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newsier
May 21st, 2011, 07:15 PM
Well.......back out to the track again today for Car Club Day...........boring.........not as much fun as last weekend with C 'n B.

The track did not plan this properly and it showed. We locals are use to it but I guided 10 corvettes into the track who are from KC, MO, they were staying not far from the Swaller, and they were disappointed when what we thought was planned had fallen apart. The track did try and rescue the day a little and did.

Tomorrow a work acquaintance from Customs is coming over for dinner - I am going to try my new smoker and smoke some ribs - yummy. This is right on your diet Tom - all protein. No scouse this time! Sorry.

Busy week coming up, USO lounge, quadrennial physical, next Saturday "Night Before the 500" with my niece - we are taking the Camaro............

How was your day?

Eleanor..............

mamakaiz
May 22nd, 2011, 08:31 AM
Sounds like you have a busy week coming up. Good Luck with your physical, those are always fun. Have fun @ the track next weekend:) I hope the ribs turn out great today...that sounds yummy, might have to smoke something here too. We cheat, we have an electric smoker...just pop in the water and wood chips, toss in the meat and let 'er rip!!;):D

I've been working through "bad back" & sciatica issues this past week,.... and struggling to get through my six day work week (the price we pay for having a three day weekend every 6 weeks)...yesterday it was 9 hrs w/no lunch. The USPS needs to work on their short staffing issues....3 carriers for 5 routes is not good math!! The other 2 carriers each worked 12 hrs (hey, they have less seniority than me, and "you know what" rolls downhill) ;)

We've noticed that two of our Ash trees out front are still bald. We were worried that they died!:eek: Come to find out, when we returned to winter-like weather the trees got confused and thought it was winter again...so now that all the other trees are green and lush, these really look out of place!!

TexCruise371
May 22nd, 2011, 09:44 AM
We spent the day in Amarillo with the corvette club promoting our show next weekend. .....made the rounds to all the O'Reilly stores for quick promos at each since they are one of our big sponsors...had a great time!:D

Towncar T
May 22nd, 2011, 12:43 PM
Sadly, Cap, no ribs allowed on this diet. Too fatty. I'm on a pure protein only day today so all I've eaten is non fat yoghurt, liver and diet coke!! You might laugh, but the mirror is telling me to keep on with it! I'm doing good on the scales, but it's the mirror that's showing me what's really going on. Soon I'll be a fat-free zone!

The big test starts later this week. We fly to Venice on Friday. Does anyone know the Italian for "Just some steamed fish with no sauce please." Then we are on the Voyager OTS on Saturday, but strangely I see the cruise as less of a problem because I can pretty much get protein only any time. And I'm gonna hit that gym and come back ripped!!!

Get in!!!:D

newsier
May 23rd, 2011, 09:50 AM
Ribs came out great - first time for my smoker...............

We were going to try one of those protien only diets but Angie has suffered from kidney stones and I guess high protein diets can cause kidney stones to appear - so that diet was out - it was a famous diet here - I forget the name.

I agree about the mirror "never lies" and if you like what you see - good for you, the "change in life-style" is well worth it.

As I think I have mentiioned, we have lost a lot of weight using Weight Watchers. So much so, back in 2008 I lost close to 40 pounds. This young Captain came up to me at work and asked if I was OK? I answered, "sure, why do you ask?" He said he thouhgt I may have been sick as I have lost a lot of weight! I told him it was by design. I took it as a compliment but you know you are getting old when a young person thinks you're sick because you have lost weight..............Yikes!

This morning I have to finish a presentation I am going to give to a local Chevy dealer in the hopes they will sponsor my corvette club - I do that on Wednesday.....................(the presentation)

We may go to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie that just came out, they have matinees, which I am surprised at since schools are still in session for another week here.

Weather is great, breezy, in the 70s - it don't get any better than this.

I now wonder if we'll go to Joplin, MO for the corvette show in August after the terrible tornados there. My heart goes out to these people.

What does your day have planned for you??

Eleanor

Towncar T
May 23rd, 2011, 10:19 AM
'The mirror never lies' is right. One of the main reasons for me sticking rigidly to this diet is that the mirror was telling me that my once athletic (even into my 40's) body had been invaded by some fat bas**rd with a double chin and a big gut. So I decided to kick old fat arse out of my body and let the fit guy back in!

I'm never going to be Arnie Scwartzenwhatever, but at least I don't have to be Fatty Arbuckle! Now I'm determined to get a six pack, which of course my daughter thinks is gross, and be the fittest 50 something in town. Also, I've got to say, I just feel better and stronger.

Probably going to have to get some sun on my pale white body now.:rolleyes:

Towncar T
May 23rd, 2011, 10:36 AM
Here's one for ya, Glenn. How many miles to the gallon does your Corvette get? I'm starting to think about my next car and have decided that I'll have to get something smaller and more economical. I like my Yankee cars, but don't know that much about them. Give me some tips. What do you guys have in the way of cars that would stand out here but wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg to run?

mamakaiz
May 23rd, 2011, 10:49 AM
Glenn, that would be the Atkins diet. I lost about 15 lbs on that diet years back. Gonna try it again. If my back cooperates, I need to get back to working out. I get a lot of cardio already, but I need to be doing weight resistant exercises. I'm only 5 lbs heavier than I was in October, but my clothes don't fit. I'm sure that is from letting my muscles get weak and lazy;)

I tried holding 3 lb weights in my hands while walking on the treadmill, and wouldn't you know it, it flared up my tendonitis in my elbows, and flared up my rotator cuff problem in my right shoulder (old work injuries)...and the extra walking outside of work, flared up my foot problems:(

Gonna have to stick with the exercise bike for cardio and get out my pilates reformer machine for some gentle weight resistant exercises and stretching, love that machine :) It stinks getting old!

If our freakin pool ever warms up, I can get out there and swim laps as that is good cardio and easy on the joints!:D Bill went out to start up the pool heater yesterday and guess what....it's not working. EVERYTHING around here is breaking. Had to get a new stove because the old one died. Had to get a new carpet shampooer..old one croaked. Trying to get the power washer fixed under warranty 'cause it croaked. Sump pump died a couple months back....had about $1,000 of work on the Expedition for some repairs that needed done, cha-ching, cha-ching!!!:eek:

On my day off today, so far, I have got my third load of wash in, I swept out the garage (because I was tired of all the dirt out there getting drug into the house), I'm working on vacuuming now and I get the granddaughters at 1:30 and they'll be here til 10:15. My son called and wanted to know if I could take them so he could go in to work at 10am....um, I said NO. I don't think I could handle them AND do house work....plus that would mean I would have had them for over 12 hours!!:eek: I think I would have had an easier day if I had gone in to work!

Towncar T
May 23rd, 2011, 12:11 PM
Glenn, that would be the Atkins diet. I lost about 15 lbs on that diet years back. Gonna try it again.


Before you do Atkins, take a look at 'The Dukan Diet'. It has some similarities to Atkins, but is MUCH healthier. Lots of protein and no carbs, but NO fat to clog up the arteries.

TexCruise371
May 23rd, 2011, 01:59 PM
g.....not sure about Joplin corvette thing now....how very sad for those folks. My heart goes out to them......

I can't tell you how many folks asked me if I was sick when I lost my 85 lbs. They even were asking my employees what was up with me. Even had people tell me how sick I looked after they found out that it was on purpose.....funny. :rolleyes:

TerriDHair
May 23rd, 2011, 10:01 PM
My day was fine for a Monday. Lovely day in the Southwest, and slow traffic at the office.

I'm another who once lost a lot of weight, although nobody asked me if I was sick, lol. Athough, a few months after my dd was born someone asked me when I was due. :eek: Eventually I lost 70 pounds and got down to 25 pounds less than I am now, but that didn't last once I met Chef Jeff!

I just started leaving out weights and amping up the cardio. I haven't changed up my workout routine in a long time, think I have a pretty good amount of muscle built up, and want to try a 3-6 week stint of super fat-burning. I've been running treadmill for an hour as part of it...hope my knees hold up for 3-6 weeks, lol. I keep toying with the idea of getting my hacker to DL "Insanity" or "P90X", but don't know if I could handle six days a week working out. Especially considering how our weekend nights sometimes go, lol!

I hear ya about the household money spending, C. Our last casualty was also the pool heater...you may recall we tried to use it late last fall for one last weekend float and it was "poof". So Jeff decided we needed a gas one instead, and between the price of the heater, the cost of the gas line and permits, paying a plumber, etc., we could've taken a freakin' cruise! And we've turned on that heater once for 2 hours. *sigh* Before that it was the water heater, the AC, etc. The rest of the biggies were all replaced when we bought the house, so I guess that means they'll all go bad at the same time! :eek: Darth should be good for a while, esp. with only 5000 miles, lol.

TexCruise371
May 23rd, 2011, 11:05 PM
I keep toying with the idea of getting my hacker to DL "Insanity" or "P90X", but don't know if I could handle six days a week working out. Especially considering how our weekend nights sometimes go, lol!


T...go for it! :) I thought about P90X for a while...... soooooo, I did Power 90 (with Tony Horton) last year thinking it would prepare for X. Well, hurt shoulder and messed up achilles tendon later made me think better for a broke down 57 year old ;) I laid off for awhile but am now starting back with the Power 90 again.....

newsier
May 24th, 2011, 07:34 AM
Good morning -

Man - you guys are making me hurt with all these excersise programs - -

Yup - there is no better feeling than looking good and being in shape!!!

Back in our day, when Angie and I were in uniform, we HAD to be in shape - we got paid to be in shape. It was great!!!!

Now - "No excuse Sir!"..............I am just lazy and poor Angie just hurts all over all the time - remnants of our active duty days.

A YMCA is about to open close to the house, I have signed up both Angie and myself. I am looking forward to the opening for the pools and the excersise equipment. I have no plans of big muscles, big weight loss, but I know I need to excersise at my stage of life and watch what I eat. And a great by-product of excersise is you can generally eat what you want!

Time will tell..............LOL

Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean, Tides of Change, (I think that's the name). good movie if you like the series- I enjoy watching Johnny Depp in these movies. This is the forth in the series and the way it was left, I felt it could "Be Continued"!!!!

If you go see this movie, forget everything you ever thought you knew about mermaids! Hahahahahaha

Bad storms last night, thank goodness we were spared the brunt of the storm. Altho we had 60mph winds, the heavy winds and hail went south of us.

Not much planned for today, finish my presentation for tomorrow, Angie has her volunteer time at the hospital, we do have a ribbon cutting at the zoo this evening at the new tiger exhibit - but there are suppose to be more storms heading' this way.

Hope your day is great!

Eleanor

Towncar T
May 24th, 2011, 09:17 AM
Freakin ash cloud!! Might not get away on Friday. I hate this crap!!:mad:

newsier
May 24th, 2011, 10:05 AM
Freakin ash cloud!! Might not get away on Friday. I hate this crap!!:mad:

Leave tomorrow and drive - YOU have that option!!

I wonder if the Texas girls will get home or did they get off last week?

g

Towncar T
May 24th, 2011, 11:26 AM
Leave tomorrow and drive - YOU have that option!!

I wonder if the Texas girls will get home or did they get off last week?

g

They got off last week.

Driving would be such a hassle and we can't go yet. Some of us have work to do!!

They don't know how bad it will get, but not expected to be as bad as last year's debacle.

We'll wait and see.

Once I'm there I don't give a sh** about getting back!

TexCruise371
May 24th, 2011, 01:38 PM
Red Flag Warning, high wind warning, blowing dust warning .....all scrolling across the TV screen..... as bad as this drought is (and it is bad), it's not near as bad as what the folks east of us are enduring with the storms and floods. Wow...what a spring :eek:

Busy week here, car show this weekend that we are both working. The next week we fly to Austin to see our son and DIL, attend a nieces graduation and the fly out on the 6th for a couple of days in Niagara Falls. I have LOTS of things to take care of this week before all that happens.

newsier
May 24th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Here's one for ya, Glenn. How many miles to the gallon does your Corvette get? I'm starting to think about my next car and have decided that I'll have to get something smaller and more economical. I like my Yankee cars, but don't know that much about them. Give me some tips. What do you guys have in the way of cars that would stand out here but wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg to run?

My corvette - 23 to 25 mpg - some people get 30 mpg on the high way.

I drive mine like a corvette, I like to take turns at 70 my other cars I have to slow down to 40 for - - get the picture.

Here are some vettes for sale in my area - just tell 'em Glenn sent ya........

www.harechevy.com/searchnew.aspx?pn=10&model=Corvette

WOW - yes they are a lot on money!!!! They are all the top of the lne models.

I'd say a "normal" corvette would cost you low 50s for a coupe (pronounced coop as in "Chicken Coop") or as they say in Jolly 'ol "koo-pae".

It might be cheaper to come over here and buy it seeing you like the left hand drive.

I could get you a used one over here like mine a 2004 for about 28K - guaranteed left hand drive.....................

Heck - the vette is the best mpg car I own!! The camaro is on par with a 737 going for rotation..........

Let me know when you'll be over - I'll keep the light on for ya..........

g

Towncar T
May 25th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Thanks for that Cap'n, and for the toot on the telling-bone this morning.

It's all gone Pete Tong here because the ash cloud is threatening to shut us down on Friday when we are supposed to fly to Venice. So............I changed our flight to tomorrow, changed transport, booked a hotel room at a hotel that had no rooms (Mr Golden Balls still has the charm!!) And now we're good to go with an extra day in Venezia!! A few quid short in the pocket but hopefully on course to make the ship!

See y'all when we get back!!

Ciao!!:D

mamakaiz
May 25th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Thanks for that Cap'n, and for the toot on the telling-bone this morning.

It's all gone Pete Tong here because the ash cloud is threatening to shut us down on Friday when we are supposed to fly to Venice. So............I changed our flight to tomorrow, changed transport, booked a hotel room at a hotel that had no rooms (Mr Golden Balls still has the charm!!) And now we're good to go with an extra day in Venezia!! A few quid short in the pocket but hopefully on course to make the ship!

See y'all when we get back!!

Ciao!!:D Glad you were able to avoid the ash cloud. Have a great trip!!:D

newsier
May 27th, 2011, 07:38 PM
...............was slow today, actually it was cool. I needed it.

Busy Saturday and Sunday coming up.

g

ChicagoBarb
May 27th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Just plain cold here. Almost turned on the heat! But supposed to go up to 90 on Monday, so will enjoy the chilly weather since this is the last we will have until fall.

Home for a 4 day week-end with absolutely nothing planned. Just gotta love those kind of week-ends. Especially those of us that still have to go to work and every day isn't Saturday, except for Sunday.

mamakaiz
May 27th, 2011, 10:52 PM
Just plain cold here. Almost turned on the heat! But supposed to go up to 90 on Monday, so will enjoy the chilly weather since this is the last we will have until fall.

Home for a 4 day week-end with absolutely nothing planned. Just gotta love those kind of week-ends. Especially those of us that still have to go to work and every day isn't Saturday, except for Sunday.You got that right Barb...i'm with you!!;):D

newsier
June 1st, 2011, 05:49 PM
............................goes by so fast............................where did it go????

Been busy - some pics from the track I will have to get on line fer yas.

Hope everyone is good.

g

newsier
June 4th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Currently 94.6 degrees.

Just laxin' 'round the house - Nuff said!!!!!

g

mamakaiz
June 4th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Currently 94.6 degrees.

Just laxin' 'round the house - Nuff said!!!!!

gCurrently 97F here...we're heading out to the pool!!!:D

TerriDHair
June 4th, 2011, 05:18 PM
104.3 here with 4 percent humidity. Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter, and we'll definitely be in the pool. Today we cleaned the house, Jeff cleaned the patio and moved a plant, I went to the farmers market store, and we did some laundry. As for the rest of the day, we're off to Total Wine (again), then dinner, but we haven't figured out where. There may be some nighttime pool activity after that.

Lee & Melissa
June 4th, 2011, 07:42 PM
104.3 here with 4 percent humidity. Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter, and we'll definitely be in the pool. Today we cleaned the house, Jeff cleaned the patio and moved a plant, I went to the farmers market store, and we did some laundry. As for the rest of the day, we're off to Total Wine (again), then dinner, but we haven't figured out where. There may be some nighttime pool activity after that.

We had our upper 90's at the beginning of this week. Now it's great. Low 80's. The sad part is TerrI's 100's feel way more comfortable than our 90's :eek:

Lee & Melissa
June 4th, 2011, 07:43 PM
Today we cleaned the house, Jeff cleaned the patio and moved a plant, I went to the farmers market store, and we did some laundry.

Why'd ya go and do all that.... you expecting company or something? :D

newsier
June 4th, 2011, 08:18 PM
104.3 here with 4 percent humidity. Today we cleaned the house, Jeff cleaned the patio and moved a plant, I went to the farmers market store, and we did some laundry.

Well you know what they say - "It's not the heat - it's the humidity!"

Now that I am retired or as they say here on 'Possum Holler in the Swaller, "re-tarred", I might be able to stay up till the wee hours and sit with Jeff and explain what "domestic duties are"..................and who is responsible for them!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the Indeeanner way!!!

Y'all take care - - miss yas all...................

Tawkin' about missin' everyone, we should plan when the new generation of ship comes out for a mega reunion....................I know it's a ways down the road or to keep it nautical - "channel" - but time goes sooooo fast when you're having fun!!

Stay cool -

g

Lee & Melissa
June 4th, 2011, 09:24 PM
- - miss yas all...................

Tawkin' about missin' everyone, we should plan when the new generation of ship comes out for a mega reunion....................I know it's a ways down the road or to keep it nautical - "channel" - but time goes sooooo fast when you're having fun!!

Stay cool -

g

Miss you too G.... you can count us in for whenever the new ship gets floating

TexCruise371
June 5th, 2011, 11:16 AM
Miss you too G.... you can count us in for whenever the new ship gets floating

Ditto!

Jaxxgent
June 6th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Miss you too G.... you can count us in for whenever the new ship gets floating

Ditto for us as well!

TerriDHair
June 11th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Why'd ya go and do all that.... you expecting company or something? :D

LOL, as a matter of fact we WERE! :) It was great seeing you guys last night!

Well you know what they say - "It's not the heat - it's the humidity!"

Now that I am retired or as they say here on 'Possum Holler in the Swaller, "re-tarred", I might be able to stay up till the wee hours and sit with Jeff and explain what "domestic duties are"..................and who is responsible for them!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the Indeeanner way!!!

Y'all take care - - miss yas all...................

Tawkin' about missin' everyone, we should plan when the new generation of ship comes out for a mega reunion....................I know it's a ways down the road or to keep it nautical - "channel" - but time goes sooooo fast when you're having fun!!

Stay cool -

g

LOL, I would like to be a fly on the wall when you are discussing "domestic duties" with Jeff. ;)

Still hot and dry here. We'll get a little more humidity in a few weeks but it still won't compare to Indeeaner humidity!

Miss you too G.... you can count us in for whenever the new ship gets floating

Ditt here, too!

Towncar T
June 12th, 2011, 04:37 AM
Tawkin' about missin' everyone, we should plan when the new generation of ship comes out for a mega reunion....................I know it's a ways down the road or to keep it nautical - "channel" - but time goes sooooo fast when you're having fun!!

Stay cool -

g

Well if you're talking about Royal Caribbean then probably count us out. We're about done with them and their penny-pinching. We're going to try some new cruise lines I think. Celebrity is on the list, along with some other British lines.

Probably see you shore-side.:)

TexCruise371
June 12th, 2011, 10:15 AM
Well if you're talking about Royal Caribbean then probably count us out. We're about done with them and their penny-pinching. We're going to try some new cruise lines I think. Celebrity is on the list, along with some other British lines.

Probably see you shore-side.:)

We're "there" too.....We tried Celebrity Eclipse in March and loved it. We have another sailing on her in July 2012 in the Baltic.

If it wasn't for sailing with the gang or a couple of other organized cruises,we would probably be done with them too.

