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No plans to ever travel again

Normally take 2-4 big trips every year. Love to see the world. Have been to more places than I can count. But everything is on hold now. My recent trips to Hawaii, Brazil, Argentina, Bali, and Antartica were cancelled. Some of my friends and family are still going places. Just received a message tonight from a cousin in Colombia who is having the time of his life. Time and money are not the problem but fear and opportunity are. Some trips have been cancelled by the airlines/agencies and some by myself. Do not feel completely comfortable travelling to far away places at this time even though I am fully vaccinated. But this is so hard for me. I feel trapped and depressed. Hoping to get back to normal soon but not sure when this will happen. Just read about a new variant in South Africa.

by Anonymousreply 100September 15, 2021 1:10 AM

[quote]No plans to ever travel again


[quote]Hoping to get back to normal soon but not sure when this will happen.

by Anonymousreply 1August 31, 2021 6:41 PM

Oh poor you, op. Boo fucking hoo.

by Anonymousreply 2August 31, 2021 6:49 PM

I share your hunger, OP.

by Anonymousreply 3August 31, 2021 6:52 PM

[quote]But this is so hard for me. I feel trapped and depressed.

How awful for you. I do commiserate.

by Anonymousreply 4August 31, 2021 6:52 PM

I know some cunts will rip this thread to shreds but I am feel your frustration. As a gay man without kids travel has become such a part of my identity. I miss it. It will return.

by Anonymousreply 5August 31, 2021 6:55 PM

We went to Hawaii in June and we're going to Vienna in December. Are we taking a chance? Yes, but we feel the risks are pretty low. We'll let you know how it turns out. We're also gay men (I have adult children) and travel is important to us also, especially since I've reached retirement age.

by Anonymousreply 6August 31, 2021 6:58 PM

She says hello, you fool, I love you...

C'mon join the joyride, be a joyrider....

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by Anonymousreply 7August 31, 2021 7:00 PM

Take some local trips. Go to a nice bed and breakfast. If you are around California, go to wine country or Big Sur. If you are on the east coast go to Cape Cod. Just explore places around you. Treat yourself to a nice hotel and good meals. You can still have fun. Go some place tacky like Hollywood or Dollywood. Then when things get better you can go to the places that are on your travel list.

by Anonymousreply 8August 31, 2021 7:04 PM

I wouldn't travel to or around CA until after the end of the year. We're on fire, you know, and praying the winter rains come early this year.

by Anonymousreply 9August 31, 2021 7:07 PM

Travel planning is foolhardy for the duration. Entry restrictions to other countries change constantly. Even Stateside is impossible, with so many unvaxxed shitheads--and is it really fun to wear a mask for hours on end?

Set aside your travel funds, and pay down your mortgage instead.

by Anonymousreply 10August 31, 2021 7:11 PM

My mortgage is paid off, and I have a million in cash (and a six-figure pension.) I feel as frustrated as OP. I'm afraid to go anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 11August 31, 2021 7:12 PM

I don’t pity you. If you are fully vaccinated what are you scared of?

by Anonymousreply 12August 31, 2021 7:13 PM

To R11 wealth is wasted on the old.

by Anonymousreply 13August 31, 2021 7:13 PM

^^^ health and beauty are wasted on the young.

by Anonymousreply 14August 31, 2021 7:18 PM

Just take a mind vacation, OP.

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by Anonymousreply 15August 31, 2021 8:11 PM

R12 ???

by Anonymousreply 16August 31, 2021 8:13 PM

Buck would never not travel and if he did he'd never complain about it.

by Anonymousreply 17August 31, 2021 8:29 PM

Is this Blogspot?

by Anonymousreply 18August 31, 2021 8:33 PM

I live in a tourist destination where Covid infections are now spiking.

