Tomorrow is Mr. Chewie Biteum’s sixth “birthday” (rather the anniversary of the day I found him) and Daylight Savings Time, which is a neat combo. However it’s been an insane week and a half, so let’s get down to it.
Weds the 27th - Guin’s train arrived into town late. We had falafel, Hummus and bread for dinner. It was a nice evening and a good start to a vacation we both really needed due to a lot of work related stress.
Thurs the 28th - We flew out of Dulles on JetBlue. It’s definitely the best airline I’ve flown with so far. The regular seats have a ton of legroom, the perks are better and yay for snacks. We got into Boston with no problem, picked up our car and went to our hotel which was pretty decent, especially since Priceline got it for us at only $60 a night instead of the usual $160 it went for. We did a little bit of Salem that day. Just a quick look at some shops and the like and then we headed to Blue Ginger for a pretty disappointing meal. Bad service and underwhelming food. I guess third time isn’t the charm after all. Bad Ming Tsai.
Dan was supposed to arrived around this time, but he and his friend missed their connection in Rein (across the Atlantic) due to flying standby, so he was going to arrive the next night. No worries.
Friday the 29th - We didn’t know what was going to happen with Dan so went got up, had a crappy hotel breakfast, made liberal use of the pool (which we had to ourselves) and did a bit of Salem. We only went into a single exhibit (The Witch’s Cottage, which is the best event in the town and I thought Guin would have fun with it), had hot dogs at the Boston Hot Dog Company and got her a French Crueller from Dunkin Donuts, which are like evey few blocks in MA.
We also went to a live version Cinematic Titanic, which features the actual cast of MST3K and not the unfunny replacement second stringers that makeup Rifftrax. They did a movie called “Rattlers,” which was awful, but they made it hilarious. Guin got her ticket signed by the entire cast and I got a CT DVD called “Legacy of Blood” signed by them. Dan and his friend were supposed to come with us to this, but more flight issues and delays didn’t let him get in until midnight and his friend bailed on Salem completely due to exhaustion from travel. Poor guy.
Saturday the 30th - We got up and Guin stayed in bed for a while while Dan and I went to Friendly’s for Breakfast. We both got double chocolate pancakes and I brought an order back for Guin as well. We went to the Square One Mall, if only to make old PBS programming jokes. The mall sucked and they had a very sad pet store with a black bunny I wanted because they kept him isolated from the other bunnies there. Poor little guy. From there we went to the worst Food and Wine festival I’ve ever been to in some town I can’t remember the name of. At least we got free wine glasses. Oh wait, I don’t drink at all and Guin rarely does. Still, yay for freebies I guess.
Then we met Che and her friend (who would break up with her later that night). We screwed around and eventually went to an Uno’s (Ick I know, but Che only seemed to do chain restaraunts). Guin got a call from her aunt and that’s when shit hit the fan.
It turned out Guin’s cat, Boo, was really sick and appeared to be dying. She’s in a little town in WV and they couldn’t raise any vets on the phone. This seemed weird to me because I’ve never heard of vets that aren’t open every day in some way, but I guess tiny towns are different. Her aunt kept calling and calling, trying to find a vet for the kitty, but to no avail. Guin was in hysterics and heartbroken, and so while the others ate, I sat outside with her as she cried, After two cancer scares this year with Mr. Chewie Biteums, I knew how she felt.
This kind of killed the day, and to some extent the entire vacation. We had plans that ended up changing to Guin and I spend the entire rest of the afternoon and night in our hotel room as she waited to hear some sort of news about her cat. Dan ended up spending the rest of the day with Che and spent the night at her place. All things considered, I think we had the better time. :-(
About 9pm, Guin’s aunt called to tell her Boo had passed away and Guin felt horrible guilt about not being there or being able to say goodbye. I had that very issue with Zuel, so I again understood how she felt. She cried for a while and watched some of her NCIS show that she liked inbetween more crying jags. I just tried to be supportive and hold her. She really loved that cat, just like I love my bunnies and she had him for 16 years which is a pretty long time indeed. Eventually we went to sleep but yeah, that was about as a bad an occurance as could happen on a vacation.
Sunday the 31st - Halloween, dude! Guin decided she just wanted to stay in the hotel room and pretty much forced me out to have fun with Dan. So I costumed up as Destro from G.I. Joe (pics are in my facebook) and Dan wore a monster costume from a short movie he made. Dan’s costume was extremely popular, especially with the ladies. Mine was popular only with nerds. Thankfully both our costumes were exceptionally warm as it was only 40 degrees out. We got stopped a lot (although not as much as last year). Overall there were over 100,000 people there, but not as many in costumes and even less that were good. Dan was honestly the most popular costume there and I did pretty well for using an obscure variant of Destro rather his more recognizable outfit. We ate at a vegitarian place for lunch and then continued with our nonstop walking around the town.
Guin eventually contacted us in the late afternoon and decided she wanted to go out, so we had to walk a few miles to our car, wade through insane traffic and got back to the hotel to get her where she was dolled up as Etna from Disgaea. Instead of driving back (which would have been an impossibility at that point parking-wise), we took a shuttle back and resumed our wanderings around the area.
Guin didn’t really enjoy the whole concept of a Salem Halloween, which consists of walking around, checking out costumes, posing for pictures and talking to random strangers, and her costume was pretty skimpy, so combine that with the loss of her cat the day before and she had a pretty miserable time. At least she tried to get out though! We stayed until a little past 10 and then went back to the hotel to call it a night. Yeah, Salem ends its Halloween about 10 and it was freezing, so this was kind of a bad trip all in all. All three of us decided to do New Orleans next year instead. It’ll at least be warmer and have cajun food. Plus it’s a place neither Dan nor Guin have been to!
Monday the 1st - We got up, finished packing, met up with Dan and we dropped him off at the airport. He was flying Sun Country, but Sun Country didn’t actually have a gate at the airport. Eventually we learned it was a United flight he was actually on. Guin and I returned the car, but my GPS died permanently on the way there, so I had to buy a new one when we got home. Ugh. Not a fun trip with lots of stuff going wrong.
We came home, played with the indignant rabbits as best we could and watched the Cinematic Titantic DVD I bought to have signed which…well, it sucked. It was pretty bad.
Tuesday the 2nd - Guin was supposed to leave via train on the 3rd, but I drove her home to Beckley instead so she didn’t have to bury her cat by herself or spend the night alone. It was a long drive but we got there about 6:30pm. We buried the cat at her parent’s house, she cried a lot and then we went to the mall and eventually had dinner at some place. A pretty depressing day all in all.
Weds the 3rd - We spent the day in Beckley. There’s not much to do there.
Thursday the 4th - I headed home at 7:30am, got here at 12:30pm, played with my rabbits and spent my last day of vacation dealing with stupid work issues. Ugh.
Friday the 5th - WORK.
So yeah, this was not a very good vacation at all. I feel really bad for Guin and what she went through on this trip. it always sucks saying good bye to a pet. They’re family and I know how crushed I was with Chewie earlier this year and thankfully got a miracle.