ChicagoBarb
June 12th, 2011, 05:35 PM
Well if you're talking about Royal Caribbean then probably count us out. We're about done with them and their penny-pinching. We're going to try some new cruise lines I think. Celebrity is on the list, along with some other British lines.

Probably see you shore-side.:)

With you on this too. Booked the cruise on the Jewel next year but after many cruises with RCCL in a row, I'm back to Carnival. Haven't found anyone that can beat the food and service. And they haven't gotten so cheap as to give up the pillow chocolates.

Towncar T
June 13th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Currently looking at Celebrity Solstice 12 nighter out of Barcelona in November. Good itinerary, good price and cheap air fares. It does help too that we get elite status by virtue of being Diamond on RCI. Just waiting for a price from the travel agent.

TexCruise371
June 13th, 2011, 01:38 PM
Currently looking at Celebrity Solstice 12 nighter out of Barcelona in November. Good itinerary, good price and cheap air fares. It does help too that we get elite status by virtue of being Diamond on RCI. Just waiting for a price from the travel agent.

We REALLY enjoyed the Elite treatment on the Eclipse. Very nice reception in the evening in a beautiful, uncrowded setting. :)

Towncar T
June 13th, 2011, 03:58 PM
BOOKED!!

Celebrity Solstice here we come. Booked a concierge class balcony cabin. 12 nights out of Barcelona on 4th November. It just might be that Royal Caribbean has seen the last of us!!:)

ChicagoBarb
June 13th, 2011, 09:44 PM
BOOKED!!

Celebrity Solstice here we come. Booked a concierge class balcony cabin. 12 nights out of Barcelona on 4th November. It just might be that Royal Caribbean has seen the last of us!!:)

Have a wonderous time and send me a postcard:D

newsier
June 15th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Howdy y'll,

Raining heavy here in the Heartland today, has been great weather since last Friday, 70s, no humidity. We could use the rain tho...........

Went to my college reunion on Saturday in Southern Indeeanner. It is about 3 hours south of my house, in the southwest corner of the state. You could throw a ball and hit either Illinois or Kentucky from the campus. I left early as I was a Class Host and traveling through farm country the smell of the new day was wonderful. I love the smell of the earth, as I do the sea. Indeeanner grows mostly corn and soybeans with the sprinkling of wheat. And of course there are Turkeys (lots of them), pigs and beef. One time a farmer asked me what I smelled when I came up to a pig farm (really nasty), I gave him the obvious answer. He said nope - you smell $$$$$$$. LOL I suppose he is right!

I am putting together a group trip for my corvette club for 9 July to see the world famous Indianapolis Indians AAA baseball team - well they are pretty well know around here..................I do not mind putting a trip together but in my mind I am going to buy tickets for you, meet me at the ball park, have a frank and a beer and shut-up! But doing this I find I am more of a concierge....................but I love to do it. (Anyone who has organized a cabin-crawl or other cruise ship event can relate!) So today I go and buy the tickets - - that's my project for the day........................

Looks like people are getting: (choose one) tired, fed-up, bored, nickeled-and-dimed, wished the food was better, poor service, crowded ships, etc. with Mother Royal. That's too bad - but I must tell you it is easy for us to "take-a-break" this year from cruising for many of these reasons.

I read good things about Celebrity. Although at current we will probably stay with Mother Royal, it may be awhile before we go again - just playing it by ear. Back in the early 90's when we first started cruising we went every year and after 4 or 5 years we took a 4 year hiatus.......................as much as I like getting on a ship and feeling like I was there yesterday -(in some cases I was) - I do enjoy taking that break and being surprised at new features when boarding after a break.

Bruce - tell us about the Elite Treatment on Celeb - even though RCCL D & D+ events can be crowded, I give RCCL credit for the program - I don't believe they thought people would take multiple cruises each year.

As far as being nickeled-and-dimed, I remember walking off my first cruise (Carnival) and telling a friend it was as if they put a vacuum in your pockets to suck out the money - so not much as changed - the cruise lines have just refined their methods!! That was 20 years ago………….. LOL

We will try a Cunard Westbound Trans-Atlantic someday - always wanted to sail into NY Harbor on a liner - and Cunard docks in Brooklyn now!!!!!!!! Home Sweet Home!!

Hope all are well...............take care, be readin' ya soon................

g

Towncar T
June 15th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Being nickel and dimed is bad enough, but when you also get 'dollared' that's the limit. A couple of stand-outs from our last cruise.

At Bari, they ushered us to the RCI shuttle buses into the town, which cost 15 bucks apiece. The journey lasted FOUR minutes. They even neglected to tell us that there was a free shuttle bus provided by the city right outside the gate. I found that out after we got back aboard.

The shows were CRAP. The 'headline' act was a singer (good but not THAT good) who was billed as LA's Mr Soul. The hottest thing in LA. Our table companions had lived in LA for 30 years and had never heard of him. There were absolutely no stage sets all week. Only one production show on the second to last night of the cruise, and the Cruise Director was a waste of space.

If this Celebrity cruise turns out to be as good as I'm hoping (and as good as the reviews I've seen) then I don't see us back on RCI for a very long time.

Glenn, if you are doing a Cunard westbound you'll have to come up here and see some of 'real' England. (Bring an umbrella!!)

Jaxxgent
June 15th, 2011, 05:43 PM
Between the heat (95+ degrees lately, 99-100 yesterday!), the humidity (80%+), and all the smoke from the forest fires, I'm about to give up living in Florida and move somewhere else! LOL The smoke is the big thing right now, it was so bad earlier today that we at the day job we could not see one of our buildings across the "lake" - about a city block away, maybe a little further. Plus, I spent bucks to have the Explorer detailed, inside and out, and waxed yesterday - it looked brand new last evening. But, awoke this morning to find it covered with ashes! (Wish we had a garage!) They say there are something like 30 fires burning in the north florida/south georgia area, so if the wind is anything other than out of the East, we get smoke. By mid afternoon the sea breeze from the East usually starts to kick in so that helped clear some of it out today.

Rick is still playing the waiting game with the city so still not working yet. Some of the people he listed as references said they got calls this week so at least we know the process is moving along. Again, as someone else (I believe it was Lee) said, they move at the speed of a glacier! LOL Just hope everything is firmed up before final payment due date for the October cruise!

We're looking into doing Celebrity for our Spring cruise next year, haven't decided yet. Rick gets a little bent out of shape over their stricter smoking policy, doesn't like that you can't smoke on the balcony, but he'll get over it! LOL

Okay, have a good evening, ya'll!

TexCruise371
June 15th, 2011, 08:46 PM
g....much the same perks as Royal. No designated lounge but, a very nice evening reception in a beautiful, spacious lounge overlooking the bow. The loyalty person was there every evening visiting with folks. Also a very visble parade of officers were there in the evenings also. Waiters were readily available with a tray of drinks or snacks. Maybe it was more of a warm,welcoming attitude than anything else. Very nice!

Towncar T
June 16th, 2011, 02:40 AM
. The loyalty person was there every evening visiting with folks. Also a very visble parade of officers were there in the evenings also.

That's a point I forgot about. We went to the Diamond Lounge every night and not even once did we see an officer of any rank in there. Just two very friendly waiters. Probably says something about how RCI views us passengers. Like cattle?

Jaxxgent
June 16th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Announcement:

Rick starts his new job on Monday, June 20!
Woo-hoo!!!

Once he's been there a week or two, then he'll hit his supervisor up about taking time off for our October cruise. So, hopefully we'll have that all buttoned up and flights purchased within a couple weeks or so. Yay!!

Terry

TexCruise371
June 16th, 2011, 08:05 PM
Announcement:

Rick starts his new job on Monday, June 20!
Woo-hoo!!!

Once he's been there a week or two, then he'll hit his supervisor up about taking time off for our October cruise. So, hopefully we'll have that all buttoned up and flights purchased within a couple weeks or so. Yay!!

Terry

Glad he passed his agility test!!!!! WOOOO HOOOOO!:D

mamakaiz
June 16th, 2011, 10:15 PM
Announcement:


Rick starts his new job on Monday, June 20!
Woo-hoo!!!

Once he's been there a week or two, then he'll hit his supervisor up about taking time off for our October cruise. So, hopefully we'll have that all buttoned up and flights purchased within a couple weeks or so. Yay!!

TerryCongrats!!:D

newsier
June 17th, 2011, 11:55 AM
Howdy y'all,

Congrats to Rick and welcome to the world of civil servants!!!!!!!!

In line with some of the conversation below, I was reading on the boards the cost of the Chef's Table has gone from $75 to $95.

Why?????

Not sure, other than it was suberb when we did it on the Big O. I would not hesitate to do it again if offered - I never do a Chef's Table here in The Swaller, unless you count Angie as the chef, so it's part of the cruise experience for us as ports no longer interest us in the Caribbean - the ship is the destination for us, hence why I book the cabins I do........................

But - - why did they raise the price? Has food gone up that much? Is RCCL bleeding the passengers because it has become a very popular event on board; much to my surprise as I thought the cost would keep many away and I'm sure it did.

Or did RCCL do it to control the requests for the Chef's Table because of the popularity? People think RCCL started charging the small service fee for room service between midnight and 5AM because they wanted to get deeper into people pockets - but in reality it was done to have people think twice about dialing the phone and ordering food they won't eat. I know you have seen the trays outside the cabin doors full of un-eaten food when leaving your cabin early, I know I have.

Oh well - just something else to talk about in regards to Mother Royal.

Bruce - a New years cruise on the Monarch - I'm jealous - - some day we will do a cruise during the holidays - ! Oh and I did find out our hotel in Joplin is still standing but filled with homeless. One of our trip organizers is trying to contact the TV station that is putting this show on and hasn't had any luck.

Had an intersting day yesterday - film at 11..................

g

TexCruise371
June 17th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Howdy y'all,

Congrats to Rick and welcome to the world of civil servants!!!!!!!!

In line with some of the conversation below, I was reading on the boards the cost of the Chef's Table has gone from $75 to $95.

Why?????

Not sure, other than it was suberb when we did it on the Big O. I would not hesitate to do it again if offered - I never do a Chef's Table here in The Swaller, unless you count Angie as the chef, so it's part of the cruise experience for us as ports no longer interest us in the Caribbean - the ship is the destination for us, hence why I book the cabins I do........................Western Caribe still holds great interest to us due to scuba diving...we can dive up to 3 different paces in 3 days if we choose. I'm really looking forward to the southern route as we have never been there.

But - - why did they raise the price? Has food gone up that much? Is RCCL bleeding the passengers because it has become a very popular event on board; much to my surprise as I thought the cost would keep many away and I'm sure it did.

Or did RCCL do it to control the requests for the Chef's Table because of the popularity? People think RCCL started charging the small service fee for room service between midnight and 5AM because they wanted to get deeper into people pockets - but in reality it was done to have people think twice about dialing the phone and ordering food they won't eat. I know you have seen the trays outside the cabin doors full of un-eaten food when leaving your cabin early, I know I have.


Oh well - just something else to talk about in regards to Mother Royal.

If you check around, it seems that Oasis and Allure have quickly become the highest priced cruises in the Caribe (of the mass market lines). Of course they do offer more things to see and do. Freedom class is not far behind. It really sorprise us when we sailed on the Eclipse that it was quite a bit cheaper for similar class cabins than Royal.

Bruce - a New years cruise on the Monarch - I'm jealous - - some day we will do a cruise during the holidays - ! Oh and I did find out our hotel in Joplin is still standing but filled with homeless. One of our trip organizers is trying to contact the TV station that is putting this show on and hasn't had any luck.

New Years is a 80- 90% sure thing....you never know how holiday schedules/plans can change but, looking forward to it.....and we wouldn't have to drive! ;)

As far as Joplin, it looks like the worst destruction is between the hotel and old 66 according to the maps I've seen. Sure a sad deal for all those folks. I bet they are still trying to decide what to do with the event. Could be a boom to the businesses but, do they need a bunch of extra folks in town....I guess time will tell.

Had an intersting day yesterday - film at 11..................

g


...

newsier
June 17th, 2011, 05:59 PM
OK - so where is the Monarch going to be stationed in December? Galveston? Is she still doing 3 & 4 dayers?

Yup - - I know you two like to dive - a reason to go to the blue waters. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy the Caribbean - just been there - done that! Which makes the ship our vacation destination.

g

TexCruise371
June 17th, 2011, 06:05 PM
OK - so where is the Monarch going to be stationed in December? Galveston? Is she still doing 3 & 4 dayers?

Yup - - I know you two like to dive - a reason to go to the blue waters. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy the Caribbean - just been there - done that! Which makes the ship our vacation destination.

g

Port Canaveral..........Monarch is the same as always...LOL. :rolleyes: Our fiends in Florida asked us to go....I just ain't going to take 2 days of travel fly out there and back for a 3 day cruise...so ...B2B

newsier
June 17th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


g

mamakaiz
June 17th, 2011, 08:11 PM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


gYIKES!! glad you're both OK!...the avalanche too;):)

TexCruise371
June 17th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


g

Glad to see I'm not the only one that can do things like that!:eek::eek:

On the serious side......glad you guys are OK and that the Avalanche is ok. :):)

Jaxxgent
June 18th, 2011, 05:01 AM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


g

OOPS! Glad all are okay!

ChicagoBarb
June 18th, 2011, 08:15 AM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


g

Good to hear you are both A-OK.

But I would rather see a picture of the look on your face as you went into that "drainage hole".

Towncar T
June 18th, 2011, 09:53 AM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

g

What a dumb-arse!!!:p;)

Lee & Melissa
June 18th, 2011, 09:17 PM
Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


g

Now I know not to ever fly OR drive with you lol

Glad no one was hurt and damage was minimal.

TerriDHair
June 18th, 2011, 11:21 PM
Looks like people are getting: (choose one) tired, fed-up, bored, nickeled-and-dimed, wished the food was better, poor service, crowded ships, etc. with Mother Royal. That's too bad - but I must tell you it is easy for us to "take-a-break" this year from cruising for many of these reasons.

I read good things about Celebrity. Although at current we will probably stay with Mother Royal, it may be awhile before we go again - just playing it by ear. Back in the early 90's when we first started cruising we went every year and after 4 or 5 years we took a 4 year hiatus.......................as much as I like getting on a ship and feeling like I was there yesterday -(in some cases I was) - I do enjoy taking that break and being surprised at new features when boarding after a break.
As far as being nickeled-and-dimed, I remember walking off my first cruise (Carnival) and telling a friend it was as if they put a vacuum in your pockets to suck out the money - so not much as changed - the cruise lines have just refined their methods!! That was 20 years ago………….. LOL

Hope all are well...............take care, be readin' ya soon................

g

Your comment about what you said about walking off your first cruise cracked me up. Our first cruise was in 1995 on Carnival. As you know, their version of the "Setsail Card" is the "Sail and Sign" card. After Jeff and I left that ship we referred to it as the "Sail and Pay" card, lol. Like everyone, I don't like seeing more things that have a fee (heck, when I started cruising there were no "specialty restaurants" and to this day Jeff and I have boycotted them because we don't cruise for the food and refuse to pay extra!), I can't see switching lines is going to be any different these days. We may get to the point that we just do other types of vacations instead, which would make me very sad since I love to cruise. I sure did like the all-inclusives we did in Cancun, though, no Sail and Pay card and I had Grand Marnier for dessert every night! :D

Was taking my 16 year old neice home yesterday when I had to make a u-turn on a narrow farm road.

Not a problem for a BIG 4 wheel Chevy Avalance - or was it?????????

It was when there is a drainage "HOLE" hidden by tall grass!!!!!!!!! If it was a ditch - - I would have seen it!

My poor neice was a little scared - - I told her as we waited to be pulled out we will laugh about this at her weddin'...............

We all survived, including the truck.......................without much damage, me: my ego; neice: nerves, Avalance: a small dent on the bumper.

Just another excitin' day in The Swaller!!!

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/48632/2982142000028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2982142000028376034ytdIFu)


g

Wow! That must have been scary. Good thing you weren't in "Old Gray"...or then again, perhaps OG would have made that turn a little tighter, lol. ;)

ChicagoBarb
June 19th, 2011, 09:17 AM
Your comment about what you said about walking off your first cruise cracked me up. Our first cruise was in 1995 on Carnival. As you know, their version of the "Setsail Card" is the "Sail and Sign" card. After Jeff and I left that ship we referred to it as the "Sail and Pay" card, lol. Like everyone, I don't like seeing more things that have a fee (heck, when I started cruising there were no "specialty restaurants" and to this day Jeff and I have boycotted them because we don't cruise for the food and refuse to pay extra!), I can't see switching lines is going to be any different these days. We may get to the point that we just do other types of vacations instead, which would make me very sad since I love to cruise. I sure did like the all-inclusives we did in Cancun, though, no Sail and Pay card and I had Grand Marnier for dessert every night! :D

You pretty much said it all that switching lines won't make that much difference. They are all pretty much the same. I really think the difference is between the individual ships and crew. And of course, personal opinion. I am always amazed at the difference in the cruise reviews. Two people on the same cruise with two totally different opinions.

We have been on Carnival Spirit 6 times - with our 7th coming up. Best crew, service, etc. But I've read reviews from people that will never get on the Spirit again. Go figure, but I don't think it's me!

Our first cruise was in 1977 on the Windjammer's Fantome. Now that was a cruise. Not one thing extra except for alcohol. Not a comparison at all to the "real" ships. Too bad Windjammer was so poorly managed and the ships so poorly maintained after the original owner died and his kids took over. It was an excellent adventure!

newsier
June 19th, 2011, 05:16 PM
Went to the Hog Jog Car Show yesterdcay and saw Tom's barn............

http://inlinethumb08.webshots.com/9543/2669532440028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2669532440028376034VshNKF)

Yeh - yeh - yeh - I know they spelled your name wrong.......oh well.....!

g

TexCruise371
June 19th, 2011, 06:08 PM
This is where we cruised to yesterday

Towncar T
June 20th, 2011, 03:07 AM
Went to the Hog Jog Car Show yesterdcay and saw Tom's barn............

Yeh - yeh - yeh - I know they spelled your name wrong.......oh well.....!

g

LOL!! Love it!!

If you mean "Carroll" that's the way we spell it too, so it's not wrong. If you mean "swine" you're correct. That should have a G and two N's in it!!;)

Lots of states have a 'Carroll' something in them. Apparently most are named after Charles Carroll, who signed the American Declaration of Independence. Does that mean I get automatic citizenship? No? Not even if I change my name to Chico Gonzalez??;) Por favor Senor Obama?

newsier
June 20th, 2011, 08:21 AM
This is where we cruised to yesterday

Funny you went to the Mid-Point of Rte 66 - - The Joplin Show claims to be the Middle of The Road!! LOL

From what we have heard, the August Joplin show is a go. One of our members wrote to the local club there and they confirmed it.

I will talk to Ang and see if we are still a go - I haven't paid them any money yet.

g

TexCruise371
June 20th, 2011, 12:56 PM
Funny you went to the Mid-Point of Rte 66 - - The Joplin Show claims to be the Middle of The Road!! LOL

From what we have heard, the August Joplin show is a go. One of our members wrote to the local club there and they confirmed it.

I will talk to Ang and see if we are still a go - I haven't paid them any money yet.

g

Funny....I grew up 13 miles from there.....I didn't know that we were the "middle of the road".....of course, that's before Rt 66 became such a touristy thing!

