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15 minutes ago, BecciBoo said:

I'm a cougar, my hubs is 16 yrs younger than I...so we started that kinda thing earlier, been married 25 yrs last January 1st.  Heaven!  But we definitely don't hold back when traveling/cruising.  We want to do it all before I get shut down!😉


Oh hey Becci 

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1 minute ago, Arzeena said:

Ok deviating slightly, but where in the world is Cruise Life Rick? I loved reading his "Live". Last I read was some cruise review with A&L and CLR.

 

 


CLR retired from CC when they changed formats a few years ago, when he was doing a live review on board. When we last cruised together in March 2019 he appeared in some photos with us along the way. He’s doing well but missing cruises. 

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58 minutes ago, Ourusualbeach said:

Curious about the roller.  Is there some sort of catch basin under where the roller retracts where all the needles and leaves collect that you can empty out the debris?


Yes. There are about 4/5 inches of space extra in the container when the cover is fully rolled in.  
 

The box is sloped and has a water drain at the low end.  When there is a heavy rain you need to use the surface pump to remove the water, otherwise the weight is too much for the cover to open all the way. 

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1 hour ago, BecciBoo said:

We use AMEX for any and everything, all the groceries etc  We haven't paid to fly in maybe...15 years.  They partner with Delta, in fact, we qualified for first class for our flights to Orlando Sept. Allure.  First time to get to do this, so excited.

A couple years ago we got upgraded to first class, it is very tough to go back to economy or pre economy afterwards.  We try to fly FC whenever the pricing is reasonable.   We also have had amex cards for several years, enjoy alot of their perks.  Or will enjoy when we get traveling again this summer.

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54 minutes ago, BecciBoo said:

I'm a cougar, my hubs is 16 yrs younger than I...so we started that kinda thing earlier, been married 25 yrs last January 1st.  Heaven!  But we definitely don't hold back when traveling/cruising.  We want to do it all before I get shut down!😉

I know we were on at least one cruise together since we were both active in roll call, did anyone get engaged or honeymoon on a cruise, we got engaged on sovereign of he seas in 1990 and honeymooned on SS Norway in 1991. (Also did Niagara falls )

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On 5/17/2021 at 12:41 PM, Lionesss said:

I wonder what pieces everyone will be picking when the monopoly games begin?

 

Ok, got me interested going to check out RCI home page.  Got some free time till car cruise tonight.

 

Stay out of trouble, ya hear

 

Be safe.

I only pick the dog .I have been playing since 1951.

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2 hours ago, George C said:

I waited till I was 67 and a couple of months, every month you delay you increase your payment, I should have waited till 70 which is maximum amount . I retired at 65 , wife has a very good job. 

I retired at 55 and was bored.A friend owned an Advertising business and wanted me to join his firm.I said I know absolutely nothing about the field.

He urged me to give it a try and I eventually retired as a VP.However,Mrs.66 worked was still working and when she retired we began to cruise on a regular basis.

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1 hour ago, George C said:

We also meet at work it was a oil company that eventually moved to Singapore, we both have pension although my is smaller since I was there only 7 years my wife’s is double since she was there twice as long , I worked for many companies in my 45 plus years . Not many people nowadays work for a single company.

Mrs.66 and I were both working for a company but never knew each other.

I worked 25 years for a company and Mrs.66 an RN worked 27 years for the same hospital.I was her third career.

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1 hour ago, BecciBoo said:

I'm a cougar, my hubs is 16 yrs younger than I...so we started that kinda thing earlier, been married 25 yrs last January 1st.  Heaven!  But we definitely don't hold back when traveling/cruising.  We want to do it all before I get shut down!😉

 

I like your style.

 

I am a cougar for a lionesss.

 

I am 8 years senior to the DH.

 

That is how I was able to retire early.  Riding on his insurance.

 

Love it.

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13 minutes ago, lenquixote66 said:

Mrs.66 and I were both working for a company but never knew each other.

I worked 25 years for a company and Mrs.66 an RN worked 27 years for the same hospital.I was her third career.

That should read IT was a third career.

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1 hour ago, h20skibum said:

We did our honeymoon on the SS Norway in 1980. 

I loved the Norway sailed her 7 times most of them in my single days, funny thing is my wife first time on Norway before we were married we had bunk beds 😂, now we book nothing but suites . 

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5 hours ago, h20skibum said:

I have seen a couple of the Suzuki Mini-me vehicles, converted to look like old VW vans, in our area.   This one just got delivered last week. Or, it could be a Subaru sambar.  They are both used for conversions. 


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They are so tall and narrow, I would think a strong wind would blow them over.  

