Disneyland Steals my Selfie Stick: AMTRAK to Anaheim. Disneyland (1 of 2)


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Gracie and I decide to take AMTRAK from San Diego’s Old Town station to Anaheim, then the bus to Disneyland. The cool thing about the Old Town Trolley/Rail stop is the free parking. I realized the last time I took AMTRAK that the silly lot next to the Santa Fe station downtown is about $20 per day for parking… Actually, its probably more, i honestly cannot remember. BUT, the cool thing about Old Town is that there is a TON of parking. AND, if for whatever reason, the lots around there were full, I could park up at USD, walk down to the MTS station at Linda Vista and take the San Diego trolley one stop and BLAM: Old Town Success!
If it were a weekday, I could also take one of USD’s shuttle busses from campus right to the Old Town station. SUPER convenient.

Gracie and I came home to the US for exactly 2 weeks. We returned to LAX on a Friday evening, then drove our rental car from LAX to Las Vegas. We had about 3 days in Vegas of which about 36 hours I was focused on attending meetings as it relates to the CONVERGED User Group http://www.conver.ge/ that I am honored to be on the board of and serve as President.
If you have follow some of my life, my posts on social media, or know me then you know i CANNOT STAND Las Vegas.
Going to Vegas is under the classification of “necessary evil”. Almost all the conferences and conventions I attend are either always in Vegas or end up in Vegas. in 2018 every single one will be there: so, March, April, May, June, September, December. UGH!!!

Luckily, the majority of our time back in the states was spend in San Diego/Coronado… This was Gracie’s second time in Coronado. We never seem to get to do everything we’d like and I sadly, wish I had more time to show her around all the *cool* places in San Diego. BUT, when I am in San Diego, I am basically working. I have a WONDERFUL job that stimulates my mind while at the same time allows me quite a few freedoms, not the least of which is traveling… A LOT.

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Ballistic Missiles make me think about what’s Important


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Sunday, Jan 14, 2018 I was reviewing my emails and various social media feeds I’m subscribed to. As you might guess the false alarm (thank Gawd!) of an inbound ballistic mission that was received on Hawaiian cell phones on Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 was top of the list! As I read a few of my friends’ posts about it on Facebook my first thought was about my folks; how would I get in contact with them!!?? Then, almost immediately, I thought about Gracie. Who, at present, is home in her country of the Philippines.
I thought to myself, “What would I do if this were Not a false alarm and I got this message on my phone?”… then, I thought, “Why am I here!?!!! and not with her?” 😦

I know the answer obviously… My current work/career and home is in San Diego – hardly a horrible place to be, right?

While I am not saying that I will base my future life plans or decisions on the low probably threat that I could die tomorrow from an ICBM landing in my front yard, it did give me pause and think about what’s “Important” in my life….

Hours later I landed in San Francisco and have a conference I’m attending this week up here… I took a nice walk around the Oyster Point are just up the street from the South San Francisco conference center and thought I’d check in and share some thoughts.

Hope you’re Living the Dream!!!

Coconut Island, Phuket Thailand (part 2) – Needs vs. Wants


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We I’m in a new environment, I do some comparisons. What I like MORE than other places I’ve been… What I like LESS. What I’m grateful for and what I need to add to my life. In this check in, I was thinking about the difference between NEEDS vs. WANTS.
In “the west” I think that I confuse the 2 sometimes. I need the ability to get from point A to point be. BUT, I want an Acura… I don’t really *want* a Kia or even a bus pass… Yet, I *do* want spending money to stay at an AirBnB on Coconut Island near Phuket Thailand so maybe the bus pass is an ever better option than I thought! HA!

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy my little check in from Coconut Island and hope that you ARE Living the Dream.
thats a need for ME.. maybe only a want for others.

Looking forward to learning more about how you define wants vs. needs in your life.
All the best,
~mikes

Coconut Island, Phuket Thailand (part 1)


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Gracie and I found a great little house on AirBnB on this little island, just east of Phuket… So, an Island off the coast of… well.. and Island.
We had a great time just relaxing.
Additionally. one day we even venture off the island to check out a Tiger Park.
Here’s the link to sign up for AirBnB:
http://www.airbnb.com/c/mikes107

And Here is the link to Stacey’s place on Coconut Island.:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5041577

If you go, say hi to the great neighbor, Red – He’s one of the nicest guys on the planet.

I’m pretty confident you won’t be disappointed.

Merry Christmas from HKT


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Gracie and I checking in from Phuket International (HKT) on your way to “KL” a.k.a. Kuala Lumpur for you Non-totally Hip veteran travelers of South East Asia – HA!… right… With any luck our Air Asia flight will NOT be delayed as was shared with me by the Google… although, how often is Google wrong, eh? (travelers tears).
ALL THE BEST to you and your families!!! Thanks for watching – Live The Dream!!!
…stay tuned for more.. Lions and Tigers and Elephants oh my!!!