I like to travel, too, but this is just how it is, right now.

by Anonymousreply 19August 31, 2021 9:03 PM

Maybe stay-cation ?

by Anonymousreply 20August 31, 2021 9:04 PM

I’m doing domestic trips until I feel comfortable to go international again. Ft. Lauderdale this past spring, Laguna Beach for the Pageant of the Masters last week, then San Francisco in October for fine dining, hiking in the redwoods, and a concert. You can make do until this subsides;just be creative .

by Anonymousreply 21August 31, 2021 9:08 PM

I would travel within highly vaccinated areas but I don't feel comfortable flying at this time. I feel you, OP. I haven't had a vacation to another country since spring of 2019. My husband and I normally take a couple of vacations where we fly elsewhere twice a year.

Have been saving lots of $.

by Anonymousreply 22August 31, 2021 9:08 PM

For those of you with time to spare, what's wrong with road trips? See the USA, as Dinah Shore used to say -- or whatever country you live in.

by Anonymousreply 23August 31, 2021 9:10 PM

I don't feel comfortable flying...too packed in with other people, and some people freaking out and getting violent on airlines. That alone will keep me grounded for a year or two maybe.

by Anonymousreply 24August 31, 2021 10:59 PM

Consider taking an online writing class while you are not traveling.

by Anonymousreply 25August 31, 2021 11:02 PM

You know you can take plenty of small domestic trips, even ones to outdoor areas that are covid friendly. You don't have to do these big affairs.

But yes, hopefully you are self-aware to realize that this is a good problem to have and many of these bitches are jealous because they can't afford to travel that much.

by Anonymousreply 26August 31, 2021 11:05 PM

I'm sure you won't be missed.

by Anonymousreply 27August 31, 2021 11:23 PM

Bitch OP, just channel your inner Henry James heroine and you'll have a great time!

by Anonymousreply 28August 31, 2021 11:24 PM

[quote] See the USA, as Dinah Shore used to say -- or whatever country you live in.

Easy for you to say!

by Anonymousreply 29August 31, 2021 11:28 PM

We'll be able to do it again, OP. Just not for a while yet.

But if ever there were a First World problem, it is this. So best not to beg for sympathy about it.

by Anonymousreply 30August 31, 2021 11:29 PM

Although I shy away from generalizations about human behaviour, I'm noticing that people are giving way to the accumulated frustration and stress since COVID became the only news. It's like your grip thing is slipping. I just wanted to post this to tell you that, although I haven't any plans to travel atm, I sometimes feel a sense of malaise creep up on me for no reason.

I don't think a sane person would have been able to endure COVID, the uncertainty about the election, and the January 6th fuckery, and not do something totally bashit cray.

by Anonymousreply 31August 31, 2021 11:30 PM

So OP is the type of basic person who plans trips to Hawaii and Bali (Australia's Hawaii) but he also wanted to go to Antarctica? Bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 32August 31, 2021 11:30 PM

R24, you sound like you're supposed to feel sorry for you because you're flying coach.

by Anonymousreply 33August 31, 2021 11:32 PM

I have a nice house with lots of pets - there’s nothing I’d rather do than stay put at home.

by Anonymousreply 34August 31, 2021 11:32 PM

I just spent a week in El Salvador and am currently in Guatemala for a second week of traveling. It’s wonderful to be out here again. Don’t give up, OP.

by Anonymousreply 35August 31, 2021 11:34 PM

R29, are people not allowed to drive in Liechtenstein?

by Anonymousreply 36August 31, 2021 11:34 PM

Op it sounds like you're swimming in money and time. Are we supposed to feel sorry you? If we are you can go fuck yourself.

by Anonymousreply 37August 31, 2021 11:36 PM

I think you're smart. Your survival instinct is kicking in. That's why you're comfortable and frustrated, because you're smart.

Give it time. Things and people are not safe at the moment. But this happened so fast. It's dark, but it could all get cleaned up very fast too...

by Anonymousreply 38August 31, 2021 11:45 PM

[quote]Just take a mind vacation, OP.