We're still in!:D

mamakaiz
June 21st, 2011, 08:45 AM
We're really getting into "cruise" mode here. Getting all our "to do's" checked off. Bill had a hard time squeezing in the lawn mowing. Had to do it in shifts between showers. We'll be gone til July 3rd, so it HAD to be done. They are predicting rain the whole time we are in Port Canaveral (3 days)....and also in all the ports. I hope they are just quick showers;)

They now have the Port Canaveral webcam up and running, maybe ya'll can watch us sail away at 4:30 on Sunday:D Our balcony is on the opposite side of the webcam, so I'm not sure where we'll be waving from...thought maybe the helipad or somewhere on the deck, where the lifeboats are. I was looking at it this past Sunday, trying to see where a good spot would be...he didn't get any good shots of the pool deck, so I'm guessing that's not a good spot...any ideas?? He said the shots will get clearer in the future, as they are currently in Beta mode, and will switch off of that soon, and that would clear the picture up a lot.

http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

It's calmed down here since last weekend....Bill ended up in the ER on Friday morning. He had been up all night, sick. Didn't seem like any flu he had ever had before. He called me at work and said he was in the ER and that they were giving him I.V. fluids, and said he had food poisoning. By time I got there, he was drinking that nice lemon flavored barium "shake" that they give you so they could look at your inerds. His white count was way up, and he was having bad pains, so they were looking to see what was going on in there, thought maybe an obstruction. Results came in, nothing there, and we went home....barium came back up as soon as we got home :(...made the bathroom smell lemony:eek: He slept off and on most of that day. He's got his appetite back now (except for eggs, which they suspect was the culprit), and he's ready for some yummy cruise food now ;)

Well, I have to go get packing, we leave Thursday morning:D

TexCruise371
June 21st, 2011, 01:24 PM
We're really getting into "cruise" mode here. Getting all our "to do's" checked off. Bill had a hard time squeezing in the lawn mowing. Had to do it in shifts between showers. We'll be gone til July 3rd, so it HAD to be done. They are predicting rain the whole time we are in Port Canaveral (3 days)....and also in all the ports. I hope they are just quick showers

They now have the Port Canaveral webcam up and running, maybe ya'll can watch us sail away at 4:30 on Sunday Our balcony is on the opposite side of the webcam, so I'm not sure where we'll be waving from...thought maybe the helipad or somewhere on the deck, where the lifeboats are. I was looking at it this past Sunday, trying to see where a good spot would be...he didn't get any good shots of the pool deck, so I'm guessing that's not a good spot...any ideas?? He said the shots will get clearer in the future, as they are currently in Beta mode, and will switch off of that soon, and that would clear the picture up a lot.

http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

It's calmed down here since last weekend....Bill ended up in the ER on Friday morning. He had been up all night, sick. Didn't seem like any flu he had ever had before. He called me at work and said he was in the ER and that they were giving him I.V. fluids, and said he had food poisoning. By time I got there, he was drinking that nice lemon flavored barium "shake" that they give you so they could look at your inerds. His white count was way up, and he was having bad pains, so they were looking to see what was going on in there, thought maybe an obstruction. Results came in, nothing there, and we went home....barium came back up as soon as we got home ..made the bathroom smell lemony He slept off and on most of that day. He's got his appetite back now (except for eggs, which they suspect was the culprit), and he's ready for some yummy cruise food now

Well, I have to go get packing, we leave Thursday morning

WOW...so sorry about Bill and so glad he's OK and feeling better :D

I hope you guys have a WONDERFUL cruise and that the weather guys are wrong and you have clear skies and calm waters.;)

We too are getting ready to leave on a "cruise" Thursday........."land cruise" that is. We leave Thursday for a 12 day trip with our Corvette Club to California and back on the 4th of July. We're going to visit the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Yosemite, Muir Woods, 2 days in San Fran....(YAY, we get to see our daughter out there :D), Pebble Beach, Carmel, Hearst Castle, all points in between and of course....the drive down the coast and Highway 1 :D. Should be a great time....No hurry....just cruise along...........oh, and food! These folks LOVE to eat...LOL

Oh and as always...please don't mention on FB....never want folks to know that we are away from home.

Jaxxgent
June 21st, 2011, 05:53 PM
We're really getting into "cruise" mode here. Getting all our "to do's" checked off. Bill had a hard time squeezing in the lawn mowing. Had to do it in shifts between showers. We'll be gone til July 3rd, so it HAD to be done. They are predicting rain the whole time we are in Port Canaveral (3 days)....and also in all the ports. I hope they are just quick showers;)

They now have the Port Canaveral webcam up and running, maybe ya'll can watch us sail away at 4:30 on Sunday:D Our balcony is on the opposite side of the webcam, so I'm not sure where we'll be waving from...thought maybe the helipad or somewhere on the deck, where the lifeboats are. I was looking at it this past Sunday, trying to see where a good spot would be...he didn't get any good shots of the pool deck, so I'm guessing that's not a good spot...any ideas?? He said the shots will get clearer in the future, as they are currently in Beta mode, and will switch off of that soon, and that would clear the picture up a lot.

http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

It's calmed down here since last weekend....Bill ended up in the ER on Friday morning. He had been up all night, sick. Didn't seem like any flu he had ever had before. He called me at work and said he was in the ER and that they were giving him I.V. fluids, and said he had food poisoning. By time I got there, he was drinking that nice lemon flavored barium "shake" that they give you so they could look at your inerds. His white count was way up, and he was having bad pains, so they were looking to see what was going on in there, thought maybe an obstruction. Results came in, nothing there, and we went home....barium came back up as soon as we got home :(...made the bathroom smell lemony:eek: He slept off and on most of that day. He's got his appetite back now (except for eggs, which they suspect was the culprit), and he's ready for some yummy cruise food now ;)

Well, I have to go get packing, we leave Thursday morning:D

Glad Bill is better! Have a great time on Freedom!

Jaxxgent
June 21st, 2011, 05:54 PM
WOW...so sorry about Bill and so glad he's OK and feeling better :D

I hope you guys have a WONDERFUL cruise and that the weather guys are wrong and you have clear skies and calm waters.;)

We too are getting ready to leave on a "cruise" Thursday........."land cruise" that is. We leave Thursday for a 12 day trip with our Corvette Club to California and back on the 4th of July. We're going to visit the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Yosemite, Muir Woods, 2 days in San Fran....(YAY, we get to see our daughter out there :D), Pebble Beach, Carmel, Hearst Castle, all points in between and of course....the drive down the coast and Highway 1 :D. Should be a great time....No hurry....just cruise along...........oh, and food! These folks LOVE to eat...LOL

Oh and as always...please don't mention on FB....never want folks to know that we are away from home.

Have a safe trip and have fun!

Towncar T
June 21st, 2011, 06:24 PM
http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

It's calmed down here since last weekend....Bill ended up in the ER on Friday morning. He had been up all night, sick. Didn't seem like any flu he had ever had before. He called me at work and said he was in the ER and that they were giving him I.V. fluids, and said he had food poisoning. By time I got there, he was drinking that nice lemon flavored barium "shake" that they give you so they could look at your inerds. His white count was way up, and he was having bad pains, so they were looking to see what was going on in there, thought maybe an obstruction. Results came in, nothing there, and we went home....barium came back up as soon as we got home :(...made the bathroom smell lemony:eek: He slept off and on most of that day. He's got his appetite back now (except for eggs, which they suspect was the culprit), and he's ready for some yummy cruise food now ;)

Well, I have to go get packing, we leave Thursday morning:D

Poor old Bill!! Glad he's better. You sail just as our friends arrive from Florida to stay with us.

Happy sailing!!

Lee & Melissa
June 21st, 2011, 07:08 PM
WOW...so sorry about Bill and so glad he's OK and feeling better :D

I hope you guys have a WONDERFUL cruise and that the weather guys are wrong and you have clear skies and calm waters.;)

We too are getting ready to leave on a "cruise" Thursday........."land cruise" that is. We leave Thursday for a 12 day trip with our Corvette Club to California and back on the 4th of July. We're going to visit the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Yosemite, Muir Woods, 2 days in San Fran....(YAY, we get to see our daughter out there :D), Pebble Beach, Carmel, Hearst Castle, all points in between and of course....the drive down the coast and Highway 1 :D. Should be a great time....No hurry....just cruise along...........oh, and food! These folks LOVE to eat...LOL

Oh and as always...please don't mention on FB....never want folks to know that we are away from home.

Yes.... we will be expecting a nice photo album to look at by the 5th :D

HAVE A GREAT (and safe) TRIP

Lee & Melissa
June 21st, 2011, 07:14 PM
We're really getting into "cruise" mode here. Getting all our "to do's" checked off. Bill had a hard time squeezing in the lawn mowing. Had to do it in shifts between showers. We'll be gone til July 3rd, so it HAD to be done. They are predicting rain the whole time we are in Port Canaveral (3 days)....and also in all the ports. I hope they are just quick showers;)

They now have the Port Canaveral webcam up and running, maybe ya'll can watch us sail away at 4:30 on Sunday:D Our balcony is on the opposite side of the webcam, so I'm not sure where we'll be waving from...thought maybe the helipad or somewhere on the deck, where the lifeboats are. I was looking at it this past Sunday, trying to see where a good spot would be...he didn't get any good shots of the pool deck, so I'm guessing that's not a good spot...any ideas?? He said the shots will get clearer in the future, as they are currently in Beta mode, and will switch off of that soon, and that would clear the picture up a lot.

http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

It's calmed down here since last weekend....Bill ended up in the ER on Friday morning. He had been up all night, sick. Didn't seem like any flu he had ever had before. He called me at work and said he was in the ER and that they were giving him I.V. fluids, and said he had food poisoning. By time I got there, he was drinking that nice lemon flavored barium "shake" that they give you so they could look at your inerds. His white count was way up, and he was having bad pains, so they were looking to see what was going on in there, thought maybe an obstruction. Results came in, nothing there, and we went home....barium came back up as soon as we got home ...made the bathroom smell lemony:eek: He slept off and on most of that day. He's got his appetite back now (except for eggs, which they suspect was the culprit), and he's ready for some yummy cruise food now ;)

Well, I have to go get packing, we leave Thursday morning:D

Glad to hear Bill is on the mend and will be good to go by the weekend.

Have a great cruise. I'll be looking for you sailing out on Sunday :D

newsier
July 20th, 2011, 09:23 AM
Good day,

Went to Brooklyn, NY yesterday, it has been since 1978 that I was back there.

As you may know, I am in Kingston, NY to visit my brother and he wanted to go see the "Old Homestead".

Glad I went, sorry I went, if you get my drift. It was lower middle-class when I lived there, it is still lower middle-class. Mostly Caribbean people's that live there now. I did see my grammar school I went to for 9 years, K thru 8th. It was built in 1890 and still is in great shape, NYC has kept it up.

We went to see some old haunts, made it to Coney Island and had a Hot dog at Nathan's. I did take a picture of the menu to rove to my Mid-West friends they do not sell coney dogs at Coney Island. hahahahahaha

Back in Kingston today, we are going to take a ride up to Ashoken Lake, home of The NYC water shed. It is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and is a beautiful place, I am looking forward to it. We will lunch in Woodstock.

Well - I need to run, stay cool in e Heartland - it was 97 as wel left NYC yesterday - Hot Town - Summer in the City!

Cyas,

g

mamakaiz
July 20th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Good day,

Went to Brooklyn, NY yesterday, it has been since 1978 that I was back there.

As you may know, I am in Kingston, NY to visit my brother and he wanted to go see the "Old Homestead".

Glad I went, sorry I went, if you get my drift. It was lower middle-class when I lived there, it is still lower middle-class. Mostly Caribbean people's that live there now. I did see my grammar school I went to for 9 years, K thru 8th. It was built in 1890 and still is in great shape, NYC has kept it up.

We went to see some old haunts, made it to Coney Island and had a Hot dog at Nathan's. I did take a picture of the menu to rove to my Mid-West friends they do not sell coney dogs at Coney Island. hahahahahaha

Back in Kingston today, we are going to take a ride up to Ashoken Lake, home of The NYC water shed. It is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and is a beautiful place, I am looking forward to it. We will lunch in Woodstock.

Well - I need to run, stay cool in e Heartland - it was 97 as wel left NYC yesterday - Hot Town - Summer in the City!

Cyas,

gSounds great Glenn. How nice to go back and see the old neighborhood and visit with family. Have a great trip, and take lots of pictures to share with us:D....stay cool, we've been getting heat advisories for the past three days, and tomorrow they are predicting 104F with heat index of nearly 120F....that means my truck will prolly be 140F, lol.

I've been drinking 80 or more ounces of water per day....and that's just while I'm at work....more here at home before and after work. It's no fun having poinson ivy with all this heat and sweating....I am so itchy right now, ugh!!!:(

TexCruise371
July 20th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Good day,

Went to Brooklyn, NY yesterday, it has been since 1978 that I was back there.

As you may know, I am in Kingston, NY to visit my brother and he wanted to go see the "Old Homestead".

Glad I went, sorry I went, if you get my drift. It was lower middle-class when I lived there, it is still lower middle-class. Mostly Caribbean people's that live there now. I did see my grammar school I went to for 9 years, K thru 8th. It was built in 1890 and still is in great shape, NYC has kept it up.

We went to see some old haunts, made it to Coney Island and had a Hot dog at Nathan's. I did take a picture of the menu to rove to my Mid-West friends they do not sell coney dogs at Coney Island. hahahahahaha

Back in Kingston today, we are going to take a ride up to Ashoken Lake, home of The NYC water shed. It is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and is a beautiful place, I am looking forward to it. We will lunch in Woodstock.

Well - I need to run, stay cool in e Heartland - it was 97 as wel left NYC yesterday - Hot Town - Summer in the City!

Cyas,

g



LOL....it's barely mid day here and we're already at 97... So glad you are having a good time. Going back in time is bittersweet;)

Looking forward to seeing you guys in a couple of weeks. Our guys have backed out due to some family stuff that has popped up so, I'm pretty sure we will be on our own.

Enjoy your trip!

We head out to Chicago in the morning to meet up with some friends. Then to their house in Indiana, back to kick around Chicago Friday, Amish country Saturday, Beach Boys concert Sat. night. Sunday we will head to Peoria and a summer conference. We will return home on Wednesday. Then we will start getting ready for JOPLIN! :)

TexCruise371
July 20th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Sounds great Glenn. How nice to go back and see the old neighborhood and visit with family. Have a great trip, and take lots of pictures to share with us:D....stay cool, we've been getting heat advisories for the past three days, and tomorrow they are predicting 104F with heat index of nearly 120F....that means my truck will prolly be 140F, lol.

I've been drinking 80 or more ounces of water per day....and that's just while I'm at work....more here at home before and after work. It's no fun having poinson ivy with all this heat and sweating....I am so itchy right now, ugh!!!:(

Scratch, scratch, scratch!!!!!!! :eek::eek:

TerriDHair
July 20th, 2011, 02:36 PM
Good day,

Went to Brooklyn, NY yesterday, it has been since 1978 that I was back there.

As you may know, I am in Kingston, NY to visit my brother and he wanted to go see the "Old Homestead".

Glad I went, sorry I went, if you get my drift. It was lower middle-class when I lived there, it is still lower middle-class. Mostly Caribbean people's that live there now. I did see my grammar school I went to for 9 years, K thru 8th. It was built in 1890 and still is in great shape, NYC has kept it up.

We went to see some old haunts, made it to Coney Island and had a Hot dog at Nathan's. I did take a picture of the menu to rove to my Mid-West friends they do not sell coney dogs at Coney Island. hahahahahaha

Back in Kingston today, we are going to take a ride up to Ashoken Lake, home of The NYC water shed. It is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and is a beautiful place, I am looking forward to it. We will lunch in Woodstock.

Well - I need to run, stay cool in e Heartland - it was 97 as wel left NYC yesterday - Hot Town - Summer in the City!

Cyas,

g


Sounds great, g. I can imagine how interesting it must be to see all those places after all this time. Jeff and I sometimes talk about going back to Ft. Wayne and Huntington so see what they're like after 21 years. Don't tell our family, but the plan would be to go in stealth mode so there would be no conflicts about how much or little time we spent with one over another. They can come here to see us, lol. We've heard that the neighborhood that Jeff grew up in (also lower-middle class at best) has gotten even worse. My neighborhood is likely about the same but they tore down the 100+ year old school I went to. Last week my brother passed our old house and they were having a garage sale so he stopped to chat and the woman let him look around the lower floor of the inside. That must've been a trip!

I guess we're all trying to stay cool today. It's 100 here with forecast high of 108 and today it's not a super dry heat!

Towncar T
July 20th, 2011, 06:18 PM
Think yourselves lucky. It's hardly stopped raining in over a week here. Ridiculous! temperatures in the 50's - in july!!:(

Jaxxgent
July 20th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Good day,

Went to Brooklyn, NY yesterday, it has been since 1978 that I was back there.

As you may know, I am in Kingston, NY to visit my brother and he wanted to go see the "Old Homestead".

Glad I went, sorry I went, if you get my drift. It was lower middle-class when I lived there, it is still lower middle-class. Mostly Caribbean people's that live there now. I did see my grammar school I went to for 9 years, K thru 8th. It was built in 1890 and still is in great shape, NYC has kept it up.

We went to see some old haunts, made it to Coney Island and had a Hot dog at Nathan's. I did take a picture of the menu to rove to my Mid-West friends they do not sell coney dogs at Coney Island. hahahahahaha

Back in Kingston today, we are going to take a ride up to Ashoken Lake, home of The NYC water shed. It is in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and is a beautiful place, I am looking forward to it. We will lunch in Woodstock.

Well - I need to run, stay cool in e Heartland - it was 97 as wel left NYC yesterday - Hot Town - Summer in the City!

Cyas,

g

Yep, going home can be bittersweet, I know that all too well! But, sounds like you're having fun, enjoy!

newsier
July 27th, 2011, 08:57 AM
Back home - - - seems like the trip was sooooo long ago.....................

It was great re-connecting with my brother and his family - - my 13 year old niece stole my heart.......................

We did go up to the New York City Reservoir - it is so beautiful and desolate in the Catskill Mountains. We use to go there all the time when I was a kid visiting "The Country". We "were" stopped and asked what we were doing there - good. A person could put a hurtin' in NYC if they conaminated the water.

Other than that - I made the drive both ways without incident - I look forward to seeing everyone again soon. I may try and get the kids out here for a week or so before they start school.

Hope this finds everyone well.

g

Towncar T
July 27th, 2011, 03:47 PM
Back home - - - seems like the trip was sooooo long ago.....................

It was great re-connecting with my brother and his family - - my 13 year old niece stole my heart.......................

We did go up to the New York City Reservoir - it is so beautiful and desolate in the Catskill Mountains. We use to go there all the time when I was a kid visiting "The Country". We "were" stopped and asked what we were doing there - good. A person could put a hurtin' in NYC if they conaminated the water.

Other than that - I made the drive both ways without incident - I look forward to seeing everyone again soon. I may try and get the kids out here for a week or so before they start school.

Hope this finds everyone well.

g

Great news that the trip was a success. It's way too easy to lose touch. Well done you for re-connecting. :)

Jaxxgent
July 27th, 2011, 05:35 PM
Back home - - - seems like the trip was sooooo long ago.....................

It was great re-connecting with my brother and his family - - my 13 year old niece stole my heart.......................

We did go up to the New York City Reservoir - it is so beautiful and desolate in the Catskill Mountains. We use to go there all the time when I was a kid visiting "The Country". We "were" stopped and asked what we were doing there - good. A person could put a hurtin' in NYC if they conaminated the water.

Other than that - I made the drive both ways without incident - I look forward to seeing everyone again soon. I may try and get the kids out here for a week or so before they start school.

Hope this finds everyone well.

g

Sounds like it was fun! I wish I had more time off from both the day job and my business so I could spend a couple weeks back home and visit with family and friends I've lost touch with over the years. One of these days!

TerrY

TexCruise371
July 27th, 2011, 09:22 PM
Welcome home g....glad it was a good trip.:)

We just returned home today too. We saw a lot of rain and had a great time with friends and ate waaaayyyy too much food.

Hope everyone is well!:D

TerriDHair
July 27th, 2011, 09:35 PM
Back home - - - seems like the trip was sooooo long ago.....................

It was great re-connecting with my brother and his family - - my 13 year old niece stole my heart.......................

We did go up to the New York City Reservoir - it is so beautiful and desolate in the Catskill Mountains. We use to go there all the time when I was a kid visiting "The Country". We "were" stopped and asked what we were doing there - good. A person could put a hurtin' in NYC if they conaminated the water.

