Blogs from Clovis, California, United States, North America


North America » United States » California » Clovis September 1st 2023

Too few to mention!!! But the Impulse Traveler has listed some that many of us have experienced! Here they are: Flight or Rail Delay or Cancelation-This is a real PIA, but as I learned, always have a Plan B, and not just for unwanted pregnancy! Taking a trip in a Third World country can be problematic, given their history of reliability. Always try to take the first flight or train out in the early morning. Just think about Steve Martin and John Candy if it happens to you. Choosing a Bad Travel Partner-Fortunately, I have the great Mr. Mike, world's best travel buddy. But I have a few on the bench just in case he can't go. A... read more
4 best pals in Crete
Dinner in Mjet

North America » United States » California » Clovis May 7th 2023

My flights to and from Europe on Tuesday will be a bit different this time. Why? Let me tell you. Fresno to Paris will cost $5.60 plus a few American Airlines miles, business class. The return is Frankfurt to Fresno, will cost $134.65 plus a few United Airlines miles, business class also. My total cost will be $140.25. Such a deal! I normally use my frequent flyer miles for upgrades. But these days, upgrades are difficult to impossible to find or book. Most airlines will put me on a wait list for upgrades. So, in my old age, I say, why take the chance?? The only downside to this strategy is that I will not earn any frequent flyer miles for this trip. The last time I flew coach class to Europe was on Aer Lingus. ... read more
New rules travel

North America » United States » California » Clovis March 1st 2023

So, I have been under the weather lately, so not much news or email updates. Here are some pearls of whatever you want. “We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.” — Miguel de Unamuno Pinot Noir is the most commonly mispronounced wine name. Apparently, an average of 2,380 people search for how to correctly say the world-famous French wine each month. (It's PEE-noh nwar, in case you were wondering). Expedia shows the ideal day to book a flight is Sunday. For domestic flights, you can get the best airfare by booking at the end of the weekend. Doing so can save you around 5%. For international flights, the savings are nearly 10%. Barium nitrate is insoluble in 6M Nitric Acid. (I remember that from freshma... read more
Sunset from my backyard

North America » United States » California » Clovis September 21st 2022

“Having hobbies in retirement is so important for keeping both your mind and body busy,” says Craig Kirsner, president of retirement planning services at Stuart Estate Planning Wealth Advisors in Coconut Creek, Florida. “You've probably worked for decades and now you have to keep busy in retirement as well.” These hobbies can keep you productive and fulfilled throughout your retirement years: Pickleball.Writing.Stock market trading.Gardening.... read more
Or I can take a nap
But cycling is my fun and exercise

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 1st 2022

Episode 2 for 2022 will focus again on both travel and humor, or whatever else happens to cross my mind or my reading. Let's start with one that has captivated our country as we confirmed our first African American female Supreme Court justice: “Be open to new ideas and experiences because you’ll never know when someone else will have an interesting thought or when a new door will open to take you on the journey of your dreams.” “You can’t always expect to be the smartest person in the room but you can promise to be the hardest working.” “Among my many blessings and indeed the very first is the fact that I was born in this great country. The United States of America; the greatest beacon of hope and democracy the world has ever known.” ... read more
Best Advice
A Happy Heart

North America » United States » California » Clovis January 1st 2022

I mean 2022, of course. I have big plans for 2022. How about you? I no longer make resolutions. But I do have plans. Keep exercising on the Peloton when I cannot get out on the road with my bicycle.Go wine tasting more often.Clean out the garage and donate more stuff to charity.Get my mountain bike tuned up.Replace the canopy on the gazebo covering our bbq.Spend more time with dear friends. Expect a call for lunch!Follow through on all my travel plans... read more
The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Thessaly, Greece, winter

North America » United States » California » Clovis January 6th 2021

Interesting information: Annual consumption has been growing steadily for decades, and last year reached about 39 pounds per person; that’s about three-fourths of a pound per week. But as we nibble away, url= about calories, sodium, and fat persist. So where does cheese fit in a healthy diet? Fat and calories What is the typical nutrition profile for cheese? A typical slice (22 grams) of Swiss Cheese is 86 calories, with 6.8 grams of fat, 5.9 grams of protein, and zero fiber and sugar. Mozzarella is one of the lowest calorie (78 calories per ounce) cheeses. An ounce of brie is about 100 calories. Colby, jack, edam and gouda are much higher. Pairings For a festive cheese board, with great variety: ... read more
More cheese
My favorite, brie!

North America » United States » California » Clovis September 24th 2020

Just for the record, I never had or wanted a proverbial "bucket list" that has become so popular with travelers. I rarely compiled a list of places I wanted to go. Visiting all fifty of our states was almost by accident, until the total reached the low forties or thereabouts. Trips to places around the world were never planned more than eight to nine months ahead. Much of this I owe to my travel buddy Mike. He rarely wants to commit to a location, too far in advance. When we drove Chile from top to bottom, it all came together just a few months before. Same for our trek to Africa for the safaris and visiting Barry the V. I have seen other people's bucket list, and thought I would give you my "water pail" **list, ... read more
With Mr. Willie at his Ngorongoro lodge
Doing the tango in Buenos Aires
In front of St. Basil's in Moscow

North America » United States » California » Clovis September 4th 2020

I think I covered this before on one of my "Twelve Days of Christmas" series of emails. But, perhaps with Covid, we should revisit your needs when traveling afar. Here is a basic list from Travel and Leisure:url= sanitizer (lots of it)url= read more
Even better?
My kit

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 14th 2020

Two interesting results of the pandemic have resulted in better outcomes: bike riding and dog ownership (adoption). Case in point: From Travel and Leisure: Young children who come from dog-owning households and regularly go on family dog walks, or actively play with their dogs, are better behaved than their peers who grew up without a dog, a new study has found. The study, from the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute, notes that kids aged 2 through 5 who had dogs "had a reduced likelihood of conduct and peer problems, as well as increased pro-social behaviors such as sharing and cooperating." Further, the positive effects of growing up with a dog increased the more the children walked or played with their family dog. According to the study, which surveyed 1,646 parents, childre... read more
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Always use a front fastening harness or halter

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