Monday, February 24, 2014

NO PANORAMIC VISTAS HERE- Dear Karl Pilkington, An Idiot Abroad

Dear Karl,
               I have never written a fan letter before. I tend to hold celebrities to such low regards that writing a fan letter had never occurred to me. That is never occurred to me before I saw your show, Idiot Abroad. I will be brief as to who I am and what I am about. I freaking love to travel. I love to see trees that I have never seen before, taste food I have never tasted and meet people who are interesting and interested.

As much as I love to travel, I love to plan on traveling. I like to read books about my destination. I like to search websites and travel guides. I like to watch travel shows and videos. I almost enjoy the preparation as much as the trip.

On with it. My lovely spouse, Janet, and I decided, after some “House of Cards” fatigue on Netflix, to
watch your show from SKY TV.

                  After five minutes I knew this was truly the most important, perfect, greatest, travel show to ever air. I watched with awe at the brutal honesty with which you dissected China. Toilets or lack there of, the bug food people ate and everything in between. This made me think, I never want to travel anywhere that I am not able to see your take on it first. I bet the tourism sites all present the Great Pyramids without the trash blowing by and no hotel that I know of has ever bragged about guests pooping in a hole in the closet as a benefit to staying there. These are not the only reason this is such a monumental, epic travel show, no, no, no, that was revealed when you made it to the Great Wall of China only to find they needed bears to entertain people because the wall was so dull. Oh my God! Let me count the dollars we have spent on this type of nonsense. The Titanic in the Mountains of Tennessee, really?  Whale barfing in Maine, Sea Lion Cave in Oregon when they are visible for free, just to name a few.

                  I hope what is coming through my feeble attempt at my first fan letter is that you have keen senses, impeccable ability to state the obvious and the wherewithal to cut through the crap and see what the reality  is but most importantly the ability to share it with us.

Dan McCoig AKA DanTraveling
North Carolina, USA

*Your show is so perfect that I can not stop watching it.  You are always welcome in the southeastern USA should you come we would be happy to show you around. 

An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky1, as well as spin-off books published by Canongate Books,[1]created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and starring Karl Pilkington.[2] The ongoing theme of both the television series and the books is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel, so Merchant and Gervais make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress
Credits - An Idiot Abroad
Executiveproducer(s)Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Richard Yee
Krishnendu Majumdar
Dan Goldsack
Producer(s)Richard Yee
Krishnendu Majumdar
Luke Campbell

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens

Hitch-22: A MemoirHitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will miss "the Hitch"
This is a great, although somewhat rambling, reminiscing memoir.
I learned a great deal about the man and his story. I loved feeling like I was with him during his incredible journey to places like Cuba, Walla Walla, Turkey, Iraq and on and on. If you love Christopher you will love this book. I read it faithfully until about the last fifty pages and it seemed to fade. So I admit I skimmed the last chapter and then read ,intently, the last four or five pages.

From the book

When the axe came into the woods, many of the trees said: "At least the handle is one of us." Turkish Proverb


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

BEAR DOWN, BEAR DOWN - Suspicious Bear Death in Walkertown, North Carolina

Imagine my shock when Janet and I were shopping at the local Roses and we rounded the corner to this!

In a total 2013 move I chose to take a photo before helping the victim.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Janet got a Christmas Card from the White House

Janet received a Christmas card from the White House today. So excited.
She was actually there at the White House during the holidays last year and got to meet a 
member of the Obama family, Bo. 
She said the decorations were fantastic and it all looked great.
She was a guest of the Center for American Progress representing North Carolina and I was outside the fence looking in. So I am standing out by the park looking through the black bars and this guy, pretty sure he was homeless, was staring at me. I think I said "my wife is in there" and he looked surprised and said "mine is too" and then he shuffled off. I don't think he was telling the truth but I was.. Well maybe I was. Her meeting actually was in the Eisenhower Executive Building but they all toured the White House first so she may have been in there at that moment.

So anyway
Merry Christmas back at ya White House and here is to a great 2014 in America for all.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Maker's Mark Weekend in Kentucky

We were invited guests, of an actual Maker's Mark Ambassador, to enjoy the festivities in Loretto, KY at the Maker's Mark Distillery. OMG it was great. Free cocktails, food and even dipping our own bottle in the "Wax."



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