Cory’s Reviews: Mt. Rainier AirBnB Cabin

Last week, I posted my review of an AirBnB my family stayed at during the week of July 4th, 2018 at the Oregon Coast. 

Essentially, when you stay at these places, these homes that people open up to you for a lot of money, there’s usually a little book in that house that all of the guests will sign. They are usually short and sweet. But when I stay at a place, I like to make the read worthwhile. At least to me. If I can make myself laugh, then it was time well spent. If I can make you laugh, then mission accomplished. Posting them here is just a convenient way for me to archive them so that when I’m gone, my kids and grandkids can look back at them and say, “Wow, dad was an idiot.” 

But I can’t see the reactions of the homeowners or other guests. I can see your reactions, so if you like it, let me know, tell your friends, read them to your child as a bedtime story. 

This review comes after my family stayed at a cabin near Mt. Rainier for our 4th anniversary. It was a nice place. Quaint. It had a hot tub (referenced as “the giant cup of water” below) and was dog-friendly. But there was one feature I noticed right away. It stole the show. 

Hope you enjoy! 

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My wife booked this place for our 4th or 5th anniversary. I can’t remember how long it’s been. But anyway, in the however many years we’ve been together, she knows that if I’m gonna leave the house for a vacation, the place we’re going to better have enough hooks to hang my stuff on. We once went to a place on the Oregon Coast and there were 12 hooks in the whole house! I had to pick 12 things to hang up and we wasted our entire vacation picking out those 12 things! Didn’t even see the ocean! Still have never seen it 😦

Anyway, she assured me this cabin would have plenty of hooks and… SHE WAS RIGHT! I was skeptical. She’s like to me before. Like when she said I couldn’t use our Yankee Candle as deodorant. Well, then why do I smell like a Christmas Wreath?! But yeah, HOOKS GALORE! 

I spotted 20 hooks just after stepping through the door! I went to the kitchen… more hooks! I went to the hallway… more hooks! The bedrooms: hooks! The bathroom: Hooks! Out on the deck by the giant cup of water: hooks! 

(Side note: I enjoyed the fact that the giant cup of water was already warm. It made for some quick spaghetti and tea, but it tasted kinda funny. I’d recommend just drinking water out of the faucet.) 

Back to the hooks! There wasn’t anything these hooks couldn’t handle! Shirts, pants, hats, dog leashes, car keys, super-soakers, hair bands, DVD AND VHS copies of Speed 2: Cruise Control (I never take a chance. Always bring both. You never know if a place will have a DVD player, but not a VHS player or vice versa.) And what am I going to do? NOT watch Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric try to stop an out of control cruise ship on my vacation in multiple formats? It’s a superior film to the original. But when I wasn’t watching the VHS version I took comfort knowing it was securely waiting for me on the hooks by the door. 

Try and find enough things to hang on all the hooks in this house! So many hooks! What a fantastic surprise for our anniversary!!!

Let’s see… what else can I tell you about this place besides the abundance of hooks? 

My son really enjoyed the purple ice cream scoop in the 2nd drawer by the over. He never scooped any ice cream with it, but he would hold it and scream “ga ba doo doo ba doo!” This kept him entertained for hours. I’m not even sure he got to enjoy all of the hooks because he was so busy with the purple ice cream scooper. 

I’m fairly certain the squirrel picture on the wall by the dining table (next to the hooks on the fireplace) is haunted. Not sure if it’s good or bad, but our dog sat and stared at that thing for hours, sometimes while whining, sometimes while slightly growling. The squirrel ghost never bothered us, but it kept our bloodhound busy the entire time. 

We were a little disappointed the CD player in the boombox didn’t work. Thankfully, I have the Speed 2 soundtrack downloaded on my phone and brought my bluetooth speaker. 

The stools next to the microwave were great! We set our diaper bag on one of them and it held it the entire two days we were here!

All in all, we loved staying here and will definitely come back! I won’t even need to bring my portable hooks! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the wonderful place to stay and for 100% making my anniversary with your plethora of hooks! 

Also, one more thing. 

