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Ode to be young again :

My daughter who lived in Long Island but works in Brooklyn went to work today.Her husband who works in Manhattan is working from home.

 

My daughter who lives in Manhattan but works in Long Island went to work today.Her husband who works in Manhattan is also working from home today.

When I was young ,living in Brooklyn and working in Manhattan I also went to work regardless of the weather.

Ode to be young again.

 

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1 minute ago, jagsfan said:

That spot is so beautiful to me!

One if the most scenic locations  to cross any river. 

 

Indeed yes.  And as we move about the area, we sometimes get a glimpse of the bridge over the trees...so majestic looking!  🙂 

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1 hour ago, Ocean Boy said:

Have you visited the Tower? I found it fascinating. Henry's armour, as well as his horses armour, are there.

The first time I visited the Tower, I was totally absorbed into the atmosphere. Horrible place to be imprisoned.
It’s easy to spend half a day there, seeing everything. 
Then, outside, to see where Anne Boleyn was executed seemed almost surreal. Like I was time traveling. 
The Crown Jewels weren’t displayed well, and were disappointing. 
After they moved them, and installed new lighting, I was blown away by them. 
For years, where you came up from the Underground was a hot dog stand. I got a hot dog every time…best ever!

You could only wave the mustard at your hot dog, though. English mustard will put you on your knees if you’re not careful. 
 

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16 hours ago, Sea Dog said:

Stay dry my friends in the northeast. I'm thinking about you.

 

16 hours ago, akcruz said:

All upon the Northeast stay safe, 

 

16 hours ago, BonTexasNY said:

Hope everyone impacted by Mother Nature's wrath stays dry and safe.

 

11 hours ago, grapau27 said:

Take care and stay safe Lenny and everyone else affected by the rain.

 

3 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

Best wishes to everyone impacted by Ida.  

 

2 hours ago, Arzeena said:

You are in my thoughts. Stay safe.

 

@mets07 , @Sunshine3601 , @Ocean Boy , @lenquixote66 , @HBE4 , @BonTexasNY and @DaniDanielle

 

Joining in my thoughts with all the above well wishes to all those impacted.

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43 minutes ago, island lady said:

 

Bucky cranks his Jimi CD up on the little CD player he has in the garage (AKA man cave) as he is working in there.  😉 

Our so called garage band in high school use to play a lot of songs from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. We changed/modified some of the lyrics to "Foxy Lady" and played it during a Friday night dance at our high school. We were banned from playing at our own high school after that. There was always someone from the school staff there as chaperones 😂 and took offense 🤣.

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1 hour ago, Sunshine3601 said:

Yes, we did a full tour of the Tower.    At first Eric didn't want to do the tour, he just wanted the option to walk around on your own but I insisted we take the guided tour.     We both enjoyed it and were fascinated hearing the stories and learning how they lived, and the beheadings.    Amazing how old most of those structures are and they remain in good standing. 

Of course, I enjoyed seeing the family jewels.

We did walk the London Tower Bridge, but did not take the tour of the bridge.   

 

Our tour guide/Beefeater started by saying that he will be giving the tour in 3 different languages, English, Australian, and American.  🙄  Probably tells that joke at the start of every tour.

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1 hour ago, ownedbypets said:

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. My son just got home from working in the UK for 7 weeks and texted us today that he is getting married next month. He and his fiancé have been together for 6 years and engaged for two so it isn't a huge surprise. I have no details yet other than it being at the courthouse and the date. Of course my husband and I will be there but I'm still waiting to hear from our daughters. One just signed a contract for travel nursing so hopefully she can get a few days off.

Congratulations!     😍

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2 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

We also had alerts.We are also about 1/2 hour to the nearest railroad.

Friends of ours in North Jersey had water in their first floor.My nephew in Westchester lost power and one of my nieces in Westchester had several feet of water in her house.Glad that you are okay too.

 

Fortunately,  I am on high ground. Nothing more than a few twigs in the back yard.  Lights flickered a few times but never lost power. The electric power company did some extensive tree trimming a month or two ago. No doubt that helped. 

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4 minutes ago, HBE4 said:

 

Fortunately,  I am on high ground. Nothing more than a few twigs in the back yard.  Lights flickered a few times but never lost power. The electric power company did some extensive tree trimming a month or two ago. No doubt that helped. 

Tree trimming was done in my development recently as well.

