My Experience with Greyhound

I took Greyhound for the first time since my childhood recently, it when I went to see a good friend in Evansville, IN. I did the usual things before my journey, checking out what I could online and watching videos talking about what it was like. Yes I also saw the horror stories, but really all I would say is I wish I knew better and I hope this helps those who plan to take Greyhound for the first time once this Pandemic is over.

I brought with me water and a snack. I quickly wish I brought more, you know when people say “You have nothing better to do, you eat”. That is so true, all you can do is sit there, play with your seat belt and look out the window, and let me tell you, using the restroom when the bus is going 55 MPH is a experience un to itself. If you brought some device with you, make sure you don’t need the internet. I know Greyhound says it’s buses have WiFi, but the reality of it is it’s cellphone internet and when it can’t get a signal, there isn’t wifi. So a laptop is a must or at least a device with preloaded content is a MUST. Also remember your often traveling through rural areas so no cellphone signal period, so texting is out.

Like I said earlier I didn’t bring that much food, oh sure the bus makes rest stops often at places with restaurants. But unless your big into fast food, you are out of luck. The same can be said if you happen to have a layover which I did twice. Both down and up, given it’s often the middle of the night your options are extremely limited. Greyhound’s own Snack Bars, depending on location have a very limited menu. I am not joking when I say this bring a shopping bag of food with you. Especially if it’s an overnight journey, or worse yet on some special diet.

One trick I figured out after I got home was how to take cereal with you. Ziploc bag with cereal and plastic spoon as for the milk… one of those little containers of almond milk. Why almond milk? It won’t spoil.

Drivers are nice, but they often forget if you have a layover to return your ticket, which you need for the next leg of your journey. My suggestion is use a digital ticket option through their app or if you printed your ticket. Make sure you have a couple of copies.

As for the ride, the seat was comfortable, and I was really happy it had a seat belt. What can I say I seen the news.

One thing I have never seen anyone mention is what happens during your travels. I know a lot depends on your other passengers… but really. The biggest issue I had was sweat, you can really feel the humidity in the bus rise as your trip goes on. I was on 4 buses in total and had this issue on 3 of them. No joke I actually felt sticky, and was happy that a friend suggested to bring Wet Wipes, the kind women and babies use. There really isn’t anyway to wash your hands, so hand sanitizer is a must.

By the time I got to the end of both my travels I really needed a change of clothes and a shower.

So really folks if your traveling Greyhound you need

FOOD, Water, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and some sort of entertainment device that does not need the internet or a cellphone network.

Also be aware that you might not sleep very well. I barely slept during my journey, I don’t blame Greyhound, it’s just the way I am.

Be aware if you are going to make an early morning exit of the bus, the driver won’t wake you up. So it is possible unless your traveling to the end of the line for that route to sleep past your stop.

I hope this helps you first timers

Fed Up with 2020

I like the rest of you are done with 2020 already and it’s only mid September. If you follow my site you might have noticed I have done nothing this year. In fact because of the virus I canceled everything. Although I did not have any trip planned, the virus killed any ideas of even making any plans. I am bored, I am frustrated, hell I am even short tempted.

I read up on how this pandemic will end, coming from the experts and not any elected official. So far they are saying anywhere from 2 to 10 years before things get back to normal.

I miss fur cons, I know they are doing virtual ones and I thank all the furries behind them for going out of their way to even do such a thing. But I and one of the reasons you don’t see me talking about them. I just can’t get into them, I miss the real thing. The crowds, the fursuits, the one of a kind moments.

I recorded that while waiting in line for The Charity Whose Lion. That was so much fun, as time goes on and me getting more and more bored and etc. I have been going over both my photos and videos of various fur events and my own trips. I would say Amtrak is a 100 times better than Greyhound. Simply because you have the space to move around. I have been thinking about doing an Amtrak vs. Greyhound piece. Although I know I know of some who have had horrible experiences on both. I hadn’t on either just more inconvenience than anything else.

Hell I even miss the fursuiters even the weird ones. Here is one that thinks they are a real dog

Lets hope 2021 will be better…

It’s Rough When Your Favorite Con is Cancelled

When MFF posted the news that their 2020 con was cancelled I was in shock for A moment. Of course I understand this awful pandemic is effecting everything including cons and so do we all. I even seriously debated with myself if it was on? Could I go? I hate to say the answer was no. The risk of getting sick is too great. We all know Con Crud, but combined with COVID-19 could make it lethal.

