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Rain Man
03-06-2008, 11:54 AM
1. Decide to go to Madagascar.

Check.

2. Find really cool little resort island off the coast that will make wife want to go to Madgascar.

Check.

3. Use 160,000 frequent flyer miles to get to South Africa.

Check.

4. Figure out and buy airfares to Antananarivo from South Africa.

Check.

5. Get typhoid, tetanus, polio, and measles shots.

Check.

6. Figure out how to buy airfares (in French) to get from Antananarivo to really cool little resort island.

Check.

7. Get hotel accommodations set up in South Africa.

Check.

8. Get hotel accommodations in Antananarivo.

Check.

9. Request hotel reservations at cool little resort hotel on cool little resort island.

Check.

10. Get visas to visit Madagascar.

Check.

11. Get e-mail back noting that cool little resort hotel is gone after a cyclone hit the island two weeks ago, and that the few other hotels have major damage.

Check.

:cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss:

Donger
03-06-2008, 11:55 AM
Could you pick up a Fossa for me?

Rain Man
03-06-2008, 11:56 AM
Before:

Rain Man
03-06-2008, 11:56 AM
After:

Cochise
03-06-2008, 12:04 PM
Well you just need a tent and a sleeping bag now.

SLAG
03-06-2008, 12:17 PM
Well you just need a tent and a sleeping bag now.


Check

Pennywise
03-06-2008, 12:18 PM
Madagascar should have worn a Jokwe strap.

kstater
03-06-2008, 12:33 PM
A little duck tape will fix it right up.

Ultra Peanut
03-06-2008, 12:54 PM
When you do go, don't get kilt.

By which I mean to say, they really hate the Scottish for some reason.

Duck Dog
03-06-2008, 12:56 PM
Before:

You talked a woman into staying there? Is she American? My wife would kick my ass if the hotel didn't have 24 hour room service.

chagrin
03-06-2008, 12:56 PM
eh, why not take a trip to Sri Lanka instead?

Easy 6
03-06-2008, 01:01 PM
For excursions into the inner island, some Industrial Strength bug spray might be a good idea.

Stewie
03-06-2008, 01:32 PM
I hope all the Lemurs survived.

Amnorix
03-06-2008, 01:35 PM
Be glad that cyclone didn't hit WHILE you were there...

NewChief
03-06-2008, 01:52 PM
That place looks awesome.

seclark
03-06-2008, 01:54 PM
Madagascar should have worn a Jokwe strap.

ROFL

MIAdragon
03-06-2008, 02:08 PM
Looks like my kind of place. If you are looking for an out of the way island vacation check out the Maldives. I think the wife and I will check it out next year.

http://www.silkroadandbeyond.co.uk/images/360_maldives_b_004.jpg

Iowanian
03-06-2008, 02:30 PM
Glad you weren't in Madagascar 2 weeks ago

Check



With trips like these, it makes me wonder how many years before bRainman meets his doom in a way worthy of the
best market research pole in the world. "what is the likelyhood of death, by being bitten on the arse by a Gabon Viper while
squatting just off jungle path with emergency stop due to poor water quality induced dysentary"

seclark
03-06-2008, 02:33 PM
need to learn a slavic language.
czech
sec

Mile High Mania
03-06-2008, 02:34 PM
I hope all the Lemurs survived.


"THE WILD?"
http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/11/28/Madagascar_051128015107671_wideweb__300x375,1.jpg


"I like to move it move it... I like to... MOVE IT"

http://chickfit.supersized.org/uploads/dd_madagascar_lemurs.jpg

These guys are the most trouble though...

http://lonestartimes.com/images/madagascar_modified.bmp

Iowanian
03-06-2008, 02:46 PM
what are you thinking anyway?

In the Jungle, the Miiiiighty Jungle the Lion Sleeps toniiiiiiiiight
http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/images/500/lion-carrying-impala-500.jpg


oooooooooooo-weeeeeeeeeeee rainman run awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay



That creature can outrun you on a bike with freshly aligned spokes and an oiled chain.

Amnorix
03-06-2008, 03:08 PM
oooooooooooo-weeeeeeeeeeee rainman run awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay



That creature can outrun you on a bike with freshly aligned spokes and an oiled chain.



ROFL ROFL ROFL

Duck Dog
03-06-2008, 03:09 PM
Looks like my kind of place. If you are looking for an out of the way island vacation check out the Maldives. I think the wife and I will check it out next year.

http://www.silkroadandbeyond.co.uk/images/360_maldives_b_004.jpg

I wish I could get away with vacation spots like that. Here is where my wife and I stay in Mexico.

http://www.pueblobonitoemeraldbay.com/cabos_emerald_photo.php

patteeu
03-06-2008, 03:53 PM
11. Get e-mail back noting that cool little resort hotel is gone after a cyclone hit the island two weeks ago, and that the few other hotels have major damage.

Check.

:cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss:

I think you're lucky you put your trip off until now. As exciting as a trip to Madagascar sounds, it would have sucked to visit there two weeks ago.

Rain Man
03-06-2008, 04:32 PM
Yeah, in retrospect it's good that I didn't wander there three months earlier, but it would've been even better if I hadn't spent over $2,000 on airline tickets already. So now I can say something that I never thought I would say...I have a week to kill in Madagascar and don't know what to do.