Other than that - I made the drive both ways without incident - I look forward to seeing everyone again soon. I may try and get the kids out here for a week or so before they start school.

Hope this finds everyone well.

g

Glad you made it home safely, g. Sounds like you really enjoyed the trip. :)

Welcome home g....glad it was a good trip.:)

We just returned home today too. We saw a lot of rain and had a great time with friends and ate waaaayyyy too much food.

Hope everyone is well!:D

Welcome home, B. Another successful road trip for one of the gang. Jeff would like to do more road trips but Jeff has a lead foot, lol. Maybe someday....

TexCruise371
July 27th, 2011, 10:25 PM
Chicago pics if you are interested:

http://community.webshots.com/album/580621880AnFsfF

Towncar T
July 28th, 2011, 02:50 AM
Sounds like it was fun! I wish I had more time off from both the day job and my business so I could spend a couple weeks back home and visit with family and friends I've lost touch with over the years. One of these days!

TerrY

One of these days it will be too late to say "One of these days". The best gift you can give anyone is your time. I'm just as guilty as anyone.:)

mamakaiz
July 28th, 2011, 08:26 AM
Back home - - - seems like the trip was sooooo long ago.....................

It was great re-connecting with my brother and his family - - my 13 year old niece stole my heart.......................

We did go up to the New York City Reservoir - it is so beautiful and desolate in the Catskill Mountains. We use to go there all the time when I was a kid visiting "The Country". We "were" stopped and asked what we were doing there - good. A person could put a hurtin' in NYC if they conaminated the water.

Other than that - I made the drive both ways without incident - I look forward to seeing everyone again soon. I may try and get the kids out here for a week or so before they start school.

Hope this finds everyone well.

gWelcome Home Glenn!! Sounds like you had a great time!

I'm so glad that I live "back home":)

Chicago pics if you are interested:

http://community.webshots.com/album/580621880AnFsfF

Welcome home Barry...great pictures!! Looks like you had fun in the big city!:)

We took a trip last night to the big city of Toledo, to watch the Mudhens lose to the Tide...oh well, we had fun!!:D

Towncar T
July 28th, 2011, 03:33 PM
I'm so glad that I live "back home":)


I'll second that emotion!:)

Jaxxgent
July 28th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Chicago pics if you are interested:

http://community.webshots.com/album/580621880AnFsfF

Welcome home! Great pics, brings back many memories. It's been ages since I've been to Chicago ... geez, guess it was back when I was in college, that was, what, maybe 10 yrs ago ... or so. :rolleyes:

TerrY

Jaxxgent
July 28th, 2011, 05:39 PM
I'm so glad that I live "back home":)

I love my family, really I do ... but, I couldn't live back home again. Not even sure I'd survive an extended visit! LOL

TerrY

ChicagoBarb
July 29th, 2011, 08:18 PM
Chicago pics if you are interested:

http://community.webshots.com/album/580621880AnFsfF

Great pictures. Nice to see what downtown looks like. Even though I have a Chicago address, I haven't been downtown in years! Hope you had a great time even with all of the rain we had this month.

mamakaiz
July 29th, 2011, 08:41 PM
Great pictures. Nice to see what downtown looks like. Even though I have a Chicago address, I haven't been downtown in years! Hope you had a great time even with all of the rain we had this month.Seeing those pictures makes me want to come and visit you Barb, lol :)

ChicagoBarb
July 30th, 2011, 09:22 AM
Seeing those pictures makes me want to come and visit you Barb, lol :)

Come on over. I'm just a bus and an El ride from downtown. Or an hour's drive during rush hour - about 25 minutes off rush hour. No pool for you to relax in after a day of sight seeing, but have this huge lake just east of me!

TexCruise371
July 30th, 2011, 09:43 AM
Great pictures. Nice to see what downtown looks like. Even though I have a Chicago address, I haven't been downtown in years! Hope you had a great time even with all of the rain we had this month.

Oh Barb.....it's been so long since we've seen what rain looks like that it may have been the best sight we saw! ;)

ChicagoBarb
July 30th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Back home - - - seems like the trip was sooooo long ago.....................

It was great re-connecting with my brother and his family - - my 13 year old niece stole my heart.......................

We did go up to the New York City Reservoir - it is so beautiful and desolate in the Catskill Mountains. We use to go there all the time when I was a kid visiting "The Country". We "were" stopped and asked what we were doing there - good. A person could put a hurtin' in NYC if they conaminated the water.

Other than that - I made the drive both ways without incident - I look forward to seeing everyone again soon. I may try and get the kids out here for a week or so before they start school.

Hope this finds everyone well.

g

Waiting to see your pictures of New York. I was there once about 50 years ago (how awful to be able to say that!) So long ago that I only remember the UN building and Statue of Liberty - and barely that!

ChicagoBarb
July 31st, 2011, 09:29 AM
Oh Barb.....it's been so long since we've seen what rain looks like that it may have been the best sight we saw! ;)

I've heard that you have had no rain down there. We had 11.15" in July - the month is now in the record books.

If you're looking to see rain again, come on up on Tuesday. They're predicting more "severe storms".

Just hope all of this stops come winter. Certainly would not enjoy 11.15" of precipitation in January! I think it's 10 inches of snow per 1" of rain.

newsier
August 9th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Chilly here today - 68 and breezy!

Compared to the 90 degrees, high humidity, and no breeze we have been experiencing for the past few weeks.................It is refreshing and a sign of Fall to come.

We also have been having rain bursts for the past few hours - also refreshing.

g

Towncar T
August 9th, 2011, 09:24 AM
Cooling somewhat here too. Mind you, it wasn't very warm to begin with. Just got back from Amsterdam. Love that place!

TerriDHair
August 9th, 2011, 07:39 PM
...was stressful. I need a cruise. It's all related to managers of another property who don't know what they're doing and wasted a bunch of my time trying to help them as they ended up deciding the knew best and didn't want to play it my way. Then Cruella (who made me "Occupancy Coordinator", which is a title with no money attached but lots of work) backed them up because she didn't want to hurt their feelings. Ugh. Well, I guess I'm going to have to settle for a steak dinner and a Cabernet instead a cruise today, lol.

Oh, and as for the weather, it's still hot and sunny, just the way we like it. :D

newsier
August 14th, 2011, 03:20 PM
You guys may have heard of the collapse of the Show Stage at our State Fair yesterday because of high winds before a thunder storm, well to get to the State Fair grounds, the strom has to pass over our house - here are a couple of pix I got off before I had to go inside:

http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/37647/2342557120028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2342557120028376034COqYxz)

http://inlinethumb21.webshots.com/46292/2634126320028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2634126320028376034OcFxSw)

http://inlinethumb64.webshots.com/18047/2550747150028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2550747150028376034AtwLds)

http://inlinethumb04.webshots.com/46851/2369793400028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2369793400028376034dmxgVr)
ALL CLEAR !!!!!!!!

The storm itself was no big deal - - - you get use to them in this part of the country - prepare - go inside - and hang-on!!

We were estatic there were no tornado warnings - - a pleasant change.

The Show Stage at the State Fair acted like a hang-glider as the wind came under it - lifted - and the rigging that holds the lights - roof - speakers - etc, fell.

What a shame - there was lose of life and a lot of injuries.

The featured act was Sugarland and I guess they have a section in the front rows of their shows called "Sugar-Pit", these unlucky fans got the worse of it.

Thought I'd share - - don't be afraid to say a prayer or two for these people if it's your thing..............

Thanks - - -

g

Jaxxgent
August 14th, 2011, 05:48 PM
You guys may have heard of the collapse of the Show Stage at our State Fair yesterday because of high winds before a thunder storm, well to get to the State Fair grounds, the strom has to pass over our house - here are a couple of pix I got off before I had to go inside:

...

Thought I'd share - - don't be afraid to say a prayer or two for these people if it's your thing..............

Thanks - - -

g

G, saw that on the news first thing this morning. Sorry there was loss of life and so many injuries. Being from not too far from there, I know how those storms can blow in, do their thing and then blow right back out, it can be frightening!

TerriDHair
August 14th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Very sad. I heard about it as soon as it happened as I have so many Indiana relatives as facebook friends. We've been watching the footage today and I can't imagine how scary it must've been for those who were there. And when I stopped watching last night the death toll was 3. One of the deaths was someone from our old stompin' ground, the Fort.

newsier
September 5th, 2011, 02:34 PM
I have never done an inaugural cruise.............anyone up for the Project Sunshine Inaugural cruise? I'd say Pre-Inaugural but I'm not sure I'd get invited to it - whatdayathink?

It's it suppose to come out in 2014, isn't it?

I have ribs in the smoker - another 4 hours or so and they'll be ready - we put a piece of beef in there also.............not sure what cut - Angie prepped it and said to put it in - I said "Yes dear!" A happy wife is a happy life...........

g

Towncar T
September 5th, 2011, 03:51 PM
I have never done an inaugural cruise.............anyone up for the Project Sunshine Inaugural cruise? I'd say Pre-Inaugural but I'm not sure I'd get invited to it - whatdayathink?

It's it suppose to come out in 2014, isn't it?

I have ribs in the smoker - another 4 hours or so and they'll be ready - we put a piece of beef in there also.............not sure what cut - Angie prepped it and said to put it in - I said "Yes dear!" A happy wife is a happy life...........

g

I have no freakin' idea what project sunshine is, but if it involves sunshine and a cruise then I guess my missus will be up for it. Glenn, you are now officially elected as team leader for our group. Get the details and we'll go from there. You know it makes sense, Private Pyle!!;)

newsier
September 5th, 2011, 05:36 PM
I have no freakin' idea what project sunshine is, but if it involves sunshine and a cruise then I guess my missus will be up for it. Glenn, you are now officially elected as team leader for our group. Get the details and we'll go from there. You know it makes sense, Private Pyle!!;)

Shazaam - do I get to carry a flag? Do I get to buy all the cheap **** to give away?

Project Sunshine is the next class of ships RCCL is coming out with. It is suppose to between Freedom Class and Oasis Class and have the best of both classes.

I'll keep my eye out, TerrY, you would probably find out "stuff" before I would, so any help wuld be nice.

How does everyone else feel about this?

Thanks for your inspirational words Tom,

g

mamakaiz
September 5th, 2011, 05:40 PM
I have never done an inaugural cruise.............anyone up for the Project Sunshine Inaugural cruise? I'd say Pre-Inaugural but I'm not sure I'd get invited to it - whatdayathink?

It's it suppose to come out in 2014, isn't it?

I have ribs in the smoker - another 4 hours or so and they'll be ready - we put a piece of beef in there also.............not sure what cut - Angie prepped it and said to put it in - I said "Yes dear!" A happy wife is a happy life...........

gI'll have to consult the boss on this one, lol. We, also had some charred mammal flesh in the smoker this weekend....pork butt....actually, when Bill texted me at work about what we were smoking, the text said..."I recieved ghetto butt..."!! I replied "WTH is ghetto butt?".....he texted me back, saying "damn auto correct...that was a RECIPE for PORK butt"! lmao:o;):D

I have no freakin' idea what project sunshine is, but if it involves sunshine and a cruise then I guess my missus will be up for it. Glenn, you are now officially elected as team leader for our group. Get the details and we'll go from there. You know it makes sense, Private Pyle!!;)Shall we call him Gomer?;)

TerriDHair
September 5th, 2011, 07:22 PM
Depending on the date, price, and itinerary, I'm interested. :) I am sure we'll try it within the first year of launch, either way.

Pork shoulder in the crock pot here, but the chef forgot to put it in early enough so we're having that tomorrow. Today we went to plan B: steaks on the grill. :)

TexCruise371
September 5th, 2011, 09:44 PM
Sure....why not!

Towncar T
September 6th, 2011, 02:56 AM
Shall we call him Gomer?;)

I think we'll stick with Cap'n Tony for now, but if he screws up, then it's Gomer!!!:D

I wanna be your drill instructor!!:cool:

Jaxxgent
September 6th, 2011, 05:09 AM
Shazaam - do I get to carry a flag? Do I get to buy all the cheap **** to give away?

Project Sunshine is the next class of ships RCCL is coming out with. It is suppose to between Freedom Class and Oasis Class and have the best of both classes.

I'll keep my eye out, TerrY, you would probably find out "stuff" before I would, so any help wuld be nice.

How does everyone else feel about this?

Thanks for your inspirational words Tom,

g

Sure, I'll keep my eyes, and ears, open and let ya'll know when I learn anything about it!

ChicagoBarb
September 11th, 2011, 08:52 PM
Works for me if the dates are good. Just my luck it will be sometime in April or September.

newsier
September 15th, 2011, 10:34 AM
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE,
SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

Observations on Growing Older:

~Your kids are becoming you...
And you don't like them...
But your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good...
Coming home is better!

~When people say you look "Great"...
They add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount, you paid full price.
Now you get discounts on everything... Movies, hotels, flights,
But you're too tired to use them.

~You forget names....
But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance
of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything....
Especially golf.

~Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you
really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

~Your spouse sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he
or she does in bed. It's called their "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said,
"Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?
Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married"...
Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF"
switch..

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem were unheard of, and a mouse was
something that made you climb on a table.

~You tend to use more 4 letter words ...
"what?"..."when?"... ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewellery, it's not safe to wear it
anywhere.

~Your husband/wife has a night out with the guys or gals but is home by
9:00 P.M. Next week it will be 8:30 P.M.

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that your spouse has retired ...
You'd give anything if he/she would find a job!

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ...
2 of which you will never wear.

~~~~But old is good in some things:
Old songs,
Old movies,
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Jaxxgent
September 15th, 2011, 05:26 PM
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE,
SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.


I like it! Even at my tender, young age :rolleyes: I can appreciate most of those observations! LOL

mamakaiz
September 15th, 2011, 05:31 PM
I like it! Even at my tender, young age :rolleyes: I can appreciate most of those observations! LOLDitto here...loved it!!!:D

Lee & Melissa
September 15th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Ditto here...loved it!!!:D

Loved it G. Thanks :D

TerriDHair
September 15th, 2011, 07:42 PM
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,
YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE,
SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.


~~~~But old is good in some things:
Old songs,
Old movies,
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

These parts make sense but I don't get the rest. :confused: :confused:;):rolleyes:

billsrobb
September 15th, 2011, 07:47 PM
These parts make sense but I don't get the rest. :confused: :confused:;):rolleyes:


How come you are not posting on AZ cruisers boards?

Saw Rich over labor Day weekend.

TerriDHair
September 15th, 2011, 10:53 PM
How come you are not posting on AZ cruisers boards?

Saw Rich over labor Day weekend.

Hi, Robb! Tell Rich hello for me, please, I hope he is doing well. :) I will try to stop in at the AZ board this weekend. I have fallen behind on all my threads, and the AZ board is very fast moving so I guess I just gave it up for a bit. Oh, and to be honest, I'm a bit squeamish and there seemed to be a lot of "medical" chat there. That's just me, I know. I'll pop in, though!

billsrobb
September 16th, 2011, 08:42 AM
Hi, Robb! Tell Rich hello for me, please, I hope he is doing well. :) I will try to stop in at the AZ board this weekend. I have fallen behind on all my threads, and the AZ board is very fast moving so I guess I just gave it up for a bit. Oh, and to be honest, I'm a bit squeamish and there seemed to be a lot of "medical" chat there. That's just me, I know. I'll pop in, though!


I will pass along your greetings to Rich. He is doing just fine. We and his brother from Houston are going on a cruise together Oct 28th out of Galveston.

I understand your comment about lots of medical talk on the AZ boards.

ChicagoBarb
September 22nd, 2011, 08:11 PM
I was talking to Mom when she mentioned something about people missing from cruise ships. She heard on the news that 13 people have disappeared this year alone. So in my search for the story - which I didn't find - I found this!

So be careful out there...........................

http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/38653/aliens-abducting-cruise-ship-passengers/

newsier
September 22nd, 2011, 08:42 PM
I was talking to Mom when she mentioned something about people missing from cruise ships. She heard on the news that 13 people have disappeared this year alone. So in my search for the story - which I didn't find - I found this!

So be careful out there...........................

http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/38653/aliens-abducting-cruise-ship-passengers/

I don't think anyone is goin' to Aruba...................just sayin'

g

Towncar T
September 27th, 2011, 03:12 AM
I already told Barb she'll be safe. Those alien rays can't penetrate all the way into the casino!!:D

newsier
October 4th, 2011, 09:47 AM
I hope this finds everyone having a great day - I am a tutor/mentor in one of our Elementry schools - today I go meet my young man I'll have for this school year.............ir's sad when the school officials tell me he needs more of a man figure than tutoring - but I do my best. I generally get more out of doing this than the kids I have assigned to me!

Then this Saturday I go to the Indianapolis Zoo and get my mascot training - yup - I'll be one of those big furry animals chasing you - this is on my bucket list - I hope my back can take the long hours of standing!! I know I'll have fun!!

g

Towncar T
October 4th, 2011, 10:07 AM
Then this Saturday I go to the Indianapolis Zoo and get my mascot training - yup - I'll be one of those big furry animals chasing you - this is on my bucket list - I hope my back can take the long hours of standing!! I know I'll have fun!!

g

This I gotta see!!!

Post pics!:D

PS. Well done with the mentoring thing.:)

mamakaiz
October 4th, 2011, 02:51 PM
I hope this finds everyone having a great day - I am a tutor/mentor in one of our Elementry schools - today I go meet my young man I'll have for this school year.............ir's sad when the school officials tell me he needs more of a man figure than tutoring - but I do my best. I generally get more out of doing this than the kids I have assigned to me!

Then this Saturday I go to the Indianapolis Zoo and get my mascot training - yup - I'll be one of those big furry animals chasing you - this is on my bucket list - I hope my back can take the long hours of standing!! I know I'll have fun!!

gAwesome!!:D I want to see some pictures of the mascot uniform too....PALEEZE!:)

We are less than 3 weeks til our next cruise, YIPPEE. But, I've had to scramble to find clothes that fit, as I have been on the Dukan diet, and now all my cruise clothes hang on me like a feed sack!! All my "skinny" clothes that were tucked away in my closet, are too big for me. Losing weight is expensive, LOL!;):D Thanks for introducing me to Dukan, Tom!!:)

newsier
October 4th, 2011, 05:20 PM
That's great! Now you'll have skinny clothes and skinny-skinny clothes. I was on the Dukan Do-Nut diet but never had to worry about "skinny-skinny" clothes - it was probably the mokeyado coffee I was drinking - !

My visit with my "kid", Novyn, went very well today. I even got an email from the teacher saying how well it went. He is a little boy with confidence issues, he has been abandoned by his parents and lives with his Great Grandmother - the school told me he needs a positive male role model. I hope I can furnish this - someone please check behind the school for me, see if there's a tree so I can teach him how to pee on it - thanks!

I do not have any cruise remorse for not going on your cruise (remember I had the cabin right next to you) - I do regret not seeing my cruise family that I have seen annually, sometimes a couple times per year, for the last few years. Take pictures!!!!

I look forward to all the stories and please, someone check out a Sandals - I think it might be something we all would enjoy.

g

Oh - as far as the picture - I am suppose to do a book fair at e school I mentor in, I should be able to get a pix then.

TerriDHair
October 5th, 2011, 10:28 PM
That's great! Now you'll have skinny clothes and skinny-skinny clothes. I was on the Dukan Do-Nut diet but never had to worry about "skinny-skinny" clothes - it was probably the mokeyado coffee I was drinking - !

My visit with my "kid", Novyn, went very well today. I even got an email from the teacher saying how well it went. He is a little boy with confidence issues, he has been abandoned by his parents and lives with his Great Grandmother - the school told me he needs a positive male role model. I hope I can furnish this - someone please check behind the school for me, see if there's a tree so I can teach him how to pee on it - thanks!

I do not have any cruise remorse for not going on your cruise (remember I had the cabin right next to you) - I do regret not seeing my cruise family that I have seen annually, sometimes a couple times per year, for the last few years. Take pictures!!!!

