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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-06, 14:43

It doesn't look like things are going to get any better any time soon. I have 26.5 days of vacation, 5 of which I can carry over, so I need to use 21.5 days in the second half of 2020. So far 3 vacations have been cancelled on me. Spring Break at Lego Land with the kids. Trip to Australia, cuz Covid. Golf trip to SC this week because my buddy's wife decided to get all bipolar and decided she didn't like the fact that her husband might have fun without her, so I became a 5th wheel and dropped out of going.
My wife forgot to tell her work that she didn't need 2 weeks off to go to Australia, so she accidentally took the time off, although she ended up picking up a few shifts. Now with the resurgance of Covid, her unit just became the 4th at her hospital to be converted and she will now be working in the covid unit, which means they might not grant her time off.
I was thinking of coming to MI the first week of August, I don't really want to drive, because that would be about 30 hours and have 2 small kids. Fuck the scenery, it looks nice from 30k feet. Flights are cheap right now, and I think if we follow distancing and all that we would be ok. Question is, will MI join other states in doing a self quarantine on those from FL, and more specifically S. Florida.
I have an open invitation to stay at a condo in the mountains in NC. That would be my golf trip, so if I bring my family I would need to make sure they are entertained while I'm golfing and I'm not sure how they would get around if I need the car. I'd also be worried about Kyle getting too close to a drop off. I don't really want to go alone, but I guess it is an option.
I don't want to take time off to just sit around the house, as that feels like a waste and there isn't much to do in Miami while it is shut down and too hot to golf comfortably.

1st world problems. I know.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-07-06, 14:46

stock up on khakis and go Up North.

that would be my advice.

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-07-06, 14:51

if you decide not to go Up North (my recommendation).. where in the mountains of NC were you thinking?
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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-06, 14:54

Robert J Sakimano wrote:if you decide not to go Up North (my recommendation).. where in the mountains of NC were you thinking?
Same place as last year. About 45 min NE of Asheville. The guy I know lives in Hendersonville, but has a condo on a mountain. There really isn't much around there, the views are very nice, but I'd get bored after golf and probably not able to really take advantage of Asheville.
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Post by steveschneider on 2020-07-06, 14:57

I just got off a staycation and I actually loved it. I have another one coming up soon and I'm considering a road trip. I think it's do able as long as you are smart. Some of your options involve a plane and not sure I'm there yet. I've heard being on the actual plane isn't so bad as the filtering systems do a good job at cleaning the air but the whole airport, shuttle bus, and queuing up to board the plane in that tunnel sounds sketchy to me.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-07-06, 15:01

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Robert J Sakimano wrote:if you decide not to go Up North (my recommendation).. where in the mountains of NC were you thinking?
Same place as last year. About 45 min NE of Asheville. The guy I know lives in Hendersonville, but has a condo on a mountain. There really isn't much around there, the views are very nice, but I'd get bored after golf and probably not able to really take advantage of Asheville.
yeah.. I find myself getting bored after golf, as well. Nothing compares to the excitement of it.

I remember you went to that particular area last year. Wasn't sure if you were thinking of some place else. If you're interested and into the sort of thing, a lot of great hiking, mountain biking, etc. You're right that if the place is pretty dead/shut down due to the hoax, it might be hard to hit up a bar/restaurant. Probably wouldn't be overly relaxing, even if you could.

If you were to head over to Haywood County (Waynesville), I could arrange someone to give you a guided tour of the Robert J Sakimano Childhood Home.
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Post by Jake from State Farm on 2020-07-06, 16:18

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
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If you were to head over to Haywood County (Waynesville), I could arrange someone to give you a guided tour of the Robert J Sakimano Childhood Home.

