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The Traveling Bottle

My Peculiar PPL Insulated Water Bottle didn’t like the fact that I often travel without him, so to make it up to him I booked a special trip for the both of us to go to Washington, DC. Despite the fact that he lacked proper behavior from time to time, it was an enjoyable journey from start to end.

Bottle all Buckled-In
He has never been on a plane before, so I reserved a jet to fly us there. During take-off, he kept his nervous emotions bottled-up so I wouldn’t notice that he was scared.

Bottle iPad-ing on the Plane
After we were in the air, he was overflowing with such excitement that he eagerly borrowed my iPad to research the sites that he wanted to visit

Bottle Napping
Eventually he was tired of researching and he took a nap on the couch

Bottle Sleeping
After we arrived at to the hotel, he slept through the night and woke up the next morning ready to hit the town

Bottle All Strapped-In
He hasn’t learned how to ride a bike yet, so I carried him on the front of mine as we went to grab a bite to eat

Bottle Eating
We went to “Baked and Wired” to get breakfast and he ordered the ice cream sandwich because he’s a fan of cold things

Bottle Tired of Eating
After a couple of bites, he rolled over to take a siesta. While he slept, I finished the rest of his ice cream.

Bottle Loves Water
Then we hit the town and for some odd reason, he took a huge interest in water fountains. I guess he’s a fan of water.

Bottle Really Loves Water
He stood in awe of this fountain for a while and he even tried to convince me to let him hold some of the water. I said no because I had to draw the line somewhere!

Bottle REALLY REALLY loves water
He stood and admired the water for a while, but the people walking around it distracted him and partially obstructed his view…

Bottle Screaming at People
…so he screamed at them until his head popped off. Eventually they left.

Bottle REALLY REALLY REALLY Loves Water
He asked me to take a picture of him in front of this water fountain so he could show his siblings

Bottle Contemplating Swimming
Then he wanted this picture to show his ex-girlfriend

Bottle Getting Carried Away
Then he got carried away and jumped in the fountain

Bottle Admiring Art
We watched a little bit of art

Bottle In Front of his Favorite Quote
This was his favorite quote, so he wanted a photo in front of it.

Bottle Water-Gazing
Then he went back to admiring water

Bottle Tired of Walking
Then he was tired of walking around…

My Carrying Bottle
…so I had to carry him.

Bottle Taking a Picture of Me
While pedaling to our next location, he spotted a flag of Trinidad and Tobago (my birth country), so he wanted to take a picture of me standing in front of it. Unfortunately, his photo taking skills aren’t very good.

Bottle Enjoying Monuments
He stared at The Reflecting Pool

Bottle Enjoying More Monuments
Then he stared at the Lincoln Memorial

Bottle Enjoying More Monuments
Then he wanted a photo with one of his favorite people– Martin Luther King Jr. I told him that this was merely a memorial of MLK Jr. He didn’t believe me and called me a liar. Rude!

Bottle Water-Gazing
While I watched the Jefferson Memorial, he admired the water in front of it

Bottle Enjoying Space Exhibits
All of a sudden, he took an interest in Space technology because he saw that he resembled the Saturn V rocket

Bottle Viewing the First Plane
Then he saw the model of the first plane and was convinced that Peculiar PPL could build a better one.

Bottle Enjoying Starbucks
He kept complaining that he was thirsty, so I bought a Passion Tea Lemonade for him. He tried to make the Starbucks cup his next girlfriend, but I told him to behave himself.

Bottle on the Way Back Home
Then after a couple more sites, we went to Union Station and prepared to head home

Bottle on the Train
On the train, he sat in his seat and patiently awaited our arrival at our destination.

Bottle Water-Gazing
But before leaving, he asked me to hold him up to the window so he could stare at the water.

He thought that this was the best trip ever— not because of the sites in Washington, DC, but because he was able to see a bunch of different bodies of water. If I knew that he was this fascinated by water, I would have let him stare at the faucet every time I washed the dishes. Now that I see that he is a cool and compact travel companion, I will probably take him everywhere I go from now on!

If you want your own bottle to take on fun journeys, buy one on PeculiarPPL.com. Tell them Geremy sent ya!

