A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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 That should actually be a "A journey of a thousand miles begins with knowing your destination."      We have a booking for tonight for an older honeymoon couple.   I just got a call wherein the groom said, "I went off and left them papers.   Do I need them?"    I guessed that he meant his confirmation.  I recognized the name and told him that he didn't need them.   I then asked if he at least had the directions..."No.  What's the name of your place?"

Really?

Should I just keep the money or talk him in as he approaches town?  WWJBD  (What would Joey Blogs Do?)

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Never knew PT and Mtatoc were the same couple. Guess I missed something along the way.

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Never knew PT and Mtatoc were the same couple. Guess I missed something along the way.

 I've been with her for 30+ years.   She has a lot of dirt on me.

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Never knew PT and Mtatoc were the same couple. Guess I missed something along the way.

 I've been with her for 30+ years.   She has a lot of dirt on me.

  

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 Okay, we're ready, what happened, did they make it?

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Proud Texan wrote:

 Should I just keep the money or talk him in as he approaches town?  WWJBD  (What would Joey Blogs Do?)

Thats good!

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Funny! Keep us posted on this one! (we may all be in the old geezer's place someday)

Please don't tell me they're from Arkansas.

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 He made it! Used to be a truck driver, he told me this a.m. and he just wrote down what DH told him. Was here in less than 10 minutes from the time he called.

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 He made it! Used to be a truck driver, he told me this a.m. and he just wrote down what DH told him. Was here in less than 10 minutes from the time he called.

Oh yeah! So they ended up being good to go, I like that. Unfortunately for us, we don't know he is a truck driver, and what we have are people driving 2 hours to go 10 miles...doh!

I think a blog needs to be written about truck drivers. Common sense. The things you CAN'T DO if you are hauling tractor trailers...you might drive a bit differently then thinking you are invinsible, driving down dark gravel roads into the woods in the wee hours! haha

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Mtatoc wrote:

 He made it! Used to be a truck driver, he told me this a.m. and he just wrote down what DH told him. Was here in less than 10 minutes from the time he called.

 

I think a blog needs to be written about truck drivers. Common sense. The things you CAN'T DO if you are hauling tractor trailers...

 

MAP READING

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Penelope wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Mtatoc wrote:

 He made it! Used to be a truck driver, he told me this a.m. and he just wrote down what DH told him. Was here in less than 10 minutes from the time he called.

 

I think a blog needs to be written about truck drivers. Common sense. The things you CAN'T DO if you are hauling tractor trailers...

 

MAP READING

P, this is the funny part, 95% of our guests don't even have a map with them. It is a peeve of mine, how can you travel across country with no road atlas? WHAT THE! 

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It boggles the mind, it does.

I am teaching the kids to read maps, draw maps, understand maps- I don't care if they like it or not. If their precious GPS doesn't work or has a malfunction, at least my kids will be able to look at a map and know North from West

I can't tell you how frustrated I get about this.... grrrrrr

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Penelope wrote:

It boggles the mind, it does.

I am teaching the kids to read maps, draw maps, understand maps- I don't care if they like it or not. If their precious GPS doesn't work or has a malfunction, at least my kids will be able to look at a map and know North from West

I can't tell you how frustrated I get about this.... grrrrrr

 The job of my Daddy's life was his year or so as a truck driver for a major moving company - Mom made him quit because she got tired of him being on the road all the time. BIG mistake, but that is another story.

Daddy taught all of us how to read a road map and follow a route sign as soon as we knew our numbers. When anyone asks me about traveling, I tell the truth - give me a road map and a route sign, throw in a tank of gas and I am ready to go. I have gotten shocked looks when traveling by myself, both in a car and on my motorcycle. I guess they just could not imagine a woman being able to travel by herself.

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Penelope wrote:

It boggles the mind, it does.

I am teaching the kids to read maps, draw maps, understand maps- I don't care if they like it or not. If their precious GPS doesn't work or has a malfunction, at least my kids will be able to look at a map and know North from West

I can't tell you how frustrated I get about this.... grrrrrr

Map reading/toting IMVHO is like tying your shoes, you should never leave home without them secured and in your posession.  I actually home schooled my oldest DD all through middle school because in 6th grade she couldn't find France of Oklahoma for that matter. Not the only reason, but it was the straw so to speak.  It was a great experience and she is now in grad school with 2 bachelor degrees under her belt.  Because of this my middle one also a DD could read when she started kindergarten. 

