomorrow.

Best Buy Round 2

As you know I have been battling with Best Buy's Geek Squad to fix my computer. Well when I got home guess what is sitting on my front step.. My Computer.. (And my order from Scrap Your Trip).. I come in feed the pups and then open it up... I have my computer back..... Except.......... NO POWER CORD... You got it it was not sent back with the computer. So I call Best Buy I get someone at the service desk and she says they are with a customer and could I call back in 10 minutes. I said to the nice lady I have need to speak with someone becuase I have been having problems and explained the whole deal. She asks can I take your number and have someone on call you back. She puts me on hold and eventually someone then disconnects me. I call back and it just keeps ringing. I call again and it keeps ringing. I call back and finally get someone and get the geek squad. Well It turns out that I have to make another trip to pick up the power cord because it never made it to the repair shop to be checked out. Can you believe it.. My issue is when I took my mother's laptop in for a power plug issue they replaced the mother board and she got a new power plug.. Here is the mystery.. Will the old power plug fit? Will it charge???? We will see..

Saturday, August 05, 2006

trip update

I am home.. I got home Late tuesday night after sitting for an hour on the Atlanta runway.. Weather delays.. It was a fabulous trip. I am still trying to get use to our time zone.. I am in the process of uploading the pictures as we speak. England is truly beautiful. The country side is beathe taking. Mary poppins was a lot different from the movie but still good. The weather was amazing.. It felt just like home.. It was in the 90's all the time we were in London.. And ladies most places do not have A/C.. The theater is one of them. On nice thing is they sell ice cream at intermission.. Got melted chocolate on my white pants.. The churchs just amazing. And to try to fiquire how they created such big and beautiful buildings without colapse leaves you dumb struck. I ended up taking almost 1000 pictures and was able to get them onto my computer before the battery died.. As you can tell from the last post. I have printed off about 300 photos for people at work to look at. The area was in full bloom as you will see from some of the pictures. We did not hit rain until our last 3 days but it seem to only rain when we were on the bus. The Cadbury chocolate factory tour was yummy. Walking through the factory and breathing in the smell of warm chocolate just made you want the chocolate more.. I can tell you that chocolate does pretty well in your checked bag. We went to the Denby pottery factory. We were able to make our own ceremic frog and to paint pottery. I ended up bringing coffee mugs home and had to carry those on the plane. The night before we left we had a farewell dinner at "Tales of Robin Hood" dinner theater. We all got to dress up in costumes. I wanted to Bring mine home. They asked us what we wanted to drink (I ordered wine) and they brought each of us our own bottle of wine. And they wanted us up at 5am for head to the airport.. Now that was hard.. Yes I drank a little too much. Another unusal thing is they have beans and fried toast on thier breakfast buffet. Very interesting to me..
Here is what all we saw
7/25 - landed, headed tothe location of #4 Privet Dr. then to Eton and Windsor Castle then to the hotel for welcome dinner.
7/26 - We toured the city, went to the london zoo, Toured Kings Cross Station then to Lunch at the Albert Pub, Free afternoon ( we went by Westminster Abby, Big Ben & the houses of parlament, rode the London Eye, boat tour of the River Thames then rode a double decker and walked the play district) then met up at the playhouse for Mary Poppins.
7/27 - We borded the bus for Oxford - Explored Christ Church/college and wandered the city then went to the Pitts Museum then headed to the Roald Dahl Museum and toured it and watched some of the employees act out some of his short stories. Then we headed back to the hotel (I was hoping to see Phantom of the Opera but due to traffic we got back late)
7/28 - We packed up from the hotel and headed to Stonehenge then through the countryside to Lacock and a tour of Lacock Abbey (very beautiful place & garden) then to Gloucester chathedral and free tme in town then to our new hotel with no A/C. but the bed was to die for.
7/29 - we went to Burton-on-the-water which is a cute little place then to Warwick castle (the location where woods taught harry about Quittich) then to Stafford-on-Avon location of Shakespeare & Ann Hathaway's home. We had a fish & chips dinner
7/30 - We toured the Cadbury Factory then we headed to Kinneyminster for a train ride through the land and at the end we had a tour of the engine house.
7/31 - we had a morning free and walked down to the town of Ashbourne (cute little place, I bought some tea to bring home) then walked back up hill to the hotel, then we went to the Denby Pottery Factory then to Sherwood forest and saw an 800 year old Big Oak. then to the dinner theater.8/01 - Headed to Manchester to board the plane home.. I can not believe how much time has passed already.
I miss everyone. We had a great bunch to travel with. I also learned to get the motion sickness patch for the trip they have very uneven pavement. I am going next year they are seeing Scotland..As soon as I get the picture uploaded I will post the web address.

Best Buy Vent

Well as you can see I made it back from my trip to England.. Oh it was amazing..Except they need A/C, but that is another story..
Mid-June I took my laptop to have some service before I took it on my trip with me. I have a problem taking tooooo many pictures and wanted to unload the camera every night and start each day with a fresh card. So I took the computer to Best Buy where my warranty is. I explained to the Geek Squad guy that the fan is sorting out and that the power cord is loose and is not charging properly. Of course the Geek said the plug it great and it was charging fine. I told him I wanted check and repaired anyway. I received the computer back just before my trip and the plug slightly fits better. It is not acting like it did prior to sending it off. Well 4 days into the trip the connection between the power plug and computer breaks just like I knew it would. So the day after I get home I take it back to Best Buy and explain that they did not fix the problem and now I can not get 3 days worth of pictures off the computer and if I lose these I will have someone heads. They agree it should have been repaired and offer to back up my pictures for free. They tell me to come back in and hour & half and pick up the disc. I go and kill time and get back and show back up to pick up the disc (It is now 11:30am). Well by now jet lag is catching up to me and I want a nap. Geek boy has the nerve to say the disk is not ready bacause a laptop came in AFTER that needed repair.. You arre tell me you bumped my pictures to repeair someones computer that came in after mine. I was tooo tired to pull him across the desk and ring his neck. So I said when will it be ready he said when do you want it by. I wanted it by 11:30 but that is not possible so I said 5pm. So I head home for a nap before the dentist. I had just laid down and the phone rings at 12noon - He says your backup disk is ready. I said I would pick it up later. So the next day at lunch I go back to Best Buy and get the Disk. I head back to work and try the disk. I put in a computer to make sure it was my pictures and the computer does not notice the disk. I then put it in 2 other computers and still nothing.. I call Best Buy and after being on Hold for almost 10mins I speak to one of the Geek squad members and they states they use a DVD to back up the computer. Well that means I have to go home and uplaod it the computer at home and re-burn it. I explained to the Geek that I wanted to take to a photo studio and print pictures from the disk and that they will not accept DVD. I explained that I told the Geek that and I guess he did not know DVD's will not work in the photo kiosk. Why do I need to spell everything out to these boys???? So now I have to wait and see when I will get my computer back. I have a feeling that they will hold it until the end of the month when the warrenty runs out. Boy will they see a very angry chick if they try and charge me...