Back From Vacation

I'm back from vacation. Actually, I got back a few days ago, but I promptly came down with a case of the flu, which I probably picked up on the plane, and that took me out of action for a few days. Coincidentally, the book I read on the plane was The Great Influenza by John Barry, about the flu pandemic of 1918. So it was with all those images of the gruesome ways flu victims died in 1918 fresh in my mind, that I first noticed flu symptoms developing in myself. Thankfully, I seem to now be over the worst of it, though I felt like crap for several days.

I didn't get a chance to see anything particularly hoax-related on my tour through the southern states. The one oddity I made my wife take a detour to see was the Gay Dolphin Gift Store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From what I had read, the store was supposed to be full of all kinds of strange novelties, like feejee mermaids. But I was very disappointed. It was just row after row of junk, like seashells, keyrings, and tacky postcards. I recommend skipping it if you're ever in Myrtle Beach. In fact, I'd recommend skipping Myrtle Beach entirely.

Posted on Mon Aug 31, 2009


Welcome back.

Have a speedy recovery.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Mon Aug 31, 2009  at  12:55 PM
Myrtle Beach was one of my first wife's favourite places in the US. I went there several times with her, and the only thing I found worth looking at there was her. Some rather plain ocean, a very narrow and insipid stretch of pathetic looking tamed sand, and then a wall of concrete hotels and bad restaurants.

I'm glad to hear that this time you didn't die. I'm not sure how many Alex replicants we have left in storage.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Mon Aug 31, 2009  at  12:56 PM
Yeah, Myrtle Beach is overrated as a beach. Nothing special to it. Glad you're feeling better 😊.
Posted by Brian  on  Mon Aug 31, 2009  at  01:31 PM
Well of course you didn't like the stuff that they have for sale. They're meant for gay dolphins.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Mon Aug 31, 2009  at  04:33 PM
Your disappointing gift shop story reminds me of when we lived in Boise, Idaho. The TV had scads of ads for "The World's Largest Pawn Shop" over in Payette.

The wife and I were excited about visiting it, imagining all the cool stuff it would have. So we drove over, only to find a average-sized pawn shop, attached to a somewhat larger furniture store. Quell disappointment!
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Sep 01, 2009  at  01:50 AM
It wasn't the flu. You were just suffering from the newest upgrade to your OS. Once Acci got back to work, the "bugs" were worked out pretty quickly. (And now you can run your toaster remotely!) :cheese:

Glad you are back. Things have been decided un-weird without you! 😉
Posted by daveprime  in  Deep in the sticks...*yay internet!!*  on  Tue Sep 01, 2009  at  09:06 AM
Not the O1NK flu?

Welcome back!
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Tue Sep 01, 2009  at  11:22 AM
Alex, your application to join the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce has been rejected.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Sep 02, 2009  at  01:41 AM
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