R15: Hee. I remember at our workplace, many years ago, when my employer tried to package coffee breaks as a "vacation in a cup." More like refueling a tired, old, manual car.

by Anonymousreply 39August 31, 2021 11:45 PM

I was just with two friends scheming how to immediately finagle their booster shots so they can go traveling. Tip: No one wants to hear about your sucky vacation. It won't make you interesting. Nothing will.

by Anonymousreply 40August 31, 2021 11:52 PM

Why not take a Spanish course online in the meantime so you'll know how to beg for pinga like the local elders next time you're in Colombia?

by Anonymousreply 41September 1, 2021 12:04 AM

[quote]It's dark, but it could all get cleaned up very fast too...

It'll all go away suddenly, like magic!

by Anonymousreply 42September 1, 2021 12:38 AM

I don't even feel comfortable taking a road trip. Too many chances for coming into contact with unvaccinated people in enclosed spaces. And I don't want to end up sick hours away from home.

by Anonymousreply 43September 1, 2021 1:26 AM

R43. I know what you mean. School just started today for young people. My job is trying to get us back to the office no matter what. A cluster fuck is coming. Can not save thes mofo's.

by Anonymousreply 44September 1, 2021 9:18 PM

Is this you, OP?

Why I will never go on holiday abroad again: MAUREEN LIPMAN says all the forms and tests are stressful enough... and that's before you arrive at the Gateway to Babel that's Heathrow Terminal 5

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by Anonymousreply 45September 12, 2021 1:12 PM

If Maureen Lipman (at R45 link) is anything like her writing, I'll be glad not to encounter her outside the U.K. ever again. And if someone happens to know what specific bit of the U.K. is her stomping ground, I'll be glad to avoid that as well.

by Anonymousreply 46September 12, 2021 1:26 PM

I booked a flight to Mexico in May and I didn’t know better. Then came a tweet from CDC that Mexico was level 4 which means it’s a Covid hotspot. Expedia said they would put it as credit. The problem with traveling abroad is if you have a medical injury, their hospitals may be overrun with Covid. And if you test positive prior to returning to the USA, you will have to be in quarantine for 2 weeks. Traveling out of country is out of the question for now.

I will just take smaller road trips but avoid Covid hotspots like Florida, Texas or any Red States. People in those places do not wear masks.

by Anonymousreply 47September 12, 2021 1:38 PM

[quote] Just read about a new variant in...[insert location here, bonus points for relative geographic obscurity or a catchy name]

Why do people always react in horror at word of the latest variant? Is it because they thought there would not be variants (and if so, just how early on did they choose to avoid all news coverage of Covid)? Are you also astounded that some percentage of the population, left to decide for themselves, decided not to be vaccinated? That the percentage of people vaccinated is still less than 100%

The percentage of people vaccinated will always be less than 100% Besides some small sliver of legitimate medical reason, the number of people who are not fucking idiots has never approached 100%, or 90%, or even 80%.

Things are reaching a point where people do as they must, or do as they feel is the better choice, or are compelled to do by the fact that to do some things hard choices (for some idiots) will have to be made as in barriers to employment or entry to other countries. The same is true for travel. Some people will stay at home peering through their double-pane windows at the outside world, shaking their heads at those who go to work, to school, to buy groceries in an actual store, to travel to other countries or to the next large city or beach or town. Some people will not feel safe once it's been 5 years since anyone has mentioned the latest Covid-19 variant, some people will push their mother into the path of oncoming traffic to get the fuck out of the house. The "rules" are only going to get more complicated for those who want them hard and arbitrary and inarguable, because increasingly there will be choice.

by Anonymousreply 48September 12, 2021 1:40 PM

My good God I can’t believe some of you people are STILL putting your lives on hold for this. It’s been 18 MONTHS! Are you gonna live in fear FOREVER?

I’m on my way to the Amalfi Coast for two weeks. Life is to be LIVED, so LIVE IT.

by Anonymousreply 49September 12, 2021 1:41 PM

OP, have you also not had sex for the past 40 years?

[quote]Do not feel completely comfortable travelling to far away places at this time even though I am fully vaccinated.

Completely comfortable? There's no reason to be completely comfortable in this old world. Your plane can crash. Your ship can sink. Political unrest can break out around you. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. And enjoy your life while you still have it.

