I was in Italy, traveling by myself and had just arrived by rail in the town of Cornigelia in Cinque Terre. I had read Rick Steves book on traveling in Europe and getting the most out of your trip by engaging the locals and avoiding tourist traps. One of his suggestions/recommendations was to walk into any local restaurant and ask for a room...
So, I got off the shuttle that brought me to the door of a cafe and I walked up to the waiter, (very sterotypical italian waiter) and asked for a room. He replied, "Lunch is over". I thought perhaps he misunderstood me, so I asked again. He said, "Would you like some Salmon Penne Pasta." I just nodded and said "Sure, but I really need a room." He looked at me and said "Lunch is over, sit here".
Totally lost, I sat down and thought about what I was going to do. The nice waiter brought me a half liter of wine, (oh, man I LOVE Italy!) and just before the pasta arrived, a dark haired man came up and sat in front of me and asked if I needed a room. I almost blurted out "Lunch was over", but instead said yes... He told me that when I finished lunch to go around the corner of the cafe and enter the first door on the right. Ok, what the hell, I thought.
After I finished the most fabulous Salmon Penne Pasta I will ever eat, I got up to pay the bill inside the cafe. I walked out of the cafe, turned right to go around the building, took the first door on the right was *right back in the cafe* having come in the side door! The dark haired man was sitting there talking to the waiter, (who I assume was his brother) and took me to a woman who rented me a fabulous room for 3 glorious days.
I have a doberman pup... who is now about 10 months old and will come home from 'college' this week.
I am a navy brat and have lived in Hawaii and the Philipines in addition to Florida, Texas and Illinois.
I love to travel in and out of the Mainland US.
I own a small acreage and am remodeling my house, slowly but surely.
I have 2 children... a son 37 who has 3 children and a daughter 19. Spacing your children is everything.
Movies? I like the old musicals, good chick flicks, action films, most sci fi and stories about real life and real people.
TV shows? I don't get the chance to watch much TV. Dexter on Showtime, a bizarre little show is a current favorite.
Music? Just about anything... it really depends on what I am doing and where I am. My CD collection ranges from country, rock, musicial soundtracks, new age, latin.. but Rap? not happening.
Food? Oh, man... I love to travel just to eat the local food. My favorite question of a waiter is: "What would YOU have if you were me?"
something to do
something to thank God for