Fancy words like Dynamic used to Trick

Ever hear of dynamic currency conversion?

500 Euros and you think, “How much is that in US dollars? Quick math to calculate this isn’t easy for everyone. So foreign merchants will often offer to perform a dynamic currency conversion, even calling it DCC. This service immediately converts the foreign amount to dollars, giving you a better idea of how much you’re about to spend. Sounds great, right? There’s a catch. Merchants aren’t offering this out of kindness—they charge a significant fee for DCC, as much as 7% of the purchase price.

We knew there was a reason this is offered, not until researching did we know the high price of convenient conversion.

Marriott on the Falls – Niagara Falls, Canada

We went to Niagara to see the falls and saw them we did! The view from the beautiful one bedroom suite was exceptional. Picture above shows the two story room we stayed in and a nighttime view of the falls.

Since there are 6 Goodman Giants our booking was for 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom accommodations (with bedding for all). When we arrived for our reservation we were informed that what they had available was a 1 bedroom / 2 bathroom / 2 story space for our family. The initial staff member as well as the supervisor each made it very clear that this unrequested change was an upgrade from our booking and that we should be very pleased. The two stories made the usable space crammed and privacy impossible – views were amazing! The arrangement would have been ideal and luxurious if there were only the 2 founding members of the Goodman Giants staying for the two nights. We received 1/2 the rooms at all of the rate. If persistent complaining would have resolved the issues or mitigated the bill then that end would have been achieved.

Responsiveness to the lack of consideration was poor, which was explained away by judgmental employees who shared that with the Thanksgiving Holiday leadership was not onsite. We followed up by phone, email, and delivery snails to little resolution or engagement.

We rate the accommodations:

2.5 Goodmans

2.5 Goodmans

Great views: simply keep commitments Marriott, have friendly staff, and this property would have received 6 Goodmans. Staff at the property and the wrong room unresolved knocked off 3 and 1/2 happy campers.

October 8-10, 2017

The Keg Steakhouse Fallsview, Niagra Falls, Canada

Photos of PhunThe Keg Steakhouse in Chandler, Arizona is a wonderful treat for the Goodman Giants. Chandler?

Yes, we get to enjoy The Keg in Arizona since this Canadian company expanded to our home town years ago. After a long day of adventures, staying in Canada on Thanksgiving Day, we decided to enjoy a nice meal (one where we knew we would not need to count Big Macs after). We had a great time, wonderful service, and a view to pop your eyes out.

We came, we ate all we could, we rated:

6.0 Goodmans

6 Goodmans! Well thats not easy.

Food was great, like we expect from The Keg. Of the 6 Goodman Giants, 3 of them were slain by the David that is good food. They had to be dragged or carried back to the hotel for the night. Nope, it was not the Thanksgiving Turkey that did the trick. We all had steak, can’t go to a steakhouse and eat a bird…that would just not be right.

The waitress was so friendly and kind towards us that this post gets an honorable mention for Friendliness to Tourists!

Hornblower VS Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls

img_4949“Goodman Giants, when you go to Niagara Falls make sure you take a ride on Maid of the Mist!” We appreciate the many that gave us this advice. We followed this advice and had a great time.

Hornblower is a young whippersnapper organization that started in the 1980s as an organization (We think they tell us so we know that they have a track record) and leaving the Canadian side of Niagara Falls since 2014. It is easy to pick out Hornblower folk because they wear pink jackets provided by the company.

It is easy to tell those riding the Maid of the Mist because they are wearing blue shirts provided as part of their tour package – or so the distinction seemed. Maid of the Mist started as a passenger company taking travelers across the river from New York to Canada in 1846 and found that business to be in trouble in 1848 when there was a bridge built spanning the the Maid’s route. In 1848 Maid of the Mist pivoted and started charging tourists for a close look of the face and base of Niagara Falls, departing from New York. No passport is checked or required though participants enter Canada for part of the adventure. Research does not easily note when Maid of the Mist branded its tourists in Smurf looking blue shirts.

Pink jackets by Hornblower and blue shirts by Maid of the Mist became the battle of Canada VS United States. Gotta give it to the geniuses at Maid of the Mist – Look at how we have blue shirts with pink jackets over them! No worries of pink jacket envy for Maid of the Misters. Surely the bright future of pink taking over the waterways that Hornblower saw came too quickly when they saw they were no longer differentiated.

Goodman Giants road the boat with a great guide and rated the activity:

6.0 Goodmans

All 6 liked it!6 Goodmans agree “Take Maid of the Mist” or “Take Hornblower”

Pink is the new black, or so say the youngest three Giants. Truly we recommend that you take the tour that works for your departure destination.


With good choices all can wear rose colored glasses.

Hornblower     VS     Maid of the Mist