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Only as Good as Your Data Scrubber

Well, the Cape May Furmeet was fun. :) It was spent mostly in the car driving (or the bus, riding), with occasional stops at various New Jersey seashore tourist traps to look at Junque Boutiques or ride the occasional roller coaster. The GPS wasn't what you'd call an unqualified success -- but in each case it was a matter of mistaken address. The address I got off the State of New Jersey website for the Cape May Zoo appears to have been for the administrative offices, rather than for the actual zoo. Then the address for the Offshore Motel apparently didn't exist in the GPS's database, so it underhandedly snuck in another (and wrong) one about a half-mile in the wrong direction.

On the other hand, from Wildwood to lowen_kind's house the GPS got smack-on perfectly, as well as from LK's place to home. So half-and-half, with bonus points for me being able to quickly stick a in waypoint as we passed the only Starbucks in the tri-county area so that after breakfast this morning we could go back and find it quickly and easily. Overall it strikes me as a nifty and useful gadget and I expect to get a lot of use out of it, particularly at cons.

The asthma didn't bother me too much on the trip, aside from the occasional gurgling raspy cough and my speaking voice constantly coming out as a spot-on Tony Jay impression. I had fun amusing myself by quoting lines from Shere Kahn or Chairface Chippendale. The only time it was really bad was after going on the Great White -- which was a much better coaster than I was expecting it to be, actually, but which left me panting and feeling like a sumo wrestler had sat on my chest.

I dislike this asthma intensely and want it to go away. ¬.¬

On the other hand, my allergies in general have cleared out nicely; the Zyrtec seems to be working very well on that score.

Anyway, a good time was had by all and some of unclekage's family tales have given me some ideas to pursue for Brigid and Greg stories. So I'd say it was worth the investment of time.

And now, for a spot of tea, and then bed. G'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow!

-The Gneech


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May. 21st, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I still think of Cape May as "where I went to Boot Camp".

It's a lovely little town, once you get off the Coast Guard TRACEN.
May. 21st, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's not bad, but I'd give half my box of Original Fudge Kitchen of Cape May fudge to find a Marriott Courtyard somewhere in the area.

-The Gneech
May. 21st, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately you will not. :={

This is, in my mind, the reason that the Cape May county shore towns will always be second class in regard to Atlantic City, no major "brand" name hotel/motels in them. Not even a Motel 6.

Personally, I feel, that until Wildwood or Cape May convince a larger chain to locate nearby, even in Rio Grande or Cape May Court House, they will no longer draw the tourists that they once did. Atlantic City has gotten the big guns and most of the tourists now.

This is one reason why CMFM will mostly be the size it is now; no larger hotels to hold a proper con, and the hotels that do have the con space would be priced right out of the price range of most con goers.

As discussed with Uncle Kage, it is one reason why AC will never located to Wildwood, even though the city has a great convention center; no larger hotel and the prices would be astronomical to stay at the motels that are there.
May. 21st, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
I am glad The Gneech and Lythandra had a good time. Hopefully, you will come back next year, despite the lack of "brand" name hotels.

However, I am equally glad that there are not and will not be any major "brand" name hotel/motels in the Cape May area - that is part of the charm of Cape May and I for one want it to stay that way. It is a quaint, Victorian seaside town - you want a "big guns" and a tourist town - go to Atlantic City, Rehoboth, Ocean City, etc. and get that there. Regardless, of the what beach/shore area you may chose - be it on or off season - be it brand name hotel/motel or not - the prices to stay for a con would more than likely still be out of the price range for most con goers - that's just the way it is at resort-style places.

So the CMFM will in all likelihood remain the small, closeknit gathering that it is - a good time had by all that attend
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