Not what you want to come home to

I was in Phoenix, Arizona at a very unique museum out in the desert devoted entirely to the world of music from every continent. They were having a show of musical instruments that I would term Hollywood memorabilia. They had guitars from famous rock and roll stars. It was quite a rare collection and well worth the long drive to get there. They certainly had to go to a lot of trouble to amass these treasures. The shapes and colors were phenomenal. They looked like works of art. It was not the typical museum I visit but rather was quite special.

Since I had gone all this way, I decided to view the museum’s entire contents which took hours. After all, you don’t find yourself out in the middle of nowhere in Phoenix just any day. I would place the museum in the top ten in the world and recommend it highly. I was gone a day for surveying the musical holds of the museum and another for driving. I hesitated to head home so soon but I had had a very good time.

After a long drive, I expected to kick back and relax in the pool immediately to unwind. You have to concentrate so hard when you are driving. You need to clear your head. I had images of the cool, clear water all the way home in the car. When I got to the house, I unloaded my stuff and proceeded to put everything away. It was all taking time away from my impending swim. No matter. I would be cool and comfortable in no time. Or so I thought. When I changed my clothes and grabbed a nice soft terry towel, I was more than ready. But it was not to be. To my great surprise and chagrin something had gotten stuck in the pool filter of the above ground pool while I was on the museum trip and this thing, whatever it was, had damaged the filter.

It appeared not to be operating or making its usual motor-like noise. The pool was full of tiny debris: the sort of stuff that falls off the yard trees and makes the water less than appetizing. Emergency call to the pool man! He was not available. I begged and pleaded. I would die if I didn’t get my swim. It was a warm day and I was so looking forward to cooling off and reviving myself. He promised to come the next day, which he did. Okay, I would have to delay my pleasure. After extracting the embedded tree branch from the filter, he tried to resurrect the less than perfect device to no avail. He had to go out a buy a new one. All this took a very long time. It was nightfall before I was in the water, but alas, I was there now.

Hotel Perks

I love travelling to the various museums of the world. You never will run out if you visit one every day and never duplicate. If you expand your interests, you might learn quite a few new things. You don’t have to stick to the traditional. There are thousands from the great city museums like London, New York, and Paris to the smallest towns in the country. They house every kind of treasure from art and artifacts to military and automobile history memorabilia. You can find doll house museums, electronic invention museums, or farm equipment from yore. There is something for everyone no matter what your interest. It can be very arcane. If it is books, there are libraries. If it is plants, there are arboretums. A museum can be a loose term for any collection of items in a given category. You name it, it has a museum.

When you travel to get to your favorite museums, you get to experience a variety of hotels. Some of them are pretty basic but others have nice amenities.

One of the fun things about travelling to various museums is all the hotels (and amenities) you get to experience. Some of my favorite hotels have hot tubs. Somehow after having enjoyed them so often, it has become a bit of a priority for me. It isn’t enough to have a swimming pool. I crave the hot swirling water that only the Hottest Tubs can serve up. I love the jet sprays and steam. Who doesn’t love to relax after a day on your feet in a museum. It makes it seem like a real vacation. A hot tub is quiet as kids are usually in the pool. It can be temperature controlled just the way you like it. If you are lucky they will have bar service outside near the tub so you can enjoy a glass of wine. I like to listen to music on my cell phone although I have been known to accidentally drop it in the water. I will leave it to the hotel to supply some background music. Most hotels let you use the hot tub all day long into the late evening so you can soak your weary bones just before bed. I find it the perfect panacea for whatever ails you. Plus, you never know who you will meet in the tub. Perhaps another museum lover like me and we can share experiences. You can get some tips from hearing what people like. In Phoenix, I was surprised that I had missed the music museum way out in the desert. It had displays of every period of music history with visible instruments of the period and tapes of them in use. They also had instruments from around the world. This was one of the best tip offs I had in a very long time. It is not to be missed. If I hadn’t been in the hot tub, I wouldn’t have found out. The next day I was back to recount my adventure and encourage others to partake on their own.

Lazy Day

Don’t get me wrong. I love traveling most anywhere to visit various museums, but there is a time to take a breather and kick back. You have to relax, recharge, and get ready to roll once again. There is always another museum you haven’t yet visited. We all have our different ways of resting. When I am in a nice hotel and have seen the museums nearby, I can take an afternoon off and lounge by the hotel pool. I stay in modest hotels, but they all have a pool or two and usually they are nicely landscaped and attractive. I have witnessed more than one palm tree swaying in the wind. My family can sit with me and chat or enjoy the water. When they are off and doing their own thing, I grab a pool lounge float from the hotel equipment stand and relax while I am in the water. I like the really big pools where there is a lot of room to cover. I chose a large inflatable so I could lie down and look at the sky. It was a hot summer day and the blue above was breathtaking.