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by Anonymousreply 50September 12, 2021 1:53 PM

I would go on ONE big trip a year and it was expensive.

OP- you go on FOUR big trips a year- you must be RICH

by Anonymousreply 51September 12, 2021 1:56 PM

[quote]...you go on FOUR big trips a year- you must be RICH

Different people like different things, R51.

I'm not the OP I and many people I've known who are not rich made travel a big priority.

I know other people whose idea of travel is something close at hand, or an annual family trip that's reasonably priced, yet these people as an adult couple might have three or four late model expensive cars, and a large suburban house filled with closets full of cheap clothes and never used specialty kitchen appliances and half the attic filled with Xmas crap and an oversized garage packed with all kinds of garden mowers and equipment; they aren't happy unless they are trading their cars in every couple of years and driving absolutely everywhere all the time, loading on on strip mall goods, groceries, fast food, car detailing, hair styling, etc. And if they have kids, even more. They think travel is hideously expensive and complicated, yet it's only because they're not in the habit, and it's not a priority. They have to have the super-sized SUVs in case they are hit by a super-sized truck. Everything they spend money on has endless justification; everything they don't is a great extravagance of the "rich people." They think anything beyond the nearest Six Flags is extravagant, dangerous, a once in a lifetime (maybe) thing.

I traded job promotions and reduced raises for loads of time off to travel, but to each his own.

by Anonymousreply 52September 12, 2021 2:38 PM

First world problems. Take a trip that’s more local. If you live I Texas or the Southeast, you probably should bite the bullet and fly somewhere else so you don’t have to worry about dumbasses making you sick. I’m sitting in the Adirondacks right now. It reminds me how much I forget about the natural beauty I. The East.

by Anonymousreply 53September 12, 2021 2:48 PM

[quote]First world problems. Take a trip that’s more local.

If I lived in the U.S., I'd want to fly someplace that's properly in the First World in taking some kind of reasonable precautions to curb the spread of infection, not a country that throws up it's hands and says, "Well states' right, y'all!"

by Anonymousreply 54September 12, 2021 3:10 PM

Be patient. We have to wait out this disgusting virus. I was hopeful when vaccines became widely available and infections began to decrease but in America non-compliance with health protocols to contain cv19 including masking, distancing and vaccination means the virus is still here. So frustrating.

by Anonymousreply 55September 12, 2021 3:16 PM

I forgot to add, keep your plans. Just push it back until this is resolved. It's infuriating and scary to be in limbo like this but we have no choice but to wait it out.

by Anonymousreply 56September 12, 2021 3:34 PM

The Amalfi Coast is not worth intubation. Maybe Capri.

by Anonymousreply 57September 12, 2021 3:47 PM

Even if you feel safe, you take an enormous risk to book trips now. Had to fight for a refund for my trip to Hawaii this year even though half of the flights were cancelled by the airline. Not worth the drama

by Anonymousreply 58September 12, 2021 5:01 PM

At least you've got a legit reason to avoid your relatives if they're in another part of the country. It was harder to come up with excuses pre-Covid.

by Anonymousreply 59September 12, 2021 6:27 PM

You’re being histrionic, OP. If you’re vaccinated and take the recommended safety precautions, what are you afraid of? Do you know how many millions of people returned to international travel this summer? If there are data to show this has led to a dramatic spike in COVId deaths around the world, I haven’t seen them - and I’ve been looking.

I’m booked to go to France next month and Germany at Christmas, and I can’t wait! The only worrisome thing is trying to figure out all the travel precautions required by each country, but otherwise, I’m very excited to return to traveling internationally.

Stop being a worry wart. The latest data I’ve seen shows that the chance of developing life-threatening complication from COVID once vaccinated (with an mrna vaccine) is 0.008%. Would you rather avoid this extremely small risk and live miserably for the remainder of your life? You do you, but that seems ridiculous to me.

by Anonymousreply 60September 12, 2021 7:18 PM

[quote] The Amalfi Coast is not worth intubation.