Then there are the Virtual Cons, I give it to those who put them together. I know it’s a lot of hard work, but I know they are not the same.

This year has done a number to all of us, and there isn’t one of us who doesn’t want this virus to be over once and forever.

So I look at con vids, there are a lot of them, and the photos we all take and we miss them even more. Even though some of us do complain on social media on how crappy this is. But I know it’s like everything else we have been going through. The Masks, the Social Distancing, the crap we all have to put up with from everyone, especially those in Washington and local govt.

I will admit my nerves are on edge, and I get angry sometimes, I even get too sensitive about things. But I go on, this has allowed me to play more video games and really get into streaming services. I have finally watched a lot of films I originally missed including Moana on Disney Plus. I plan on talking about The Mandalorian once I finish it. I just wish they had more older material such as more classic cartoons.

In other words we do what works for us, and hopefully this will be over….

Capital City Fur Con Update

I swear of late when you check out social media and CCFC the news just gets worse and worse. You hate to see a con crash and burn…but this is ridiculous. To fill you in it seems Nitro the Chair of the LATE CCFC has not paid a dime to anyone including Venders, the hotel, staff and ALS with all that important donations. In fact according to social media Nitro has not been seen since the last day of CCFC. I tend to believe those reports because why would someone lie about that? So where is he? Why hasn’t he taken care of those bills? I am sorry to say it’s all a matter of GREED. It appears that Nitro literally took the money and ran. I wonder is he in a place the US can’t extradite them from.

Lets me remind you of something: Taking Money on False Pretenses is illegal you can face actual time in a Federal Prison for that. Not to mention a good case of possible Wire Fraud for faking donations to ALS who during all of this has insisted that they did not receive a single penny from either Nitro or CCFC.

Why hasn’t the Attorney General gotten involved that the matter is criminal?

The Chicago Riots

I know some expected me to do as others do a day of Blackout or post BLM…so why didn’t I? It all comes down to this past weekend’s Looting and Rioting. Some might even say these rich companies deserve it…but not me because that isn’t what got hit. A majority of them were small companies because of this pandemic are on the verge of bankruptcy. Worse yet the insurance companies are going to pay the claims because to them this is an act of terrorism. So those same companies are in an even worse spot, take what happened to a friend. Whose place of work was not only looted, but burned. Right now his boss is trying to get a loan which as you can imagine is very tough these days. To pay for everything, right now it’s no loan, he is out of work. Thanks looters!!!

Also could someone explain to me why Black Owned Businesses were looted and burned? Think I am lying Google it yourself, more than 60 were by one account.

Then a friend sent me something which I will not post here. It was a direct threat to my neighborhood. Threatening to burn it to the ground, so these terrorists wanted to make 1,000s homeless.

That is why you won’t see anything BLM here. I think what happened to George Floyd was murder and those former cops should get hit with a tougher charge but that is it. I cannot condone violence in any shape or form, the only protest I ever was apart of recently was one I was apart of during my recent trip to Washington, DC back in September.

Non-violent and made an excellent point.

RIP George Floyd

Normally I would not cover incidents outside the furry fandom. But what happened to George Floyd was outright murder and it took place on camera. It has also got those in charge of calling for more violence or peace. It’s also got the various law enforcement agencies on the defensive. Speaking as someone who wishes to live in peace and does not want their workplace or their building burned to the ground…I am scared. On the one hand I agree we should protest, but on the other hand setting buildings on fire is a crime and it’s called arson. Some might think me wrong for saying this, but it’s the truth.

I have been often criticized for saying All Lives Matter, but it does. I have seen a lot of tragedies in my life and last year I attended a funeral for a 23-year-old friend. I will not mention their race but 23 is way too young to die. Let alone if you have family and children like my friend has a daughter that they will never see grow up and experience life as it comes. Their death came too quick and the hospital could do nothing, by then it was too late.

I mourn George Floyd as I do others who do not have to die. Punish the guilty, elect those who will actually do something. It might sound political, but what happened in Minnesota is a prime example of what happens when you let the rich decide who is going to be in charge. We NEED to VOTE, if you don’t like who is in charge…VOTE, get them out of office. Some might even say why bother. If enough of us turns out, real change will happen. If we don’t this will happen again and again.


