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  1. I second that! Also, if you aren't 100% thrilled with the wines in the package, you may be offered alternative selections. They'll be in the same price range, but it may give you some additional choices. One other suggestion: If there's a wine in the package that you absolutely love, have multiple bottles pulled for you. Sometimes wines run out mid cruise.
  2. So, Richard Nixon's Cocker Spaniel, Checkers, has his own day? That's cool. It's also true, because it's on the interwebs. https://www.presidentialpetmuseum.com/blog/richard-nixon-checkers/
  3. It's not just iPads. I'm having the same problem on both an Android phone and tablet. I tried a few different browsers and the Quote Selection function doesn't work. It's fine using Firefox on a PC though. Firefox on any mobile platforms seems to have an issue.
  4. Same Global Entry turnaround over on the east coast of Florida at Port Everglades. If you're renewing your GE card, be aware that the Trusted Traveler number doesn't change. So, if you have your Trusty Traveler # loaded in your airline and cruise line profiles, you won't have to change them.
  5. I would lie in wait. If you have any Accomplices friends on the ship, you can turn this into a fun experience.
  6. They misstated things. They're protecting Santa Barbara from cruisers. Santa Barbara makes Key West look positively cruise-friendly.
  7. In my experience, the florists have always been willing to work with you to customize the designs in the standard catalog. I think they like the challenge. It probably gets a little boring making the same designs over and over. The flowers on HAL have always been a good value, IMO.
  8. Since the first one and second one kind of cancel each other out, it's really just peanut day. It's also International Chocolate Day and Positive Thinking Day. I'm positively thinking about having a chocolate peanut butter cup.
  9. What are the odds of "Bring Your Manners to Work Day" falling on a day during the long Labor Day weekend? (US holiday, also known as Boxing Day or Celsius in other jurisdictions.) I'm pretty sure that it's more than of 60%.
  10. A few of my clients' restaurants in Aspen, Colorado pour Le Grande Courtage (Brut & Rosé) as their house sparklers. It's a competent sparkling wine, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. The wine passes muster in Aspen, which is a fairly snooty crowd. The Dom Ste. Michelle and Dom Chandon are better choices, IMO. However, if you're having a rosé day, Le Grande Courtage is perfectly fine. Really good rosé Champagnes are expensive, so you're not likely to find them on any beverage package.
  11. I see you travel in the Bubble of Awesome. 😀
  12. Yes. They were when we were at the airport earlier in August. Be advised that the airport testing was more expensive than what you'd pay at a local Fort Lauderdale test location. https://testing.nomihealth.com/easy_registration/34/onsite
  13. We used Slug X Traps from the UK. (They're kind of hard to find nowadays though.) They were billed as "Slug Pubs where it was always last call." You filled the cups in the trap with beer. The slugs, attracted to the beer, would enter the traps and head off to the great happy hour beyond. We used them because we wanted to avoid poisons around our two Black Labrador Retrievers. The traps were really effective, but you had to clean them often. Sun-drenched, beer-swilling, ex-slugs got a little ripe in the sun. We also had an irrigation system and the diatomaceous earth lost most of its effectiveness once it got wet. https://www.garlandproducts.com/slug-x-slug-trap.html
  14. I really appreciate all the Rich does for us, but I'm taken aback that he skipped over August 31st's being National Diatomaceous Earth Day. Sure, it's not got the glamor and prestige of the Trail Mix or Eating Outside, but it's quite useful. Frankly, I've only ever used it to kill wasps in our garden's rock walls, but according to WebMD: The ancient Greeks used diatomaceous earth to make building materials, like bricks and blocks. Later on it became popular in Europe for various industrial uses. When taken by mouth, diatomaceous earth is used as a source of silica, for treating high cholesterol levels, for treating constipation, and for improving the health of skin, nails, teeth, bones, and hair. When applied to the skin or teeth, diatomaceous earth is used to brush teeth or remove unwanted dead skin cells. (That kind of reads like you'd have dead skin cells on your teeth.) The odd thing about brushing your teeth with diatomaceous earth, aside from the obvious disgustingness of the the whole affair, is that the package tells you not to inhale it. But go ahead, brush your teeth with it!
  15. Excellent! However, I'd use the URL without the FB tracking code. Otherwise, it might look like we're stuffing the ballot box. (We totally are, but this makes it a lot hard to track.) https://www.travelweekly.com/Readers-Choice-Round1
  16. Happy Frankenstein Marshmallow Day! I couldn't show them on the beach because the peanut butter cup ears tend to melt off.
  17. To celebrate, let's don our My Little Pony Rainbow Bow Ties!
  18. I made what I originally thought was a mistake when I went into the local post office. I meant to grab a flat rate Priority Mail envelope which costs $7.40. However, due to the Covid requirement that stipulates that my glasses must be fogged up at all times when indoors, I accidentally grabbed a Priority Express Mail envelope, which costs $22.75. I had already stood in line for 10 minutes by the time I got to the counter. I would have had to get out of line, grab a new envelope, fill out the address, and stand in line all over again. I decided that I'd suck up the $15.35 loss. It turns out that the passport agency sends your new passport back using the same method you used to send it in. (It's the US Government, so they don't mind paying the difference, apparently.) Priority Express has somewhat better tracking than the regular Priority Mail as well. I don't know how much of the speed was due to the fact that I sent the renewal via Priority Express or how much was due to the fact that Florida residents' passports are processed in Irving, Texas (NW of Dallas.) Passports from California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York & Texas are processed in Texas. The rest of the country's passports are handled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  19. On behalf of Florida, please...please... please... Stay out! Save yourself. Your pal from beyond the grave! - B
  20. I used the "magic combo" for my renewal. I sent my passport from Fort Lauderdale to the Texas processing center on Monday. They rec'd it Tuesday. Check cashed on Thursday. I rec'd status updates on Friday. My new passport came back 12 business days later. My passport card came two days after that. My old passport came three days later. I may have lucked out by being in a state that used TX processing. Start to finish was 4.5 weeks.
  21. Unless it's changed recently, Quench is $17.95/pp/day. You probably need to consume 4 non-alcoholic beverages each day for it to be worthwhile. IMPORTANT: If you are a canned soda-only person, pay attention to the soda limits.
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