Mama Has a Beef
As long as we're discussing the irritations and minor indignities of single life (I know... married/partnered life has them, too... I know), let me highlight this one MAJOR irritation.
PeaceBang would like to take a little trip this summer, as she has lots of time to do so. Since she spends so many hours surfing travel web sites, she gets many e-mail solications from various tour groups with yummy-looking photos such as the one pictured here.
Mmm, Santorini! yummyyummyyummyyummy!!
And this is the kicker: the ad says, "Santorini -- from $999!!"
But when you pop into the site for more info, you learn that the tour really IS just about $1000 bucks ... UNLESS YER SINGLE.
If you're single, it's more like,
"SANTORINI! FROM $999!! UNLESS YOU'RE TRAVELING ALONE, IN WHICH CASE WE NEED TO CHARGE YOU AN EXTRA $750, LOSER!!!"
Very disheartening. Because PeaceBang wouldn't mind traveling with others -- in fact, she'd like to-- but not if they snore or can't navigate public transportation in a foreign language (rendering them totally dependent on PB to get around), and not if they're drunks, and not if they need to smoke all day long, and not if they like to pick up Mexican waiters. Also, it would be nice if they can pay their own way and if they don't expect PB to join them on hikes through the desert, or that sort of thing.
PeaceBang is also a little bit too much of an individualist to do the tour thing. Schedules make her itchy. She does not want to have to rise at the crack of dawn to get on a bus to Seville. No. She prefers the freedom of train schedules and rented cars.
PB likes to go to museums, she likes to people-watch at cafes, she likes to walk around aimlessly, she likes to attend cultural events, she likes to shop, she likes to sleep well and soundly and mostly soberly and have coffee in the morning. She likes to talk to the locals and she works hard to learn local languages before she departs from the U.S. of A.
If she is in Italy she likes to have gelato every day.
It must also be noted that she likes to pet and talk to almost every single dog and cat she sees, and also some birds. Also occasionally flowers.
Please explain the "Single Supplement" to me. I am now referring to it as "Single Punishment."