The Big Island is growing!

The Big Island is growing!

  • Dubai

    It is hard to get the pictures right on an IPhone.
    #dubai

  • London

    If my world lived on an angle I would be dizzy.
    #Londontheater

  • Alpaca Convention

    Everybody has a convention.
    #AlpacaPeoria
    #AlpacaNationalShow

Very impressed with this place: Lake Atitlan Lofts!
What a fantastic experience overlooking Lake Atitlan.
#lakeatitlanlofts #lakeatitlan #panahachel

Always check Business & First Class fares.

Found a way out of a cave. Fun with son.

Beyond exciting.

Easter Island - A head above other islands.

Looking for the Easter Bunny on Easter Island.

Sunset flying from SYD to LAX

The Vivid light festival in Sydney is amazing.

I'm still not use to Vegemite.

The Sydney bridge.

Saw lots of Kangaroo on the train to Canberra.

Sunset at SRQ.

SRQ is quiet at night.

Following path accross the primary state of SC.

Landed at O'hare. Quiet at 1am.

Boating on a Florida riever.

Dinner with friends at Kona Grill.

SRQ has a new mall.

Hanging with friends on a Florida beach.

A quiet Florida beach on a Wednesday.

Delicious BBQ in Sarasota

<p>Fast flight to Chicago and home in time for a teenager planned Valentines Day. &nbsp;Literally less than an hour before this gathering starts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Thankfully the kitchen wasn't a mess!</p>

Juxtaposition Makes Life Grand

<p>Hanging with my best best friend in freezing NYC last night. &nbsp;No, not Bruce in the center, &nbsp;but Roy and his wife!</p>

New York Party

<p>it was good seeing Joe in SFO last weekend. &nbsp;We go back to 1992 and dog training classes in Jupiter, &nbsp;FL. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Good Seeing Joe Last Week

<p>Simply put, many people lack the style and taste to review some restaurants. &nbsp;What is most sad about many people who review establishments and tell people what to do when they travel is that they really shouldn't be giving advice.</p> <p>http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/chefsandcelebs/michelin-starred-chef-bites-back-at-disgruntled-tripadvisor-reviewer/ar-BBpfuPC?li=BBnb7Kz&amp;ocid=U270DHP</p>

Chef Refuses to Be Attacked Online! Good for Him!

<p>A weekend like last weekend wouldnt be believed by my haters. &nbsp;I'm at peace with that. &nbsp;</p>

Amazing Week and Weekend: secrets remain secrets

A weekend like last weekend wouldnt be believed by my haters.  I'm at peace with that.  

A Long Beach morning is beautiful.

Enjoying Long Beach with friends at Breakfast.

Time to relax and talk strategy. Thanks - So FUN!

Richard Nixon look alike?

Feb 5, 2016: Southern California - Meeting friends Hawaii 5 0 & Many More!

I love spending time in Southern California and this morning is a prme example.  Often, my only purpose is to have fun and meet friends.  On this visit I can also share my plans for beating Trip Advisor if my voice is still not welcomed after the 14th.

Right now, I just finished breakfast on a close friends boat and it was delightful.  Thank you Tara! You are the best.  

This evening I'm going out to dinner and drinks with two friends of mine from Hawaii 5 0 who happen to be in LA this weekend.  I can't wait to have fun and talk story.

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That turned out to be an incredible time in California.  I feel fortunate to have friends like Tara, Malisa, Cindy, Deb, and many more that I was able to connect with over the weekend.

My wife is the most tolerant woman in the world.  For some reason, the majority of my closest friends are women.  I have a tendency, in the real world, to make friends spontaneously and quickly.  Ironicly, as you can see by my desire to stand up against nasty behavior online, I guess I failed on Trip Advisor.com

Dallas was a success! I LOVE airports.

I ended up with a window since I booked late. All good

What I often miss because I like aisles.

February 3, 2016: Dallas to Meet with Friends From SMU about TA & Much More!

Meeting with friends in Dallas to talk Tripadvsor.com

After a fun, fast weekend in the Florida Keys (see below), I'm now headed south again.  Today, I'm flying to Dallas to meet with some friends about the impact Trip Advisor has on local businesses and how to cut back on business advertising.

Yesterday, I was talking with a very good friend of mine and we started talking about Trip Advisor.  This animosity for online reviews and online forum postings is much bigger than I ever thought.  The dislike for TA reminds me of the dislike for the Yellow Pages years ago.  Just like the Yellow Pages, nothing lasts forever.

Looking forward to talking with some old friends face to face on this topic that has me focused on solutions and alternatives.

From what I can see, the executives at TA don't care at all about their advertisers and/or their users.

Booked trip last night - Off to Los Angeles and Long Beach Tomorrow

My good friend who sells and represents the golf-board in Hawaii is going to be in Long Beach.  If I'm flying to DFW why not visit my daughter in the Big D and then head out to LAX. 

Yep, I mentioned the golf-board on TA when someone asked about hoverboards and the new technology.  The fact that my buddy is the prime distributor of the boards in Hawaii didn't set well with some posters. 

