Stories From Home Episode 1, A Podcast

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Recorded in the beautiful home office Chateau’ Relaxo.

The twelfth day of self-isolation and it’s like Vegas here at Chateau Relaxo. We’re losing money by the minute, cocktails are acceptable at any hour, and nobody knows what time it is.

My plan is to put out shorter, more frequent content until things return to whatever the new normal becomes. I wanted to call these the “Isolation Tapes’ but my friends over at The Gray Nato” podcast beat me to it. If you’re into watches, gear, diving, travel, and adventure.

The hosts @jasonheaton and @jamesstacey will keep you entertained.

Currently drinking a Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale from Elysian weighing in at 6.4% ABV

Since I’m not traveling, I don’t have much travel content and the same goes for any new food finds. Most meals I’ve eaten have been done between my desk and the bathroom.

I’ll be posting a podcast that I did with a couple of other road warrior buddies where we discuss how our lives have been impacted by being home for the last few weeks.

Here are a few highlights over the last few weeks.

Florida coronavirus updates: State opening I-95 checkpoint to screen New Yorkers

Drivers fleeing the New York City coronavirus hot zone will be pulled over and screened at a new Interstate 95 checkpoint as they enter Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday.

The state also just started a highway checkpoint on Interstate 10 in the Panhandle, to greet people arriving from New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, also one of the biggest virus hotspots in the country. Commercial delivery trucks will not be stopped.

We were put under a stay-in-place order on Friday and this afternoon the Florida Surgeon General advised residents 65 and older to stay home, that’s one-third of the state.

I’ve gone from buying 6-packs to 12-packs to purchasing a 6-pack and a 12-pack at a time. 

Since all my rival dads in the neighborhood are home as well I’m judging all of them if their yard looks like crap. 

Tuesday is a bulk trash pickup. This week I had the biggest pile of tree clippings on the block. I’m surprised that I don’t hear a symphony of leaf blowers each morning a 7:00 AM since I know all the rival dads are at home. 

We organized the spice cabinet the other night….. big fun. Discovered we had 3 bottles of Madagascar vanilla approximate retail value of $412.00. Isn’t Madagascar a Disney movie. Three containers of cloves, which must be holiday-related. I also found a 48oz container or Sriracha Cajun spice, if that is even a thing, that I just had to have. Used it once, the Best Buy date was 2011. 

Hit my sock drawer up the other night, got it down to eight pairs of dress socks. The local men’s shelter will be the recipient of approximately 30 pairs of cartoon themed socks.

I made it to my bathroom and under my sink…

Body count

  • 7 packages of dental floss
  • 5 tubes of toothpaste, all of which had been opened
  • Various toothbrush configurations
  • Just for men beard dye, not a good idea
  • Countless bottles of hotel toiletries
  • Supplements galore, krill oil, cranberry, HT/ whatever 
  • Harry razor blades, some new, some used

This weekend here’s what’s on deck

  • Clean up my workbench, again code for have a few beers, alone
  • Probably go through my junk drawer, the one with all the cables
  • This one’s a biggie….. clean the gutters …. can’t wait. 

COVID-19 Travel Related News

It’s rare that I fly American, but One Mile At A Time posted this statement from them in regards to Social Distancing 

“Our gate agents can reassign seats to create more seats between you and other travelers. to help make this easier, we are blocking half of all middle seats. Once boarding is complete, customers have the flexibility to move to another seat within their cabin. Of course, there may be restrictions, and this is not guaranteed.”

Good move American COVID or not no one wants to sit in the middle seat.

Following up on our Waffle House and the business traveler post 

Every Waffle House location is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The restaurant even stages backup supplies and personnel to be ready to stay open in the event of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Because of the restaurant’s dependable round-the-clock service, FEMA uses an informal “Waffle House Index” to gauge the severity of natural disasters. Code Green means all is well and the restaurants are fully functioning; Code Yellow means a limited menu is being served and the power may be out; Code Red means the restaurant is closed and the sky might be falling.

This week Waffle House closed 365 locations.

Hilton Released Updates This Week.

  • 2019 Status Extension. All members whose 2019 status was scheduled to be downgraded on March 31, 2020—whether it’s Diamond, Gold or Silver—will automatically receive an extension through March 31, 2021.
  • 2020 Status Extension. We are extending your 2020 member status through March 31, 2022. This means you will continue to enjoy all the Diamond, Gold or Silver benefits you have access to today for the next 24 months.
  • Points Extension. We will pause the expiration of all Points scheduled to expire between now and December 31, 2020.
  • Weekend Night Rewards Earned on Eligible Hilton Credit Cards. We have extended the expiration date of all unexpired Weekend Night Rewards as of March 11, 2020, and all new ones issued until August 30, 2020, through the end of next summer (August 31, 2021).

Well, there you have it, thanks for listening and safe travels.

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