You stand a far greater chance of a huge lottery win after buying an impulse ticket than intubation from traveling if fully vaccinated. That's just covid-porn speak.

by Anonymousreply 61September 12, 2021 7:26 PM

I’m with you, r49. I’m looking into a yoga/meditation retreat in Ibiza in early October. It will have to come together quickly, but those are sometimes the most fun trips. I will be going on vacation alone, which I have never done before, but I’m sure that I will meet people there. It will be nice to do something different before we get locked down again. You only live once.

by Anonymousreply 62September 12, 2021 8:20 PM

[quote][R29], are people not allowed to drive in Liechtenstein?

Oh yes, they are free to drive over all 62 square miles of it.

That never gets old! So much to see...

by Anonymousreply 63September 12, 2021 8:43 PM

Enjoy, R62. And enjoy traveling on your own. It's a great pleasure in my books, and probably all the more so in times when your travel partner may have his own differing ideas/worries on Covid. The more I traveled alone, the less I wanted to travel with anyone else, though I did marry someone I met on my travels but only after quite a few complicated trips together (in which surely I would have deserted anyone else.)

by Anonymousreply 64September 13, 2021 8:54 AM

I'll be happy to hit the road as soon as countries/airlines standardize their tourist/travel requirements. I'd much rather just go than have to spend hours figuring out what airlines/countries demand before I can get on the fucking plane/visiting the fucking country.

by Anonymousreply 65September 13, 2021 9:09 AM

Forget it OP. Listen to my paralytic dad or my mom who is older and his constant care taker....travel as much as you can. Nervous? Masks and double jab (which you have) and go to highly vaccinated places or places with controls. Life is far too short.

by Anonymousreply 66September 13, 2021 9:14 AM

I’m currently near the end of a 2-week stretch through Europe: Germany, Spain, Italy. All places I haven’t visited before, and probably never will again.

Yes, it has been an effort managing the forms, tests, and requirements that never bothered me before. As an American, travel to most parts of the world was pretty easy and didn’t require much concern over visa applications or restrictions.

The only COVID concerns that have plagued me have come from my overly concerned husband who bitches and moans if he sees a maskless person in the hotel, on public transport, etc. I’ve kept doing what has kept me safe this past 18 months: wash hands, avoid overly crowded places, masks when appropriate…

But I’m unsure I’ll ever travel again either. The people we’ve met have struck me as even more entitled to travel, self-absorbed and clueless to others around them, and aggressively defiant of common courtesy vis-a-vis COVID. I think it’s all an overreaction to the inability to travel and have a normal life these past 18 months. (See R49 for example)

by Anonymousreply 67September 13, 2021 9:35 AM

R67 - yeah, that lack of COVID courtesy is kind of off the table in the EU during summer. It was the same last year, when we were pre-vaccine. I initially thought it was only Romanians acting like their usual selves, but going around W. Europe and seeing vacation pictures of colleagues who went in those countries you mentioned make me feel like, hey, at least they have to mask up here indoors or show vax proof to go to concerts. Talking to festival-goers from Western Europe this past week (a music festival with 300K), I got the same attitude about the mandatory vax pass or negative test proof as R49. "Why the bloody hell do we have to wait 3 hours in the hot sun to get into the testing center? We can't stand it...fuck, shit". I was constantly tempted to say "well bitch if you got the jab and want to be in a huge crowd in a pandemic then you pay the price...sorry".

by Anonymousreply 68September 13, 2021 12:16 PM

Exactly R68. I don’t think “refreshing” is quite the word to describe my relief seeing in person that it’s not just Americans being Covidiots. In the end it is just sad and maddening.

It’s most disappointing to watch some bougie asshole shout/spray words into a poor waiter’s face or other service worker who IS wearing a mask (and usually wincing)

by Anonymousreply 69September 13, 2021 1:09 PM

Your chances of being exposed to Covid-19 on a flight whereby every passenger has tested negative is less than 0.1 per cent, landmark research has shown.

The study, which has been running since December 2020 on transatlantic flights with Delta Air Lines, indicates that a single PCR test performed on all passengers within 72 hours of travel was enough to drastically reduce the risks of transmission on board.