I may also be lucky enough to catch up with my best friend who is a power house in the entertainment industry.  He is my hero!  If I really worked for a living he is the type of person I would like to be!

LAX and then Super Bowl Party with Family

The week wouldn't be complete without a flight up to SFO and meeting my family.  My wife and son will fly out to SFO on Friday night. 

Do I care about the game?  No.  Do I enjoy going to the game? Yes.

 

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My credibility was often called into question.  I included a picture to show I'm serious.

i often include photos that support my posts.  

 

A fun, fast weekend in the Florida Keys.

Weekend getaways only possible with the Falcon 20.

I miss living in Florida. Then I don't..haha

A surprise for my wife, her favorite flowers.

Spice Up Your Travel, But Don't Get Arrested!

Live life and travel to the fullest.

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A publisher and writer tried to put pressure on me to write a book about all of my crazy escapades. While I admit it would be fun reliving those memorable times, it may be something that I will do one post at a time.

I can only imagine that those people on Tripadvisor.com Forum who thought I was making up my travel adventures before would not believe my past fun exploring the world.

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I've mentioned TCS on Trip Advisor several times. I've been blessed to take two of their private jet tours around the world. Today, I received a nice gift package from the company. TCS does a nice job with their marketing. Check out TCS Expeditions if you want an amazing Around The World adventure.

Passion for Travel, Romance, and Living Life!

<p>When I received an email asking if I'd like to go on an expedition to the North Pole I immediately called my dad. &nbsp;Over the years, my father was always my first person I'd invite on any trip. &nbsp;The North Pole expedition is the only trip that required me to make two phone calls. &nbsp;I guess even my dad was hesitant to jump on the idea.</p> <p>In the end, the trip was one of our best trips ever. &nbsp;We flew to Oslo and then on a charter jet from Oslo to northern Norway. &nbsp;In order to get to the ship we had to fly out by Russian helicopter. &nbsp;The flight on the helicopter was one of several exciting adventures on that workhorse.</p> <p>A few interesting points about the expedition:</p> <p>- Several big names were on the trip as well</p> <p>- Some impressive minds ran educational seminars</p> <p>- A price tag over $30,000 per person was economical for what was offered</p> <p>- Russian food was delicious</p> <p>Life is amazing when you spend time on the North Pole. &nbsp;Life is totally wonderful and always full of excitement. &nbsp;</p>

The North Pole: An Expedition

When I received an email asking if I'd like to go on an expedition to the North Pole I immediately called my dad.  Over the years, my father was always my first person I'd invite on any trip.  The North Pole expedition is the only trip that required me to make two phone calls.  I guess even my dad was hesitant to jump on the idea.

In the end, the trip was one of our best trips ever.  We flew to Oslo and then on a charter jet from Oslo to northern Norway.  In order to get to the ship we had to fly out by Russian helicopter.  The flight on the helicopter was one of several exciting adventures on that workhorse.

A few interesting points about the expedition:

- Several big names were on the trip as well

- Some impressive minds ran educational seminars

- A price tag over $30,000 per person was economical for what was offered

- Russian food was delicious

Life is amazing when you spend time on the North Pole.  Life is totally wonderful and always full of excitement.  

Ms. Brown wrote a book on our adventure.

Life just South of the North Pole.

  • Planning Trip 1: Machu Picchu in March

    The last time I was at Machu Picchu was when I was a teenager. I'm looking forward to returning this March and share the experience with my son and wife.
    We will fly from Chicago to Austin, Texas for a wedding. From Austin we will then fly to Lima.
    The last time I was in Lima my parents and I had to run back to the hotel for safety. There were shots fired in a square and we had to get to safety.
    From Lima we will do the typical flight to Cusco and then take a train to Machu Picchu.
    I'm sending information to my good friend who is a golf coach. My hope is that she and her partner will It is always fun traveling with friends who have the passion for exploration.

  • Planning Trip 2: Hawaii in January and in February

    I'm suppose to go to Hawaii this week, but I think I will wait until later next week.
    I still get excited making my flights for the trip.
    For me, there is a magic to Hawaii unlike anywhere in the world. I love sharing the aloha spirit with travelers.
    My favorite silly fun treat is to give someone a lei that I meet on my flight over. When I meet a nice person on the plane and we click as friends I enjoy buying them a lei and surprising them. It is way too much fun!
    Sharing Aloha is one of the best ways to make an impact on the world. In Hawaii there is a special feeling that brings out the Aloha in everyone.

  • Planning Trip 3: Summer, Way to Early

    Summer is my favorite time of the year and this year summer should be better than ever.
    I know that we will most likely do a trip around the world, but not sure where.
    For me, summer travel plans don't really get under way until May.
    My son may end up doing a short program at Stanford, but that is up to him. I think travel teaches him as much as a class at a top school, don't your?
    Unlike my daughter, my son is excited about traveling to new places and exploring new destinations. My daughter was simply happy spending time at our home in Kailua and Guatemala. My son, wants to do the unusual. I like both children. I like both experiences. Life is good.