While purchasing some bird seed to make our anniversary dinner, the nice lady at the general store in Ashford told me there’s apparently a nice park call “Mt. Rainier” close to here. She didn’t know if they had a slide and swings, but it sounded nice. We might check that out next time. If you’re looking for something non-hook related to do (why would you?) go ask the lady in the general store about it. She should be able to give you directions. 

Thanks again!

The Howards! Cory, Heather, HHH and Georgia – Spokane, WA

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Cory’s Reviews: Oregon Coast Summer Rental

During our vacations, we like to stay at AirBnBs. Better than a hotel, if you ask me and I can walk around in my underwear in the hallways without getting weird looks. My favorite part is when we leave. Because I get to sign the guestbook and review our stay. Possibly even offer up some advice to the next guests.

Most people will simply leave a “Thanks! We had fun! You have a beautiful house!” kind of note. Not me. That is a disservice to the people who have opened up their home to you for money. They need to know exactly what was enjoyable and what we might change for our next trip.

I’ve written a bunch of these, but it was only this summer I decided to begin documenting it and sharing it with the 20 or so people that come to coryhoward.com. Thanks for visiting, by the way.

This review is of a place we stayed at during the first week of July 2018, just a little south of Lincoln City. It was a beautiful home. Right on the coast. And we had a blast! Even met a pretty cool guy.

Here’s the review. Hope you enjoy.

July 5, 2018

What a vacation! What a house! What an experience!

I’ve lived in houses all my life and let me tell you, this is a nice one! Yeah, the location is great, but my favorite part was the clothes holder things in the closets! They were perfect for holding up my clothes and keeping them off the ground! They just hung there! And there were so many! Since they are triangled shaped, I also used them to trace perfect triangles on the 200 ft. roll of butcher paper I brought, which is a hobby of mine. I traced so many triangles! They were perfect thanks to those things hanging in the closets! I’m gonna have to get me some. 

I went into Lincoln City and asked a nice man at the gas station if they sold any triangle tracers that also hold clothes off the ground, but he just looked at me weird and said, “You want regular?” I’ll keep trying, but just want you to know they were appreciated. 

What else can I tell you about our lovely stay?

We saw a rabbit. We went to Lincoln City and found this little restaurant called Moe’s. I’m not even sure the locals know about Moe’s, but if you’re reading this, definitely hit up Moe’s! Best hamburger I’ve had in the south end of Lincoln City! If you want the best burger on the north end of the city, try the Mexican place next to the kite store! 

What else? 

Oh, we met Bruce Willis. On the third of July we were sitting on the deck and heard some beautiful harmonica playing coming from the beach. Like sailors to a siren, we were called to it. We walked down to the beach and there he was, sitting on a stump, playing his harp. It was happy blues, not sad blues. When he finished his song, he slowly pulled the harmonica away from his mouth, started into the fire and said, “That was called Moonlighting, which I was on in the 80’s.” 

He introduced himself. 

“Hit, I’m Bruce Willis.” 

“Yeah, we know!” we said. 

We chatted for a while. Asked him what he was doing here all by himself and I kid you not, he said: “Just thought I’d come out to the coast, have a few laughs.” 

We all lost our s**t!

He said it just like the movie Die Hard!

Anyways, we invited him up to the house. He cooked us spaghetti. He also single-handedly put together the Amish puzzle. Well, about 1/2 of it. He did that in about 2 hours. We left it partially put together for the next people because well we felt bad tearing apart a puzzle Bruce Willis put together. 

He crashed on the cough and when we woke up, he was gone. Just a note that said, “Thanks. – B”

So that was fun. 

Oh, we also enjoyed the blue plastic coffee mugs. There were only 2 or 3, but we’d all fight over them. I’d recommend getting more. 

Also a BBQ. 

All in all, great house! Thanks! 

– The Howards, Bernas, and Glenns! (And Willis)

 

Cory’s review of this review: 3.5/5 Kurt Russells. What’s your review of it? Let me know on my Facebook page or in the comments! If you liked it, share it with your friends.

And I just got back from a few days at a cabin in Mt. Rainier. Look for a review on that stay soon!

Bye! Love you!

 

 

COFFEE WITH CORY HOW TO: Taking the Perfect Back to School Photo

It’s been far too long since I posted something on here. I was asked by one of the anchors on Good Day: “Can you do a segment on taking a perfect Back to School photo?”

