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What Airplane Food "USED" To Look Like


When I was a kid, flying was such an exciting and luxurious experience! Not only did people actually take a shower, put on deodorant, and wore clothing that didn't resemble an ensemble you'd see at a summer sporting event or a day at the beach, people back then treated flying with respect because it was seen as something special.

But that's the problem, flying isn't special anymore. Flying is more like traveling in a tightly confined, smelly city bus or cattle car.

Over the years, airlines have just stopped caring about the level of excellence they provide; therefore, I think that passengers don't see flying as anything other than a mode of transportation to get somewhere fast.

A Summer's Day in New York City - 105 In The Shade


I know that summer doesn't officially start until June 21st, however, I don't think the city of New York realized that on Monday when I went into Manhattan, where the temperature reached 96 degrees with what seemed to be 100% humidity. So in reality, it was more like 105.

OH. MY. GOD.....I thought I was going to keel over and die!

If I was an egg, I would have been a fried omelette on the pavement.

As you all well know, I adore NYC more than my own life. Yet, it is a place that is very challenging for me during the summer months because it's like a furnace. And as you also well know, I HATE BEING HOT!

When I made my bus reservations, I didn't realize what the weather was going to be like until the day before I was set to go. So, I bucked up and decided to enjoy the city in spite of the HOTTER THAN HELL HEAT.

To show you just how hot it was, look closely at the photograph above of Central Park. Do you see the bluish cast over the buildings behind the trees? Well, that's actually hot steamy humidity hovering over the city, I kid you not.

On Phone Apps - I Freakin' LOVE Bitmoji


To be honest, since purchasing my first smartphone a year and a half ago, I've hardly downloaded any apps because besides taking up too much storage space, having an overabundance of apps makes me feel overwhelmed because I'm OCD about clutter of any kind. I realize that many people have a ton of apps on their phone, but I'm boring, I pretty much have the basics. I've even figured out how to turn off and avoid updates on all the bloatware my phone initially came with that I'll never use. I mainly use my smart phone for listening to music (on Pandora or You Tube) while taking walks, posting on Instagram, checking emails, and occasional texting. I barely use it to make calls because if I need to make a call and know that it will be lengthy, I'd much rather use my home phone.

Cherry Blossoms Were Made For Japan


If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, I'm sure you know of my love and deep admiration for Japan. If not, you can read about it here, here, here, here and here.

I lived there (in Kobe) in 1996 for about 2 1/2 months and felt an instant connection to the country, its people, and their culture. It honestly felt as if I had "come home."

One of the many, many things I was in awe of about Japan is that for as small and populated as the country is, I never felt a sense of claustrophobia, disorganization, or even the slightest tension. On the contrary, I felt the most beautiful sense of expansion, calmness, and a peaceful centeredness. And I think that's because the Japanese have an innate capacity for making the most of the space they have, and in a way that is simplistic and minimalistic, yet efficient. If I could choose just one word to describe the energy of that country it would be: Harmonious.