The conclusion was that at a time when the average community infection rate was at 1.1 per cent, the rate onboard a flight was only 0.05 per cent when passengers had been screened for Covid in advance.

The airline's chief health officer Dr Henry Ting stated: “When you couple the extremely low infection rate on board a Covid-19-tested flight with the layers of protection on board including mandatory masking and hospital-grade air filtration, the risk of transmission is less than one in one million between the United States and the United Kingdom, for example.

“These numbers will improve further as vaccination rates increase and new cases decrease worldwide.”

He added: “This real-world data – not simulation models – is what governments around the world can use as a blueprint for requiring vaccinations and testing instead of quarantines to re-open borders for international travel.”

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by Anonymousreply 70September 13, 2021 1:44 PM

^ Let's hope they implement a rule requiring vaccination to fly. It's important. There's science to back it up and Biden is kinda feisty these days.

by Anonymousreply 71September 13, 2021 1:46 PM

It’s just too stressful. I finally ventured out to a movie a couple of weeks ago and of course one of the three people in the theater had a hacking cough and coughed the entire film. Even though I was wearing a mask it freaked me out and I could barely concentrate on the film. Although I confronted the lady after and she apologized and confirmed the cough was allergies, it reminded me that you can’t trust people to do the right thing in public spaces with the rampant ignorance of people who aren’t careful, don’t mask, socially distance or get vaccinated. I’m also in Texas. It’s difficult to be cavalier about getting out and about and traveling when you know there is a segment of the population that cares nothing about the common good when it comes to COVID. Look at the people that still got on planes or took buses to get back to the US knowing they were sick with COVID. Nothing is 100%, but would you go on a trip if you knew 30-50% of other drivers were drunk? I feel like the same pragmatism would keep me home.

by Anonymousreply 72September 13, 2021 2:28 PM

I'm going to Detroit next month. Who wants my stuff?

by Anonymousreply 73September 13, 2021 2:30 PM

[quote]Nothing is 100%, but would you go on a trip if you knew 30-50% of other drivers were drunk?

Exactly why I stay close to home on New Year's Eve. Your reasoning is sound, R72.

by Anonymousreply 74September 13, 2021 2:45 PM

Well R69, at least the waiters were masked. That wasn't the case everywhere in Paris and nobody has to in Amsterdam. Apparently, over the course of this week festival the local police gave out over 3000 fines to arrivals in the city for refusing to follow mask protocol in the malls, pharmacies, taxis, buses, and supermarkets. I was amazed at an Australian group of girls (looked totally nice and clean-cut) who adamantly refused to put on their mask despite the cab driver telling them that they must. Essentially, their brilliant response was "But how are we supposed to get all this stuff to our air bnb if you won't take us?" AFTER the man said "Please, mask is law or cannot take". You know they understood that just fine and just wanted to be bitches because they thought "oh, poor country, we can do anything". A pharmacist said some even asked for Valium...as if she can just hand it to them like Tylenol!

by Anonymousreply 75September 13, 2021 2:54 PM

For all those putting down OP Because they can’t afford to travel: save money & plan a trip. Not Op’s fault he can & does travel. AnywY: My bff lives in amsterdam. I usually travel there twice a year. But now they have a 10 day lock down in place for all travellers - which is great. I get it. Yet those 10 days would be my entire trip so... no ammy. For those that can’t travel: how about day trips? How about rent a cabin? Go to the beach. There are things one can do to get away.

by Anonymousreply 76September 13, 2021 3:06 PM

[quote] It’s just too stressful. I finally ventured out to a movie a couple of weeks ago and of course one of the three people in the theater had a hacking cough and coughed the entire film. Even though I was wearing a mask it freaked me out and I could barely concentrate on the film. Although I confronted the lady after and she apologized and confirmed the cough was allergies, it reminded me that you can’t trust people to do the right thing in public spaces with the rampant ignorance of people who aren’t careful, don’t mask, socially distance or get vaccinated.

Fair point, R72. One of my neighbors contracted Covid while travelling. Although vaccinated, he insisted on travelling again (for pleasure), while ill.