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6 hours ago, mets07 said:

My husband has been shop-vacuuming water out of our basement for the last 3 hours. This is in Northern New Jersey. The ground is very saturated so it is difficult to make progress.  It is in both unfinished and finished areas of the basement but not completely across the floor. Whether the carpeting in the finished areas will be worth keeping is an unknown at this point. 

 

In any case, considering that at least 14 people have died in New York and New Jersey due to this weather incident, this is nothing. 

 

Sorry to hear your ordeal with the rain but pleased you are safe.

Graham.

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6 hours ago, BonTexasNY said:

My daughter and SIL in NJ were greatly impacted by Ida.  Basement is flooded, and my SIL's business parking lot and part of his bldg. is underwater.  He had to park elsewhere and  was taken to his bldg. by boat. My daughter works approx. 35 minutes away and roads were flooded so she stayed home.  The picture is the flooding and boats at my SIL's work.  The red blob is me having fun with the edit feature removing the name of the building.

 

Looks like a lovely lake doesn't it?  This was dry land before Ida hit.

 

Hope all are safe and were not impacted greatly.

 

 

 

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So sorry to hear what your daughter and son in law are experiencing Bonnie.

Graham.

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2 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

Sorry to hear this,Bonnie

 

2 hours ago, Sunshine3601 said:

So sorry to hear of the troubles they are having.   Happy to hear no one was hurt.    It is going to take quite a while for everyone to dry out.    

@lenquixote66@Sunshine3601 

Thank you.  So many more had it worse.  We're grateful they're ok. They also have a separate 2 car garage that got flooded. Hopefully, no damage to the cars parked inside. They lived in Bergen County during Super Storm Sandy and were not impacted at all.

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Sorry to those of you experiencing water or other damage from the storm. We were lucky here in our area of RI.  Lots of leaves & small branches down in the yard but that’s all. Never lost power and no flooding/water.  Our oldest DD & her family live in Berwyn PA, suburb west of Philly. I texted her right away this AM and all is fine with them other than a small landslide in their backyard that went into their pool. It’ll be a real mess to clean. 

I’ve been reading along but haven’t been posting or reacting much due to ongoing CC issues.  Over the past month or so, I’ve emailed their help desk a couple of times about the problems. Someone here mentioned that feature a while back - maybe islandlady?  They usually reply within a day or so, always saying a fix has just been issued.  Yet the problems persist.  I emailed again today 🤷🏻‍♀️, so we’ll see.  


Glad everyone is safe after last night; my thoughts and prayers are with those who were not. 
 

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Earlier today, I did one of the proctored BinaxNOW Covid home tests.  I posted about it on John's Bella thread and thought I'd also post here for those interested in this test but don't follow John's thread.

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I just did one of the emed home rapid tests.  I ordered a 6 pack for our Sept 19 Allure cruise.  I have extras and since I just returned from a golf trip with a legit runny nose, I figured that I'd take a "practice run" before my cruise. After ordering the tests, you need to download the Navica app and create a Navica account, which is separate from the account that I created on the emed.com site.  I'll also add that they ship the tests via Fedex overnight, but someone needs to review and approve your prescription before shipping, based on the answers that you provide in the eligibility questions.  For me, the approval did not happen until the next day, so my order didn't arrive until 2 days after ordering.  Plan accordingly.

 

When ready for the test, you need to log into the Navica app and then go to emed.com and click on "Start Testing".  You'll need to enter your Navica username and password on the emed site so that your test is linked to your Navica account/app.  You need to use a computer/device with audio and video capability to access emed.com.  I used my iPhone.  It took about a minute to get connected with someone.  I could hear but not see her, and she could both hear and see me.  She had me open the box (don't open until you're connected to a proctor), scan the QR code on the card, and then talked me through performing the test while she watched.  The steps to follow are identical to the self test (which is not acceptable for Royal Caribbean...don't know about other cruise lines) in this video:

The proctor started a 15 minute timer on my phone screen and said that I was free to leave the room but to be back before the 15 minute timer was up.  When the timer ended, I click on a button to proceed (can't remember the actual words) and I was then connected with a different person to review the results.  It took another minute or so to get connected with the second person.  He had me show a close up of the front of the card so that he could see the QR code and the test result.  He also asked me to describe what I saw in the window next to the words CONTROL and SAMPLE.  In my case, I had a pink line next to the word CONTROL and nothing next to the word SAMPLE, which is a negative result.  👍😁

 

The proctor guiding me through the test results then said that the results would be sent to my registered email address and to my Navica app.  Both appeared almost instantly.  The whole thing took less than 30 minute and I spent 15 of those 30 minutes reading Cruise Critic threads while waiting for the test result.  Overall, a very easy process.