How to take the perfect back to school photo? Hmmmm. A wonderful assignment. An important one. One that I took very seriously.

So to the four or so people that read/watch this stuff, here’s what I came up with:

Kicking off the Phone Case Revolution with My New Invention

People have some stupid ideas, but the other day I saw one of the stupidest: A 22-pound dumbbell phone case.

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Yeah. This thing is being sold by a company in Japan and while the dude modeling it looks nice enough (and jacked, surely due solely to his 22-pound weight curls he does while browsing for supplements and looking at Instagram photos of himself in bodybuilding competitions), there’s no way carrying around your phone while it’s attached to a 22-pound dumbbell is in anyway convenient.

But was I missing something here? Was this an opportunity? I decided to go that route and look at it as a way to enter the emerging market of phone cases. That Japanese company sold at least one (maybe).

I bet I could invent a cool and totally useful phone case and sell at least two!

Here’s what I came up with: The Coffee With Cory Colander Phone Case!

 

Seagulls and Pepperoni: A Tale as Old As Time

A guy named Nick from Canada recently shared a story on Facebook about how he had been banned from a hotel due to an incident that involved seagulls and a suitcase full of pepperoni.

It happened in 2001, which means there’s no viral video that goes with it for me to share. However, as I do in any situation like this, I improvised and brought back a Coffee With Cory orignal segment: Crayon News.

Enjoy!

And if you just want to see the tale told through awesome crayon drawings I did without any context… here you go!

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Alpaca, who serves as seeing-eye alpaca for his blind brother, stolen in New Zealand

New Zealand seems like a lovely country that pretty much keeps to itself. Sounds great. I know very little about the country. I’m going to admit that first and foremost.

Things I (think I) know about New Zealand:

  • I know it’s next to Australia and New Zealanders hate being called Australian.
  • I know for some reason New Zealanders are referred to as Kiwis. Is it a derogatory term? I’m not sure. If it is, I’m sorry. Wikipedia says it’s a source of pride, New Zealand Geographic says it’s offensive. I don’t know.
  • I also know Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, the Flight of the Conchords, are from there.
  • I’m 87% sure the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed there. I’ve never seen them. I don’t know. Some guy told me that once.
  • It’s impossible to paddle to New Zealand from Bells Beach, Australia. At least during the 50-year storm.

That’s it.

However, this week I learned they also take the theft of Alpacas very seriously. We have some serious issues here in America that we are focused on, and unfortunately, alpaca theft is a little low on the list of things we are looking to solve.

In New Zealand, however, they take alpaca theft very seriously.

 

The North Shore, Rodney West Aukland Police Department has detectives working in shifts (probably) to find out who stole Charisma the Alpaca from a paddock.

“Come on, people. We need to find this alpaca,” an officer gently pleads on a video the department posted to their Facebook page that I found way too hilarious. “For the sake of the family, and for the sake of this little guy,” the same officer concluded while petting another alpaca.

Oh, I didn’t tell you about that alpaca? Charisma, the stolen alpaca, acted as a seeing-eye alpaca for his alpaca brother, Bambi, who is blind!

And since the theft of Charisma, Bambi has been depressed and unable to navigate his enclosed field without his brother!

There isn’t a whole lot we can do here in America to help, unfortunately. We all know the international alpaca trafficking network knows no borders, so you can certainly keep an eye out for anyone selling an alpaca from New Zealand.

How do you know if an alpaca is from New Zealand? The alpaca’s accent, of course.

Good luck to the North Shore, Rodney West Aukland Police Department in their search for Charisma! If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. Alpaca my bags and head right down!

 

 

 

Who can help me get ‘Crow Cops’ financed?

There’s a Dutch company looking to put Crows to work. I say, “Why Not?… but why stop there?” Crows are extremely intelligent and if they’ll work so cheap, let’s get them doing more things for us!

This is a great idea by CrowdedCities.comand a great start. And while cleaning our planet is a noble cause, I feel like we can get these crows doing other things for us.

But mostly, this is just a pitch to get my sitcom “Crow Cops” green-lit by someone. Any takers? Contact me for more.

For now, here’s more info on what this company is doing and how I think we can expand.