Chichen Itza Ruins and Playa Del Carmen Beaches

by He - Doug Wyckoff 

Chichen Itza:

Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world and after visiting I can see why. The design of the temple included architecture, mathematics, astrology, acoustics and a calendar that was accurate for over 5000yrs. They were pretty smart people, the ancient mayans.

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Playa Del Carmen: 

The beautiful white sand beaches are my favorite, with sugar fine sand that doesn't absorb the heat from the sun so you don't burn your feet when you walk across the beach to the water.

Grocery Store Stop

This all cost less than 1 USD  & he is happy about it! 

His espresso & pastery pre-breakfast  

His espresso & pastery pre-breakfast  

Salt Lake City to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

I hate waking up to an alarm early in the morning but it's worth it for traveling. We woke up at 4:45am to get to the airport early. We like to get there early especially when we are flying on stand by passes. 2-3 hours early most of the time. 

Here we are at SLC waiting for our first flight. We are smiling so you can tell we have had our coffee and tea already. 

Here we are at SLC waiting for our first flight. We are smiling so you can tell we have had our coffee and tea already. 

About the only time I take sunrise photos is from an airport or plane. Again they happen way to early in the morning for me. 

Our United Airlines flying chariot.  

Our United Airlines flying chariot.  

So stunned to see a sunrise I took one more pic of it. Man they are beautiful. Maybe I should see more of them? Nah. 

The sun rising over the mountains of the salt lake valley. With a plane in the shot because I only do sunrise photos at airports. 

The sun rising over the mountains of the salt lake valley. With a plane in the shot because I only do sunrise photos at airports. 

Another airport. The lovely George Bush airport in Houston, Texas. Since United Airlines acquired Continental Airlines they take up a lot of territory at this airport. 

International flight section of the airport. Lots of United planes going all over. 

International flight section of the airport. Lots of United planes going all over. 

The best part of flying stand by besides the affordable prices is getting a taste of the high life. First Class baby! We do get looks from people in first class who give you that look of you don't belong here and then since you board first every person sitting in coach walks by and glares at you jealously as you sip champagne and give your food preference choice for dinner to the head flight attendant. 

Surprise first class. It's so worth the dirty looks. 

Surprise first class. It's so worth the dirty looks. 

We made it to Mexico and now we sip drinks at the outdoor bar where it's about 75 degrees still. 

She drank the whole thing. Whooo party girl. The food was good and drinks needed. 

She drank the whole thing. Whooo party girl. The food was good and drinks needed. 

EdFringe Show 1: It's Started!

First show down! SO MUCH FUN! It was not super full, but very fun and the neighbor of my life long friend from Vancouver, Wa came! Despite some tech issues with the mics, we had a really good time onstage and everyone seemed to leave happy(lots of laughing, whew!). Already excited about tomorrow and talking about what we are going to add, take out and change. What an amazing experience. What a fun way of celebrating the 5 year anniversary of when we met, by performing together on stage in Scotland. Being at Edinburgh Festival Fringe is literally a dream come true for me. Now we're off to see a play about a rugby tour!

EdFringe Show 2 Update: SO MUCH FUN!

‪#‎EdFringe‬ show 2 update: For those that care, we had double the audience of last night. Still not sold out yet but brilliant show! Even more fun than last night, and we got to try some new Scotland stuff on the fly that worked really well. Also got some insane questions. All around a great show that we were proud of!! Thanks Theodora Nicolaou for helping out tonight! It was great having you in the audience! Tomorrow is our day off & after "queuing "(speaking ENGLISH now) most of the day to speak to press, last minute flyering & theSpaceUK party that STARTS at 23:30 (11:30PM) WE ARE READY TO RELAX FOR A BIT!! 😜😀

The only regret of the night is not buying advance tickets to see Set List tonight. It's my fav comedy showcase in the history of showcases. An hour in advance was not enough time! All sold out 💩

EdFringe Update Show #3: Not a bad show, but a "meh" show.

Update Show #3: Lighter crowd, which is apparently normal for Mondays. They laughed consistently, we got compliments at the end BUT it was not as good (for me anyway) of a performance as the last two shows here. So didn't leave satisfied. It was mainly an energy issue, and never getting back on the rhythm after my first (newish) joke didn't work. I let it break me down, instead of rebounding into something I know works - which is what I would normally do. Reminder to self: One of the main rules of comedy is to NOT OPEN WITH NEW MATERIAL. The good news, no reviewers tonight (that I know of - oh I hope not).

AFTER the show we went walking looking for any stand up show to watch, we wandered into a free show - that was packed. It was a new comedian to me, but not to anyone else there: Glenn Wool. He is super funny, from Canada, and I can't belive I hadn't heard of him. I cried a few times from laughing. AT LEAST SOMEONE KILLED TONIGHT ;-)

You're only as good as your last show, so I'm glad there is a show tomorrow!