 

Happy to answer any questions about the test that anyone may have. 

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Well, my home town in Pa, even with all of the rain that was being recorded on local weather stations, had no issues worthy of being reported  on the local news media there, either in my town or neighboring towns.

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36 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

Earlier today, I did one of the proctored BinaxNOW Covid home tests.  I posted about it on John's Bella thread and thought I'd also post here for those interested in this test but don't follow John's thread.

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I just did one of the emed home rapid tests.  I ordered a 6 pack for our Sept 19 Allure cruise.  I have extras and since I just returned from a golf trip with a legit runny nose, I figured that I'd take a "practice run" before my cruise. After ordering the tests, you need to download the Navica app and create a Navica account, which is separate from the account that I created on the emed.com site.  I'll also add that they ship the tests via Fedex overnight, but someone needs to review and approve your prescription before shipping, based on the answers that you provide in the eligibility questions.  For me, the approval did not happen until the next day, so my order didn't arrive until 2 days after ordering.  Plan accordingly.

 

When ready for the test, you need to log into the Navica app and then go to emed.com and click on "Start Testing".  You'll need to enter your Navica username and password on the emed site so that your test is linked to your Navica account/app.  You need to use a computer/device with audio and video capability to access emed.com.  I used my iPhone.  It took about a minute to get connected with someone.  I could hear but not see her, and she could both hear and see me.  She had me open the box (don't open until you're connected to a proctor), scan the QR code on the card, and then talked me through performing the test while she watched.  The steps to follow are identical to the self test (which is not acceptable for Royal Caribbean...don't know about other cruise lines) in this video:

The proctor started a 15 minute timer on my phone screen and said that I was free to leave the room but to be back before the 15 minute timer was up.  When the timer ended, I click on a button to proceed (can't remember the actual words) and I was then connected with a different person to review the results.  It took another minute or so to get connected with the second person.  He had me show a close up of the front of the card so that he could see the QR code and the test result.  He also asked me to describe what I saw in the window next to the words CONTROL and SAMPLE.  In my case, I had a pink line next to the word CONTROL and nothing next to the word SAMPLE, which is a negative result.  👍😁

 

The proctor guiding me through the test results then said that the results would be sent to my registered email address and to my Navica app.  Both appeared almost instantly.  The whole thing took less than 30 minute and I spent 15 of those 30 minutes reading Cruise Critic threads while waiting for the test result.  Overall, a very easy process.

 

Happy to answer any questions about the test that anyone may have. 

Congratulations on a Negative test!

Thank you very much for taking the time to post this information - Very Helpful for many of us looking forward to future cruises.     Definitely helps alleviate the anxiety of finding somewhere to test and waiting for the results, especially a PCR test.    

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4 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

We took a river tour from the Tower back to Westminster.  A few pics from the boat on an overcast day (overcast day in London 😲).

Overcast in London?  Here is what it looks like with blue skies. 

The Shard

 

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Tower bridge (one of my favorite photos)

 

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I love the animals on the walls

 

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Some armor 

 

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More armor

 

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I asked my wife if she would like a new necklace. 
 

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I liked this sculpture 

 

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The London Eye from the top

 

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Parliament and Big Ben were undergoing renovations

 

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London Eye from ground level.

 

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We were certainly blessed with good weather on our trip. 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is what I have been working on lately- it’s my second quilt. This is crib sized, and it’s going to my first grandchild! I probably was a bit optimistic, since I didn’t use a pattern and it’s handpieced. Still, it’s done, and my grandson it unlikely to care that it’s not perfect!

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14 minutes ago, StanleyandGus said:

This is what I have been working on lately- it’s my second quilt. This is crib sized, and it’s going to my first grandchild! I probably was a bit optimistic, since I didn’t use a pattern and it’s handpieced. Still, it’s done, and my grandson it unlikely to care that it’s not perfect!

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It is beautiful and he will love it.  

 

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5 hours ago, Sunshine3601 said:

Yes, we did a full tour of the Tower.    At first Eric didn't want to do the tour, he just wanted the option to walk around on your own but I insisted we take the guided tour.     We both enjoyed it and were fascinated hearing the stories and learning how they lived, and the beheadings.    Amazing how old most of those structures are and they remain in good standing. 

Of course, I enjoyed seeing the family jewels.

We did walk the London Tower Bridge, but did not take the tour of the bridge.   

Great that you decided on the tour. I think without it you just can't grasp the significance of much of what you are looking at. After the tour I did a bit more exploring on my own.

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