GPS systems go out of range, some back roads are not shown.  MAPS! Never leave home without one, and learn how to fold one when you are done if it isn't an atlas type.  Maps are worth their wieght in gold when you are in a rural area at night.

 

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We are in year 6 of homeschooling- love it.

Map reading is not optional in this family Smiling

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Penelope wrote:

We are in year 6 of homeschooling- love it.

Map reading is not optional in this family Smiling

Map reading should not be optional in school either!

 

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We are in year 6 of homeschooling- love it.

Map reading is not optional in this family Smiling

Map reading should not be optional in school either!

 

I really don't want to do this, my fingers are typing...they won't stop.

Handwriting is optional. Yep optional. We homeschooled our daughters until buying this B&B.  When they arrived at school they had the most beautiful handwriting, and no other children had been taught cursive, nor were they going to be.

Maps were something we studied and I still feel is important. As you can tell, as I go on my little rampage rants about it probably every week here. I get it, just like being bad at math, being bad at reading maths, I totally understand. But you still need to use them!

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We are in year 6 of homeschooling- love it.

Map reading is not optional in this family Smiling

 

 

Map reading should not be optional in school either!

 

I really don't want to do this, my fingers are typing...they won't stop.

Handwriting is optional. Yep optional. We homeschooled our daughters until buying this B&B.  When they arrived at school they had the most beautiful handwriting, and no other children had been taught cursive, nor were they going to be.

Maps were something we studied and I still feel is important. As you can tell, as I go on my little rampage rants about it probably every week here. I get it, just like being bad at math, being bad at reading maths, I totally understand. But you still need to use them!

Handwriting might be optional in school, as it is here, but it shouldn't BE! I guess the powers that be figure no one will ever sit down to write a letter, all they have to do is sign their name, email, or text. Gone are the days when a young person longed for the mail to hear from a sweetheart. Now they just S kype. I have used it, I email, I text, but when it is important there is nothing like a hand written letter.

OK I am done now, I feel better just typing that, but I will probably write about it later to satisfy my need to use pen and paper to record my thoughts.

 

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And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

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And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

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And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

or of course just give us the gist!

  • short
  • sweet
  • to the point
  • concise
  • over
  • in a bullet format

Websites, blogs, online comments and feedback are totally different to the writing of a story. Gone is the indentation with the typewriter. Gone is the keep the whole thought together in the same paragraph. We now read in bytes.  We love subtitles and captions. We love photos and graphs and visual entertainment. and yet a photograph is still worth a thousand words...like this one  Smiling :

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She didn't want to give up paragraphs.

Mournful epitaph, isn't it? She didn't want to give up paragraphs.

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Ohhhhhhhhh....I wish I was THERE!    Lovely...did you take that one, JB?

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Madeleine wrote:

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And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

 This thread has been officially hijacked and is now headed to Havana.

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Necessitiamos hablar en espanol?

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Necessitiamos hablar en espanol?

No. Es necesario atenerse al tema de la rosca.

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Necessitiamos hablar en espanol?

No. Es necesario atenerse al tema de la rosca.

Es imposible.

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 Duplicate entry.

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Madeleine wrote:

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Necessitiamos hablar en espanol?

No. Es necesario atenerse al tema de la rosca.

Es imposible.

It's just so aggravating to follow up on a post response to see that it has absolutely no relevance to the original subject.    I don't like to waste time and I especially don't like it when others waste my time.

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You can turn off the emails you're getting whenever someone posts on a thread. That way you don't have to follow up, you can just read whatever takes your fancy. Most of the time I just click the thread to mark it read and don't even read stuff I don't care about.

We can't stop doing this, it's just the natural flow of conversation.

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Madeleine wrote:

You can turn off the emails you're getting whenever someone posts on a thread. That way you don't have to follow up, you can just read whatever takes your fancy. Most of the time I just click the thread to mark it read and don't even read stuff I don't care about.