EdFringe Show 4 & 5: "A Tale of Two Shows"

Show 4:

After a long & exhausting day passing out flyers in the rain, it was showtime. We knew we only had 4 people, but we've had small shows before and decided to make the best of it and have fun. Some of our best shows have been only a handful of people. (Arkansas, Missouri, North Dakota)

I knew we would be in trouble right away. Two people didn't understand English at all. The other two, who sat in the front row, were older couple from London that were "mad dogging" me from the moment they walked in. They rolled their eyes when I tried to give them one of our "question" cards and so we started the show. They looked around disgusted by the empty seats. In retrospect, I wish we would have just refunded them then, and not done a show. However show must go on I went up and did my individual time, and they looked angry throughout my whole set. Then Doug came up, and he tried everything but they just stared blankly. We did the rest of the time as duo, without the interactive bit obviously, and it was more like a line reading after awhile. They refused to laugh, literally, and no matter what material we did they just got angrier and angrier. We tried to interact with them, asked them questions...nothing. After the "show", which was by far the worst in my life. I went up to them, I said obviously you didn't enjoy this at all. We would love to give you a refund. They refused the refund but told us how much they hated us, our trite American humor and they let us know politely that our show would bomb in the UK and no one would appreciate our "jokes". (the day before I posted about how much I love UK audiences, they have the best sense of humor. I still stand by that, just not these two). Also, they suggested I stop doing comedy altogether. They actually made me break down in sobs when they were talking to me. First time that has ever happened. They were very pleased about it, and it was the first time I saw either of them smile all night. We decided to quit comedy forever after that show. 

Show 5:

We took the morning to recover. Literally, almost cancelled the show that night because no one had bought tickets yet, and I was still traumatized from the night before. However, 2 tickets were sold so we decided we needed to get out and work it. We put our brave faces on and went out to flyer like mad all day. We were determined to have fun no matter what. Our 2 tickets had grown to 7 tickets sold, and we didn't have any more strength to flyer so we went to the show before ours. A really great comedian and impressionist was doing his show, "Rubbish Rebel". We laughed, had fun, and it was time to set up and take tickets. A few people came in, then more and more and more - until only had a few seats empty! Each of us went up (and I have to admit I was struggling with a little fear from the night before) but we both killed, destroyed and I even did a bit about our "American lovers" from the night before. George Cameron Keys came to the show also, and it was great seeing a MAUI face! We had tons of questions, our duo set was super fun, everyone laughed and several were from the UK. We went a little past our time, but had fun and were flying high from the adrenaline. We got some great twitter reviews after the show, and spent quite a bit of time talking to people from the audience after as well. Lots of performers were there along with the normal crowd of young and older married couples. We decided to maybe not quit comedy.

We literally went from our worst show ever in the history of either of us doing comedy to one of my favorite shows. #Edfringe is an experience to be sure. A great one, a learning one, I'm excited that Doug Wyckoff is filming all our sets because I think it will make for a really interesting contrast.

Every day is new though, we have only 2 tickets presold for tonight, so we did some promo stuff this morning, had a really exciting interview for a publication that will publish in a few days and now are going out in the still rainy weather to pass out more flyers.

SLC to Portland

We leave today for a 6 week trip. Starting with SLC to Portland for a week.
Taking out the trash before we leave for six weeks and the sky is full of clouds. Travel Tip: Clean out fridge and always take out trash before you leave on a trip. If you skip either step it won't be pretty. I'm not saying we learned this from our last 6 week trip....but I'm not saying it smelled like roses when we got home.

Taking out the trash before we leave for six weeks and the sky is full of clouds. Travel Tip: Clean out fridge and always take out trash before you leave on a trip. If you skip either step it won't be pretty. I'm not saying we learned this from our last 6 week trip....but I'm not saying it smelled like roses when we got home.

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2 hours early, 5 min to get through Security 

The SLC airport D gates kind of suck because they are a hike to get to. Especially when the auto walk ways aren't working. (Said with Teresa's whine voice) First world problems. 

The SLC airport D gates kind of suck because they are a hike to get to. Especially when the auto walk ways aren't working. (Said with Teresa's whine voice) First world problems. 

We are ready to go!  

Everything we need for a Six week trip including a month of performances in Edinburgh. To put this in perspective that is clothes for 1 week in warming Portland, Oregon, 1 week in super hot New York City & 4 weeks in rainy Scotland WITH fancy shoes and show clothes. We love the Eddie Bauer back pack that is light weight and folds into a super small bag. Travel Tip: lightweight folding backpacks work great because they are a lot easier to carry and use then big bulky "school" back packs.  

Everything we need for a Six week trip including a month of performances in Edinburgh. To put this in perspective that is clothes for 1 week in warming Portland, Oregon, 1 week in super hot New York City & 4 weeks in rainy Scotland WITH fancy shoes and show clothes. We love the Eddie Bauer back pack that is light weight and folds into a super small bag. Travel Tip: lightweight folding backpacks work great because they are a lot easier to carry and use then big bulky "school" back packs.  