Boston Transport-a-Palooza

Last week I wanted to go away for a day but I also wanted to be back home to see the Warriors destroy the Cavaliers. That’s when I got the idea to see how many forms of transportation I can take in one day and still be home by 9pm.  So I hatched a rough plan and I texted my cousin to see if he wanted to accompany me on this journey.

The message was simple:

Boston?

Based on my vague text message, he had no clue of the journey that awaited us, but thanks to careful planning, the plan was as follows:

  1. Drive in a car to Hoboken
  2. Sail in a boat to NYC
  3. Fly in a Helicopter to White Plains, NY
  4. Fly in a plane to Boston, MA
  5. Scoot on a Segway through Boston, MA
  6. Drive in a car to Bedford, MA
  7. Fly in a plane back to White Plans, NY
  8. Fly in a Helicopter back to NYC
  9. Sail on a boat back to Hoboken
  10. Ride home on a unicorn…or in a car, whichever was more readily available

Less than 24 hours later, our journey began…
Aboard the Boat

At the Helipad
There was a mix-up with the helicopter departure time, which gave the pilot 7 minutes to fly from NYC to White Plains. Luckily, he was up for the challenge and he flew that tiny helicopter as if he was flying the President on a quick mission to Baghdad.

Pilot of Helicopter # 1

View from Helicopter # 1

View from Helicopter # 1

Helicopter from NY
After we landed, the helicopter pilot released us to the jet pilots and we got ready for the next part of the journey.

Aboard the Hawker 400XP
Placing my legs on the seat in front of me goes against everything that my mom taught me about manners and etiquette, but as a 6 foot tall human on a small plane, leg room is quite limited. I always ensure that my shoes are clean and, when possible, I place something under my shoes to make sure that the seats aren’t dirtied. Sorry mom!

Catching up with the news

In front of the Jet # 1
We landed, took a quick picture in front of the jet and we proceeded to the next form of transportation

Rental Car
The rental car awaited us at the airport and within seconds we were on our way to the city area of Boston

Afternoon snack
We got our energy for the day at Blunch and then we rented Segway Scooters to scoot around the town like a bunch of mall cops

Segway-ing around Boston

The Segway

First Person View of the Segway

Along the Charles River

The Segway

The Charles River

Rolling Around Boston

Joining a Segway Tour
While riding through the town for a couple of hours, we attracted a lot of stares and snickers from people who stared at the Segway. Some people pointed and laughed while others gave the thumbs-up. The Segway isn’t my preferred form of transportation, but it was a fun and efficient way to see the city for the day. Towards the end of our journey, we saw a random Segway tour and we joined them and pretended that we were with there from the start.

Flight from Boston
After the Segway, it was time to head home, so we went to the Hawker 850XP jet that was waiting for us and we began the trip back

The Cabin of the Hawker
I’ve been on a handful of private jets in my life, but this one was hands-down the best one that I’ve ever experienced. It was beautiful. Here’s a quick tour around the cabin.

Drinks area of the jet
Every flight is always stocked with unlimited beverages. They’re all buried in this mini ice coffin.

Minibar area of the jet
I don’t drink alcohol, so these drinks didn’t appeal to me. But if I drank, all of these bottles would be empty…or stored in my bag for future use.

Snack area of the jet
There is also a drawer of snacks for the hungry, or the greedy.

The Bathroom of the Jet
With all of this gold and polished wood, this bathroom seemed to belong in an apartment-sized villa or something of the sort.

Back of the Cabin
I laid for the majority of the flight back, which was a quick 30 minute hop back to White Plans

View of the Helicopter from the Plane
When we landed, the plane pulled directly up to the helicopter that would shuttle us back to NYC

Helicopter back to NY

Helicopter Pilots

Helicopter back to NY
We arrived back in NYC in minutes and sailed back to Hoboken.

Thanks to the near-flawless execution of the plan, I was able to make it home in time to see game 4 of the NBA Finals! This trip was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life and I feel immensely blessed to be able to experience it all! People who have known me for years can remember the times when I would ambitiously dream about experiences like these and I would always say, “one day it’s going to happen…soon!” In the middle of this trip, it hit me that I am finally able to get a taste of the experiences that I’ve dreamed of (and had faith for) for years and I am both amazed and and humbled by it.

In the words of the profound Riley Curry (not Drake), “I’m way up, I feel blessed!