I look forward to all the stories and please, someone check out a Sandals - I think it might be something we all would enjoy.

g

Oh - as far as the picture - I am suppose to do a book fair at e school I mentor in, I should be able to get a pix then.

I am so glad your first day with Novyn went well. Sounds like he has had a hard time already in life. Very funny about the peeing lessons, lol.

No new clothes needed here, but the ones I have fit a lot better due to P90x workouts. I'm actually bigger in some spots (left arm and right arm, lol), and twice in the past five days pushed myself out of the pool onto the fountain and climbed it, after which I did the "required" cannonball. I keep meaning to get to the mall to buy new clothes anyhow, before there is nothing there but parkas and pants, but I haven't had time.

I do have a bit of remorse over canceling Serenade and also want PICTURES, lol. But the shorter flight and extra port day on Freedom was the right decision for us, so that's that. 11 days until blast off. :)

Speaking of cruises....ugh. Our boss (Cruella) was in town today. She visited our office and was talking about the group trips we took some years ago (the worst days of my life, btw) and how much fun they were. She said we need to do a trip again but that, "I know if I plan it Jeff and Terri won't go, so I realized that they should plan it. How about if you plan a CRUISE for us all to go on together?" :eek::eek::eek: I DON'T THINK SO! For one, traveling with her is awful. She is a control freak and everything has to be her way. For two, she doesn't know we smoke or drink, or pretty much anything else about our personal, away from work selves. For three...well, the list could go on and on, but needless to say, I have been stressed all day. I can't take another trip of any sort with her, ESPECIALLY not a cruise. The past trips were 3 days long and awful...I can only imagine a 7 day cruise. I think she got the gist from the pale pallor that came over my face, though, lol. Jeff was (and I'm going to get him for this) telling her how fun HALLOWEEN cruises were! I had to tell him later that we're booked on one in 2012 (along with cousin g) and THEY are NOT invited!

Ok, I think I need to make a cocktail now, lol. And maybe have a smoke. :)

newsier
October 6th, 2011, 10:38 AM
Speaking of cruises....ugh. Our boss (Cruella) was in town today. She visited our office and was talking about the group trips we took some years ago (the worst days of my life, btw) and how much fun they were. She said we need to do a trip again but that, "I know if I plan it Jeff and Terri won't go, so I realized that they should plan it. How about if you plan a CRUISE for us all to go on together?" :eek::eek::eek: I DON'T THINK SO! For one, traveling with her is awful. She is a control freak and everything has to be her way. For two, she doesn't know we smoke or drink, or pretty much anything else about our personal, away from work selves. For three...well, the list could go on and on, but needless to say, I have been stressed all day. I can't take another trip of any sort with her, ESPECIALLY not a cruise. The past trips were 3 days long and awful...I can only imagine a 7 day cruise. I think she got the gist from the pale pallor that came over my face, though, lol. Jeff was (and I'm going to get him for this) telling her how fun HALLOWEEN cruises were! I had to tell him later that we're booked on one in 2012 (along with cousin g) and THEY are NOT invited!

Ok, I think I need to make a cocktail now, lol. And maybe have a smoke. :)

Man - - I feel for ya.................they do have 3 days cruises you know.......LOL!

If she is a control freak and wants to cruise because it's the only way to get you and J on a trip - YOU book the trip and make up the daily itinerary - up at 11AM - skip lunch - sun till dinner - CL opps she can't go - meet up at dinner - disco till dawn. Insist you do the daily planner - it will probably be the last time you're asked.

Now smokin' and drinkin' - hmmmmmm I wore a uniform 30 years to protect your freedoms - a couple of those freedoms was smokin' and drinkin' as long it is don legally.

Why do you care if she sees you enjoying yourself. Is it against company policy?

My last boss at Customs was a real doozy too. At my annual review, 5 months before I retired, she mentioned she heard I didn't think she could supervise? WOW - thank you for the invite!!!!!! I told her she couldn't, she had no supervisory skills, the office was a mess, a hostile atmosphere, during my review month 5 people left to get away from her - all taking lower graded US gov jobs, I made sure I told her that and they weren't leaving to be closer to home - then I told her if she worked for me I would have relived her a long time ago!! Then I asked, "Any questions?" I know she was taken aback - you could see the shock in her face (priceless). But I must admit - she recovered quick and said the people that were leaving were worthless - classic of a person that has no supervision skills - no ownership. She hired a girl against my advice, she said the girl was fully qualified and would get to the office and go to work immediately without any training!! Next thing I know the girl is being assigned to an empty cube by me and I'm told to train her. What??? After a couple weeks I was called into the supervisors office and I was spoke to about her poor state of readiness to do the job. I looked at the supervisor, spelled out all the training I gave her and then smiled and asked why she thought this girl was qualified? The youung lady was clearly in over her head.

So for all you wanna-be supervisors out there - never ask a person who is about to retire why they don't think you are a good supervisor and never ask a retired Army Sergeant Major about their supervision skills!!! LOL

Epilog - - this woman was relived from her supervisors post a couple months after I retired - go figure. Now they have a great guy in there - a qualified supervisor and I'm glad to report he is turning the office around!

The Army kept sending me to leadership schools and academies each higher the rank I achieved - best traing in the world!

g

newsier
October 6th, 2011, 03:07 PM
AND THAT’S WHEN THE FIGHT STARTED!
1) One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift...The next year, I didn't buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" And that's when the fight started.....
2) My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?' 'No,' she answered. I then said, 'Is that your final answer?' She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..' So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend." And that's when the fight started...
3) I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. "I'll have the rump steak, rare, please." He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?" "Nah, she can order for herself." And that's when the fight started.....
4) My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table. I asked her, "Do you know him?" "Yes", she sighed, "He's my old boyfriend.... I understand he took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn't been sober since." "My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?" And then when the fight started...
5) When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer.. Always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house.. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway." And that’s when the fight started... p.s. The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.
6) My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, "What's on TV?" I said, "Dust." And that’s when the fight started...
7) Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible." My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?" And that's when the fight started...
8) My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds." I bought her a bathroom scale. And that’s when the fight started......
9) After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application.. When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office... She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.' And that’s when the fight started..
10) My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to me, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.' I replied, "Your eyesight's almost perfect." And that’s when the fight started........
We are not promised one more day here on Earth, so make the most of every day and make a difference. ~Author Unknown

Jaxxgent
October 6th, 2011, 05:41 PM
AND THAT’S WHEN THE FIGHT STARTED! ...


G, those were priceless! I'm still laughing! LOL

Towncar T
October 6th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Too much time on your hands, Nultz!:D

newsier
October 6th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Too much time on your hands, Nultz!:D

Wellllllllll - - - - everyday is Saturday here in the Swaller................

g

TerriDHair
October 6th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Man - - I feel for ya.................they do have 3 days cruises you know.......LOL!

If she is a control freak and wants to cruise because it's the only way to get you and J on a trip - YOU book the trip and make up the daily itinerary - up at 11AM - skip lunch - sun till dinner - CL opps she can't go - meet up at dinner - disco till dawn. Insist you do the daily planner - it will probably be the last time you're asked.

Now smokin' and drinkin' - hmmmmmm I wore a uniform 30 years to protect your freedoms - a couple of those freedoms was smokin' and drinkin' as long it is don legally.

Why do you care if she sees you enjoying yourself. Is it against company policy?

My last boss at Customs was a real doozy too. At my annual review, 5 months before I retired, she mentioned she heard I didn't think she could supervise? WOW - thank you for the invite!!!!!! I told her she couldn't, she had no supervisory skills, the office was a mess, a hostile atmosphere, during my review month 5 people left to get away from her - all taking lower graded US gov jobs, I made sure I told her that and they weren't leaving to be closer to home - then I told her if she worked for me I would have relived her a long time ago!! Then I asked, "Any questions?" I know she was taken aback - you could see the shock in her face (priceless). But I must admit - she recovered quick and said the people that were leaving were worthless - classic of a person that has no supervision skills - no ownership. She hired a girl against my advice, she said the girl was fully qualified and would get to the office and go to work immediately without any training!! Next thing I know the girl is being assigned to an empty cube by me and I'm told to train her. What??? After a couple weeks I was called into the supervisors office and I was spoke to about her poor state of readiness to do the job. I looked at the supervisor, spelled out all the training I gave her and then smiled and asked why she thought this girl was qualified? The youung lady was clearly in over her head.

So for all you wanna-be supervisors out there - never ask a person who is about to retire why they don't think you are a good supervisor and never ask a retired Army Sergeant Major about their supervision skills!!! LOL

Epilog - - this woman was relived from her supervisors post a couple months after I retired - go figure. Now they have a great guy in there - a qualified supervisor and I'm glad to report he is turning the office around!

The Army kept sending me to leadership schools and academies each higher the rank I achieved - best traing in the world!

g

g, I love your account about dealing with that "supervisor". You told her 'like it was" with no hesitation, and of course you were in the right anyhow, which I'm sure made it easy. When yer right, yer right! And knowing you were retiring soon couldn't have been a bad thing, either. ;)

LOL, I love your idea about us planning the trip and controlling the daily itinerary. Then SHE would never want to travel with US again! We don't roll the way she does and vice versa, but she doesn't understand that.

I agree with you about you and so many serving so we could have the freedoms we have, including legal vices! Having fun is not against company policy, so long as it's Cruella's definition of "fun". Over the years she has been known to say such things as "that occurred because he drinks", "I should pay the smokers less than the smokers", etc. She also once put out a memo entitled "Life in a Fish Bowl", which told all managers that since they were on call at all times that if they had a drink they must be sure to limit it to one.

Jeff and I have survived under her employ for so many years because we DO keep our private lives private from her (and because she is only here a couple of times a year, lol). It works well that we do a good job working for her company and she pretty much leaves us alone...I don't want to re-open the door that leads to group travel. It has been 14 or so years since the last one, but I remember it like it was yesterday. :eek: I think she gets idea that we're not interested, thank goodness. Back in the early days we didn't know how to say no, but over the years we've gained a reputation as being "reclusive". I'm sure everyone here can see that! HAHAHAHAHA! ;)

newsier
October 14th, 2011, 10:25 AM
These are of the Lion Mascot for the Indianapolis Zoo - he is Kiburi and has a lot of fun with the kids............

http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/49453/2695954490028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2695954490028376034KWOZOg)

http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/47449/2550507630028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2550507630028376034FuzlID)

http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/36269/2980190430028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2980190430028376034qEOYeb)

http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/19974/2272325720028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2272325720028376034WReyMO)

I had fun - I hope the kids did!

g

mamakaiz
October 14th, 2011, 04:27 PM
These are of the Lion Mascot for the Indianapolis Zoo - he is Kiburi and has a lot of fun with the kids............

http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/49453/2695954490028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2695954490028376034KWOZOg)

http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/47449/2550507630028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2550507630028376034FuzlID)

http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/36269/2980190430028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2980190430028376034qEOYeb)

http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/19974/2272325720028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2272325720028376034WReyMO)

I had fun - I hope the kids did!

gLOL...looks great G. I'm sure the kids (and you) had fun ;):D

Lee & Melissa
October 14th, 2011, 08:52 PM
I wouldn't be the least be surprised if one day I start seeing post from a long lost cousin named Kiburi lol

Towncar T
October 15th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Scary. Just scary!:eek:

Vettebuf
October 24th, 2011, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the invite to this thread, Glenn.

You just wanted to add another corvette lover to the group, didnja? Remember I told you that we sold my corvette to a friend last year - Frank could no longer get down that low and the car kept stalling out? I had it in to the dealer twice and they told me it would cost a fortune to fix. Well, it was a recall item that I never received three or four years ago. The dealer wouldn't fix it for my friend without charging but, at the low price that I sold it to him for and the 2K to fix it, let's just say he got the bargain of the century!

I'm driving a red 2010 Caddy SRX now and like it just fine except for a harness for the headlight that needed replacing (under warranty, TG). However, to get inside the Cadillac service area, I have to walk past all these nice pretty vettes. You're right, I could get a new one for around $52K. I'm the only driver in the house now so it wouldn't make sense, would it? Would it? Let's see, buy a new vette or retire in the near future. Hmmmmmmmm.

newsier
October 25th, 2011, 06:53 AM
Thanks for the invite to this thread, Glenn.

You just wanted to add another corvette lover to the group, didnja? Remember I told you that we sold my corvette to a friend last year - Frank could no longer get down that low and the car kept stalling out? I had it in to the dealer twice and they told me it would cost a fortune to fix. Well, it was a recall item that I never received three or four years ago. The dealer wouldn't fix it for my friend without charging but, at the low price that I sold it to him for and the 2K to fix it, let's just say he got the bargain of the century!

I'm driving a red 2010 Caddy SRX now and like it just fine except for a harness for the headlight that needed replacing (under warranty, TG). However, to get inside the Cadillac service area, I have to walk past all these nice pretty vettes. You're right, I could get a new one for around $52K. I'm the only driver in the house now so it wouldn't make sense, would it? Would it? Let's see, buy a new vette or retire in the near future. Hmmmmmmmm.

Glad you found this...................this Forum is for friends to talk without the hinderance of a cruse attached to it, so please subscribe to the forum and you will see any new thread that may come along.

I still have the vette and I went and bought a 2010 Camaro as a retirement present to myself - then I retired last April. I was a little scared to retire as I think a lot of people are - but it is great! So whenever you can - retire!!

How is Italy? One of our stops someday. Now that we are both retired we want to get off the ships ( last year we took 5 cruises) and travel around in our sports cars and see America - we have made many friends across this land of ours and we want to hit the hiways and byways.

We also want to travel overseas - the same as in the States - we have made good friends "over-there" and will travel someday to see them.

Of course we will do the occasional cruise as we have a great cruise family we have sailed with over the years, some starting back I believe in 2004! Isn't that when we sailed with you and Frank? Where does the time go?

Do you guys still have the place in Ocean City? How did it fair with Irene? I hope well!

I see you have been steady Carnival sailors. Carnival was our first love and you never forget your first love - do you!

How are the loyalty amenities? We are now Diamond Plus on Royal..............we enjoy their ships, the ships are becoming hotels and not ships anymore - we did b2bs on the Oasis this time last year - impressive, very impressive - but you had to look for the ocean.

Here is my email: gnulty@comcast.net, please drop a line once in awhile as well on posting on here.

Hi to Frank - enjoy the rest of your cruise.............talk atcha soon!

g

TerriDHair
October 27th, 2011, 02:53 PM
These are of the Lion Mascot for the Indianapolis Zoo - he is Kiburi and has a lot of fun with the kids............

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http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/19974/2272325720028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2272325720028376034WReyMO)

I had fun - I hope the kids did!

g

I'm sure the kids loved it! Looks like a lot of fun. How often do you go?

newsier
November 11th, 2011, 08:36 AM
Lets all remember in your own way the troops of the free world who are in harm's way today all over the globe.............

The Origins of Veterans day

Too young for World War I and too old for World War II, Alvin King never served in the U.S. Armed Forces. He was a cobbler. But he was a cobbler in Emporia, Kan., in the patriotic heart of America, where honor for those who’ve served runs deep as the roots of the oaks and sycamores that line the city streets.

King knew just about everyone in Lyon County. He paid especially close attention to those with Blue Star Banners in their windows. “He was just a small-town businessman who had a deep interest in the guys going in,” said Lee Stolfus, adjutant of Emporia’s American Legion Post 5. “He knew them all personally, and their parents.”

King fixed shoes free of charge for those lacking the money to pay, including war orphans and widows. He played Santa Claus for schoolchildren, assembled care packages for troops overseas and served actively in the American War Dads.

But his community spirit ultimately reached far beyond Emporia. He is credited with giving us Veterans Day.

World War II and the Korean War had claimed the lives of more than 100 sons of Lyon County by 1953. Among them was Medal-of-Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Grant Timmerman, a tank commander who gave his life shielding his men from a live grenade. And there was King’s nephew, Pvt. John Cooper – killed instantly in Germany, from a **** artillery shell, just before Christmas 1944.

Armistice Day – established in 1938 to recognize the end of World War I – did not sufficiently honor all who fought afterward, say King and his fellow Emporians. So, for Nov. 11, 1953, they decided to overhaul the observance into an “All Veterans Day.” King would be chairman.

A parade was the central feature. Marching along Commercial Street were a Marine Corps color guard, an American Legion bugle corps, troops from the 137th Infantry, a Naval Reserve unit, recruiters, high-school bands, Army mothers, Navy mothers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, baton twirlers and veterans from all 20th century wars thus far. Marine fighter planes swooped and soared. Whistles and sirens howled until 11 a.m. when a moment of prayer was observed for the peace that came in 1918. Then it was off to the civic auditorium for a free meal, served in GI chow-line style, followed by a wheelchair basketball game, a free movie, a smoker and a dance.

Kansas Gov. Edward F. Arn attended and said, “This is a wonderful thing. It should be done in every city of the nation.”

And so, the following spring, U.S. Rep. Ed Rees of Emporia, introduced legislation in Congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day for all of America.

On Oct. 8, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation that stated: “On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”

Glenn Nulty
Sergreant Major (Retired)
US Army

newsier
December 9th, 2011, 07:12 AM
What's everyone up too?

T &J are heading to a cruise - I think in the future, we may try a December cruise.

We were suppose to get snow - hit north of us - looks like C & B may have got hit.

Our house is decorated, inside and out................going to be the coldest temps tonight since last February - but it will be back in the 50s next week. Talk about cold and flu season Hahahahahaha

What's going on in your world ?

g

mamakaiz
December 9th, 2011, 12:54 PM
What's everyone up too?

T &J are heading to a cruise - I think in the future, we may try a December cruise.

We were suppose to get snow - hit north of us - looks like C & B may have got hit.

Our house is decorated, inside and out................going to be the coldest temps tonight since last February - but it will be back in the 50s next week. Talk about cold and flu season Hahahahahaha

What's going on in your world ?

gYup, C & B got it...about an inch and a half...it's all good, because it's my weekend off!!!;):D

No decorating here yet, haven't even started my Christmas shopping, nor have I made out the Christmas cards. With being so busy at work, it is very hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit, it happens to me every year....it seems to be getting worse. The ONLY reason I even make an effort, is for my granddaughters...they get soooo excited when we decorate and bake cookies, and such.

Going to try to dig out the decorations today, once I get going, it'll get me in the mood, I hope, LOL ;):)

Towncar T
December 9th, 2011, 03:54 PM
What's everyone up too?

T &J are heading to a cruise - I think in the future, we may try a December cruise.

We were suppose to get snow - hit north of us - looks like C & B may have got hit.

Our house is decorated, inside and out................going to be the coldest temps tonight since last February - but it will be back in the 50s next week. Talk about cold and flu season Hahahahahaha

What's going on in your world ?

g

Well the only cruising that THIS T&J are doing is cruising the Strip, VEGAS STYLE!! Heading over to Nevada a week from today. In between then and now I'm working hard on the new business looking to find a route into the US market. The potential for us is huge, as we can bring a superior product to market at a lower cost than we currently see out there. Plus, many of our products are unique to us, as we design them ourselves. Celebs like Kim Kardashian and Nicole Scherzinger wear them (without being paid).

Weather is too wet and cold for golf at the minute, so I'm keeping my swing going on the covered driving range. Still makes the hands sting when one comes off the toe of the club. Ouch!!

Still smiling though:)

Jaxxgent
December 10th, 2011, 05:47 AM
Not much new here. I'm about 85% done with my holiday shopping. I hope to finalize the shopping today and get everything wrapped before Rick gets home from work later this afternoon.

