Tourist Season Again!

Written by Doug Bower

It is tourist season here in Guanajuato. The streets are once again crawling with pasty-white-legged gringos looking for a good time and wanting to blow a tremendous amount of money.

Here is where I come in as your humble, sincere, and most observant columnist. I would like to offer a few of today's observations onrepparttar 2005 Guanajuato Tourist Season.

Tourism—here is how it is supposed to work:

You spend many hours at your job and work lots of overtime to save up enough money to takerepparttar 139043 family to Mexico. You look at endless travel brochures, watch every special onrepparttar 139044 Discovery channel that hasrepparttar 139045 name Mexico in it, and even start tellingrepparttar 139046 boys down at Gipper's where you are takingrepparttar 139047 family this summer.

The summer vacation arrives. You are excited beyond your ability to express. You pack. You putrepparttar 139048 kids and wife on a plane and fly to Mexico. Your much-dreamed-of vacation has finally begun.

Everyone is sworn to be on his or her best and most humble behavior as a guest in someone else's country. And, that is, after all, what you are, as you all agree—a guest.

You would not go to Grandma's house and fart loudly in front of Granny and all her old crony sisters—of course not. You would excuse yourself and go torepparttar 139049 bathroom. You would try using toilet paper as a muffler, mashing it ever so gently unto your delicate rectal tissues, so as not to gross out allrepparttar 139050 old folks as they are trying to eat their nice bread pudding when they are actually farting themselves but saying nothing.

You are a guest and you will not act in someone else's home as you would in your own. This, you know, applies to being in someone else's country as well.

Tourism—here is how it actually works:

The kids scream nonstop onrepparttar 139051 streets of Mexico because they cannot have a Happy Meal;repparttar 139052 right cartoons are not onrepparttar 139053 NON-existent television set in a hotel room that resembles someone's bedroom fromrepparttar 139054 1700's; there are no playgrounds or theme parks. There is only a bunch of Baroque buildings that they think is a salad dressing when you try explaining to themrepparttar 139055 word, Baroque.

A White Noise Machine- Your Solution To Sleeping In Noisy Places

Written by Pilot Paul

As an airline pilot, I have a respnsibility to always arrive atrepparttar plane well rested. That means being able to sleep well in almost any hotel room. Few are quiet.

My secret to sleeping well in noisy places (which can be yours also)- I never go on a trip without my white noise machine.

I spent $80 for mine about 12 years ago and have slept better thousands of nights because of it. That's made it a pretty good investment.

"What Is A White Noise Machine?"

It is a small electronic device that makes background "white noise". It masks and covers other sounds that could potentially disturb your sleep.

The concept of having one noise mask another so you can sleep might be difficult to imagine.

I'm actually a very light sleeper and noises easily awaken me.

The white noise is a constant background noise that your brain gets used to so it doesn't noticeably register. Your mind blocks it out, so you can sleep without noticing it. The constant white noise inrepparttar 139042 background covers or blocks other noises.

It's an interesting phenomenon that if someone is sleeping while using a white noise machine and it is suddenly turned off,repparttar 139043 absence ofrepparttar 139044 white noise can actually awaken them.

White noise machines are most effective when placed between you andrepparttar 139045 noise source. If there is traffic or an airport outrepparttar 139046 window, then put it betweenrepparttar 139047 window and you.

I always use mine when traveling, even if it seems likerepparttar 139048 hotel is nice and quiet. You never can predict when other guests will be loud inrepparttar 139049 hallways of adjacent rooms. If there is no outside noise, I put mine betweenrepparttar 139050 door and my bed.

You might be worried that using a white noise machine will make you miss your alarm of worse yet, a fire alarm. I've been in many hotels whenrepparttar 139051 fire alarms went off at night while I was using my white noise machine at full volume. Don't worry; you can still hear a fire alarm.

As an airline pilot, I often have to get up very early. I can't afford to be late for work.

My white noise machine has never prevented me from hearing my alarm or wake up call. Your mind still detects these.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use