Category Archives: Travel & Leisure

Scam alert! Myrtle Beach Management dismisses the danger of Hurricane Florence, demanding I travel there!

The hurricane named Florence hits Myrtle Beach in a day or two, but  the hurricane is already there, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Its name? Myrtle Beach Management. They are located 821 Second Avenue, North Surfside Beach, SC 29575. Their phone: (800) 968-9279. His email: Their website:

I paid $962.66 for a six-stay at Myrtle Beach Resort A503, whose address is  5905 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575. When Florence made the scene, Henry McMaster, the Governor of South Carolina, issued a mandatory evacuation for people along the coastline in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Millions of people have been evacuated. Roads have been turned into one ways—away from Myrtle Beach.

“This is not the time to take a chance,”  McMaster said. “We do not want to gamble with a single South Carolina life. I have ordered a full coastal evacuation effective noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11.”

Spirit Airlines gave me a full refund of tickets and baggage fees. A man, reportedly named “Pat” who reportedly works at Myrtle Beach Management, refuses to refund my money. He wanted me to travel to honor the reservation despite the what CNN has called “a monster”!

As my lawyer pointed out in an email to Myrtle Beach Management: Your email of today (September 11) states: ” We are under no obligation to modify your reservation.” Pursuant to this, you are stating that you would have never refunded his costs, even though the Governor of South Carolina put South Carolina under a State of Emergency—making travel illegal. In essence, you were asking him to risk his life.

Unless I am refunded the full amount, my attorney will file a case against Pat Walsh and Myrtle Beach Management at Horry County Magistrates Court Surfside Magistrate Office/9630 Scipio Lane/ Myrtle Beach, SC 29588-7575.

Update! Walsh sent this blackmail email on September 20, 2018:

… and in an attempt to finally put this ordeal behind all of us, we will refund Mr. Petrucelli the Service Charge + Tax ($180.66), provided he does the following: 1) Removes the Story from the internet; 2) Refrains from any more formal complaints, legal action, or other public discussions regarding Myrtle Beach Management; and 3) Withdraws his complaints with the BBB and South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

If this is acceptable, please have Mr. Petrucelli respond in the affirmative.  Once the above complaints have been withdrawn and the “story” removed from the internet, we will refund the money as indicated above.


See you in court!


“Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb” takes readers through Tutankhamun’s tomb, room-by-room

The book is almost as beautiful as the treasures.

The tomb of Tutankhamun, with its breathtaking treasures, remains the most sensational archaeological find of all time. Brilliantly illustrated, Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb (Thames & Hudson, $39.95) takes the reader through Tutankhamun’s tomb room-by-room in the order that it was discovered and excavated by Howard Carter in 1922.

Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb

“The Valley of the Kings is one of the most romantic places on earth. Twenty-six of the most powerful kings in the history of the world, monarchs from the Golden Age of Egypt, were buried in this necropolis,” writes Dr. Zahi Hawass in the opening to the tome.

Dr. Hawass imbues the text with his own inimitable flavor, imagining how the uncovering and opening of the tomb must have felt for Carter, while Sandro Vannini’s extraordinary photographs reproduce the objects in infinitesimal detail. With stunning full-color spreads and foldouts throughout the book, this sumptuous volume is the definitive record of Tutankhamun’s glittering legacy, and a splendid companion to the “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition on view through January 6, 2019) in Los Angeles at the California Science Center.

PBS offers a gorgeous look at Colorado, the state Streisand once despised

John Denver had a Rocky Mountain High. Barbara Streisand had, back in early ’90s, a distaste for Colorado. Back in 1992, the Supreme Court considered arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act; a hearing that recalled the court’s part in tossing out 1992’s Amendment 2, which prevented bodies in Colorado from recognizing gays and lesbians as a protected class. The passage of Amendment 2 led to Colorado being branded the “hate state.”

A boycott against visiting the state was subsequently called for by numerous high-profile stars: Babs got the boycott ball rolling after suggesting in a post-election speech that Hollywood types steer clear of Colorado “if we’re asked to.” But days later, the Associated Press quoted her as saying, “There are many citizens in Colorado who did not vote for the amendment. I support the organizations and people who are challenging its validity.”

That was then. Things changed . . . but not the beauty and wonder of Colorado. Proof for those who never stepped foot there: PBS Distribution is releasing Heart of the World: Colorado’s National Parks on DVD. Narrated by Grammy-winning Kathy Mattea, Heart of the World delves into the true wonder and beauty of nature, taking us through the seasons and centuries of some of the most spectacular sights on earth—Colorado’s National Parks. Combining stunning photography of the parks filmed throughout the seasons—along with breathtaking helicopter aerials and outstanding wildlife shots that include bears, bighorn sheep, moose and elk.