Rick got the tree put up and decorated out in the family room last weekend, it always looks beautiful. The color theme this year is red & gold. I used to try to help decorate the tree, but I gave up on that early on after we moved in together, he's too, too ... Rick!! LOL Didn't matter what ornament I placed or where, he had to move it to his liking. I have seen him literally use the width of his hand to measure the distance between each hung ornament, with different ornaments alternating so there is a pattern, and then re-arrange those that didn't meet the distance parameters. And on a tree that's decorated like that, with each ornament perfectly placed, if you move one, well, it's a domino effect - takes him hours to finalize it. LOL I decided I wasn't going to waste my time if he's going to re-do it, so I let him have at it on his own each year, less frustrating for both of us! LOL

Mom seems to be doing very well; she is basically back to her old self, mentally and emotionally, she just doesn't seem to have any recollection of that period of months when he meds were so screwed up. She's up and about and coming and going on her own again, even driving. She keeps asking if I'm coming home for the holidays, but I can't this year. Between the day job and the business, just can't get the time to go, unfortunately. (Besides, too darn cold up there for this Floridian! LOL)

Bill & Cindy, mom asks about you often and says to tell you hello! Now that she is doing so much better I'm going to see if I can get her down here for a short cruise this next year. Might do the Carnival Fascination out of Jax since it's so convenient, port is only 15 minutes from our house and won’t have to pay for parking!

Dad is his usual grouchy self, it seems. He's crippled over and can't walk about half the time, according to my sister. He has needed back surgery for years now, but refuses to have it done. Stubborn as a mule, that one is!

My dental surgery was 3 weeks ago yesterday, and I'm just now finally able to eat soft items on that side of my mouth, but nothing that requires serious chewing yet. Damn, I have never been through anything like this before. And they want to do bone & tissue grafts and then implants/crowns after this? I don't think so!! I see dentures in my future at some point in the next few years! LOL

Ya’ll have a great weekend!

TerrY

mamakaiz
December 10th, 2011, 07:04 AM
Terry, Tell your mom we said "HI" and that I often think about her. Glad to hear she is getting better, and more independent again. Sorry to hear that it's taking so long to recover from the dental procedures, that stinks...but at least you have lost weight during the Holidays...not many people can claim that!!;):)

So funny about Rick and the way he likes his ornaments...it would drive him crazy to see ours....it's not up yet, but we plan on doing that this weekend, and I will let Becca and Gretchen decorate it...and since they are short, most of the ornaments will be clustered near the bottom and probably all in one spot. When you become a grandparent, you learn to not re-do everything they do, it's much easier that way!!LOL;):D

TerriDHair
December 10th, 2011, 10:11 AM
I am in the Ft. Lauderdale Embassy Suites, thinking of when we were here with the Oasis gang. :) Had a fun night last night and looking forward to 8 more on the Navigator! This is our 1st December cruise and I am hooked alreadly. It forced us to get ALL of our Christmas stuff done early and it feels great! Cards mailed, gifts bought and wrapped and shipped, decorations us...it's great! And it's nice and warm in FL, unlike the 40's we left yesterday morning.

Time to shower and head to the ship!

Jaxxgent
December 10th, 2011, 02:06 PM
I am in the Ft. Lauderdale Embassy Suites, thinking of when we were here with the Oasis gang. :) Had a fun night last night and looking forward to 8 more on the Navigator! This is our 1st December cruise and I am hooked alreadly. It forced us to get ALL of our Christmas stuff done early and it feels great! Cards mailed, gifts bought and wrapped and shipped, decorations us...it's great! And it's nice and warm in FL, unlike the 40's we left yesterday morning.

Time to shower and head to the ship!

Have fun!!!

TerrY

TexCruise371
December 11th, 2011, 07:59 PM
We've been on a pretty busy schedule at work and socially. Corvette club Christmas party was last week end. Thursday, I had Lasik surgery on both eyes :D.....Love it! But with that, we've been to Amarillo 4 days in a row with Lisa's dad's Dr appt, 2 days for my Lasik and last night for a party at some friends house....stayed up until 3 am visiting and then spent the night there before driving home today.

We too are heading to Vegas on Friday. It happens to be about halfway to San Fran so, our youngest and her fiance are meeting us there for our Christmas with them since she has to work (she's a RN) through Christmas. We'll return home Monday.

OH...and best of all.....we booked a 15 day Panama canal cruise for Jan 18, 2013 on Celebrity Century. Ya'll might as well jump on!


Hope all have a great week! ;)

mamakaiz
December 12th, 2011, 07:34 PM
We've been on a pretty busy schedule at work and socially. Corvette club Christmas party was last week end. Thursday, I had Lasik surgery on both eyes :D.....Love it! But with that, we've been to Amarillo 4 days in a row with Lisa's dad's Dr appt, 2 days for my Lasik and last night for a party at some friends house....stayed up until 3 am visiting and then spent the night there before driving home today.

We too are heading to Vegas on Friday. It happens to be about halfway to San Fran so, our youngest and her fiance are meeting us there for our Christmas with them since she has to work (she's a RN) through Christmas. We'll return home Monday.

OH...and best of all.....we booked a 15 day Panama canal cruise for Jan 18, 2013 on Celebrity Century. Ya'll might as well jump on!


Hope all have a great week! ;)Congrats on the Lasik Barry...what took you so long?!! ;) I love it, I had mine on my birthday in 2003, wish I had done it sooner!:D

Ohhhh, 15 day Panama, it's tempting!:eek:

Towncar T
December 13th, 2011, 11:00 AM
We've been on a pretty busy schedule at

We too are heading to Vegas on Friday. It happens to be about halfway to San Fran so, our youngest and her fiance are meeting us there for our Christmas with them since she has to work (she's a RN) through Christmas. We'll return home Monday.


So we'll be in Vegas at the same time. We arrive Saturday and return home the following Thursday. Where are you staying? We're at the Venetian.:)

mamakaiz
December 13th, 2011, 07:05 PM
So we'll be in Vegas at the same time. We arrive Saturday and return home the following Thursday. Where are you staying? We're at the Venetian.:)OK, now I feel left out. Have fun, Barry & Lisa, Tom & June!!:D

newsier
December 14th, 2011, 07:54 AM
OK, now I feel left out. Have fun, Barry & Lisa, Tom & June!!:D

Yup - you guys have fun!

And for our UK friends - please don't flush about an hour after you cross the east coast - we are having enough rain - we do not need any of the blue rain on top of what we have!

g

newsier
December 24th, 2011, 12:51 PM
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newsier
December 24th, 2011, 05:49 PM
Below is a link to a Christmas poem an old school chum of mine, Sal, did on the radio.

Brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.

I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.wabcradio.com/FlashPlayer/default.asp?SPID=22807&ID=2050461

Merry Christmas.

g

Jaxxgent
December 25th, 2011, 07:12 AM
Merry Christmas!

Towncar T
December 25th, 2011, 11:31 AM
Merry Christmas!

I'll reciprocate that!!

All the best to one and all!

newsier
December 29th, 2011, 11:23 AM
NOW THAT IS FUNNY ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
By:Wanda Jones


IF I DIDN'T HAVE MY DOGS OR CATS OR OTHER PETS:
I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture and cars would be free of hair
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who got there before me
I could sit on the couch and bed the way I wanted without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.
I would have money and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay and leave it ALONE.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
I would not talk 'baby talk'. 'Eat your din din'. 'Yummy yummy for the tummy'...
My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.
My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, C-O-O-K-I-E.
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.
I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much
I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading 'mud' season.
I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an ANGEL as they will ever get.


How EMPTY my life would be!!! — Happy New Year..........

g

Jaxxgent
December 29th, 2011, 04:31 PM
NOW THAT IS FUNNY ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
By:Wanda Jones


IF I DIDN'T HAVE MY DOGS OR CATS OR OTHER PETS:
I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture and cars would be free of hair
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who got there before me
I could sit on the couch and bed the way I wanted without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.
I would have money and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay and leave it ALONE.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
I would not talk 'baby talk'. 'Eat your din din'. 'Yummy yummy for the tummy'...
My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.
My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, C-O-O-K-I-E.
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.
I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much
I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading 'mud' season.
I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an ANGEL as they will ever get.


How EMPTY my life would be!!! — Happy New Year..........

g

That's good! Many times I've thought how nice it would be not to have the "kids" to worry about, we could come and go more freely, take more trips, etc. But our lives would definitely be empty without them, they are our children. Afraid we may soon lose Buddy, our eldest dog, only time will tell. (Of course, we said that about him last year, and perhaps even the year before that as well! He's like the Energizer bunny, he gets down but then gets back up and just keeps going and going! LOL) He's around 18 years old in people years, so in dog years he's quite the old man! LOL

TerrY

Jaxxgent
December 29th, 2011, 04:38 PM
Any special plans for New Years? No plans here. Not sure what Rick might do, but I decided a few years ago that I wasn't going "out" for New Years eve any more, I got tired of always being the designated driver! LOL :rolleyes: (Know whut I mean, Vern?! LOL)

Any special New Years resolutions, that you care to share? I've decided my one and only resolution is to start smoking again. I don't usually make resolutions because I can never keep them, so I have no faith that it will happen. Oh, well. :cool:

TerrY

newsier
December 30th, 2011, 09:28 AM
We'll be home with Drysdale.............actually we have stayed home the past couple of years...............I enjoy listening to the gun fire at mid-night. Reminds me of being on manuevours................l.

For years and years we went downtown Indy to my club and celebrated - had a great time with great people but over the years it too became like "Groundhog's Day" - the same thing year after year - we are ready for something new - not sure what we'll do when we can start traveling out and about again - now that's exciting - not knowing - not programmed - I look forward to it......we both yearn for the "open-road"!

Resolutions ? Nah - What fer..........? Hahahahaha

Happy New Year everyone - I wish all my cruises families the best for 2012 - and if our paths do not cross in 2012 - please know you have a special place in the Nulty Family hearts............

g

TerriDHair
December 30th, 2011, 01:53 PM
Any special plans for New Years? No plans here. Not sure what Rick might do, but I decided a few years ago that I wasn't going "out" for New Years eve any more, I got tired of always being the designated driver! LOL (Know whut I mean, Vern?! LOL)

Any special New Years resolutions, that you care to share? I've decided my one and only resolution is to start smoking again. I don't usually make resolutions because I can never keep them, so I have no faith that it will happen. Oh, well. :cool:

TerrY

That's a resolution I have never heard before, TerrY. ;)

We are going to the New Year's event at the Eagle's club. Drinks are cheap and there will be live music and a meal, too. We brought home one of the golf carts from work and will be taking it, on the sidewalks, there and back, as neither of us would be a very good DD, lol. Hopefully there are no laws against drunk golf cart riding on sidewalks. ;) It's 2-3 miles and will be in the 40's on the way home, but hopefully by then we'll be feeling no pain. ;)

No resolutions for me. Except for maybe one X-rated one I can't post here. :eek::o

Sunday, we may get out the Harleys. Although it's still cold at night the daytime forecast for the weekend is calling for above normal temps in the mid-70's.

Jaxxgent
December 30th, 2011, 03:37 PM
I've decided my one and only resolution is to start smoking again.


That's a resolution I have never heard before, TerrY. ;)


This will be a repeat for those on the Freedom, 10/21/12, thread.

Think about it … If my one and only resolution (which I have no intention of keeping) is to START smoking again - that means what? I had to have QUIT smoking, right? :)

Well, this weekend makes 4 weeks since I have had a cigarette!!!! I wasn't sure I could do it, but so far so good. I just decided it was time for me to stop, picked my "quit date", prepared myself mentally, really put my mind to it, bought some patches (it's okay to wear 3 or 4 patches at a time, right?!) and stopped when the date arrived. That was nearly 4 weeks ago.

There have been a few times where I've said to myself, "Just one ... I'll have just one cigarette to get me through this this craving, and then I'll really be done." But I have NOT given in to the urge for "just one", 'cause I know it would be like the 'tater chips commercial, can't have just one! LOL

Rick has not decided to quit. I can't (and won't) pressure him into it - it's a personal choice and decision that only he can make for himself, just as I did for myself.

However ... with that said ... it has been almost 2 weeks since Rick started wearing a patch and he hasn't had a cigarette since! :) But, if I mention something about us both quitting he is very quick to remind me that he has not decided to quit yet. :confused:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!TerrY

mamakaiz
December 30th, 2011, 05:23 PM
Great story Glenn...I can relate!:D

Congrats on the "quitting" smoking thing,Terry (and Rick ;)). I haven't even thought of a resolution for this year...it's usually that I will lose X number of pounds, but I already did that, LOL...and I only gained 2 lbs during the Holidays, so that shouldn't be too hard to get rid of....I hope!:eek:

We are just staying in, and vegging out for New Year's Eve....we'll probably both fall asleep in our chairs before midnight, LOL. I work all day tomorrow, so I am sure it won't be a problem for me to fall asleep early.:o

Happy New Year Everyone!

Towncar T
December 30th, 2011, 06:05 PM
No plans for New Year's eve. Will more than likely stay home and watch telly, as usual. Of course, I'll let the new year in as always.

Resolutions? Nah, I never make them. I do make some plans, however, which is almost the same thing.

Some plans revolve around the new business, but they're probably a bit boring for this thread.

Some plans involve doing some things on my bucket list, like learning the guitar and blues harmonica properly.

I do have one SECRET BIG thing from my bucket list that I hope to achieve during 2012 and things are in motion to bring it off. More on that if/when it happens.

All the very best to everyone for 2012!!

newsier
December 31st, 2011, 12:38 PM
TerrY -

As an FYI - when you copy a story from one thread to another it's called:

Cyndicated.

g

Jaxxgent
December 31st, 2011, 03:16 PM
TerrY -

As an FYI - when you copy a story from one thread to another it's called:

Cyndicated.

g

Just didn't know if I needed permission from Cindy to call it Cyndicated! LOL :-)

mamakaiz
January 1st, 2012, 11:53 AM
Just didn't know if I needed permission from Cindy to call it Cyndicated! LOL :-)lol!! You have my permission...I want a commission though;):D

I can't believe I made it til Midnight to welcome in 2012:)...pssst, don't tell anyone that I dozed off a few times before midnight though, LOL ;):D


Have a Happy New Years Day Everyone!!

I have my pork in the slow cooker...here's to a prosperous new year!!:)

mamakaiz
January 1st, 2012, 11:55 AM
We sure are having unusually warm weather here in Ohio...nearly 50 today, windy and rainy....glad for the "no snow" yet!!! Did ya'll hear about Ohio's 4.0 earthquake yesterday afternoon?? :eek:

Jaxxgent
January 2nd, 2012, 05:32 AM
We sure are having unusually warm weather here in Ohio...nearly 50 today, windy and rainy....glad for the "no snow" yet!!! Did ya'll hear about Ohio's 4.0 earthquake yesterday afternoon?? :eek:

We heard about that! Crazy! I remember growing up we had a pretty good quake in the south-central Illinois area, along the New Madrid fault line, it was frightening!

Rick has his work cut out for him today, supposed to get down into the mid 20s here the next couple nights, so he has to make sure everything gets put in the greenhouse.

newsier
January 22nd, 2012, 06:14 PM
What a game!

Although I'm from the Indy area, I had the Pats in my Fantasy League - they needed to win - they did - although Baltimore gave it to them with the bad kick to tie it up -

Oh well, I guess any landing is a good landing!

g

Lee & Melissa
January 23rd, 2012, 09:01 PM
What a game!

Although I'm from the Indy area, I had the Pats in my Fantasy League - they needed to win - they did - although Baltimore gave it to them with the bad kick to tie it up -

Oh well, I guess any landing is a good landing!

g

It was a painful ending, but I thought it was a damn good game. Both of Sunday's games were good ones to watch, but in each of those games, only one team could win.... and this time it wasn't my team :mad:

newsier
January 28th, 2012, 09:00 AM
Are you raedy for some football?????

Those are sweet words to me in August! I am!

Are you looking forward to the Superbowl?

Anyone heading to Indy for the Big Game?

Well.................I am sooooo tired of the Superbowl - and it's a week away.

I have been hearing about Superbowl XLVI for about 2 years now. I even had to buy a new stadium for the event. Yup - you heard that right. Even though we do not live in Indianapolis, we pay an extra 2% on food and beverages in the county I live in to pay for Lucas Oil Stadium - we are the next county to the west of Indy.

Thank goodness I no longer work Downtown Indy - many of the main streets are closed and now ready for all the tourists to walk around and not have to worry about getting run over by us crazy Hoosier drivers (keep in mind - I learned to drive in Brooklyn, NY - outa my way - stranger!!!!)

Maybe too bad I am not Downtown working any more - many businesses are closed starting next Wednesday through the Monday after the Big Game! But wait - I worked for Uncle Sam - fahgedaboudit-!

The local news shows never stop talking about road closures, re-routes, what celebs will be here, the NFL Experience, counterfeit tickets, New Yawkers (?), weather, Brady playing in Manning's house (who cares?), how will people like Indianapoilis, yada, yada, yada, yada.............(They never talk about the Pats fans - why? They are as obnoxious as any fan, as some of use have met some on the way home from a cruise wearing Colts jerseys - they verbally accosted Colts fans - "Hey yo - it's only a game!!!"

So - rest assured when you watch the Big Game on your Big Screen, I will be snug as a bug about 20 miles northwest from the Big Game watching the Big Game on my Big Screen..................enjoy!

Go Colts..........!

g

Jaxxgent
January 28th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Are you raedy for some football?????


Know what you mean, g! When Jax hosted superbowl a few years ago (I think it was #39? Hell, I don't keep track! LOL) that's all this city talked about for 2 years before and another year after. Weekend of the big game we made sure we had everything we needed here at home well in advance so we didn't have to get out at all. What a mess traffic was! But, I guess it brought in some good revenue for the city, I just didn't see any of it! LOL

TerrY

Towncar T
January 28th, 2012, 04:56 PM
Are you raedy for some football?????




T They are as obnoxious as any fan, as some of use have met some on the way home from a cruise wearing Colts jerseys - they verbally accosted Colts fans - "Hey yo - it's only a game!!!"
g

A very famous football(I mean real football, not that 'rugby for girls' that you guys play with helmets and space suits on) coach once said. "Football isn't a matter of life and death. It's far more serious than that!!"

GO GIANTS!!! (My second favourite city on the planet!) :D:D

newsier
February 5th, 2012, 06:05 AM
It's finally here................

It will be good to watch the game tonight but sad as there has been so much hype around here - the local news is nothing but Super Bowl activities and events, even the TODAY Show is here - and it is amazing all the BIG stars that have come here for the game. I know Indy will go through Super Bowl Withdrawal..............Indianapolis use to be called "Nap-Town" - no more!

I believe Indy has accomplished what they wanted - a great city, venue, and people for this day. We have been pumped for this for two years.

Well - I'd better get going - the game is on - yup - it's 6 in the morn but the pre-game show has just started!!!!!

http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/41565/2094480190028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2094480190028376034OVEuDh)

g

Lee & Melissa
February 5th, 2012, 10:05 PM
It's finally here................

It will be good to watch the game tonight but sad as there has been so much hype around here - the local news is nothing but Super Bowl activities and events, even the TODAY Show is here - and it is amazing all the BIG stars that have come here for the game. I know Indy will go through Super Bowl Withdrawal..............Indianapolis use to be called "Nap-Town" - no more!

I believe Indy has accomplished what they wanted - a great city, venue, and people for this day. We have been pumped for this for two years.

Well - I'd better get going - the game is on - yup - it's 6 in the morn but the pre-game show has just started!!!!!

http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/41565/2094480190028376034S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2094480190028376034OVEuDh)

g

Okay, it's over now. The Swaller can get back to normal.... well, as normal as the Swaller can be :D

TerriDHair
February 6th, 2012, 12:35 AM
Okay, it's over now. The Swaller can get back to normal.... well, as normal as the Swaller can be :D

LOL.

I remember the same hype when the SB was here. It was a lot of fun driving up and down Mill Ave. in Tempe and seeing all the sites that week. Too bad that next time it will be centered around the new stadium, which is about half way to California from here, lol.