I guess Cyclone Ivan was a Category 4 hurricane, and it nailed my hotel as its first landfall.


http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/25/africa/AF-GEN-Madagascar-Cyclone.php

Cyclone Ivan kills 44, leaves 145,000 homeless in Madagascar
The Associated PressPublished: February 25, 2008



ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar: The toll from Cyclone Ivan has risen to 44 dead and 145,000 homeless in Madagascar, the government said Monday.

Eastern parts of the Indian Ocean island remain cut off by flood waters, more than a week after the cyclone hit Feb. 17 carrying winds of up to 230 kph (more than 140 mph) and torrential rains.

According to a government statement, the worst affected is Fenerive Este district, where out of a population of 281,000, more than 80,000 have lost their homes and up to 70 percent of buildings have been destroyed.

The cyclone first struck the island of Sainte Marie, a popular tourist resort that is home to 19,000 nearly half of whom lost their homes. Emergency medical supplies have been exhausted on Sainte Marie.

According to the Ministry of Transport, seven major roads remain cut, hampering attempts to deliver relief. Bridges also have been destroyed.

In the premier rice-growing region of Alaotra Mangoro, which provides 30 percent of the island's staple food, 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of fields have been flooded, threatening serious food shortages.

A relief effort is under way led by President Marc Ravalomanana, who is also the richest businessman in the country, providing rice, yoghurt, cheese and money to some of the hardest hit areas on the east coast. The U.S. government has donated US$100,000 (nearly 68 million).

The government said 211,000 people, more than 1 percent of the population of the island, have been affected in some way by the cyclone.

Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island, is regularly struck by cyclones and there are fears that global warming may exacerbate the cyclone season. An earlier storm, Cyclone Fame, killed 13 people. Last season was the worst on record six cyclones killed about 150 people.

Rain Man
03-06-2008, 04:36 PM
Looks like my kind of place. If you are looking for an out of the way island vacation check out the Maldives. I think the wife and I will check it out next year.

http://www.silkroadandbeyond.co.uk/images/360_maldives_b_004.jpg

Nice place. Air Madagascar flies to the Maldives, too, I think. Or is it Mauritius? Maybe it's Mauritius.

JimNasium
03-06-2008, 04:44 PM
There's always Branson. http://www.tourcart.net/tourmate/img/tours/2073-1.jpg

Iowanian
03-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Whatever you do, when you're snorkeling in shark infested waters with giant stingrays...watch out for the tail spike to the xiphoid process!

You could hunt tazmanian devil with a sling shot, or a boomerang! You could play hide and seek with real canibals! you could walk in the jungle at night and lay on the jungle floor and play "guess the creature crawling on me".

Endless fun awaits!

Rain Man
03-06-2008, 04:51 PM
Whatever you do, when you're snorkeling in shark infested waters with giant stingrays...watch out for the tail spike to the xiphoid process!

You could hunt tazmanian devil with a sling shot, or a boomerang! You could play hide and seek with real canibals! you could walk in the jungle at night and lay on the jungle floor and play "guess the creature crawling on me".

Endless fun awaits!



Perhaps I'll see if my wife wants to switch plans from the tropical beach resort to a search for the world's largest nest of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/photos-texas/MadagascarRoach.jpg

Iowanian
03-06-2008, 04:56 PM
They'll probably be delicious cooked on a stick over an open fire on the beach. Tell her you're taking her on a "castaway" adventure.....make fire with sticks, catch some food to cook on a stick (she might even love the creme filling) and make her remember what a gnarly caveman the bRainman really is under that sweater vest.

SBK
03-06-2008, 11:27 PM
Why not do a safari? Aren't there some really good places in South Africa to do that?

Rain Man
03-07-2008, 08:52 AM
Why not do a safari? Aren't there some really good places in South Africa to do that?

Yeah, I'm already doing that. I'm hoping to pet a lion or something. The Madagascar thing is a bonus extension, other than the fact that it's a disaster zone.

Reerun_KC
03-07-2008, 08:56 AM
That place looked awesome.
FYP

Iowanian
03-07-2008, 09:37 AM
Is this your expectation bRainman?

I double dog dare you to streak through that cricket match.

This is awesome and worth the time to watch. And you guys think the Mall food court is ruthless.

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Duck Dog
03-07-2008, 09:55 AM
The hunting competition looks a little too stiff. I think I'd find another pond to hunt ducks on.

Iowanian
03-07-2008, 09:57 AM
Your dog would have Balls made of Beryllium to fetch ducks out of that mud puddle.

Duck Dog
03-07-2008, 10:03 AM
LOL. I'd let my dog run loose in China town before I'd let him swim there.

Bowser
03-07-2008, 11:12 AM
Damn, you got a typhoid shot, just to be told your trip is cancelled? Brutal. Typhoid shots are teh debbil.

You should go to the Phillipines, since you have your Typhoid. It might be a good idea to not take the wife, though.

blueballs
03-07-2008, 11:22 AM
Has Carl Peterson been seen or heard from in the last two weeks
two weeks in Madagascar piecing together a black leather coat
like a jigsaw puzzle could be a real blast