Wow, I've trying to score tickets to that place for years. Nice offer Bob.
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Post by aualum06 on 2020-07-06, 16:32

Wife was tired of tenting

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-07-06, 18:01



I got connections, Jake.
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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-11, 15:05

Gonna head to Key West on Wednesday, assuming Dade and Broward aren't suddenly put on a list of counties that can't go to Monroe county. My kids are so bored, we never go anywhere or do anything. My Wife's brother and family are coming along, they are taking a separate car. Probably stopping on the way down to do some fishing. We've been a few times, but I've never stayed in Key West when traveling there. The heat index yesterday was 112, so might be a bit toasty out.
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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-16, 15:04

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Post by Jake from State Farm on 2020-07-16, 16:15

Was thinking about going to Seaside and Astoria, Oregon to go salmon fishing but decided that spending 5 hours inside a flying aluminum tube with a bunch of other people was not really a good idea. Maybe next year.
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2020-07-16, 16:22

I'm a little jealous, a coworker told me yesterday they rented a beach house with a pool in the panhandle off of airbnb a few weeks ago and drove down to spend a couple of weeks there. I made that drive last year - it's only 16-17 hours. She said that cases in the panhandle are way down compared to the rest of the state, which appears to be true, and the airbnb was dirt cheap. I wish I had thought of that a month ago or so.

PS InTen, you are going to get Kyle one of those Trump shirts, right?
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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-16, 16:48

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:I'm a little jealous, a coworker told me yesterday they rented a beach house with a pool in the panhandle off of airbnb a few weeks ago and drove down to spend a couple of weeks there. I made that drive last year - it's only 16-17 hours. She said that cases in the panhandle are way down compared to the rest of the state, which appears to be true, and the airbnb was dirt cheap. I wish I had thought of that a month ago or so.

PS InTen, you are going to get Kyle one of those Trump shirts, right?
I bought 10 of them.
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Post by MiamiSpartan on 2020-07-16, 21:58

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:I'm a little jealous, a coworker told me yesterday they rented a beach house with a pool in the panhandle off of airbnb a few weeks ago and drove down to spend a couple of weeks there. I made that drive last year - it's only 16-17 hours. She said that cases in the panhandle are way down compared to the rest of the state, which appears to be true, and the airbnb was dirt cheap. I wish I had thought of that a month ago or so.

PS InTen, you are going to get Kyle one of those Trump shirts, right?


Dont be jealous. Cases are way up in the panhandle, too, it's just that the actual number seems lower because the population isn't very large.

The panhandle is also the anti-mask capital of the state.
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2020-07-16, 23:02

MiamiSpartan wrote:
WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:I'm a little jealous, a coworker told me yesterday they rented a beach house with a pool in the panhandle off of airbnb a few weeks ago and drove down to spend a couple of weeks there. I made that drive last year - it's only 16-17 hours. She said that cases in the panhandle are way down compared to the rest of the state, which appears to be true, and the airbnb was dirt cheap. I wish I had thought of that a month ago or so.

PS InTen, you are going to get Kyle one of those Trump shirts, right?


Dont be jealous. Cases are way up in the panhandle, too, it's just that the actual number seems lower because the population isn't very large.

The panhandle is also the anti-mask capital of the state.

Anecdotal obviously, but she said they are mostly staying in, the beaches are not crowded and when they've gone out, everyone is masked up, even more than at home. They are from the Pitt burbs. I'm just saying we are basically staying in at home, it would be nice to be staying home in a "vacation" setting with a pool on the beach. Even if it was a 16 hour drive each way. Does not seem very risky to me, and seems like a vacation I could have processed this year. Oh well. My vacation is coming when my wife takes the kids up north with her mom for a few days.
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Post by aualum06 on 2020-07-17, 10:02

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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-17, 10:13

Nice setup.
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Post by gomersbro on 2020-07-18, 06:08

I am heading to Greece next week. Big advatage of being in Europe is we can travel and not have all the Americans filling up the cities. Actually I wanted to go to the bigger cities that are going to be relatively empty, but then I would have to change planes in Amsterdam or Paris and I want to avoid those airports. So it is a direct flight to the Greek Islands. Not my typical vacation but it will be nice to do something different than trying to work from home with a 1-year old.

