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I'm an empty nester embarking on a whole new life with a little adventure!
Interests: **Hobbies: Gardening, Amateur Photography, Blogging, Cooking **Interests: Travel, Muscle Cars, Movies, Books, Puzzles **Favorite Authors: James Patterson, Danielle Steele **Sports: Soccer, Drag Racing, NASCAR, football
Recent Activity
Starting a new project...for anyone still reading: My Mid-Life Crisis...Renovation! Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at The Savvy Tourist
I cannot believe that it has been 5 years since I started this hair-brained scheme of renovating my old house. The bad news is that I sort of took a really long break from it as life took a few unexpected turns. The good news is, I am back on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at My Mid-Life Renovation
The general belief or myth is that is costs more to use a travel agent when booking your vacation. That is simply not true. Actually, the opposite can be true after you see what kind of special deals an agent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at The Savvy Tourist
The floor, that is!! The downstairs is kind of sort of considered a basement, but I have never treated it as such. The house is on a concrete slab and I have decided to make the entire downstairs a stained concrete flooring with decorative area rugs. The existing carpet downstairs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at My Mid-Life Renovation
I would like everyone to welcome aboard a new family member to the illustrious writing team here at The Savvy Tourist. Lindsay will not only be writing here and posting on our Facebook page, but she is also embarking on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at The Savvy Tourist
While trying to make the most out of my savvy trip planning experience, I came across a few tools that I think are going to prove to be very helpful. I've been playing with many road trip planning tools and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at The Savvy Tourist
Most people buy a new red sports car when they encounter their mid-life crisis. Me? I'm going to renovate an old house. How hard can it be? I see people on TV do it all the time. I'll just tune in to the DIY channel and off I go... What... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at My Mid-Life Renovation
To say I've been lacking in my postings would be an understatement. To say I've been busy doing other things and working on other projects, that too would be an understatement. To say I've turned my life a little topsy-turvy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at The Savvy Tourist
I have been saying this for years. I have not checked any luggage in well over 20 years and for good reason! When my son was just a little guy, I managed to pack everything including the kitchen sink in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2012 at The Savvy Tourist
The Savvy Tourist recognizes the importance of a good travel agent. I receive many inquiries for assistance in booking trips and for sound vacation advice. Well, I am always willing to share my expert advice and my humble opinion when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at The Savvy Tourist
The journey to Thailand from our home was indeed a long one. We flew from Los Angleles, CA to Narita,Japan, then continued on to Bangkok, Thailand. It was a combined 18 hours of flight time, which I said I'd never... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at The Savvy Tourist
One of my absolute favorite vacations is when we take the time to drive up the coast of California. As most of my savvy readers already know, I live in the SoCal region (Southern California for all you folks not... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at The Savvy Tourist
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Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Have Service Dog, Will Travel
One of the most difficult areas of travel for people with dogs is air travel, or so it is thought to be. As many of my savvy readers know from my travels over at The Savvy Tourist, I am a huge advocate of air travel and I write about it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at Have Service Dog, Will Travel
Dexter, a.k.a. "The Bug", recently applied to become a Therapy Dog. He went through the testing process and he passed!! The Bug is a bit of a goof, but apparently the evaluators possess a strong sense of humor and really appreciated his personality. In the process, he also earned his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Have Service Dog, Will Travel
When I say Disney dogs you probably think "Pluto" or "Goofy" or maybe even "Pongo" or that beloved couple, "Lady and the Tramp". Well, actually I am referring to your faithful service dog becoming a Disney dog. The many parks at Walt Disney World in Florida, as well as Disneyland... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Have Service Dog, Will Travel
Deep in the jungle of Thailand lies a magical place filled with love, compassion, and a special understanding for the survival of elephants. Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary, or "BLES" for simplicity sake, provides a safe haven for elephants to live... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at The Savvy Tourist
If you’re heading to Australia for the first time, you’ll be delighted and surprised at some of the turns of phrase and slang terms used. Although essentially the same language as the Old World, Australian English has evolved its very... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at The Savvy Tourist
This subject has become increasingly more important to me as The Bug and I venture out to blaze the trail for all of our service dog friends. I got this recent article from our friends at The Department of Transportation Wants to Know: How Should Airport Pet-Relief Areas be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Have Service Dog, Will Travel
Service Dogs are becoming more and more socially accepted in today's busy lifestyle. With that said, there are a lot of misconceptions as to the actual purpose of a service dog and the corresponding laws governing the rights of these dogs and their humans. I have designed this site for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Have Service Dog, Will Travel
There is no real cure for the winter blues except maybe some good ol' fashioned sunshine and warmth, so here are a few suggestions for my savvy readers who might just be buried under a foot of snow for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at The Savvy Tourist
Your parent's house looks more like a vacation lodge. How beautiful!! Are they accepting guests? Ha Ha!
If I was still an active travel agent, I would have inevitably had all my clients booked for a nice sunny vacation at a resort on the Gulf of Mexico this summer. You see, that is how my luck works... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at The Savvy Tourist
I am the only travel agent in the world that has been aboard a train and never left the station, and roamed the decks of a huge cruise ship but never left port. Until now that is. I decided on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at The Savvy Tourist
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