Brian Swords AKA Biohazard and John Oliver

In all honesty this whole Brain Swords AKA Biohazard matter is one of the strangest things I have ever seen in the furry fandom.

First of all you get John Oliver wanting out of the blue a work by an artist most of us in the furry fandom have never heard of before.

Offering no less than $1,000 to the current owner and $20,000 to their local food bank. Left me speechless.

The circumstances of how the original art sold on a TV Art Auction back in the 1990s is just plain weird

On Biohard’s page on Wikifur they had a link to his old site. But since has been taken down within the past 2 weeks by it’s host

It seems the only interview this artist has ever had was one on Dogpatch Press, and since all of this came up won’t even acknowledge what has hit social media recently.

2 weeks past and John Oliver has his art.

Just plain weird

Important Announcement: Twitter Feed

If you follow me on Twitter @Dr_Timefox you might have noticed a change already. Due to recent events re: STALKER. I have protected that account, and you might not be able to continue to follow me. But I am in the process of setting up a Public Account on Twitter @furrytimes_usa which will from now on only contain feed from Furry Times and other issues I might have regrading Posts. Otherwise all personal issue posts will only be posted @Dr_Timefox Sorry for any inconvenience.

Is Sheltering At Home Driving You Crazy?!!!

I found the above meme and all I will say I am somewhere between 2 and 4. Yes, this staying at home crap is driving me crazy. Sometimes I go to the grocery store just to see what they don’t have. Don’t get me wrong there has been times in the past I would of paid for actual time off. But now…where I can’t even go for a walk in the park, because it’s closed and all the places I normally go to relax are also closed. I walk my dog, watch something streaming, write or play video games. Literally that is it, I talk to friends…but literally you run out of things to say and I am alone most of the time. Seriously folks I am scared out of my mind, I really don’t want to get sick, on average I wash my hands for a full 20 seconds 10 times between when I wake up to when I have breakfast.

So despite what you might see online or on TV why aren’t you coping better? Frankly there is no simple solution, for example 1 friend sleeps most of the day while another has there apartment so clear you could actually preform an operation there. That might be a bit of a lie but I assume you get my point. People have so much nervous energy they just don’t know what to do, that is where I am. I do what I know I have to do, but then what? I try and find something else, but more often or not I usually wind up taking a nap.

They tell us the worse is going to happen within the next 10 days, and frankly everyone I am scared, and I know I am not the only one.

I see a lot of people who are short tempered, irritable, and according the cops there has been more assaults committed during this Stay At Home than there usually is. There has been at least 5 stabbings in my neighborhood in the last 2 weeks. Normally I am a calm furry, I have even found I have gotten irritable at times.

I really wish I could tell you that there is a quick and simple way to feeling better, but frankly there isn’t one.

BoJack Horseman Series Finale Review

I think these last 8 episodes of what has been a truly great series, frankly has been the hardest to watch. I know some have said these episodes have dealt with mental illness, but I think they are confusing mental illness with the harsh reality of whom these characters are. I have always said, people have both light and dark sides and I am not referring to Star Wars. It’s just we have the side the public sees, then there is our private side. That sometimes we dare not reveal to the world, let alone our friends and our employers. This is really what we were seeing. Like Diane always thinking she would be the next great writer and only being able to come up with a kids book. Or Mr. Peanutbutter winding up alone and seeing in his own way what he really is, the same could be said of all the characters. They are who they are and nothing will ever change that.

I will fully admit it actually hurts to watch the last 8 episodes. I have so many good memories of this series I know I will be rewatching on Netflix over and over again. Maybe secretly hoping that they do one last season…only time will tell if that ever happens.
Without getting into spoilers that episode The View from Halfway Down. I more think we are exploring BoJack’s dream and the reality of living life taking huge amounts of booze and drugs knowing that one day your number will be up. After all, they have only been talking about that dream for the previous 6 episodes.

As strange as this sounds I had a similar dream just before my mother died of a stroke. I saw things I have never been able to tell anyone, or ever will. So I think I understand that more than most people.

As to the very last episode…Nice While It Lasted. Which takes place around Princess Caroline Wedding. What do we see? The characters solving their own issues. So was social media and some YouTube vids right about BoJack in the end? In my opinion, they left it open for another season, with very little to set up.

Beyond that would be a spoiler.

In addition BoJack Horseman is one of the truly great animated series that has ever been made. I personally place it at #2 just behind Avatar The Last Airbender on the list of truly amazing animated series of all time.