Stay safe over there. I am jealous of aualum06's setup because I would be out using that every weekend if I was over there.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2020-07-18, 06:56

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good pics. Cute kids.


(Did you get me a Trump shirt?? I wore my others to church so often they finally just gave out).
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Post by aualum06 on 2020-07-18, 09:26

gomersbro wrote:I am heading to Greece next week. Big advatage of being in Europe is we can travel and not have all the Americans filling up the cities. Actually I wanted to go to the bigger cities that are going to be relatively empty, but then I would have to change planes in Amsterdam or Paris and I want to avoid those airports. So it is a direct flight to the Greek Islands. Not my typical vacation but it will be nice to do something different than trying to work from home with a 1-year old.

Stay safe over there. I am jealous of aualum06's setup because I would be out using that every weekend if I was over there.

Greece sounds fun, I was supposed to be in Germany in June but that didn't happen and our German friend was supposed to be here now and that didn't happen either. Trying for next summer to go see her again but that probably will still be a huge question mark. First time out with the camper just bought it last month
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2020-07-18, 09:37

gomersbro wrote:I am heading to Greece next week. Big advatage of being in Europe is we can travel and not have all the Americans filling up the cities. Actually I wanted to go to the bigger cities that are going to be relatively empty, but then I would have to change planes in Amsterdam or Paris and I want to avoid those airports. So it is a direct flight to the Greek Islands. Not my typical vacation but it will be nice to do something different than trying to work from home with a 1-year old.

Stay safe over there. I am jealous of aualum06's setup because I would be out using that every weekend if I was over there.

Can you start asking around on your travels and find out if any of the folks in the EU are looking for a few respectful immigrant families from overseas once this whole thing is over?
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Post by Other Teams Pursuing That on 2020-07-18, 10:24

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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-27, 20:04

Ok Bob. The MI portion of our trip is cancelled. Too many people uncomfortable with us coming up. I joked to my wife that everyone loves nurses, just no one wants them around.
Anyway, we're still going to Asheville. Tell me how I can go golfing while keeping my Asian half of the family entertained in what could be hillbilly area. We'll be in Burnsville, but driving everywhere. Which reminds me, I need to call my buddy in TN and tell him I'll be around. My wife hates the sun, water and outdoors. GO!
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Post by InTenSity on 2020-07-29, 21:43

I see I'm getting blanks from Bob.
Due to the storm forming in the Caribbean, we are back to leaving on Saturday. Staying in redneckville S. GA on Sat night, then heading up to Atlanta on Sunday. Monday going to Asheville area and staying there...until the following Tuesday I think. My parents are coming and they want to plan dinners. I'm leaving fucking Miami, where the restaurants are closed and going to a part of the country that has different food than I can get down here. I don't want to eat like I haven't left home. Anyway, Woman, Tree, Hat, Pool, Fin.
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Post by Dendrobates on 2020-07-30, 20:25

My most vacation time gets spent sitting at home, so I’m not much help. Our work policy is use it or lose it by the end of the year. Only thing we manage to do is 4 day weekends somewhere.

But I think a flight to MI could be done alright if everyone does it right. And if it’s a comfortable place for the kids to stay at.
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Post by AvgMSUJoe on 2020-07-30, 20:28

I'm thinking a road trip to da UP eh. Been a while.

I don't think my kids have ever seen sleeping bear dunes. Can bring them up there.
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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher Yesterday at 23:39

I love Kyle. Kid is the truth.
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Post by InTenSity Today at 00:15

To be honest with that picture. I was freaking out. I'm not scared of heights, but I have horrible thoughts of falling. All it would take is him getting upset, but he did good. It's probably more me thinking he's going to refuse to let us get him and he falls off the edge. Anyway, we're having a good time.
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