20 Jan 2017
St. Barts is about as upscale as it gets in the Caribbean. It reminds me of Saint Tropez. Then, of course, they are both French beach resort areas.
Sign of the times - Today when we reboarded, there were 12 people reading books by the pool - all seniors. Yet only one had a print copy. The others were all digital.
18 Jan 2017
Hello from Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner, our home for the next two and a half months. It’s been almost eight years since we have stayed in this cabin, one of the best on any cruise ship.
It is particularly fun in that we have half of the front of the ship, immediately below the Captain's bridge.
Today’s highlight was Allyn dropping her phone in the toilet and the stewardess retrieving a bowl of rice almost instantly for drying purposes. It’s too early to tell whether it will work, but previously we read that is how to dry a wet phone.
Good bye Miami.
17 Jan 2017
Hi folks. We are in Miami. Tomorrow we board the Regent Seven Seas Mariner for a cruise around South America.
Sorry I have been remiss in my blogging, but I am back.
Because we spent the day flying across the country, exercise was tough today. Not wanting to miss her commitment, Allyn spent the last half hour running around our hotel room so as to achieve her 10,000 Fitbit daily step goal.
28 Dec 2016
Weather’s great. Wish you were here.
Just kidding. My bad. I have been totally remiss in writing JetSetWay Blogs. Since we still haven’t come across our good camera from the house move, I just wasn’t thrilled with most of the photos. Plus most days I just hung around the gym for a few minutes in the morning, vegged at the family cabana by day and restauranted by night.
Allyn and I came in a day early, and friends Terye and Jacob suckered me to come all the way to the Four Seasons for dinner. It took forever to get there, the food was OK, and the company great. They’re always a kick.
The next day was the annual Wendi birthday at The Chart House. Joey and Yana are such great hosts and run a fabulous restaurant.
Some of us did a few serious climbs.
Suntory sucked. Previously I never met a Teppanyaki meal that I didn’t like.
The Outrigger has a famous Sunday at Duke’s activity and even has a song about it. Joey is a rock star there because he was a world champion surfer and his photos are all over the place.
Dinner at Taromina was so good that we booked a second one with them for Christmas and that one was even more sensational.
Of course Michel’s may have the best ambiance of any restaurant anywhere. The food and service are still good.
Ocean House right on the water is another annual tradition we enjoy.
Roy’s has really gone downhill. It is so busy and noisy. It was clear they wanted us in and out in a hurry. Fortunately I know how to pour a bottle of wine.
Speaking of bad meals, Il Lupino was the absolute worst. Both my boys warned me that I previously committed never to return there, but I did anyway. They were rude, seated us over an hour late, ran out of pizza and other items, had terrible service and really seemed to enjoy being terrible. People were irate.
And speaking of Christmas Joey and Yana had a fun party at their home. It’s always fun to meet various locals around the world.
Wolfgang’s is always good for a nice steak.
The Royal Hawaiian is still special for us due to tradition, but only is a shell of its former glamorous past.
Worse though is Waikiki. So many vendors just don’t care. Since we were with family and friends, it was a blast anyway.
09 Aug 2016
Our summer pattern has been that as soon as the World Series of Poker is over we have headed for Europe. I mean Las Vegas weather is less than pleasant this time of year – unless you like being in a pizza oven.
This summer has been special because we are finishing construction of our new home, which means staying relatively close to town for frequent visits.
My friend Mo Fathipour, Tournament Director at Bicycle Casino, suggested I visit them for their major annual August tournament, Legends of Poker Tournament, which allows us to visit their brand new hotel and just be an hour from home. Plus we can get in some serious poker.
So here we are.
When most folks think of L.A. they think of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Ocean and other areas west of downtown. They have many great hotels and the best ones charge in the $700 range for a room.
Here, we are just 10 miles east of downtown and it is a different world. Those of us who play poker appreciate having a beautiful new hotel here.
What a pleasure it is to be able to stay at the venue and not have to suffer the horrendous traffic in order to have a nice room. And the room rates are only 25 – 30% of comparable quality west of downtown. Everything here is modern, clean, neat and tidy - the rooms, reception, gym, spa, and fitness center. When you call down to valet to bring your car, it is there when you get downstairs. Oh, and the employees are all exceptionally nice.
They've done a terrific job with The Bike Hotel. It is a pleasure to be staying here.