Most inflatable lounge floats are too small for my taste and are mainly designed for kids. If you want to dangle your feet in the water, it’s fine. I like to put a towel down and stretch out to my full length and I am not short. Just spare me the splashing kids who are enjoying themselves with too much glee. I have been tipped over while in such hotel pools more than once to my chagrin. I will have to get rid of the towel I think. You can’t get mad because this is what kids do. It is kind of cute to see them having so much fun together. From time to time kids ask me if they can ride on the lounge float and I always say yes. I want to be a good sport after all. You just have to make it clear that you want it back as some kids will hog it for the whole day. I politely say that there are more floats on the equipment stand so go get your own. The kids just don’t want to get out of the water even for a second. The stand is a bit far away and they don’t want to hurt their little feet walking on the hot pool decking.

I do travel a lot so some hotels are modest and don’t have a pool. Some have a pool but no equipment stand. I sometimes take my inflatable lounge float with me folded into a small package that fits in a carrying case. You have to be ready to make your own fun no matter the circumstances. Every trip and every hotel is different. One thing they have in common is a quiet place to rest. You are on your feet a lot in museums so it feels so good to lie down.

Starting Our Summer Museum Tour Off Right!

The David family is on the move. Our route has been plotted, reservations made, the car loaded up. This year we are tackling some East Coast museums, like the Constitution Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. We’re keeping it kind of low-key and close to home this summer. Granted, that was not our first pick for how we were going to spend the summer. Originally we were going to go to Hawaii but then Felicia’s mom got sick. We decided it would be better to stay reasonably local just in case we needed to come back right away. We haven’t totally put aside Hawaii, though. I really want to see the USS Arizona Memorial, and I know the kids want to go somewhere “normal” like their friends, which I think is kind of funny because I know they both want to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We might go in the winter over break, or we might just wait and do it next year; it’s going to depend on Felicia’s mom.

Anyway, because we budgeted for a whole lot of airfare we never purchased, and to kind of ease the downer of the Hawaii trip being postponed (we’ve been careful not to say cancelled in front of the kids), we are staying at a nicer standard of hotels than we normally do. It isn’t a tropical island paradise, true, but it is something. I’ve told the kids to enjoy this now because it likely won’t happen ever again. And they certainly are taking advantage of the situation, let me tell you. Marcus and Tonya are already at the hotel pool and we’ve only been here an hour. Felicia always goes straight into the bathroom to check out all those little samples of shampoo and soaps they put out for guests. This time, she called me in there to show me what looked like a thermostat on the wall. We played with it a little and discovered that the floor has a radiant heat system. I had no idea that it was a real thing that you can do with a bathroom floor but apparently you can. The tile was pleasantly warm pretty quickly, a nice offset to the incredibly low room temperature. Marcus likes to set the a/c to practically freezing in hotels because I can’t complain like I do at home about electricity bills. Once she figured out that the floor was its own sort of tropical paradise, Felicia kicked me out of the bathroom and decided she was going to take a bath. I think I’ve created a monster with this luxury hotel thing. I don’t think she’s ever coming out of that bathroom again.

With the whole gang off doing their thing, I thought I’d take a minute to write up a post and take advantage of the hotel’s free wifi. Next, I plan on grabbing the room service menu and having a bit of a feast. It was a long drive thanks to an accident, and I’m pretty hungry.

A Small Health Scare

No one likes to be told they have an illness, not even asthma. It’s not heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, so in the grander scheme of things it is something that can be controlled with medicine before it becomes life threatening. It is a small health scare given that it isn’t fatal, but it is still an ailment that is undesirable and that has a distinct impact on one’s well-being and overall health. It is not a time to panic, however. There is a lot you can do. You can live in the parts of the world that do not aggravate the condition, you can vacuum and dust your home frequently, and last but not least you can install a portable air purifier in the living room where the family resides a good part of the time. If you have an open floor plan, the best air purifiers for asthma sufferers will reach the bedrooms and kitchen. No doubt it will handle the dining room that is adjacent to the family room as well. Airborne pollen and allergens will be a thing of the past as you start to breathe easier during the day and at night. You will want to run the appliance 24/7 for best coverage. Those with asthma know how important it is to reduce respiratory irritants.

Most asthma sufferers are quite conversant with the operation of an air purifier and know how to select just the right one. There are many quality brands from Kenmore, Honeywell, Holmes, Dyson, Oreck, Allen to Germ Guardian and Hunter. What you don’t want is a machine that emits ozone as a normal part of its process. Air-purifier models with an electrostatic precipitator remove pollutant particles by charging them as they pass through and collecting them on an oppositely charged metal plate or filter. In the process, they produce some ozone as a byproduct. While ozone in the upper atmosphere protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, ground-level ozone is an irritant that can worsen asthma and compromise your ability to fight respiratory infections. Thus it must be avoided at all costs. Air purifiers that emit even small amounts of ozone are a poor choice if someone in your household has pulmonary problems or allergy symptoms.

This being said you can opt for a carbon or HEPA filter in a portable air purifier model. If your home has forced-air heating, you might want to opt for a whole-house model built into your HVAC system. However, built-ins can be expensive to buy, and they must be installed professionally in the ductwork of your heating system and most need to be wired into your home’s electrical system. If an allergy sufferer lives in the home, it is a small price to pay for his or her health.

An air purifier is therefore a major decision that must be made quickly as soon as the victim receives an asthma diagnosis. The person who purchases the unit has a large role in facilitating recovery. Keep that in mind when looking at specifications and prices.