TRAVEL ODDS & ENDS
Weird, strange and simply bizarre travel tidbits
Duane Wells | June 02, 2008
Ellen Degeneres� Bush-sized nuptials�
Before George W. Bush became president, most Americans outside the Lone Star State had probably never even heard of Crawford, Texas. But that was then and this is now.
The combination of first daughter Jenna Bush Hager�s recent understated nuptials at the 1,600 acre Prairie Chapel Ranch and seven years worth of photo ops capturing a dressed down Dubya holding press conferences at his sprawling Western White House have placed Crawford on the map in a big way. As a matter of fact, in terms of statewide name recognition, Crawford may well rank alongside major Texas outposts like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin these days.
Now the Waco suburb, population 705, made famous by its high-powered residents, may soon gain notoriety for a different reason� a gay celebrity wedding. And not just any gay union but one of the most anticipated of all time.
During a taped appearance on Ellen, Jenna Bush Hager extended an invitation to Ellen DeGeneres to have her wedding to long time love, Portia de Rossi, at the famed Bush ranch. Surely Jenna was joking, but I can imagine few things funnier than George W. Bush presiding over the nuptials of Ellen and Portia.
It would certainly end his tenure in office with a bang� and a lot of fidgeting, I�m sure. 'Dum, dum, dah dum.'
A trim and a ticket� Oh my!
If you happen to need a haircut on certain days in Louisiana, you�d better check the calendar and the location to make sure that you can get one legally.
Barber Clyde Scott of Houma, LA got a big surprise when he opened his shop on May 19 to trim up a few students who were preparing for their long-awaited graduation ceremony. For his kindness, the hardworking barber got a citation from a police officer!
Now that�s what I call the ultimate bad hair day.
Apparently, a law on the books in Houma bans barbers from working Sundays, Mondays, any of several holidays and even the day after Labor Day. How very restrictive!
Thankfully, the District Attorney has not only refused to prosecute the case but is asking the parish council to repeal the law as unconstitutional. Good show!
Bye-bye mullets. Hip hip hooray for hair care.
The Golden Burger
Who says there�s an economic crisis in America?
In the last year alone, New York�s finest culinary minds have given birth to a $25,000 sundae, a $1,000 bagel topped with gold and a $1,000 pizza dressed with some of the most expensive caviar in the world.
Now comes news that one Manhattan restaurant has begun offering a $175 hamburger made of Kobe beef, dressed with black truffles, foie gras and Gruyere and topped with edible gold flakes.
I guess gas prices aren�t denting everyone�s budgets.
Sex, the pilot and the flight attendant�
After dinner at a diner on a recent Sunday night in Harrisburg, PA, a pilot and a flight attendant for Pinnacle Airlines decided to get their freak in on the woods. Things went awry, however, when neighbors summoned the police after spotting what they believed to be a naked man and a drunk woman.
A helicopter with heat seeking equipment was ordered up and ultimately found the pilot hiding behind a shed attired only in flip flops and a wristwatch and the intoxicated flight attendant elsewhere in possession of a stolen flashlight.
Both Pinnacle employees have since been suspended.
Moral of the story: For the love of all things holy� always get a room! (And at least get a real dinner before you give it up in the woods if you don�t!)
Say Hello Kitty�
Japan�s Tourism Ministry has named Hello Kitty as one its government envoys to represent the country in China and Hong Kong.
I guess Godzilla was busy.
China�s latest Olympic flub�
According to Times Online, the guide for Chinese volunteers at the Olympic Games this summer explains that disabled people are a �special group� with �unique personalities and ways of thinking.�
The section of the manual, entitled �Skills for Helping the Disabled�, then goes on to say: �Some physically disabled are isolated, unsocial and introspective. They can be stubborn and controlling... defensive and have a strong sense of inferiority. Sometimes they are overly protective of themselves, especially when they are called crippled or paralyzed. Do not use �cripple� or �lame� even if you are just joking.�
Egads! I guess nobody in China has gone through rigorous training in political correctness. I mean, really?
Such sensitivity. Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy for the estimated 83 million mentally and physically disabled people who live in China, doesn�t it?
And they call it progress�
Please� please� don�t feed the squirrels!
Finland is under attack by squirrels!
Well, sort of�.
An open-air museum in Helsinki showing the traditional Finnish way of life has begged the public to stop feeding local squirrels, claiming that they�re eating all the displays.
According to reports the squirrels have learned to hide food between wooden shingles on the museum�s roof and have figured out how to run into the museum�s 87 buildings, make holes in the walls and nibble on the museum�s textiles.
Industrious little buggers, aren�t they?
But they�re just so darned cute!
On that note�
Until next time� Cheers! – Gay Link Content
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