Time to Get Away
This time last week, I geared up for a much needed break to the Sunshine State... pandemic and all. It marked the first time I'd board a plane in nearly two years which can justifiably be explained. I spent most of 2019 dealing with physical and emotional setbacks happening in succession of each other. All I could honestly do at that point was be still until the storm passed. What about 2020, you ask? Ha! Don't make me laugh.
Due to the rampant spreading of Covid-19 and the hysteria coming along with that, I decided to err on the side of caution until my brain could no longer take it. Besides, who truly wants to hop on a flight for x-amount of hours suffocating your air passages with a mask - sitting next to possible germ-infested strangers - only to find yourself following the same face mask protocols on VACATION?! For all of that, you're almost better off staying put until "next time," right? Wrong! With the way of the current world, who knows when 'next time' presents itself. As the great Popeye would say: 'That's all I can stands, cuz I can't stands no more!' It was time to get away.
I took the calculated risk because apparently a significant amount of people were still traveling living their lives. With only ONE measly beach visit under my belt last summer, followed by an early fall drive to NY, I was in desperate need of a scenery change. The pressure of surrounding myself with palm trees, sand and sun was on - like Donkey Kong.
The 4 day/3 night mini vacation turned out to be a refreshing one. I stayed at a plush beach resort, ate some good food, woke up to amazing sunrises and fell asleep to the tranquilizing sounds of the ocean waves crashing against the shore.
This led to a couple of thoughts:
- Traveling out of state multiple times a year is a must!
- It is imperative that I invest in a vacation home (somewhere on a beach) in the immediate future.
I found myself staring deep into the horizon thinking about how wonderful it would be to experience beach life regularly. A city guy, who actually daydreams about slow-living. Who would've thunk? But I'm no fool. Life should be this simple, instead of the hastily pace we've all grown accustomed to. As you can see, the views were hypnotic.
I allowed my feet to touch the cool water of the Atlantic Ocean during an early morning stroll. It's where I spotted a man fishing all by his lonesome. The visual brought a sense of calmness to a mind that has been racing at 1000 MPH for far too long. This is exactly what I needed.
The only thing missing from this trip were a few cigar puffs. Unfortunately, smoking was prohibited on the premises - EVEN on the balcony of the resort, and I didn't want to go through the hassle of removing my mask solely for the enjoyment of one of my sweet Nicaraguan sticks.
I've been quarantining for the past week just to prove my obedience to state rules. Thankfully, my health feels somewhat normal. I've had a case of the sniffles over the last few days, but I'll attribute that to the drop in temperature since returning. Gone are the 75 degree days, as winter and a near 40 degree dip hit me harder than a Jake Paul punch upon my return.
Until next time...
8 Desirable U.S. Destinations
January is here - the heart of winter. Some of you are set on traveling to a warm winter getaway, while the rest of us are slowly preparing for a single digit temperature reading in the coming weeks. Best believe. As we gear up for the tomfoolery of winter, here is a nice list to keep you warm: 8 U.S. destinations to include on your bucket list. Why 8? Because I felt like it : ) Enjoy!
8) Honolulu, Hawaii
Expense will likely be the reason I couldn't make Honolulu my permanently home, but one of these days, I'll gladly announce that I was fortunate enough to place my feet in the sand for a week... or two.
7) Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head Island makes the list simply because I overhead a high-level executive at a former company speak favorably of it. From the reviews read and images I've seen, I'm certainly intrigued.
6) Houston, TX
I was supposed to visit H-Town sometime in 2003, but unfortunately plans didn't surface. Aside from heavy traffic and the threat of hurricanes, Houston remains a favorable choice. The city is booming, homes are affordable, Texas is a tax-free state, and I've finally forgiven the Houston Rockets for beating the New York Knicks in the 1994 NBA Finals
5) Las Vegas, NV
You know what grinds my gears? I visited Vegas in 2017, walked to the iconic billboard (above) and promptly forgot to take out my cell phone. HOW CAN YOU GO TO VEGAS AND NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS?! Do you know what else stinks? I accidentally damaged that very-same-phone a few months later, losing a sh*tload of pics. Meaning I have very little proof that I traveled to Sin City. I suppose I'll have to visit once more : )
4) Santa Monica, CA
What you're looking at is an image of the Santa Monica Pier in L.A. The imagery alone is enough for me to hop on the next flight out west.
3) San Francisco, CA
Four things I need to do once visiting San Francisco:
1) Take a trolley ride through the city
2) Visit AT&T Park (now known as Oracle Park); home of the San Francisco Giants
3) Take pics in front of the iconic house featured on Full House
4) Stand next to the Golden Gate Bridge and soak it all in.
2) Grand Canyon in Arizona
I understand temperatures regularly reach triple digits in the summer, but do you see this masterpiece?! I didn't quite hear you! If this image doesn't do it for you, I don't know what does. Grand Canyon - hope to see you soon... during the winter months, of course.
1) San Diego, CA
A lot of California bias going on here, I'll admit, but San Diego has been # 1 on my list for many years; it won't change now. What can I say? I'm a sucker for sunny skies, palm trees and beaches. If all bodes well, I hope to make this my next vacation spot.
Just a quick Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to those of you currently on the Can I Be Ernest? journey. Its been a fun ride in 2018 and I'm looking forward to what the new year brings. Wishing everyone great health, prosperity, and happiness in 2019. Also, stay tuned for more foolishness from yours truly : )
2018 Holiday Travel & More
Before I get started, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. According to news reports, this will be the MOST TRAVELED holiday season of all-time. Hmmm... Which leads me to wonder:
WHAT IN THE WORLD MAKES 2018 SO DAMN SPECIAL?
How is this year any greater than 2017, '16, '15, so on and so forth? Okay, so currently, gas prices are a lot cheaper... but not 1990s cheaper! And has airfare taken a significant dip (that I'm unaware of) to make Americans scurry across the 50 states?! When has holiday travel EVER been affected by the price of gas? I swear, the news has a way of sensationalizing EVERYTHING; I am completely over it.
On to more important things; Me.
Recently, I've come up with some terrific ideas for the follow-up to Can I Be Ernest? Let's just say I'll be taking a whole new approach, exposing more truths about human beings, and lastly, reacquainting myself with an 'ol nemesis. I never saw it coming, but like a gardener cultivating the soil, I'm just starting to plant the seeds :) Can't wait to get started, and I'm especially ecstatic about secretly pissing off some folk...
P.S. A big thanks to those tuning into the podcast. I see the number of listeners have significantly grown since its inception. AYYYYE! Again, many thanks! All I can say is, stay tuned... I have big plans for the brand; I'm happy to have you all tag along!