Travelers' Tales From our September issue: Readers share anecdotes about Tim Gunn's crime-fighting alter ego, a pesky bee, and what seemed like a moist towelette. Budget Travel Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008, 12:00 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Travelers' Tales

From our September issue: Readers share anecdotes about Tim Gunn's crime-fighting alter ego, a pesky bee, and what seemed like a moist towelette.

Who was that strange-looking kid?

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At the Cape Point Lighthouse near Cape Town, South Africa, we stopped to photograph some baboons that were rummaging through trash cans. As I focused on one, he ran a wide circle around me and jumped into our car (I had left a door open) and into the backseat, where he sat next to my wife's 80-year-old mother. The two of them just stared at each other. After I chased him off, it was apparent that my mother-in-law wasn't sure what had happened—she asked about the strange-looking kid who had just hopped into our car.

Super stretch: Tim Gunn's crime-fighting alter ego
For our trip to Hawaii, my fiancé and I bought a first-class ticket for me; he used a first-class ticket for family of an airline employee. But the gate agent told him that airline policy forbade people using such tickets to wear jeans in first class. (He had on new jeans, boots, a black leather blazer, and a dress shirt—he looked ready for a Texas wedding.) We argued with the agent for several minutes and then went into the women's restroom and traded pants! I put on his jeans, and he put on my size 2, black super-stretch pants with bell bottoms. His coat covered his goods, but just barely. What a sight! Mikhail Baryshnikov would have been envious. The now angry and red-faced agent had no choice but to let us board. Once at our seats, we traded back under a blanket. (We didn't get a photo at the time—we restaged the trade after we got married.) Janet Trigg, Las Vegas, Nev.

Plans for later: ruined
My wife and I were in Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval. At the stadium, each person was given a goodie bag with a program, site maps, and a moist towelette. After going for a snack, I rummaged around for the towelette. I tore the package open and rubbed my hands while watch­ing the show—but the more I wiped them, the stickier they got. Turns out I was wiping my hands with a lubricated condom. David Ancil, Vero Beach, Fla.

Wait till she sees you and reports you as stowaways
My family was at a restaurant in the Dominican Republic when a woman approached our table and politely asked, "Would you mind if I take a picture of the typical Dominican family?" We said yes—we just didn't have the heart to tell her that we had traveled there on the same cruise ship she had. Alexander Meyers, Burke, Va.

"But if you keep whining..."
At the end of our honeymoon in Bermuda, we boarded the airport shuttle. Another couple grumbled—loud enough for the driver to hear—about how slowly we were moving. "You don't have to worry about the plane leaving without you," the driver eventually said. "After I drop you off, I have to go back and pick up the pilot." Dave and Lorrie Kenward, Kernersville, N.C.

Fish certainly doesn't get any fresher than that
After a full day in L.A. malls and traffic, our family of three was ready for a seafood dinner. We scanned the restaurant section of our rental car's GPS. Among the listings was one that caught my eye—All the Fish U Can Wish. After what seemed like an eternity, the chime of the GPS told us we had arrived. Much to our shock, we had driven 40 minutes to find a store specializing in tropical fish! We explained our problem to the store owner and borrowed a telephone book. As we turned to leave, the store owner shouted, "I could make sushi!" Larry and Carla Sonntag, Albuquerque, N.M.

Someone has been reading his Encyclopedia Brown
Last October, my family and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. Our grandkids, especially 5-year-old Luke, were excited to meet the captain. When they did, Luke asked him how his leg was. The captain was confused, and Luke said, "You do have a wooden leg, don't you?" Suppressing a laugh, the captain said his legs were like everyone else's and showed one as proof. But Luke wouldn't give up on the idea. At bedtime, he said, "You know, Grammy, the captain never did show us his other leg." Carolyn Sullivan, Dayton, Tenn.

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