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2 hours ago, HBE4 said:

 

No chair hogs!  That's a plus in anybody's book.

 

But if you enter the belly flop contest, make sure its' from the end of the dock and not the staircase.

 

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After three months of lockdown I am confident that I could win any belly flop contest. I'm up 20 lbs since I got on Adventure Dec. 1 

 

Restaurants are now mostly fully open up here no so thing might get worse.  I went to the gym for the fist time in 3 months. I thought I was going to die.

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On 6/9/2020 at 8:59 PM, PhillyFan33579 said:


Where do you live?  Texas de Brazil in Tampa has been open for about a month now. It was definitely a far different experience with the waiters serving you from the salad bar and meat being brought on plates from the kitchen. But the food was still really good. Something similar to this would be a good alternative for the Lido buffet, at least initially. 

I'm in Virginia.  TdB is re-opening this Saturday, but my wife is having surgery and does not want to risk eating inflamattory foods during recovery process.  Will have to wait til later July for that.

 

Of course, I don't want to sneak out to a steak house without her!

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23 hours ago, Tree_skier said:

This was the replacement for my cancelled Radiance of the Seas cruise Hawaii to Vancouver back in May.

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It was great but it was definitely not as good as 10 days on Radiance would have been.

To maximize the pretend cruise experience, don't forget to throw towels or old books on the deck chairs and dare NOT to sit in them for fear of some chairhog coming and exclaiming "EXCUSE ME!!  i WAS SITTING THERE!"

 

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1 hour ago, BillHoo said:

I'm in Virginia.  TdB is re-opening this Saturday, but my wife is having surgery and does not want to risk eating inflamattory foods during recovery process.  Will have to wait til later July for that.

 

Of course, I don't want to sneak out to a steak house without her!

Any idea what the rest of Virginia is like now,  thinking of heading toward Bristol , Abingdon, Virginia area, house hunting. Wife wants to relocate to that area from NJ.

Any idea what I-81 is like as far as rest stops being open and such for restroom stops. I think she is looking at a AirBnB for the stay.

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6 minutes ago, Jimbo said:

Any idea what the rest of Virginia is like now,  thinking of heading toward Bristol , Abingdon, Virginia area, house hunting. Wife wants to relocate to that area from NJ.

Also look a bit further into TN.

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Just now, Jimbo said:

What areas are best. Looking for a house in the $250,000 to $350,000 range. 1 to 2 acres......not super remote either.

My suggestion was simply from an overall cost of living/tax angle - have no specific knowledge of the area.

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25 minutes ago, Jimbo said:

What areas are best. Looking for a house in the $250,000 to $350,000 range. 1 to 2 acres......not super remote either. 

Don't want to go to far south either because of hot and humid weather.

 

I talked her out of South Carolina.. 🙂

I'd buy a house on the ocean or walking distance. Florida and texas dont have state income taxes, but too hot agree with your wife. But I'd be looking outer islands. North carolina? 

 

If not for my elderly parents I'd still be living where I can walk on the beach every day. I moved here from florida to stop my dad driving with macular degeneration. Beach for sure for me. Acerage is nice but lots of upkeep. I want to at least see a blue ocean. .

 

Have you considered one of the smaller keys? Not key west, maybe  marathon? Why pay state taxes if you dont have to. 

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59 minutes ago, Jimbo said:

Any idea what the rest of Virginia is like now,  thinking of heading toward Bristol , Abingdon, Virginia area, house hunting. Wife wants to relocate to that area from NJ.

Any idea what I-81 is like as far as rest stops being open and such for restroom stops. I think she is looking at a AirBnB for the stay.

I live in this area but on the TN side. There is next to no Coronavirus concerns here. Pretty much everything open. A few masks here and there but most people are not concerned. 250-350 will buy a very nice place in this area

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1 hour ago, Jimbo said:

Any idea what the rest of Virginia is like now,  thinking of heading toward Bristol , Abingdon, Virginia area, house hunting. Wife wants to relocate to that area from NJ.

Any idea what I-81 is like as far as rest stops being open and such for restroom stops. I think she is looking at a AirBnB for the stay.

Hey there!!

 I’m in Blacksburg, VA and things are looking pretty good. The governor is still requiring face masks and the restaurants are at 50% capacity as of now. Abingdon is a beautiful area!!

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1 hour ago, firefly333 said:

I'd buy a house on the ocean or walking distance. Florida and texas dont have state income taxes, but too hot agree with your wife. But I'd be looking outer islands. North carolina? 

 

If not for my elderly parents I'd still be living where I can walk on the beach every day. I moved here from florida to stop my dad driving with macular degeneration. Beach for sure for me. Acerage is nice but lots of upkeep. I want to at least see a blue ocean. .

 

Have you considered one of the smaller keys? Not key west, maybe  marathon? Why pay state taxes if you dont have to. 