Didn't even turn on the TV today. Our flight from Houston landed early, yay, but we got home around 3:30, made cocktails, and did some unpacking before having a light dinner and settling in to delete spam from our emails. :)

Missed y'all on Mariner but it was a great cruise! Now we're ready to sleep for about 48 hours, lol. Darn work is going to prevent that, of course. Too bad every day couldn't be Saturday like it is for cousin g!

newsier
February 6th, 2012, 08:11 AM
Okay, it's over now. The Swaller can get back to normal.... well, as normal as the Swaller can be :D

Funny you mention this - if you didn't hear on the TV, downtown Indy is very compact and most people staying downtown could walk anywhere they wanted, including the stadium. Indy got very high scores for this.

But, and there is always a but, they closed most of the streets downtown for the better part of last week, including the Interstate exits into the downtown area.

So, and there is always a so, this morning the great deputy dawgs opened these exits into downtown but, and there is always a but, forgot to open up the rest of the downtown streets!!! What a mess - glad I don't have to do that ride anymore!!!

Just sayin'

g

newsier
February 13th, 2012, 05:56 PM
Howdy y'all,

Well I could have just booked two cruises, they would be:

New corian counter tops for the kitchen - that would have been at least a GS or OS on a 7 day.

Then.........

A new Tempur-Pedic bed - that would have been a GS on a 7 day.

Oh well - - - being retired is like being on a cruise everyday - sometimes very routine - most times fun and exciting................it don't git any better than this!!!!!!!!

g

mamakaiz
February 13th, 2012, 07:15 PM
Howdy y'all,

Well I could have just booked two cruises, they would be:

New corian counter tops for the kitchen - that would have been at least a GS or OS on a 7 day.

Then.........

A new Tempur-Pedic bed - that would have been a GS on a 7 day.

Oh well - - - being retired is like being on a cruise everyday - sometimes very routine - most times fun and exciting................it don't git any better than this!!!!!!!!

gCha-Ching!! We say the same thing every time we make a major purchase....wow, THAT could have been a cruise!!;):)

Jaxxgent
February 14th, 2012, 05:28 AM
Cha-Ching!! We say the same thing every time we make a major purchase....wow, THAT could have been a cruise!!;):)

Yeah, I'm saying that about my new "mid-life crisis" toy that I bought, that Harley could have gotten us at least two 7-night cruises! LOL I haven't even picked it up yet but I can't wait! :) Now we're on the hunt to find a deal like that for Rick!

TerrY

TerriDHair
February 15th, 2012, 10:21 PM
Howdy y'all,

Well I could have just booked two cruises, they would be:

New corian counter tops for the kitchen - that would have been at least a GS or OS on a 7 day.

Then.........

A new Tempur-Pedic bed - that would have been a GS on a 7 day.

Oh well - - - being retired is like being on a cruise everyday - sometimes very routine - most times fun and exciting................it don't git any better than this!!!!!!!!

g

LOL, we also think of major purchases in terms of what kind of cruise we could've paid for. Fortunately, during the house re-vamp we had money set aside just for that, so didn't have to dip into the "cruise fund". Of course, since then we've bought a water heater, the major portion of the AC, a water softener, bathroom tile, resurfaced the pool...etc. Yes, the pool was the most recent and was equivalent to a balcony cabin on a seven day cruise, at the least, lol

Oh, and I don't wanna hear about retirement life, lol. Although we did skip out of work over an hour early today, hee hee. Just a little taste. ;)

Yeah, I'm saying that about my new "mid-life crisis" toy that I bought, that Harley could have gotten us at least two 7-night cruises! LOL I haven't even picked it up yet but I can't wait! :) Now we're on the hunt to find a deal like that for Rick!

TerrY

Congrats, TerrY, and welcome to "The Family"! What did you get??? It wasn't long after we got Jeff's that I got the bug and learned to ride and we bought mine. :) We weren't having a mid-life crisis, though, that was 10 and 12 years ago! They still look like new, just like Darth-Maro, though. ;)

Jaxxgent
February 16th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Congrats, TerrY, and welcome to "The Family"! What did you get??? It wasn't long after we got Jeff's that I got the bug and learned to ride and we bought mine. :) We weren't having a mid-life crisis, though, that was 10 and 12 years ago! They still look like new, just like Darth-Maro, though. ;)

Thanks, TerrI! Here is the original post, with picture - hope this works:
Well, I'm in the process of becoming the owner of a 1999 Harley Davidson 1200 Custom, only 7,200 original miles! I personally know the current owners who bought it brand new. Can you picture me on this? LOL

221556

It's perfect for my "first motorcycle" (since I was a teenager, anyway). Since I know the owners they are making me a very nice deal - now we just need to find one for Rick!

TerrY

It's actually a 2000 model year, not a 1999. I'm doing the safety course this weekend, will get my license next week, and plan to pick it up next Sunday. Can't wait! Still trying to find something similar for Rick.

TerrY

TexCruise371
February 17th, 2012, 11:40 AM
No mid life crisis here.....always wanted a vette, not a family car though. Kids are gone now, we paid their way through college, they are all on their own so, now it's our turn. ;)

TerriDHair
February 17th, 2012, 12:01 PM
Thanks, TerrI! Here is the original post, with picture - hope this works:


It's actually a 2000 model year, not a 1999. I'm doing the safety course this weekend, will get my license next week, and plan to pick it up next Sunday. Can't wait! Still trying to find something similar for Rick.

TerrY

Beautiful bike! Jeff's is the same colors and a 2000 Heritage Softail Classic. Mine is a black 2002 Sportster. Wanted purple, but didn't want to wait, lol. I took a riding course, too. Jeff has been riding motorized bikes since he was a kid with a moped.

No mid life crisis here.....always wanted a vette, not a family car though. Kids are gone now, we paid their way through college, they are all on their own so, now it's our turn. ;)

Before Darth, we drove Firebirds ever since our daughter was little. It was interesting when we took her and one very large friend anywhere...he had quite the time getting in and out of the back seats! Jeff had a Camaro and a motorcycle when I met him...soon got rid of the car as he couldn't handle the "single male age 22" insurance and after we got together he sold the bike as I would pout every time he went riding and I was stuck at home with the baby. Not to mention that it was a rare day in Ft. Wayne where the weather was ideal for riding. Moved to AZ in 1990, traded my Buick for an 86 Firebird and 10 years later when DD was old enough to stay home alone we bought a Harley. :D

TexCruise371
February 17th, 2012, 04:25 PM
My first car was a 68 SS Camaro, second was a 69 GTO Judge.....first car Lisa and I bought after we married was a 77 Teal Camaro with a white interior....then the kids came along.........one was OK, second kid and it was over, LOL :D:D

newsier
March 18th, 2012, 12:35 PM
Yesterday I went to the local "smoke" shop to get a couple cigars to celebrate an early Spring.

I love to sit out on our back patio, have a drink, cigar, read a book, feel the warm, humid tropical breeze, watch the local wild life, you get the picture.

While I was in the store, the owner and I started to chit chat, he recognized my name from some of the "things" I am involved with here in The Swaller.

A steady flow of customers came in, most buying what looked to be like cigarette tobacco and some fangled "cigartte tubes with filter". Others came in and bought a carton or two of cigarettes with names like, Trophy, Triumph, Bethca I Can Tear Out Yer Throat, and my favorite, Can you Find Any Tobacco In These Cigarettes.

Then a guy came in and orderd a carton of Camel. Ahhh - - - a name I remember from my old cigarette smokin' days. When I was a mere lad, most of my friends Dads smoked Camel, Chesterfield, Pall Mall.

The store owner took quick care of the customer and asked if he needed a sack, the customer saud, "No." Then the owner promptly asked for $50.36.

I about died!!!!!! I use to smoke 2 to 3 packs a day in my hey day...........a couple cartons per week.................

Now I know why people smoke those off brands..............

Oh well, the states have to pay for the Medicaid and Medicare somehow I guess.

Just sayin'

g

TerriDHair
March 18th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Yesterday I went to the local "smoke" shop to get a couple cigars to celebrate an early Spring.

I love to sit out on our back patio, have a drink, cigar, read a book, feel the warm, humid tropical breeze, watch the local wild life, you get the picture.

While I was in the store, the owner and I started to chit chat, he recognized my name from some of the "things" I am involved with here in The Swaller.

A steady flow of customers came in, most buying what looked to be like cigarette tobacco and some fangled "cigartte tubes with filter". Others came in and bought a carton or two of cigarettes with names like, Trophy, Triumph, Bethca I Can Tear Out Yer Throat, and my favorite, Can you Find Any Tobacco In These Cigarettes.

Then a guy came in and orderd a carton of Camel. Ahhh - - - a name I remember from my old cigarette smokin' days. When I was a mere lad, most of my friends Dads smoked Camel, Chesterfield, Pall Mall.

The store owner took quick care of the customer and asked if he needed a sack, the customer saud, "No." Then the owner promptly asked for $50.36.

I about died!!!!!! I use to smoke 2 to 3 packs a day in my hey day...........a couple cartons per week.................

Now I know why people smoke those off brands..............

Oh well, the states have to pay for the Medicaid and Medicare somehow I guess.

Just sayin'

g

LOL, they're more than that, here, maybe that cheap on the reservation...that's why we have to cruise so much, so we can buy a steady supply of affordable cigarettes! ;)

Jaxxgent
March 18th, 2012, 04:15 PM
LOL, they're more than that, here, maybe that cheap on the reservation...that's why we have to cruise so much, so we can buy a steady supply of affordable cigarettes! ;)

And that's why we both quit smoking ... December 5, 2011, was my quit date, Rick 2 weeks later. (Though he still says he hasn't decided if he's quitting yet or not! LOL) Our cruise next month will be a test for us both ... my morning routine on board is to go up on deck at the crack of doom, have some strong coffee, my smokes, and watch the sunrise! Will see if it's the same w/out the smokes! LOL

Went for a ride on the Harley today, beautiful! Can't wait for Rick to get one so we can ride together.

TerrY

newsier
March 19th, 2012, 04:53 PM
noze mata wat da temture iz hear in da Swaller - weinz' r readi - youz noze wha da sez 'bout da Swaller, dunt cha? ifin' youz dunt likz da whether - jus sat a spel an it-el chainz......

noze mata wha mudder natcha sendz r wayz - weinz' readi:

http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/48732/2892125850028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2892125850028376034uYuxxb)

hsg

mamakaiz
March 19th, 2012, 09:17 PM
noze mata wat da temture iz hear in da Swaller - weinz' r readi - youz noze wha da sez 'bout da Swaller, dunt cha? ifin' youz dunt likz da whether - jus sat a spel an it-el chainz......

noze mata wha mudder natcha sendz r wayz - weinz' readi:

http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/48732/2892125850028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2892125850028376034uYuxxb)

hsglol :D

TerriDHair
March 20th, 2012, 01:45 PM
And that's why we both quit smoking ... December 5, 2011, was my quit date, Rick 2 weeks later. (Though he still says he hasn't decided if he's quitting yet or not! LOL) Our cruise next month will be a test for us both ... my morning routine on board is to go up on deck at the crack of doom, have some strong coffee, my smokes, and watch the sunrise! Will see if it's the same w/out the smokes! LOL

Went for a ride on the Harley today, beautiful! Can't wait for Rick to get one so we can ride together.

TerrY

Great job on quitting, guys!

No Harley ride for us last weekend, it was cold and raining. Of course, it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend, when we won't be here!

Jaxxgent
March 20th, 2012, 05:22 PM
Great job on quitting, guys!

No Harley ride for us last weekend, it was cold and raining. Of course, it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend, when we won't be here!

I ride my scooter :rolleyes: to work when the weather is decent (not raining). This week I have no choice, the Explorer is in the shop - again. They can't seem to find an electrical problem, I have no interior lights, dash lights, power mirrors, etc. - the fuse that works all that stuff keeps blowing! They said if they could keep it 2 or 3 days they should be able to find the problem and get it fixed. Yikes, what's that going to cost me in labor charges?! They said they'd work with me on it ... they better, if they want to get paid at all! LOL Hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow I'll have good news that it is fixed.

TerrY

newsier
March 31st, 2012, 08:53 AM
Anyone have any kind of luck with the BIG lottery????

g

Jaxxgent
March 31st, 2012, 10:01 AM
Anyone have any kind of luck with the BIG lottery????

g

Nope. I even drove up to Jawja to get a ticket, but didn't match a single number. Oh, well ... back to work on Monday. :(

Lee & Melissa
March 31st, 2012, 02:52 PM
apparently Melissa and I bought our tickets on the wrong side of town :mad:

newsier
March 31st, 2012, 03:22 PM
apparently Melissa and I bought our tickets on the wrong side of town :mad:

Haven't I told you never to cross the tracks ?

g

newsier
April 28th, 2012, 07:00 PM
A Man's Age, as Determined by a Trip to Home Depot

You are in the middle of some kind of project around the house. Mowing the lawn, putting in a new fence, painting the living room or whatever. You are hot and sweaty, covered in dust, lawn clippings, dirt or paint. You have your old work clothes on. You know the outfit -- shorts with the hole in the crotch, old T-shirt with a stain from who-knows-what and an old pair of tennis shoes.
Right in the middle of this great home improvement project you realize you need to run to Home Depot to get something to help complete the job.

Depending on your age you might do the following:

In your 20's:
Stop what you are doing. Shave, take a shower, blow dry your hair, brush your teeth, floss and put on clean clothes. Check yourself in the mirror and flex. Add a dab of your favorite cologne because you never know, you just might meet some hot chick while standing in the checkout lane. And you went to school with the pretty girl running the register.

In your 30's:
Stop what you are doing, put on clean shorts and shirt. Change shoes. You married the hot chick so no need for much else. Wash your hands and comb your hair. Check yourself in the mirror. Still got it. Add a shot of your favorite cologne to cover the smell. The cute girl running the register is the kid sister to someone you went to school with.

In your 40's:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a sweatshirt that is long enough to cover the hole in the crotch of your shorts. Put on different shoes and a hat. Wash your hands. Your bottle of Brute Cologne is almost empty so you don't want to waste any of it on a trip to Home Depot. Check yourself in the mirror and do more sucking in than flexing. The hot young thing running the register is your daughter's age and you feel weird thinking she is spicy.

In your 50's:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a hat; wipe the dirt off your hands onto your shirt. Change shoes because you don't want to get dog crap in your new sports car. Check yourself in the mirror and you swear not to wear that shirt anymore because it makes you look fat. The Cutie running the register smiles when she sees you coming and you think you still have it. Then you remember the hat you have on is from Bubba's Bait & Beer Bar and it says, 'I Got Worms.'

In your 60's:
Stop what you are doing. No need for a hat anymore. Hose the dog crap off your shoes. The mirror was shattered when you were in your 50's. You hope you have underwear on so nothing hangs out the hole in your pants. The girl running the register may be cute, but you don't have your glasses on so you are not sure.

In your 70's:
Stop what you are doing. Wait to go to Home Depot until the drug store has your prescriptions ready, too. Don't even notice the dog crap on your shoes. The young thing at the register stares at you and you realize your balls are hanging out the hole in your crotch.

In your 80's:
Stop what you are doing. Start again. Then stop again. Now you remember you need to go to Home Depot. Go to Wal-Mart instead and wander around trying to think what it is you are looking for. Fart out loud and you think someone called out your name. You went to school with the old lady who greeted you at the front door.

In your 90's & beyond :
What's a home deep hoe? Something for my garden? Where am I? Who am I? Why am I reading this? Did I send it? Did you? Who farted?

mamakaiz
April 28th, 2012, 10:21 PM
lol G! That was great :D

ChicagoBarb
May 3rd, 2012, 07:25 AM
Glen - sorry to hear that you and Angie won't be heading toward Boston. Even though I knew it was coming, it was sad to read. I was looking forward to your story of getting off one ship and flying to Boston to hop on another.

Hopefully we'll run into each other on another cruise. Bea and I will be out there somewhere floating around.

newsier
May 6th, 2012, 08:14 AM
Glen - sorry to hear that you and Angie won't be heading toward Boston. Even though I knew it was coming, it was sad to read. I was looking forward to your story of getting off one ship and flying to Boston to hop on another.

Hopefully we'll run into each other on another cruise. Bea and I will be out there somewhere floating around.

Hi Barb - things happen.

I seem to be falling into a possible trend, old time RCCLers moving over to Celebrity aka X - I booked a Panama Canal East Bound for April 2014. It is a 15 day boat ride.....our max!

I have no real serious problems with RCCL but I have seen some customer service problems with cruising friends that makes me wonder and other cruise friends who have sailed on X have said it was a refreshing change - something we are ready for.

As I do my research, it is kind of fun seeing what X offers - and the ship we're going on doesn't have 5000, 4000, or 3000 pax - it tips in at 2100 - WOW - this takes me back 10 years or so! I may see the same person once or twice on this cruise! LOL

I am sure we will sail again - we need to keep in touch, which is why I started this thread - to keep in touch and not have to have a cruise associated with the thread.

Say hi to Bea for us, give her a hug when you see her.

Speaking of cruises - we are booked on the Navagator for 23 February 2013. Good prices and it sails from NOLA. We are going to drive to this one and then head to FLA to see all our Hoosire friends that spend the summer down there at the end of the cruise. Heck - you could take the train to NOLA, it's an overnight ride!

g

ChicagoBarb
May 23rd, 2012, 09:26 AM
Just got home after two weeks on the Splendor out of Long Beach. Nothing real exciting since the only ports were Cabo (two days) and Puerto Vallarta and 3 sea days (which I love). Don't like Mexico, but the price was right.

We had a great cruise. I did a lot of sitting, got lots of sun and read three books. For us working people that is a vacation!

I hear you about RCCL. I know a few people that did the Transatlantic last fall that had more than a couple complaints. And these are people that are regulars RCCLers. Apparently the service and food have suffered some.

The upcoming Jewel cruise will probably be one of the last that will be any great traveling distance to a port. Mom is really beginning to show her age so the traveling to/from ports will have to be closer to her. That would leave LA, Galveston or NOLA which are all pretty short flights for her.

Won't be able to join you in February - can't get out of the office that time of year. I'm pretty much stuck with May and late October/November until I retire.

ChicagoBarb
June 9th, 2012, 10:44 AM
Mr. G -

I did the cruise profile thingy. But can't get it to load right on here. Got the picture (obviously), but even following the directions for CC it won't work.

Guess I'm not following the directions correctly!! Any hints as to what I'm doing wrong?

newsier
June 9th, 2012, 06:55 PM
Mr. G -

I did the cruise profile thingy. But can't get it to load right on here. Got the picture (obviously), but even following the directions for CC it won't work.

Guess I'm not following the directions correctly!! Any hints as to what I'm doing wrong?

Help me Barb............profile thingy??????

Looks to me you did alright, Commodore!!

g

ChicagoBarb
June 9th, 2012, 07:06 PM
Help me Barb............profile thingy??????

Looks to me you did alright, Commodore!!

g

You can click on yours and go to the details. That's how I found the site. But can't clink on mine. No big deal. Just don't know what I did wrong.

Does being a Commodore mean you have to salute me?!

mamakaiz
June 9th, 2012, 07:12 PM
Mr. G -

I did the cruise profile thingy. But can't get it to load right on here. Got the picture (obviously), but even following the directions for CC it won't work.

Guess I'm not following the directions correctly!! Any hints as to what I'm doing wrong?

It wasn't working right for me either Barb. Also I couldn't remember all our ports, dates and cruises (22/23???)

ChicagoBarb
June 9th, 2012, 07:22 PM
It wasn't working right for me either Barb. Also I couldn't remember all our ports, dates and cruises (22/23???)

I didn't bother with the ports for the same reason. And don't remember dates. Only know the years 'cause I kept a list before the web sites listed the cruise history.

Plus they didn't have a couple of the ships we've been on since the companies no longer exist or the ships are long gone.

newsier
June 9th, 2012, 07:25 PM
You can click on yours and go to the details. That's how I found the site. But can't clink on mine. No big deal. Just don't know what I did wrong.

Does being a Commodore mean you have to salute me?!

Commodore - I have no idea...........sorry. Perhaps you can try and reload your profile in a few days to see if it will work and let you click on the profile to go to the web site.

Salute? Sure.............nex time we cruise together - we'll have to "wet-down" your stripes!