Not wise: either for him or those on his plane, in his Uber and those he encountered along the way. And yes, he’s still unwell a month later in Northern Idaho at his “vacation home”.

by Anonymousreply 77September 13, 2021 3:11 PM

My boss with Covid travelled to the seaside with one of his Covid infected daughters to "quarantine ". The rest of the non infected family stayed home. He had a nasty cough for many days BUT thought it was ok to walk along the beach with his daughter in an electric car that he rented for her. Sure they had masks but she was touching every button and bell on that little car. Restaurant visits, ice cream, etc., And he is a brilliant man otherwise. 4 months later, he still doesn't have his sense of smell. It's people like this who literally scare the shit out of me.

by Anonymousreply 78September 13, 2021 4:05 PM

Literally, R78?

I think perhaps you are the greater public health scourge.

by Anonymousreply 79September 13, 2021 4:26 PM

R79. Love you too boo.

"Love me hate me. Say what you want about me But all of the boys and all of the girls are beggin' to..."

by Anonymousreply 80September 13, 2021 4:32 PM

Yeah R79, he is the scourge yet his boss and his kid may have been the cause of someone's death or lifelong long haul symptoms. We have a dumb cunt like that at work who only got her job because her husband is an ultra-connected surgeon. He married her plain ass because his anti-vaxxer, ultra religious mother told him that women should not be too beautiful or wear makeup because the Devil will tempt them. This frau took their two small kids and a newborn from her mother-in-law's house and then went straight to Switzerland to show off on social media and at work. She and all three kids started feeling like shit and were confirmed positive with COVID about 2 days after arriving. Two days in which they went on the slopes, rides, rented a car, and wore their masks under their noses. Hell, the two smallest didn't even have masks. And she isn't even ashamed of the pictures...then "oh, take COVID seriously...we were so sick". Can't even understand why that is so wrong.

by Anonymousreply 81September 13, 2021 5:40 PM

Why don't some of you jaded old well-to-do sophisticates take your travel cash and do some good in your community? You can travel just by mixing it up with new people - some of them in need, some of them fellow benevolent types. Kindness and generosity might recharge your batteries.

by Anonymousreply 82September 13, 2021 5:46 PM

I hate wearing the mask but I do because it's the right thing to do. But I won't travel because wearing a mask while vacationing puts such a crimp in the whole experience. If covid is ever under control in my lifetime and it's safe not to wear a mask or be close to strangers then I'll travel again. And if I don't so what? It beats intubation.

by Anonymousreply 83September 13, 2021 5:50 PM

R83 - I thought it would suck but I wore one in Paris and Amsterdam and it really wasn't that bad. I slept most of the flight and I was outdoors so much I basically didn't care. It is totally different walking around the Louvre in a mask than in Target. Lots to take your mind off the mask.

by Anonymousreply 84September 13, 2021 5:54 PM

And here I am curious as to how they filmed an entire new season of The Amazing Race.

by Anonymousreply 85September 13, 2021 6:05 PM

OP I'm in the same boat. And to all the jealous bitches on here who ain't got no money and are shaming OP, go get your poor ass fucked. Clearly you need it. Don't shame people because they have more money than you. Go out and make your own.

by Anonymousreply 86September 13, 2021 6:27 PM

[quote]I finally ventured out to a movie a couple of weeks ago and of course one of the three people in the theater had a hacking cough and coughed the entire film.

Word. But I gave up on movie theaters long before covid. Between flashing phones, people who insist on chatting with their friends throughout the movie, and general unpleasantness, it's just not worth it to me.

by Anonymousreply 87September 13, 2021 6:39 PM

^^ indeed. Who does movie theatres any more? They're full of vile people.

by Anonymousreply 88September 13, 2021 6:46 PM

R86 and R87 is our resident Ebonics DL-er.

by Anonymousreply 89September 13, 2021 7:04 PM

Haven't gone to the movies in years. Too many assholes who are too ill-mannered and insist on ruining the movie for everyone. Theaters need to toss people out but they don't. If you can't shut you mouth and turn off your phone for two hours, you are not ALLOWED to be in a theater. Seeing a movie is a privilege not a right.

