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on the sleepy lagoon (via Beckley, WV)

MEMBER SINCE   June 01, 2012

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy class of 2009. Very proud alum of the Ohio State Martha Moorehouse Cancer Center 2008 - eat it cancer. Foodie, gamer, and tropical locale enthusiast.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1.) 2015 Sugar Bowl
    2.) Santonio Holmes' Super Bowl winning catch and subsequent Superbowl MVP.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Iron King Cardale Jones, First of His Name, Poacher of Badgers, Controller of Tides, Slayer of Ducks
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers

Recent Activity

Comment 07 May 2018

Just replaced two HVACs and got the nest setup with them.  My family loves them.  They're fairly intuitive to use and have a nice auto-off/eco setting for when the phones are not in the house -- we are bad at forgetting to turn them off when we leave and in SC that'll make your AC run all day in the summer.   Considered the ecobee for the room sensors because my daughters room is always hotter than the rest of the upstairs, but nest now offers room sensors and has really assisted in keeping her room at the correct temperature.  be aware of a few things tho -- they dont work with apple homekit if you're an iphone user.  There is an app and it forces you to use the app for everything (google wont play that nicely with apple) whereas the ecobee does work with apple's homekit.  Integration with Alexa is very nice and there is also an apple watch app if you're into that.  The scheduling and learning portion is nice.  The only weirdness we've run into is that one of our units didn't come fully charged and looked dull on the display so i had to pop it off the plate and plug into a usb-c charger for a bit -- just an fyi and one that isn't really made clear.  The units do have a battery back up and do need charged from time to time.

Comment 18 Jun 2017

Modest mouse sucked something awful. Took all their albums and sold them. 

Comment 14 Jun 2017

Going with a 2016 OF birthday bourbon followed by SAOS wheated bourbon. Cheers!

Comment 16 May 2017

We did Bora Bora.  Stayed at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui, which is now the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.  It was fantastic.  If you can afford it stay in the over the water bungalow, if not, there are beach front rooms too -- priced for about the same as a trip to Hawaii staying beach front. Couldn't recommend it more.  Only suggestion I'd make is staying over in LA or San Fran for a night to adjust.  Its a lot of travel from the east coast. 

Comment 27 Apr 2017

Logged in just to say, "don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out Mark May". You won't be missed. 

Comment 27 Oct 2016

love creature comforts -- great local craft microbrew.  super local to the athens/atlanta region.  i recommend the tropicalia ipa, its one of my favorites.

Comment 04 Sep 2016

By the time bama gets dumped in the cfp, all their defensive players will be looking forward to the nfl draft.  /s, maybe?

Comment 21 Mar 2016

I agree w/ PS above, anything with Steinbrenner and Frank Costanza, to me, were absolutely hilarious.  I am also a big fan of Kramer hiring the Dominicans instead of Cubans to roll cigars.

Comment 01 Mar 2016

Kris Kross was my first album too, on tape.  First CD was the self titled Third Eye Blind. 

Comment 15 Feb 2016

I ran across an article earlier that read, "he (read: Peyton Manning) placed his naked genitalia on the table in front of her face".

Comment 15 Feb 2016

I've always been partial to David Feherty -- he's about as close to an iconic play by play guy in a sport that doesn't really need a play by play.

Comment 13 Feb 2016

Sorry it took a minute to reply. We did the over the water bungalows at the bora bora Hilton nui resort. Absolutely worth it -- but it is expensive to do that at every resort that offers it (something like 700-800$ a night). However, you simply cannot beat eating on the deck overlooking the lagoon and being able to jump off into the water and swim with tropical fish. The Hilton is the only hotel on the island that has a natural beach -- the only other natural beach is matira beach which is the public beach on the main island. You can def save some money staying not over the water, but what the hell, you're flying halfway around the world, make it worth it.   

The other difference for the Hilton, is that it's property faces away from the main island.  The next land mass if you left the Hilton is Antarctica.  All the other hotels face toward the main island on the inside of the lagoon.  The Hilton is the one the kardashians stayed at if your wife watches them.  The other resorts we looked at for future trips were the st Regis, the intercontinental and the la meridian.

We booked thru AAA travel agent and used pleasant holidays service. We didn't have any issues. I'm sure you could book thru Expedia or orbitz -- but as my first experience booking a major international trip, I wanted help with flights. I would suggest, if time allows, to overnight in LA or San Fran before you fly out or back assuming you're east coast. It's a long ass trip and it'd be nice to be able to rest and wash up rather than accumulate 24-36hrs of grime. 

English is not a problem.  We don't speak French or Polynesian, and we got by just fine.  We also did a lagoon tour, a driving tour of the island, and a hike with a local guide (Toma was his name and it was honestly one of the best life experiences we've had -- ask your conceirge if he is still doing them).  Food is pricey eating out, but take the ferry to vaitape and get food and beverages at the market.

Comment 12 Feb 2016

I wasn't too upset about not getting around Papeete. But i would love to go back some day. That feeling you get walking around the island at night is something magical. 

Comment 12 Feb 2016

Yes, Buckeyeneer, we did it.  Feel free to ask me any questions, would be happy to do it via email too instead of clogging up the message board.  The wife and I love to travel and are always very happy to help others decide how to spend their money :)