Saturday, 9 May 2009

Watch Out America - I'm Coming Over ...

Watch out America; the Plastic Mancunian is coming.

It’s been a while since Mrs PM and I have been across the pond, so we’ve decided to inflict ourselves on the United States once again. The last time I went to the States was a few years ago, when I visited Las Vegas. Mrs PM had been there for a conference and I decided to join her for an extra week. We had a fabulous time.

During that trip, Mrs PM and I flew in a helicopter for the first time. I was really excited and was absolutely fine until the helicopter pilot flew over the Hoover Dam. I took a photo of the dam but the pilot swooped in a strange direction and made my stomach lurch; consequently I had to stare at the horizon as we flew over the Grand Canyon (for fear of puking). Thankfully with the aid of a few deep breaths I recovered. Mrs PM, on the other hand, was horribly air sick. I thought she was going to throw up on a couple of occasions. Our pilot showed off his flying skills and dived over a particularly high precipice prompting Mrs PM to utter the only words she spoke on the entire trip:


The scenery was breath-taking and I was really buzzing when we flew back over Las Vegas. I don’t think Mrs PM enjoyed it too much and had to lie down for a couple of hours after we arrived back at the hotel.

I loved Las Vegas and we were sensible enough not to blow our savings. In fact, we broke even, thanks to Mrs PM using her luck and judgement. She won a few hundred dollars on the roulette table and walked away rather than blowing the lot.

The temperature was a tarmac-melting 45 degrees Celsius (we were there in August) and I have never been so hot in my entire life. We coped by hotel hopping. We were staying in the Monte Carlo hotel and spent our time wandering down the Strip, hopping into hotels when overcome by the heat.

Anyway, back to our forthcoming trip.

The suggestion came from Mrs PM after watching “Fringe”, a series where nasty and horrible things happen to people. For those of you that haven’t seen the series, it is basically similar to the X-Files, where a group of FBI agents investigate strange happenings in and around Boston.

“Let’s go to Boston,” said Mrs PM while watching a particularly gruesome episode that involved a creature that was a cross between a snake, a scorpion and an eagle attacking people and laying it’s eggs inside their bodies.

“So we can meet that thing?” I asked incredulously. Pointing at the creature as it was about to devour one of the heroes.

Actually, I leapt at the idea because Boston and New England is one of the places I have always wanted to visit.

We have now booked the flights and are coming over during the last week in September. We haven’t planned our itinerary yet, but the idea is, I think to spend three days in Boston and then hire a car and head off to Cape Cod for four or five days before returning home.

I’m really looking forward to it and so is Mrs PM and I am hoping to produce a huge portfolio of photos, some of which may appear on my photo blog.

Of course, we hope to be fairly flexible, so if there is anybody in the area (or elsewhere), who has any tips or recommendations for places we can visit, etc. then I will be very grateful. One thing I wouldn’t mind doing is enjoying a pint or two of Samuel Adams beer in “Cheers”. I realise that may be something that dumb tourists do, but I don’t really care.

I have to say, however, that any suggestions involving climbing up a tall structure (for me) or flying in a helicopter (for Mrs PM) will almost certainly be ignored. I am not going to allow Mrs PM to persuade me to climb anything that is higher than a three storey building (unless I am safely inside it of course).

I’m off now to try to practice saying “Fall” instead of “Autumn”.


EuroYank - Virginia Hoge said...

You sound a bit cockey. Do you have a cockney accent?

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EuroYank,

Me cocky? Absolutely not. I am a modest chap really.

I most certainly do not have a cockney accent - perish the thought! I have a weird kind of "Northern" accent, with hints of Black Country and Scouse.

It's a bit weird, actually, because certain Mancunians have said that I sound "posh" - poor delusional people.

I would imagine your accent might be a little strange - how long have you lived in Luxembourg?




bingkee said...

Have you ever been to New York? It's another different experience than Vegas. I love that city, only when it's spring, summer and FALL.

The House of Husar said...

Well if you should find yourself in the midwest there are pints waiting for you at The House of Husar.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bingkee,

Yes, I have been to new York - twice. The first time was in July 1989 - in fact I was in New jersey on Independence Day. I went up to the top of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty as well as taking a three hour boat trip around Manhatten.

The second time was new year 1999 when I stood in Times Square in temperatures of -10 degrees. That time I saw a different side of New York.

My one regret is that I never went to the top of the World Trade Centre - the queue was too big :-(

I will definitely pop over to the city again as it is one of my favourite places in the world. Possibly for my 50th birthday (though I'm trying not to think about that :-( )




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Ed,

I'm sure I'll find my way to the mid-west one day, where I shall definitely take up your offer.




earthtoholly said...

Hi PM,

Yay! You're coming to the USofA...great! We're glad to have you and Mrs. PM and hope that your trip is a good one. I had to ask W about sights as I've only been to Boston once and long ago.

I'm sure you're already aware of the John Hancock Tower---I know you don't like heights, but you will be "safely inside" as you put it. And you're a techie, right? The Boston Museum of Science has a few computer exhibits that were part of Boston's Computer Museum that was moved to California. W said that this might be of interest. And of course, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, although it is very touristy. There are loads of historical things in and just outside of the city.

Sounds like a fun time!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Holly,

Yup - we're coming back to the colonies to see how you've progressed since we left you on your own :-)

Thanks for all the tips and recommendations. Yes, sadly I am a techie so the Science Museum definitely appeals.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace may appeal as well - although we prefer the quirkier sides of places we visit, we do also like to ascend into tourist heaven.

I don't mind being inside a tall building, as I said - I just hope Mrs PM doesn't want me to abseil down the side.

Thanks again - I'm sure you will read about our exploits on our return.