 

I'm not sure how many houses on the ocean you can get for 250-300K.  Definitely not in the Keys, I can tell you that for sure.

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3 hours ago, Jimbo said:

Any idea what the rest of Virginia is like now,  thinking of heading toward Bristol , Abingdon, Virginia area, house hunting. Wife wants to relocate to that area from NJ.

Any idea what I-81 is like as far as rest stops being open and such for restroom stops. I think she is looking at a AirBnB for the stay.

 

 

Over the last few months, I think I95 has had the least traffic I'd ever seen.  I 81 would probably have even less traffic.

 

Recently, traffic has picked up. 

 

All restaurants are open for takeout, or outdoor dining until this Saturday.

 

I think AirBnBs will welcome any business as things had been slow over the last few months.

 

If you're hungry, remember to get your meals before 9PM.  Most places shut down by 9 except maybe McDonalds or 7/11.

 

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41 minutes ago, bouhunter said:

I think they said 250-350,000.  That will buy almost nothing anywhere in the Keys.

That's for sure.  Lived 30+ years in Marathon.  Beautiful water but one road in and out.  

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I havent priced all the keys, thought might still be some bargains in upper keys. 

 

When I said anything on the beach here for that price has drawbacks.. here is a 616 sf beach house in surfside beach, tx for 259k contract pending ... look at all the cars parked on the beach in this shot and you will see why I'm hesitant about a weekend house I leave empty part time because I have to help my parents here. I was looking for a place close enough to easily drive back and forth. Surfside is just west of Galveston beach, where the beach dead ends. Every house I've seen in surfside, even larger more expensive houses, all pictures of the ocean all show solid cars etc between you and the beach. This was just a cheapie, but they all seem to have this line ... I'm thinking homeless people.?

 

Easy to get acerage in texas but too hot. I agree. 

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6 minutes ago, njkruzer said:

When we lived in NJ, Morris County, our taxes on our townhouse were close to $8k/yr.  Our friends in Essex county paid considerably more.  Not sure why we are discussing this here!  Too much time on our hands.

Cause earlier today alot of August cruises got canceled , so pretty much this thread is toast otherwise.

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15 minutes ago, Jimbo said:

Cause earlier today alot of August cruises got canceled , so pretty much this thread is toast otherwise.

 

which cruises have been canceled? Everything is still available on RCCL's website.

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OK folks please respect one-mans opine.

 

Royal will not start cruising in August and will not have a full ship schedule next year. The “new” Normal will be a day at Sea and a day on Coco Cay then a day at sea.

 

Too many variables, countries rules, CDC guidelines or lack thereof, legal considerations, crew re-manning logistics and FEAR.

 

I have had three cruises already cancelled this year and I’m starting to lose hope on the seven I have booked in 2021. 

 

I hope I’m wrong but daily events after day after are disheartening. We are watching the industry die a deaths of a thousand cuts.

 

Phil

 

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20 hours ago, Slidell_Cruiser said:

OK folks please respect one-mans opine.

 

Royal will not start cruising in August and will not have a full ship schedule next year. The “new” Normal will be a day at Sea and a day on Coco Cay then a day at sea.

 

Too many variables, countries rules, CDC guidelines or lack thereof, legal considerations, crew re-manning logistics and FEAR.

 

I have had three cruises already cancelled this year and I’m starting to lose hope on the seven I have booked in 2021. 

 

I hope I’m wrong but daily events after day after are disheartening. We are watching the industry die a deaths of a thousand cuts.

 

Phil

 

I respect your opinion, allow me to present a different point of view.  As of 15 July all EU borders will be open. Italy and Greece have both announced that they are open to tourists from any EU country with no restrictions including arrivals by sea.  We are hopeful that RCL will have a Med cruise season.

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19 minutes ago, crazyank said:

I respect your opinion, allow me to present a different point of view.  As of 15 July all EU borders will be open. Italy and Greece have both announced that they are open to tourists from any EU country with no restrictions including arrivals by sea.  We are hopeful that RCL will have a Med cruise season.

Yes, but UK still imposing 14 day quarantine. 

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The UK quarantine period will be 'massaged away' quickly as its clear the UK government have no clue how to make it work and the scientists are saying there's no point now anyway. There was a point at which it would have been valuable but its past.

 

Also in UK they can't even make the 'test, track and trace' process work at all.... not only are they not able to trace people who have come into contact with a positive tested individual, they can't even make contact a big proportion of those who have actually tested positive even though they know who they are and where they live! 

 

That's before the airlines sue the government, which is starting now....   

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5 hours ago, crazyank said:

I respect your opinion, allow me to present a different point of view.  As of 15 July all EU borders will be open. Italy and Greece have both announced that they are open to tourists from any EU country with no restrictions including arrivals by sea.  We are hopeful that RCL will have a Med cruise season.

Given multiple European Cruiselines have aleady cancelled through October/November I do not see RC back in the Med this year.

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