On our way!  

I love when we fly with guaranteed seats instead of "Stand By". (We usually fly standby) We were still the last ones on the plane though, even though we were the first to the gate. Travel Tip 1) When you know you are going to gate check your bag, or don't have a large carry on. Get on last. You don't have to stand in line and shove, you don't have to get banged on the head by backpacks or sweaty old man elbows, and unless your on Southwest you don't get a better seat on the plane or leave any sooner than the first person on the plane. Travel Tip 2) When offered gate check for your bags we usually say yes. (The only no is if I have a tight connection to make once we land.) It's like valet for your luggage, the gate agent should get your bag on the correct plane, it's generally the last bags on so usually the first bags off the plane. This means it is usually the first bags to bag claim. Plus you don't have to carry your bags through the airport like a regular scmuck. Just pick them up at baggage claim and walk right out the exit doors to a cab, bus, train, car, Uber, truck or van. That is the fancy life. No waiting in lines or lifting heavy things for us.

I love when we fly with guaranteed seats instead of "Stand By". (We usually fly standby)

We were still the last ones on the plane though, even though we were the first to the gate. Travel Tip 1) When you know you are going to gate check your bag, or don't have a large carry on. Get on last. You don't have to stand in line and shove, you don't have to get banged on the head by backpacks or sweaty old man elbows, and unless your on Southwest you don't get a better seat on the plane or leave any sooner than the first person on the plane. Travel Tip 2) When offered gate check for your bags we usually say yes. (The only no is if I have a tight connection to make once we land.) It's like valet for your luggage, the gate agent should get your bag on the correct plane, it's generally the last bags on so usually the first bags off the plane. This means it is usually the first bags to bag claim. Plus you don't have to carry your bags through the airport like a regular scmuck. Just pick them up at baggage claim and walk right out the exit doors to a cab, bus, train, car, Uber, truck or van. That is the fancy life. No waiting in lines or lifting heavy things for us.

New Bikes!

For Valentine's Day we got each other bikes! 

riding bike path by our house

riding bike path by our house

Teresa and her new bike

Teresa and her new bike

Teresa is getting more comfortable on the bike. I (Doug) used to race bikes, but it has been awhile. Getting back in shape!

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Getting some more pro bike shorts

Getting some more pro bike shorts

Taking it from the bike path to the mountain

Taking it from the bike path to the mountain

off roading

off roading

Columbia River Gorge

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Antelope Canyon

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Mesa Verde National Park

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In Movie Nerds We Trust

Teresa got to be a guest on the podcast: In Movie Nerds We Trust

read more about the episode here:

In this episode we recommend some great Wes Anderson movies with our guest, comedian Teresa Wyckoff. We chat about "Bottle Rocket", "The Darjeeling Limited" & "Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou". We get to know a bit about Tersea's comedy career while being joined by the omnipotent voice of her husband Doug Wyckoff. We learn more about how she got started in comedy, touring with her husband & running shows at Sandy Station. Christopher mentions a system on how he finds out the personality of his dates with based on their movie choices, we enjoy the the adolescent ways of heist planning in our first film, Doug teases Christopher about what girls would be into him, Teresa tells a great story of sending a gift to Wes Anderson, we mention the interluding stories & touching stories in our second film, we go on a rant talking about becoming vigilantes in BK masks when mentioning politics, Christopher shows his joy of romantic moments too much, & talk about the great cinematography, as well as hilarious moments in our third film. You can follow our guest on Twitter (@HeandSheShow) & their website http://www.theheandsheshow.com/. Be sure to see them at Sandy Station this Friday & next Friday, as well as all the other great shows that they have coming up. Be sure to check out all the great local comedy shows that are coming up, such as The Heartbreakers: Stand Up Comedy Showcase at Sandy Station Feb 5th, The He & She Show: Stand Up Comedy Date Night at Sandy Station Feb 12th, The 3rd I Am Salt Lake Live Episode at the Watchtower Feb 27th, Jason Harvey's Comedy & Other Opinion Show once a month, the once a month Dungeons & Comedy Show hosted by Nicholas Don Smith & Aaron Orlovitz, the new comedy showcase at They Royal every Tuesday hosted by Christopher Stephenson, & the new AHH! HAHA!: A Spice Game Of Funny Comedy Show hosted by Christopher Stephenson at AHH Sushi/O'Shucks. Also, if you're local & interested in trying stand up comedy there is a great variety of open mics every week. Monday night is the Ice Hause at 9PM, Tuesday nights at Watchtower Cafe at 7:30PM & The Royal at 9PM, Wednesday nights at Wiseguys at the Gateway at 6PM, Thursday at Sandy Station at 10PM, & Saturdays at Sandy Station at 6PM. Check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/trustyournerds. If you have a recommendation for a movie or a theme, be sure to email us at trustyourmovienerds@gmail.com. Also, be sure to subscribe, rate & review the podcast.

 

 

 

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