We had a Suzuki van in 1996 for our week on Bonaire.  I think it was called a Carryall.  I think it could be converted to look like that.  I will try to remember to dig out an old photo.  No A/C.  Fortunately Bonaire is small so its micro engine wasn’t a liability.  Served us well taking us and a few tanks to really nice dive sites and restaurants.  I really like Bonaire.  Although, I imagine it could become quite tedious in a short amount of time if you weren’t diving every moment you were there.

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3 hours ago, akcruz said:

 

Hubby and I met at work, he left after about 15 years and bounced around getting "better", more stressful and time consuming, jobs for the next 20 or so years.  I stayed with the same company for almost 35 years, until they got bought out, great benefits and flexible work arrangements but not the same advancement opportunities.  When I retired at 55 due to the buyout hubby said me too, have not looked back.  We both lost a parent in their early 60s, the other living much longer, so learned to not wait to enjoy life but don't go crazy spending either. 

 

Laura retired the day she turned 56. I just quit. 

 

Wasn't going to let her have fun without me anymore

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2 hours ago, A&L_Ont said:


CLR retired from CC when they changed formats a few years ago, when he was doing a live review on board. When we last cruised together in March 2019 he appeared in some photos with us along the way. He’s doing well but missing cruises. 

 

He posts on Instagram

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44 minutes ago, xpcdoojk said:

We had a Suzuki van in 1996 for our week on Bonaire.  I think it was called a Carryall.  I think it could be converted to look like that.  I will try to remember to dig out an old photo.  No A/C.  Fortunately Bonaire is small so its micro engine wasn’t a liability.  Served us well taking us and a few tanks to really nice dive sites and restaurants.  I really like Bonaire.  Although, I imagine it could become quite tedious in a short amount of time if you weren’t diving every moment you were there.

 

You can rent golf carts on Bonaire

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8 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

You can rent golf carts on Bonaire

I wouldn’t do it again, but we rented golf carts there . Great cruise ok A, B C islands on Navigator of the seas.

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@Sunshine3601 Thank you for the inspirational post. @Lionesss Thank you for the heart-warming story. 

 

And really, thank you to all that responded or simply acknowledge my posts. I have no words that can express the gratitude I have other than to say it warms my heart.

 

My final thoughts are really just on the unfairness of the situation and a bit of a pity party for myself. I've been with my wife for 34 years, since I was 22 (Math whizzes should be able to figure out my age). My wife, the original cougar before being a cougar was a thing, will turn 62 at the end of the year and looking to retire. To travel with me near and far, to lunch with the ladies in the middle of the day, to visit her daughter (my step-daughter) in Houston. And to hang out & enjoy the good life before she got too old. She used to say "Just give me 9 good years!" I guess she thought she was going to fall apart at age 70? So that's the unfair part.

 

My pity party is that the first time since my college days, I will be on my own & doing many things big and small without someone at my side. Of course, I feel guilty since I at least GET to do things. And yet, I also have so many people by my side - I'm 1 of 4, she is 1 of 5, plus the plethora of friends that call, drop in, bringing me food & do my chores for me. Heck, even my step-daughters friends dragged my out for dinner & drinks several times even though DSD (is that the right acronym?)  is currently in Houston. She was here, but had to go home, but is working her way back here to NY.

 

As I said on the Bella thread, everyone has a heavy burden at some point in their lives so I'm no different. I really appreciate  those letting me "unload" my gloomy feelings to  complete strangers that are the CC family, so really, not complete strangers.

 

I will be around, I may disappear for extended periods of time but thats just to rebuild my new, real life.

 

Life is good, be kind, and give your loved on that extra hug tonight.

 

 

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That's interesting. A lot of ladies with younger husbands. Mine is too. But only by a year and two months. And I guess we all have lovely husbands that put up with us and care for us in sickness and health. :classic_smile:

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Great beach day here in N Myrtle Beach, temp in the low 80's, water temp of 72, nice breeze, and the tourist have not shown up in large numbers, also the gas shortage is over with the average price of $2.89 a gallon.

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53 minutes ago, HBE4 said:

I will be around, I may disappear for extended periods of time but thats just to rebuild my new, real life.

 

Life is good, be kind, and give your loved on that extra hug tonight.

 


Any time you need a distraction we are always here discussing or arguing 😁. Hang in there.

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My husband and I have been to two funerals in the last 2 weeks, and we have another next week. We took some time out after one to sit in the sun at a pub in a small town on the Central QLD coast.

 

Cheers to all of your good memories of the people you have lost, and smiling through tears.

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5 hours ago, John&LaLa said:

 

Laura retired the day she turned 56. I just quit. 

 

Wasn't going to let her have fun without me anymore

Over here state pension age is 66. It use to be 60 for women and 65 for men but was changed around five years ago . It was on a sliding scale for those five years so my friend who is only a couple of years older got hers at 62 whilst I won't get mine till next birthday at 66.

You can take company pensions anytime from 55 to 70 but they are vastly reduced if you take them early .  

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