Cut Weight Preparing for Travel

Water expert Shelly shares with the Goodman Giants community, “In an effort to travel lightly we have decided to leave Nick’s hair behind.” Admittedly this elder Giant had limited follicle success prior to the shearing. Goodman Giants cut weight preparing for carrying one carry-on size bag in whatever way we may.  Shelly continues, “Now we will use less water in the collective Giant efforts of washing hair while in Europe.”

Transportation expert Nick shares, “This was not so much about conserving water, we have a very tight schedule while in Europe and need to save time where we can.”

How many Goodmans does the new look rate:

5.0 Goodmans

5 Goodmans! Really 4 plus 2 1/2s

Most enthusiastic about the new non-do melon, a la Picard, is Boston the Giant Food expert. It might be that with his prescription glasses he can see better – or it might be that he simply has a better sense of style.

With these two videos you get a real 360 view of the action!

June 11, 2018         Thank you Frankie at Floyd’s

#goodmangiants going on EPIC #campgoodman June 17, 2018! Please help a Goodman out and make comments below on best dome management.

We will take six of everything!

A little insight on packing for our Epic Camp Goodman this summer! Six driven Giants each need to pack lightly while not forgetting anything. We find that each choice quickly turns into, “We will take 6 of that.”

Wet Wipes $1.47 a packer from Walmart-one packet per traveler. Essential to have with you, especially when finding a restroom in a hurry. The father of the father of Giants always says it is important to leave a restroom cleaner than how you found it. To leave the place cleaner than when you found it clean the restroom before you use it so you get that benefit.

Toothbrush packet – $.97 each at Walmart. Picked these up because toothpaste “with Scope” are the Giants favorite.

Adapters, not converters–it’s an important distinction. Each person needs to have one adapter for non-UK-Europe. They are inexpensive. We got 12 from Amazon for $5.99. We need adapters because the only electronics we are packing are iPhones, one small apple laptop, and electric razors. Each of these devices have plugs that do conversion, but we need adapters. The UK adapters were $3.33 a piece (got 9 total in case we lose a few).

Other than our credit card with no transaction fees for Europe, we each need some cash. For this trip we need Pounds for UK, Euros for most other stops and Swiss Francs for Switzerland. Vibrant colors, plastic feel, size changes for different denominations among one type of currency. Lots to experience just in packing.

Switched Cell Phones for Europe

T-Mobile Verizon Switched Cell Phone Europe

The Goodman Giants have been planning EPIC Camp Goodman for months. The Giants have been on Verizon for many years for cell phone service. We thought that we would get SIM cards for use in Europe. That makes things more complicated since texting is our main need for service and using our personal numbers for texting is complicated by usage of foreign SIM cards. Family travel blogging is a fun thing, and less essential to successfully communicating when there are 6 Giants traveling together.

Deciding that SIM cards would not be the Giant solution we revisited past research on using Verizon while traveling to Europe. There are 3 options with Verizon: 1) $10 a day per phone to use the current home plan would mean a cost of $1,620 with a limit of 500mb of data a day, voice and text included 2) $25 a month per phone for 100mb of data for the entire month, $1.79 per minute of voice, and texting of $.50 or $.05 depending incoming or outgoing 3) $40 a month per phone for 100mb of data for the entire month, 100 minutes of voice for the month, unlimited incoming text and 100 outgoing texts (keep in mind that a teenage Giant can burn through 100 texts in a day). For perspective, the average web page in 2017 is 3mb. Any of the Giants would likely view the equivalent of 33 web pages over a 27 day period. Of course Verizon is very willing to allow billing to occur for overage charges.

The Goodman Giants chose to move to T-Mobile for European usage where unlimited texts and unlimited low-speed data is included with the T-Mobile ONE plan, with voice at $.20 per minute. All this while reducing total pricing while getting standard Netflix paid for by T-Mobile. Happy to be saving the mortgage payment that $10 a day would have cost had we not changed plans.

Look at Sprint cell phone plans and you will find like the Giants did that leaving Verizon to use Sprint in Europe would be similar to moving to T-Mobile as far as pricing. Not much of a surprise with the two companies merging soon. Giants guts believe a European T-Mobile company will be more reliable service than Sprint for this trip.

Wait, what about AT&T? Well $10 a day per phone looks to be their way too.

Goodman Giants: recommend T-Mobile, moved our own Giant phones (getting a $700 MasterCard for each free phone in the BOGO deal – much better than the 24 monthly payments offered by other plans), didn’t receive any payment by this recommendation, make no guarantees for those that choose to follow our recommendation.

Arizona friends: for years the story in rural Arizona has been that you need to have Verizon for cell service or not worry about others contacting you because calls and texts will not come through. The Giant mother has tested T-Mobile this week in Show Low, Arizona as well as the forest near Greer, Arizona and has found the reception to be competitive with her old carrier. Here is to T-Mobile’s expanded network!

A Goodman Proposal

A highlight of our extended Goodman Giants trip to Hawaii to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Cliff & Dina Goodman was Mike’s marriage proposal to Mary. While waiting at the airport Binki (the brother of Father Giant) welcomed the Goodmans on the trip. While he was welcoming the family with comments like “all of us Goodmans”, the Father of the Father of Giants interjected, “Well, we are not all Goodmans…” The moment was a bit awkward….

…that is, until Mikey (another brother of the Father Giant) said, “Oh, I got that.” He knelt down in front of Mary with a diamond ring and asked her to marry him. Of course, Mary said yes! We are delighted that Mary chose to be part of the greater group of Goodmans.


Expert of all things water

October 7, 2016 snorkeling maskSince clearly Shelly can’t be heard well through this muffled mask, Nick will be the voice for this post.

Shelly the Water expert wears so many hats (mom, wife, friend, sister, advisor, confidant, shopper, shipper, property owner, church leader, teacher…..) that we could not record them all in a blog so small.

A hat, or in this case mask, that this mother of Giants wears is that of the expert packer. She has all the tips you can find on the internet and then some: There was one time that some of the Giants were going on a 4 day reenactment of a pioneer trek where modern conveniences were not part of the adventure. No cell phones, no blogging, no makeup, no modern toothpaste, and no deodorant! People living in the 1800s had to be born with a different sense of smell than today’s people. This genius Giant figure out the deodorant issue. Simple solution, but not one that our transportation expert was going to crack. Shelly pretreated the clothing items with deodorant. Then when the clothes were worn the deodorant applied itself to the body, and the Giants were following the rules with muted fetor.

The eyes in this photo tell the story. She does not like snorkeling, and by looking at the picture you can see the apprehension built up for our coming time in Hawaii. Shelly readily admits she does not like getting her face wet. Here is a solution, and one that the Goodman Giants swear by (added later*). Water Goddess, thank you for getting us these masks.  And thank you for the many hours of detailed packing prep that goes into each Camp Goodman, official or not.

*Post trip rating of the snorkeling masks:

5.0 Goodmans

5 Goodmans!

5 of the Giants used the masks many times while in Hawaii. The Water expert was the one hold out. Turns out the feeling of claustrophobia replaced the feeling of H20 on her face – snorkeling will not be the sport for her (all superheroes have a weakness).