We can't stop doing this, it's just the natural flow of conversation.

I've never had email notifications.  I don't need my in-box choked with more spam.   I don't think it would hurt to exercise a little self control.   At least start a new thread.  

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Proud Texan wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

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And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

 This thread has been officially hijacked and is now headed to Havana.

Well, then, it's going there without most of us. Maybe 5% of us can legally go to Havana.

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Madeleine wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

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And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

 This thread has been officially hijacked and is now headed to Havana.

Well, then, it's going there without most of us. Maybe 5% of us can legally go to Havana.

Who wants to go to Havana, I want to see all of this country up close and personal before I leave.   But I will

  • take a map with me
  • write in 'Bytes" if I post it online, otherwise you will get paragraphs 
  • when I send a post card it will have a pretty picture
  • my handwritiing will be neat - because I went to school where that was important
  • I will say please and thank you to those I meet along with way
  • And I will always call the innkeeper if I am going to be late 
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Me. I want to go to Havana. I suppose I could go to Miami instead, but Havana beckons.

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Weaver wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Innkeep wrote:

And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

 This thread has been officially hijacked and is now headed to Havana.

Well, then, it's going there without most of us. Maybe 5% of us can legally go to Havana.

Who wants to go to Havana, I want to see all of this country up close and personal before I leave.   But I will

  • take a map with me
  • write in 'Bytes" if I post it online, otherwise you will get paragraphs 
  • when I send a post card it will have a pretty picture
  • my handwritiing will be neat - because I went to school where that was important
  • I will say please and thank you to those I meet along with way
  • And I will always call the innkeeper if I am going to be late 

Amen.  Don't forget your camera!

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Innkeep wrote:

Weaver wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Innkeep wrote:

And we're now admonished not to write paragraphs because of too much eye strain when writing a paragraph to be read on a monitor.  I spent too many years writing to give up on paragraph structure now!

The best way to avoid eye strain in making paragraphs is to be sure they don't spread completely across the screen. No one reads like that! Newspapers do columns, books are not that wide. Everyone should make sure their website is structured so the text is 'contained' and doesn't wander all over the place.

 This thread has been officially hijacked and is now headed to Havana.

Well, then, it's going there without most of us. Maybe 5% of us can legally go to Havana.

Who wants to go to Havana, I want to see all of this country up close and personal before I leave.   But I will

  • take a map with me
  • write in 'Bytes" if I post it online, otherwise you will get paragraphs 
  • when I send a post card it will have a pretty picture
  • my handwritiing will be neat - because I went to school where that was important
  • I will say please and thank you to those I meet along with way
  • And I will always call the innkeeper if I am going to be late 

Amen.  Don't forget your camera!

SILLY ME!!!!!

Camera.  Digital of course!  But then again we could always start a new trend and go back to real pictures.

And 8mm movies

 

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That is why I give guests a Gazetteer when they go on one of my routings. If they decide to go exploring, the Gazetteer shows every back road. I show them how to use it before they leave. Many have told me how much they liked having it.

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I am peeved with myself when I realize the state map isn't in the car where I left it. If I want to go somewhere that I've heard of and have a vague idea of where it is, I would rather have the map than drive all over looking for something I might miss by one intersection!

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We get that on our email ring - Mr and Mrs X have a booking for the 25th of May - are they one of yours?

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At least he had the phone number! A regular summer occurence here is the ringing of the doorbell by someone who has no idea where they are supposed to be staying. No confirmation. Nothing. I have to play 20 questions with them to try to sort them out.

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 Oh yea,  I have spent many a summer day calling around for people who show up thinking they may have a reservation here...not.  Amazing.  I expect to see less of that now that many people are using their portable devices to store confirmations.  

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Too damn nice... then again, I live in the city, it could be any of over 500 places.

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Too damn nice... then again, I live in the city, it could be any of over 500 places.

Here it's less than 10. It's still a job!

We've had calls asking us if we can help the caller find the address for the inn 'with the dogs & kids'. Because 'we liked it there so much and we want to send them a Christmas card!'

Liked it so much but can't remember the name and want me to figure it out for them! Why me? What are the odds of getting MY phone number over theirs?

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