Ilivetolearn's Blog

April 26, 2009

new spin on mystery destination game

Filed under: mystery destinations,on the road — ilivetolearn @ 10:08 pm

According to the New York Times, all those long-married couples having “date night” on a regular basis are doing it wrong. They should not just make time for the run-of-the-mill dinner and movie date…they should do something NEW together. In other words, play the Mystery Destination game:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/health/12well.html?scp=1&sq=date%20night&st=cse

Our last episode, about a month ago, was Bill’s choice. As we drove an hour north we passed road signs pointing to some of the possibilities (yes, the Mozzarella Museum… please, no, the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History) but we ended up at the Morris Museum, a little gem of a country-estate-turned-art-museum (see last entry). We saw some fabulous if tiny Rembrandt etchings.

This outing was part of the impetus for me to drag Elliot to the Fondazione Magnani Rocca, where there was an exhibit of…different Rembrandt etchings. They were exquisite. But as we walked in, Elliot recalled that he had seen the very same exhibit (with Bill) in Paris in December 2006. We ended up enjoying the grounds, with very tame peacocks, as much as the interior.

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February 21, 2009

Another retirement dream bites the dust

Filed under: mystery destinations,on the road,semi-retirement — ilivetolearn @ 6:04 am

Years after we married, Bill confided that he had always wanted to buy an RV and tool around the country when he retired. I suggested maybe that would be with the next wife, but here we are going on 27 years and halfway retired, so this road-trip wanderlust is getting less hypothetical by the day.

Thanks to the Mystery Destination game (see last post) I had a golden opportunity last week. I stuck Bill in the car and 40 minutes later we were at the Valley Forge Convention Center (“Quilt show? Flower show?” he was guessing) about to wander through aisles and aisles of towable folding camping trailers, pop-ups, and motorhomes. We toured dozens of models and marveled at the gas-fixture fireplaces, beds that hoisted to the ceiling so ATV’s could be parked underneath (they call that one the “Toy Hauler”), flat TV screens everywhere, and seeming inability of the interior designers to use any color but brown. But after a few rounds of “Look how cleverly the faucet folds down into the sink and a plexiglass work surface appears,” and “Aren’t those tiny built-in shelves pretending to be nightstands cute?” we concluded that this was probably not the life for us. A salesman, touting a VW Bug-shaped tow-along with a back flap that opened to reveal a grilling center, told us it was perfect for Nascar tailgate parties. That was the proverbial pin-shaped fastener hammered into the proverbial funerary box.

Bill is cured. And I am delivered, to live out my days in a home without wheels.

February 19, 2009

Mystery destinations

Filed under: food/groceries,fused plastic,mystery destinations — ilivetolearn @ 10:46 pm

Bill and I have a new way to keep each other guessing.  OK, we’ve only done it twice but I predict it will become a tradition. We pick a few hours when neither has anything going on; one chooses an outing and the other is in the dark. The first was to the Food Bazaar in Trenton–Bill told me we were going to a new grocery store and I didn’t believe him–

What a trip. It’s one of 15 stores run by the Bogopa Food Services Corporation, most of them in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, and it’s an amazing conglomeration of international foods, mostly from Central and South America and the Caribbean. Plus produce pyramids rising to the ceiling, every variety of meat you’d ever want to try and many you wouldn’t (beef pizzle, anyone?) and a seafood section that rivals any port in the world (Barcelona comes to mind). Reflecting the neighborhood it’s in, Latino foods reign. If there were a few more Asian specialties, we’d be there very week instead of twice a month.

And so our fusion cooking/shopping outings will contribute to the fusion bags (see last post).

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