Oh - and remember - who ever gets your first salute you have to give them a new silver dollar!

Please give warm regards to your Mom from Angie and me.

g

ChicagoBarb
June 9th, 2012, 07:44 PM
I, of course, had to look that up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetting-down

You can just call me Barb:D

newsier
June 9th, 2012, 07:54 PM
I, of course, had to look that up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetting-down

You can just call me Barb:D

No that's alright Commodore - I feel a might powerful thirst coming on - looks like I picked the right time to switch to Johnny Walker "Blue"!

You gave me a good laugh today - thanks - headin' out for pizza - see you later.....

g

ChicagoBarb
June 13th, 2012, 09:00 PM
Is your Summit 2013 cruise San Juan to San Juan?

mamakaiz
June 13th, 2012, 09:35 PM
Is your Summit 2013 cruise San Juan to San Juan?

Yes, it is Barb :)

newsier
June 14th, 2012, 11:31 AM
http://inlinethumb64.webshots.com/51391/2564685310028376034S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2564685310028376034ALhNWt)


Happy Flag Day everyone..............................fly your flag with pride!

Glenn


Barb - Did you "flop-over?"

ChicagoBarb
June 14th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Barb - Did you "flop-over?"

Do I look like a dead fish?????

newsier
June 14th, 2012, 07:45 PM
Do I look like a dead fish?????

No silly - I wanted to see if you "flopped-over" from Royal to Celebrity..........

g

ChicagoBarb
June 14th, 2012, 07:57 PM
No silly - I wanted to see if you "flopped-over" from Royal to Celebrity..........

g

I know that - just being "silly"!:p

Our first cruise to Alaska was on the Mercury for Mom's 75th birthday - 8 years ago. Really enjoyed the ship and no real reason we haven't sailed them again.

At this point I don't want to book too far in advance. Don't know how much longer she's going to be able to travel. Which doesn't mean I won't be cruisin' on my own or couldn't make changes on anything booked, but just going to hold off for a while on anything more than a year out.

But then I could change my mind and book tomorrow!!

newsier
June 14th, 2012, 10:02 PM
I know that - just being "silly"!:p

Our first cruise to Alaska was on the Mercury for Mom's 75th birthday - 8 years ago. Really enjoyed the ship and no real reason we haven't sailed them again.

At this point I don't want to book too far in advance. Don't know how much longer she's going to be able to travel. Which doesn't mean I won't be cruisin' on my own or couldn't make changes on anything booked, but just going to hold off for a while on anything more than a year out.

But then I could change my mind and book tomorrow!!

I understand - I really do!

Warm regards to,yormMom.

g

ChicagoBarb
June 16th, 2012, 01:39 PM
But then I could change my mind and book tomorrow!!

Well, it wasn't "tomorrow" but today. Just sent an email to my TA to go ahead and book this. Couldn't pass up the good prices and great company.

mamakaiz
June 16th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Well, it wasn't "tomorrow" but today. Just sent an email to my TA to go ahead and book this. Couldn't pass up the good prices and great company.

Woohoo Barb, that's great news! :)

newsier
June 17th, 2012, 07:13 AM
Well, it wasn't "tomorrow" but today. Just sent an email to my TA to go ahead and book this. Couldn't pass up the good prices and great company.

See you on board Commodore!

Let the "Wet Down" begin! Hahahahaha

g

ChicagoBarb
June 22nd, 2012, 08:59 AM
See you on board Commodore!

Let the "Wet Down" begin! Hahahahaha

g

Should I open a savings account to cover this? At least I have time to prepare.

newsier
June 22nd, 2012, 09:28 AM
Should I open a savings account to cover this? At least I have time to prepare.

Hahahahaha - nah..............

I'll drink the iced tea from the buffet!

g

Stay coo!

newsier
June 28th, 2012, 05:52 PM
104 degrees here in the Heartland today - low humidity tho.............and y'all know what they say? "It ain't the heat, it's the humidity!" Bulls_it!

g

Jaxxgent
June 28th, 2012, 07:06 PM
104 degrees here in the Heartland today - low humidity tho.............and y'all know what they say? "It ain't the heat, it's the humidity!" Bulls_it!

g

Was just telling Cindy on Facebook, weather.com says it's 86 degrees here, 45% humidity, feels like 86 ... come on down to Florida and cool off! LOL

TerriDHair
June 28th, 2012, 07:07 PM
104 degrees here in the Heartland today - low humidity tho.............and y'all know what they say? "It ain't the heat, it's the humidity!" Bulls_it!

g

Hot is HOT, for sure. But it's 108 here with 17% humidity (which is a little up for us) and I wouldn't trade that for 90 and high humidity! (Unless I was in the Caribbean on a cruise, of course! ;))

mamakaiz
June 28th, 2012, 09:39 PM
It was 102° today with a feels like temp of 110°. Spent the day in the pool. Glad I was off cause I am pooped and all I did was float around all day. The granddaughters are looking pretty brown from being in the pool so much ;)

Towncar T
June 29th, 2012, 05:56 AM
60 degrees here and 100% humidity. Well rain is 100% water, right?:mad:

ChicagoBarb
June 29th, 2012, 08:10 AM
We hit 100 yesterday. Going to be a balmy 92 today. But I will take this over -30 and 5 feet of snow.

newsier
July 5th, 2012, 04:50 PM
It's 103 here in Hog Swaller, Indeeanner - but this is ridiculous..............

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/2953/2561466520028376034S600x600Q85.jpg

I guess it's still better than February!

Stay cool.....................

Glenn

Lee & Melissa
July 5th, 2012, 09:29 PM
It's 103 here in Hog Swaller, Indeeanner - but this is ridiculous..............

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/2953/2561466520028376034S600x600Q85.jpg

I guess it's still better than February!

Stay cool.....................

Glenn

Love it Cuzzin'

newsier
July 8th, 2012, 02:51 PM
They told me the big black lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him
lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really
friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went
in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves
when you pass them on the street.

But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life
here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I
had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news. The shelter said
they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who
had come down to see him just didn't look like "Lab people," whatever that
meant. They must've thought I did.

But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie
and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of
which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his
previous owner.

See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home. We struggled
for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust
to his new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too.
Maybe we were too much alike.

I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that. "Okay,
Reggie," I said out loud, "let's see if your previous owner has any
advice."

____________ _________ _________ _________

"To Whomever Gets My Dog:

Well, I can't say that I'm happy you're reading this, a letter I told the
shelter could only be opened by Reggie's new owner. I'm not even happy
writing it. He knew something was different.

So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes that it will help you bond
with him and he with you.

First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier. Sometimes I think he's
part squirrel, the way he hoards them. He usually always has two in his
mouth, and he tries to get a third in there. Hasn't done it yet. Doesn't
matter where you throw them, he'll bound after them, so be careful. Don't
do it by any roads.

Next, commands. Reggie knows the obvious ones ---"sit," "stay," "come,"
"heel."

He knows hand signals, too: He knows "ball" and "food" and "bone" and
"treat" like nobody's business.

Feeding schedule: twice a day, regular store-bought stuff; the shelter has
the brand.

He's up on his shots. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet. Good luck
getting him in the car. I don't know how he knows when it's time to go to
the vet, but he knows.

Finally, give him some time. It's only been Reggie and me for his whole
life. He's gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily
car rides if you can. He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn't bark or
complain. He just loves to be around people, and me most especially.

And that's why I need to share one more bit of info with you...His name's
not Reggie. He's a smart dog, he'll get used to it and will respond to it,
of that I have no doubt. But I just couldn't bear to give them his real
name. But if someone is reading this ... well it means that his new owner
should know his real name. His real name is "Tank." Because, that is what
I drive.

I told the shelter that they couldn't make "Reggie" available for adoption
until they received word from my company commander. You see, my parents
are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've left Tank with ... and it
was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they
make one phone call to the shelter ... in the "event" ... to tell them
that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily, my CO is a dog-guy, too,
and he knew where my platoon was headed. He said he'd do it personally.
And if you're reading this, then he made good on his word.

Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long as the Army
has been my family. And now I hope and pray that you make him part of your
family, too, and that he will adjust and come to love you the same way he
loved me.

If I have to give up Tank to keep those terrible people from coming to the
US I am glad to have done so. He is my example of service and of love. I
hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades.

All right, that's enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this
letter off at the shelter. Maybe I'll peek in on him and see if he finally
got that third tennis ball in his mouth.

Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss
goodnight - every night - from me.

Thank you,
Paul Mallory"
____________ _________ _________ _______

I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure, I had heard
of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me. Local
kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver
Star when he gave his life to save three buddies. Flags have been at
half-mast all summer.

I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at
the dog.





"Hey, Tank," I said quietly.

The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright.

"C'mere boy."

He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He
sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't
heard in months. "Tank," I whispered.

His tail swished.

I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time, his ears
lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed as a wave of
contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his
shoulders, buried my face into his scruff and hugged him.

"It's me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank
reached up and licked my cheek.

"So whatdaya say we play some ball?" His ears perked again.

"Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?"

Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room. And when he
came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth.

If you can read this without getting a lump in your throat or a tear in
your eye, you just ain't right.

A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to
and including their life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no
longer understand it.

mamakaiz
July 8th, 2012, 03:59 PM
Great story Glenn, and yep, it made me cry!!

Jaxxgent
July 8th, 2012, 05:22 PM
They told me the big black lab's name was Reggie...

G, I couldn't do it ... I couldn't make it to the end without getting tears in my eyes. What a touching story. Thanks for sharing!

TerrY

newsier
July 12th, 2012, 10:39 AM
As some of you may or may not know - since I left the working class a year and a half ago, I have done a lot of volunteering. I have actually started to say, NO! LOL

One of my favorite volunteer activities is at my local elementry school. (Anyone remember when it was called grammer school?!)

Schools here are about to start again on the 2nd of August. I went in the school the other day to speak to the principle to see what he wants me to do this year. Beside the normal readin', writin', and 'rithmatic I help with, I have been asked to help with parent breakfasts, lunches, visitors, sock hops, field days and the like. It is so much fun "learning" from the little ones - they are so smart now a days!!!!!

So this year I will start the year off as a greeter and guide on the first 2 days of school.

I will focus on the kindergardeners helping them and their parents find the classroom - then I have to guide the parents to the Boo-Hoo Breakfast!

Ok you ask, what's a Boo-Boo Breakfast? I asked the same thing!

It is an event set up for the parents after they drop off lad & lassie to kindergarden..................this way there is no "hanging around" the classroom door "boo-hooing"! WOW - slick - very slick!! Why didn't I think of that!!! hahahahaha

I am looking forward to watch and help with this important time in a childs and parents lifetime they will never forget - the first day of school!

I will look forward to the doughnut too!

g

newsier
October 6th, 2012, 10:43 AM
I would like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving.
As you well know, some of us have been lucky not to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the various social sessions over the years.

A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends and had a few too many Ol' #7s and then topped it off with a beer chaser. Not a good idea.

Knowing full well I was at least slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before: I took a taxi home. Sure enough I passed a police road block but because it was a taxi, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise.

I have never driven a taxi before and am not sure where I got it.

g

Jaxxgent
October 6th, 2012, 11:55 AM
I would like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving.
As you well know, some of us have been lucky not to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the various social sessions over the years.

A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends and had a few too many Ol' #7s and then topped it off with a beer chaser. Not a good idea.

Knowing full well I was at least slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before: I took a taxi home. Sure enough I passed a police road block but because it was a taxi, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise.

I have never driven a taxi before and am not sure where I got it.

g

ROFL! That's good, G!

TerriDHair
October 6th, 2012, 04:50 PM
LOL, you had me going!

mamakaiz
October 6th, 2012, 09:17 PM
LOL, you had me going! LOL, me too!!:D:eek:

newsier
November 11th, 2012, 07:17 AM
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ePr34L6U6W8/UJ-WaRFCI4E/AAAAAAAAAAc/V6QcCJQ2d3c/s160-c/November112012.jpg

newsier
November 11th, 2012, 09:03 AM
Good morning cruise friends.

What is Veterans Day? I believe it is more than just another reason to have sales at the store and now-a-days, it seems to be kicking off the Christmas Holiday Shopping Season.

Please allow me to share some thoughts.............

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. (US Dept of Veterans Affairs)

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

21.5 million
The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

1.6 million
The number of female veterans in 2011.

7.5 million
Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2011: 5.1 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present); 1.8 million in World War II (1941-1945); 2.4 million in the Korean War (1950-1953); and 5.4 million in peacetime only.

51,079
Number of living veterans in 2011 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period. Other living veterans in 2011 who served during three wars:

43,942 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.

Living veterans in 2011 who served during two wars and no other period:
876,663 served during both Gulf War eras.
205,205 served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
129,972 served during both World War II and the Korean War.
(US Census)

Then..............

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-F_T29bssn5A/UJ-umMHrGzI/AAAAAAAAABA/Pu7PuZx9dTs/h120/Guard+Duty.jpg

Now.............(well maybe not quite!)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DhONTh8TiM4/UJ-cto2wjdE/AAAAAAAAABA/fQsdzMlIHPo/s144-c/RecentlyUpdated.jpg

Have a great day everyone.........................please keep those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen & women, and Coast Guardmen & women serving around the globe, many in harm's way in your thoughts and prayers.

Now I have to go hang Chjristmas lights on the outside of the house..........

Take care, be well,

Glenn

Sergeant Major
US Army
Retired

Sorry for the small pictures but my beloved and well used Web Shots is going away and I now am experimenting with new online photo apps to upload my pictures to CC - again - I apologize.

Jaxxgent
November 11th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Sorry for the small pictures but my beloved and well used Web Shots is going away and I now am experimenting with new online photo apps to upload my pictures to CC - again - I apologize.

G, your post is well said, as always!

Sorry to hear that Web Shots is going away. Guess I'll need to find somewhere else to store my pics as well. What are you using now?

newsier
November 11th, 2012, 06:58 PM
G, your post is well said, as always!

Sorry to hear that Web Shots is going away. Guess I'll need to find somewhere else to store my pics as well. What are you using now?

TerrI - I used Pacaso (sp?) for those pics.

In one of the screens, please don't ask me which one, I right clicked and was able to copy the pictures's URL. But I could not resize it like on Web Shots.

I have looked at Flickr (sp?) and could not find the URL for the pix.

Smart, the company taking over Web Shots is a waste, at least right now, only has instructions on how to upload pictures from WS into Smart.

Someone mentioned trying Photobucket. I will look into it also.

Life use to be so easy!!! LOL

And thanks for checking on us.

I was outside all day, it got up to 65 degrees but of course, we had Miriah, and she was whipping it up today.

Got the leaves raked (mechanically of course), the outside Christmas lights, the snowblower started and moved to the "ready-position" in the garage. Angie planted bulbs, winterized the patio and all the furnishings.

Busy day............glad it's over!

g

mamakaiz
November 12th, 2012, 10:11 AM
Good morning cruise friends.

What is Veterans Day? I believe it is more than just another reason to have sales at the store and now-a-days, it seems to be kicking off the Christmas Holiday Shopping Season.

Please allow me to share some thoughts.............

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. (US Dept of Veterans Affairs)

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

21.5 million
The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

1.6 million
The number of female veterans in 2011.

7.5 million
Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2011: 5.1 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present); 1.8 million in World War II (1941-1945); 2.4 million in the Korean War (1950-1953); and 5.4 million in peacetime only.

51,079
Number of living veterans in 2011 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period. Other living veterans in 2011 who served during three wars:

43,942 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.

Living veterans in 2011 who served during two wars and no other period:
876,663 served during both Gulf War eras.
205,205 served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
129,972 served during both World War II and the Korean War.
(US Census)

Then..............

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-F_T29bssn5A/UJ-umMHrGzI/AAAAAAAAABA/Pu7PuZx9dTs/h120/Guard+Duty.jpg

Now.............(well maybe not quite!)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DhONTh8TiM4/UJ-cto2wjdE/AAAAAAAAABA/fQsdzMlIHPo/s144-c/RecentlyUpdated.jpg

Have a great day everyone.........................please keep those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen & women, and Coast Guardmen & women serving around the globe, many in harm's way in your thoughts and prayers.

Now I have to go hang Chjristmas lights on the outside of the house..........

Take care, be well,

Glenn

Sergeant Major
US Army
Retired

Sorry for the small pictures but my beloved and well used Web Shots is going away and I now am experimenting with new online photo apps to upload my pictures to CC - again - I apologize.
Thank you for all the interesting information Glenn...and Thank You & Angie for your service to our country!!!

I winterized our back porch on Saturday and was working on the area around the pool and patio yesterday when the wind picked up...today is rainy so no leaf raking today

newsier
November 18th, 2012, 03:47 PM
For my American friends -

So - who's going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house?

Or - whatcha doin' fer Thanksgiving?

I believe I am going to my MIL's house - (help me - please!!!)

g

TerriDHair
November 18th, 2012, 08:56 PM
Home alone here, nice and peaceful. Jeff is brining the turkey Wed. and will put it in the smoker Thursday. We'll have a simple menu, some wine, and some relaxation. And maybe I'll get in some online Christmas shopping...need to have everything ordered, received, wrapped, and shipped before about 12/1. Company Christmas party (ick) is 12/2 and 12/1 will be cruise packing day. By the time we return it will be too late to ship....

For my American friends -

So - who's going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house?

Or - whatcha doin' fer Thanksgiving?

I believe I am going to my MIL's house - (help me - please!!!)

g

newsier
November 22nd, 2012, 10:00 AM
My best to everyone on this very traditional American Holiday.

After the feast - check out ***********

Something new to have fun with, be one of the first on your block.......!

See you there......

g

PS - TerrI - I must let you know I am looking forward to your tales from your company Christmas Party. It too has become somewhat of a tradition here at Nulty House to feel you squirm and fret over the upcoming party, the funny and outrageous things Cruella comes up with for you to do and wear. The venue of the party and the "Team Building" event for the team to enjoy and bond with.........Can you give us a clue as to this year's festivities? "Enquiring minds want to know......." LOL

TerriDHair
November 22nd, 2012, 02:01 PM
My best to everyone on this very traditional American Holiday.

After the feast - check out ***********

Something new to have fun with, be one of the first on your block.......!

See you there......

g

PS - TerrI - I must let you know I am looking forward to your tales from your company Christmas Party. It too has become somewhat of a tradition here at Nulty House to feel you squirm and fret over the upcoming party, the funny and outrageous things Cruella comes up with for you to do and wear. The venue of the party and the "Team Building" event for the team to enjoy and bond with.........Can you give us a clue as to this year's festivities? "Enquiring minds want to know......." LOL

LOL, G, I'm glad my misery serves as a source of entertainment for the Nultys. ;) This year...well, there was talk of making everyone spend the weekend in Sedona, as there usually is (on three occasions, probably before we knew you, we had to do just that). Bowling was out for once as the comptroller who sets that up can't bowl any more (shoulder issue). The past three parties were at one of the other properties in their clubhouse, but this year the managers begged off. The plan was to do something, somewhere, on Saturday night, 12/8 but long ago I informed the organizer I would be on a cruise ship that day, and the following Saturday. That left 12/1, but (YAY) one employee is getting married that day and several others will be attending the wedding. So...this year it's Sunday, 12/2. The California employees have to head home early evening that day so it has to be a daytime event, and will be held at a restaurant here in Mesa starting at noon. It promises to be just as horrifying as ever (aside from not wasting a perfectly good Saturday night), as one co-worker is retiring 12/31 so this is a Christmas party/retirement party. In addition to the poems the boss writes and reads to everyone, there promises to be endless tributes to the retiree, who is my friend, but is also a crier. I hate being around ppl when they cry, and she will most definitely be crying all day. That's about all I know so far. It's supposed to last until 3:30. We'll be home by 4:00 and ready for a glass of wine, I'm sure (as you may recall, our parties are always dry).

Oh, and we received an invite to one of the clubhouses for Saturday night..."Brownies and Hot Chocolate, and special surprise entertainment". We declined. :rolleyes: