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possible vacation spots.
I'd really like to take a vacation this year. A real-ish one. I mean, I could and SHOULD go to San Antonio to see my grandparents and could and SHOULD go to Florida to see my dad. But fer cryin' out loud, the only time I've ever gone away somewhere that I really want to go just for the heck of it was to visit bodnej and Mrs. Bodnej during my winter break from law school.

And this time, I'd like to go somewhere I've not been. And though foreign travel would be nice, I really don't have much (okay, any) leave time and Europe just isn't doable for a few days. I'd like to be able to ENJOY myself. I'd like to go someplace where we know at least a couple people, but not someplace where we're OBLIGATED to do nothing but see people (e.g. places where family is is not on my agenda). Also, I'd like it if we went somewhere with a decent array of kosher food.

So I was thinking Seattle. I haven't talked to Seth about it and I have no idea how we would actually do it since he goes away every summer for his Fraternity convention thingy. So maybe I'd have to go without him. I'm actually okay with that, though obviously I'd prefer that he came with me.

But Seattle seems to have a decent array of kosher food, which is pretty cool. I count 14 kosher restaurants/bakeries/delis/etc. in the great Seattle region.

Plus, we know oodles of people there! Seems like a whole lotta people have moved out that way in recent years.

Failing Seattle, since that could prove to be complicated and does merit a slightly longer than a couple days trip, we could always just go and stay in a nice hotel in Manhattan for a few days. THAT would be loverly. Lots of good food, maybe catch a show. Actually, that's sounding kind of attractive.

Hrm.

Not that any of this is actually going to happen. But I can dream. I wonder where Seth's AZO convention is this year...

Current Mood: curious curious

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: February 16th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course, you could come out to Los Angeles. Loads of Kosher food out here. You also likely know oodles of people out here as well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did, indeed, consider LA. Except that I was thinking summertime, and um, LA is what they call "hot" in the summer. Actually, it might very well be hot all the time, I'm not really sure. But definitely in the summer. Ick.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: February 16th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it's a *dry* heat! (Plus, you could go to the beach, and take the little one to DL... I might even be able to talk my wife, daughter, sister-in-law, etc. to join you on such a trek (unless you come out the week my daughter is at Jewish summer camp).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
dry heat shmy-heat. Yuck to heat! If I'm going to heat, I'm going in WINTER.

As for DL... seems like if I'm going to Disney, I should go to DW, where my dad lives and where his wife's nephew can get us discounts.

And have I mentioned how obnoxious beaches are in long sleeves, high necklines, and long skirts?

Right.

Not that I'm not ruling LA out completely. Just not in the summer! And not to the beach! As you know, there's a lovely kosher butcher I'm dying to go to in LA, so I'll definitely make the trip at some point.
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ellipticcurve From: ellipticcurve Date: February 16th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Naw, dude, the closer one gets to the ocean, the nicer (read: more moderated) the climate gets! LA in the summer is actually very nice, as long as one has parking mojo.
Compare it to, say, the Central Valley in the summertime, which is comfortable for hypothetical aliens who live on the surface of the sun but NOT for normal humans. (Don't get me wrong; one rapidly gets used to the brain-melting heat, and it IS dry, which makes a difference (I'll take a Sacramento 110 over an upstate New York 90 any day) but I digress.) Anyway. My point is, LA in the summer is actually quite nice, and the beaches are a lot of fun. There's sand and surf for the little guy, and surfer eye candy for the grownups.
Plus you get interesting only-in-LA sights, like the time I saw six or seven Orthodox guys out roller-blading.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's the temperature in LA today?
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: February 16th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Where?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Where?

bleh.
From: bodnej Date: February 16th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Where?

It's nice in the summer...we were there 9 years ago.

I'm curious; is it some of the more purient attractions of Montreal that bring AZO there?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Where?

There's nothing wrong with Montreal. It's just that I don't really know anybody there. I'd like to at least TRY to pick a place where we know a few people.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: February 16th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Where?

I enjoyed Montreal.

I actually got to use what little High School French I remember in a real-world situation.
From: bodnej Date: February 16th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Where?

My high school (and middle school) French was so bad, that I actually got Quebecois to insist that I speak in English.

It's one of the few outright moral victories in my life.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I really want to go somewhere where I don't have to plan all my meals and food ahead of time. Just once.
From: lola100 Date: February 16th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely Manhattan over Seattle. I've been to both. But it's a little yucky there in the summer. Hot and sticky.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, except I've been in Manhattan. Not that I don't like it. But you know. I was thinking maybe something new and different.

Maybe Toronto. I've never been there. Seth has though, that's the bummer of it all.
From: lola100 Date: February 16th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
MIAMI. Tons of restaurants there. My neighbors go every year. They love it and keep going back.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problems with Miami are:

1. HOT
2. I've been there
3. HOT
4. If I go to Florida, I'm kinda obligated to go to Orlando instead b/c my dad lives up there.
5. Did I mention that it is HOT, HOT, HOT in Miami?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! I just realized you're in Lakewood, NJ. I used to go to Lakewood all the time as a kid because my great grandmother retired there.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Er, didn't I mention that possibility in my original post?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you lost your bonus point for the day.
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From: bodnej Date: February 16th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could take an Al Bundy vacation: a week on the couch, watching movies set in another place :-)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 16th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to. But I'd have a harder time justifying that.
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