by Anonymousreply 90September 13, 2021 7:07 PM

Are there any movies worth seeing in a cinema that can't be enjoyed just as well on a large screen TV?

by Anonymousreply 91September 13, 2021 10:51 PM

I want to see Dune in theater. I won't. In the US, covid is out of control. If I were at the movies and heard someone coughing throughout, I'd be furious (paranoid) enough to leave.

by Anonymousreply 92September 14, 2021 1:07 AM

Some time I go to the luxury/reserve you seats and drink wine during the movie. And I loved it. I'll do that again because the more expensive tickets keep the riff-raff out. When you see 3 movies a year in a theater at most, the extra money doesn't really matter as much as it would if you were a weekly movie goer.

by Anonymousreply 93September 14, 2021 4:06 AM

I felt like asking for a movie pass to see the film again after dealing with coughing lady, but I was so annoyed that this happened after finally deciding to go, I’d already decided while sitting in the movie I wasn’t doing this again, so why bother. The irony was it was The Green Knight, a film about facing death with courage! Lol

There’s just too many people out there that rationalize putting others at risk (letting nature take it’s course, but I bought these tickets already, etc). Obviously we can’t account for people who aren’t sick, but knowing there are people out in public with full-blown COVID and still go out just because they only had mild symptoms is enough reason to avoid closed in spaces with the public. I feel like I got lucky. but I winced at the 20 dollar rental price on iTunes and figured it would be ok.

But honestly I’m just going to start waiting for all newer films until they are released for streaming at standard rental rates. Like many here, I was already kind of “done” with the movies anyway for many of reasons above (although Alamo Drafthouse and their strict policies was a nice respite). This bad experience kind of clinched it for me. It’s just not worth it when you can avoid all the hassle by watching a film at home and forego all the random BS.

by Anonymousreply 94September 14, 2021 4:14 AM

R32. OP here. Yeah whatever to your comments. Everything that I post on this website is 100%. No time for games. Indeed, all of the trips that I mentioned were on the menu. Already received some refunds after many battles but now working on the remaining refunds for Bali, Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. But I am a persistent MF and will not stop until the end.

by Anonymousreply 95September 14, 2021 8:01 PM

R91, yes, some movies are better seen in a theater than on a TV. The old classics (pre-1970s) were never directed for a smaller screen, unlike modern movies. They work far better in a cinema.

by Anonymousreply 96September 14, 2021 8:04 PM

OP “Can’t” or “won’t” count how many trips you’ve taken? Try harder.

by Anonymousreply 97September 14, 2021 8:11 PM

R97. I wish I could stop but I can't. Could be comfortably retired now without these trips but travelling is my passion. Not fancy possessions. I remember well my last trip a few months before the virus hit and the lockdowns We were following mountain gorillas in Uganda through the forest and their sht. We crawled on our hands and knees through the thick bush. A few months later my life drastically changed. No travel at all since then which has been devastating. Already missed two important funerals during this period. The latest was my sister in-law who died a few weeks ago from covid. As a silver lining, maybe I will get to retire sooner than I thought

by Anonymousreply 98September 14, 2021 8:37 PM

The thing is now you don't have a choice but to see pre 70s films on TV. Youtube has very good prints of A Double Life and Genevieve which I just watched. I enjoyed Genevieve so much I ended up a few days later watching it again without really meaning to but I couldn't turn it off. Their print of Life With Father is terrible. What an astounding director Curtiz was. How do you do that and Casablanca and get them both perfect?

by Anonymousreply 99September 15, 2021 12:09 AM

R99, if you're lucky and live where there are good repertory cinemas, I highly recommend seeing the classics on the big screen. I just saw Casablanca a couple months ago in the theater, and it's such a different experience. Films noir, or proto-noir like "The Third Man," really benefit from being viewed in the cinema. The cinematography is luminous.

by Anonymousreply 100September 15, 2021 1:10 AM
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