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August 13, 2013

Successful vacation

Filed under: Family,Modeling — dknights @ 12:01 pm
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Well,  vacation is over.   Back to work.  For me, one of the hallmarks of a good vacation is getting some reading done.  I managed to do that this time by finishing a book that I was reading,  and starting and finishing two more as well.   Reviews will follow.


October 14, 2011

West Baden Springs

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 12:15 pm
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The family and I recently went to French Lick, IN. for a weekend get away.  While we were there we were able to tour the West Baden Springs Hotel.   This place has to be seen in person to be believed.  It has been beautifully restored.  If you ever get by there, you must stop and see  the place.

Hotel Interior


View of the dome





August 22, 2011

Win some, lose some

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I mentioned recently that I stayed at the Embassy Suites in Omaha and found it to be one of the finer hotels I’ve stayed at.

I recently stayed at the Embassy Suites in Covington, KY and sadly it doesn’t hold true across the whole chain.  I was in a room on the second floor, directly above a wedding reception going full blast.  The music is so loud that it vibrates the keys as I typed.  It was awful.

April 1, 2011

Restaurant review: Crabby Bill’s

Filed under: Dining,Family — dknights @ 7:59 am
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The family vacation this year was in South Florida.  After a day on Clearwater Beach we ate at Crabby Bill’s.  This is a small seafood chain restaurant.  The family was craving seafood and the place was recommended by the local visitor’s center across the street.

It was great.  I had raw oysters and a crab cake.  The oysters were fresh and wonderful.  The wife had king crab and a cocktail.  While the food wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t overly expensive either.  If you are in South Florida, I recommend stopping by for a meal.

We sat on the outside poarch area and got to listen to some music as well as enjoy the VCU/Kansas NCAA basketball tournament game.


July 19, 2010

Random photo from China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:04 am
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Pearl river in Guangzhou, China.

Pearl River, Guangzhou, China

July 18, 2010

Flying to China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:46 am
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The modelfamily took a very long route to and from China putting us on numerous airlines and numerous different types of aircraft.  It was an adventure in every sense of the word.  As I said previously, despite all the plane changes and all the distance and all the different airports, all of our luggage made the trip with us.

Below is an outline of our trip with photos where possible.

We traveled from SDF (Louisville) to MDW (Chicago) to BWI (Baltimore).  We stayed overnite at BWI.

La Quinta, Baltimore Airport

The next morning we took a commuter flight, American Eagle from BWI to JFK (New York)

American Eagle BWI to JFK

Once at JFK we went to the International terminal where we learned our flight on Air China would be delayed for four hours.  Air China did give us $30 worth of food coupons which we spent at the airport.  We flew on an air China 747 that was built in 1993 and if looked and felt like it.  JFK to Beijing (PEK).

Air China 747

From PEK we traveled to NNG (Nanning) on an Air China 737-800.  It was a very nice, fairly new aircraft.

Air China 737-800

Nanning is in southern China, very near the Vietnam border.  Here is a photo out of the window showing the terrain.

Southern China

From NNG we went to CAN (Guangzhou) on a Shenzhen Airlines 737-800.  I didn’t get a photo of the plane since the flight took place in the evening.  Here is a photo of Gnat in the aircraft.

Gnat in the Shenzhen Airlines 737

 From CAN we flew a China Southern 777 to LAX (Los Angeles)  From LAX we took a United Airbus A320 back to BWI and  reunion with the modelwife’s family.  The ticket and check-in counter at LAX was a madhouse.  I don’t know how United managed to be so disorganized.  From BWI it was Southwest back to SDF and home.

July 12, 2010

Flight to China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:47 am
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On our recent trip to China, we flew from JFK to Beijing (PEK) on an Air China 747.  A picture of our plane is below.  I joked at the time that the plane seemed so old that I was sure that Orville and Wilbur had time on her in their log books.  The plane rattled and creaked and groaned on takeoff and was very weathered, both inside and out.

Well, the internet is a wonderful thing.  When I got home I checked and found out that the plane we were on had been in service since 1993.  I can believe that, though I would have though it was even older.

Air China 747 B-2334

July 8, 2010

Random photo from China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:27 am
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Here are the modelwife, the modelmoppet and me in front of the Forbidden City.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

July 5, 2010


Filed under: Family — dknights @ 11:12 am
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The modelwife, the modelmoppet, the Gnat and I are back from China.  We got back Saturday afternoon after nearly 21 hours traveling.  I have much posting to do on many subjects, but since I am still jet lagged, it may take a day or two to start rolling them out.

December 29, 2009

Random notes from the holidays

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Northen Virginia ought to sue the Federal government for what the presence of DC and all the government workers has done to Northern Virginia.  The interstate system looks like someone threw a handfull of cooked spaghetti at a map of Northern Virginia and said, “We’ll put the interstates there!”

Compliments to the Country Inn and Suites in Beckley WV.   Good hotel. Decent price. Friendly staff.

The Shennandoah Valley is the prettiest place on earth.  I got to drive thru it at night in a fog so thick, pea soup would have been envious.

Thank God the we are starting to get more daylight hours in each day.

Despite illness, got to reread Terry Pratchett’s  book Making Money. He is one of the few authors whose books I’ll reread.  That book ought to be required reading for Ron Paul and all the gold bugs out there.

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