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Sad to hear about Matt Yee's passing. He was on our very first cruise back in 2008 & very quickly became one of our favorite things about cruising. Along with the best bar staff on the ship & proximity to casino, we found ourselves hanging out at the Schooner Bar every night.  He was on 3 or 4 other sailings & again, most nights we'd somehow find ourselves sitting at the piano. Never did that on cruises without him performing at the Schooner Bar. My wife even got to lead the "Oiy, Oiy, Oiy" (sp?) chant and a singalong while he went to the mens room. 😃. On Anthem,  we got to hang out with him while waiting on line for the bumper cars. Had one of the most interesting conversations with him  regarding his travel.  For such a high energy performer, he was actually quiet and low key when having a one-on-one conversation. 

 

I feel like one of my favorite parts of cruising kind of died with him. 🙁

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9 hours ago, h20skibum said:

If anyone is looking for a good read, these are a couple new ones by John Sanford and Michael Connelly. 
 

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I finished the Sandford one and I am halfway through the other. 

 

I've started reading the "Prey" series after @bobmacliberty recommended it. I'm now on #30, and "Judgment" is #33. Dreading the day I'll finish the series, all his books are awesome.

 

And, of course, bought the Connelly one too. Thanks for the reminder. Read all his books.

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1 minute ago, dani negreanu said:

 

I've started reading the "Prey" series after @bobmacliberty recommended it. I'm now on #30, and "Judgment" is #33. Dreading the day I'll finish the series, all his books are awesome.

 

And, of course, bought the Connelly one too. Thanks for the reminder. Read all his books.


I have read all of his books.  The problem with finding authors we like, is they can’t write as fast as we read.

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10 minutes ago, dani negreanu said:

 

I've started reading the "Prey" series after @bobmacliberty recommended it. I'm now on #30, and "Judgment" is #33. Dreading the day I'll finish the series, all his books are awesome.

 

And, of course, bought the Connelly one too. Thanks for the reminder. Read all his books.

 

I think I actually prefer the Virgil Flowers series (although the Prey series is indeed great).  Lucas Davenport has a small role in the earlier Virgil Flowers books as Virgil's boss, but they are mostly Virgil focused.  I like how his character is not your typical cop.

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53 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

I think I actually prefer the Virgil Flowers series (although the Prey series is indeed great).  Lucas Davenport has a small role in the earlier Virgil Flowers books as Virgil's boss, but they are mostly Virgil focused.  I like how his character is not your typical cop.


The latest Prey book I referenced above have Lucas and Virgil teaming up, with pretty equal parts.  

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5 hours ago, helen haywood said:

I don’t know how many of you read the humor thread…saw this and thought it was hilarious in light of the Die Hard…Christmas movie or not debate.

 

 

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Speaking of Advent calendars, since our grandkids were big into Harry Potter this summer, we got all of them these. 

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They are eagerly making their way through each day. 

 

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9 hours ago, Arzeena said:

@Jimbo You haven't posted pictures of your gorgeous home and property lately, now that you have gotten yourself into this "verizon" and "you tube" techie talk! 🙄 😁🤣🤣

Here's a few 

Fireplace in the house that was redone with the kitchen remodel

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Pruned the Apple Tree

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Pruned both Peach Trees #1

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Peach Tree #2

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House being built next's door to us, Our new neighbors soon.

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Garden getting cleaned up, hope to run the rototiller through it befor it gets to cold.

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Pictures outback of the mountain, all the leaves have fallen now. Only green up there now is evergreens and cedar trees.

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Farmer never got around to  mow some of the fields this year. He had equipment failures.

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More field pictures.

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If you enlarge the picture, the second from the right white building. Is the Clubhouse for the golf course.

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1 hour ago, h20skibum said:


Speaking of Advent calendars, since our grandkids were big into Harry Potter this summer, we got all of them these. 

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They are eagerly making their way through each day. 

 

I got Advent Calendars too but I am buying for an older crowd. 😀 This year they have a hops forward box or a traditional box. I went for the new box and it has been very popular so far. 
 

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3 hours ago, dani negreanu said:

 

I've started reading the "Prey" series after @bobmacliberty recommended it. I'm now on #30, and "Judgment" is #33. Dreading the day I'll finish the series, all his books are awesome.

 

And, of course, bought the Connelly one too. Thanks for the reminder. Read all his books.

Definitely will pick up some John Sanford , I am currently reading an older Michael Connelly  Bosh and Ballard book , also like the Lincoln Lawyer , loved that series also. Favorite author is definitely David Baldacci have read all of those. . 

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Here is just a bit of our experience with Matt.  He was on our sailing, the week before the Atlantis sailing. I guess we were his warm-up cruise. We discovered/heard him from the rising tide bar, and headed over to the Schooner Bar on night one.  We returned every night for the shenanigans. 
 

 

 

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1 hour ago, reallyitsmema said:

I got Advent Calendars too but I am buying for an older crowd. 😀 This year they have a hops forward box or a traditional box. I went for the new box and it has been very popular so far. 
 

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I thought of you today mema, after reading @aussielozzie18 aussie's post with pictures of her boat ride with her dad where they deliver mail to the surrounding area.  Wasn't it you who did the mailboat trip while in Canada?

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1 minute ago, Luckynana said:

I thought of you today mema, after reading @aussielozzie18 aussie's post with pictures of her boat ride with her dad where they deliver mail to the surrounding area.  Wasn't it you who did the mailboat trip while in Canada?

 

Yes, we did the mail run on our NE/Canada cruise but it was on our stop in Portland, Maine, not one of the Canadian ports.  It was on the Casco Bay Ferries and was $17pp with tickets only available the day you are going.  The boat goes 365 days a year and the Captain will narrate if there are more than 10 passengers.  It is BYO food and drink, not a nice lunch like @aussielozzie18 had on her boat ride.  I thinks hers was a wonderful trip to take with her Dad, great memories.  We would definitely do it again if we were in Portland and it was a nice day as it was nice to be our on the water.  It was interesting to see what the people who were going out to their island homes were bringing with them.  We saw many people with collapsible grocery carts taking anything from a step ladder to multiple gallons of window washer fluid to a Tiffany style lamp to their houses.  Some islands had golf carts all lined up at the docks waiting for people and others had shuttle vans.  They loaded and uploaded cargo at all islands but we never stayed for more than 5 or 10 minutes.  We have been to Portland a lot in the past as it is only an hour and a half drive from home, so this was something different for us to do.  🙂 

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