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About okpaddy

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    Travel, Reading, Sports (Cardinals & Packers)
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, HAL, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Trans Atlantic

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  1. No, but I spent a little time at Harvard Law school many years ago, and have a number of friends from the area. As a matter of fact, I think they were trying to kill me with Irish whiskey on more than one occasion in the "Southie" Irish pubs... I fondly remember going to Fenway Park and "Who's on First" and trying to translate the natives for the other visitors. Best wishes, and please keep sharing the uplifting videos.
  2. Thank you, Lovely photos on the website. You are right on the water. Best wishes to you and your family, stay safe.
  3. Dear ChesneyGirl, Wicked awesome. Wonderful videos. Thank you for sharing. The videos were a definite pick me up today. I appreciate the cheerful, lovely images and the memories they brought back of previous sailings. Best wishes
  4. Thank you for the updates. Does your business have a website ?
  5. Dear Eileeshb, Thank you for the update from Ireland. My mother and her family were all from County Mayo, and I still have family in the area. I am always pleased to hear news from the west coast and remember fondly our visits there. Please stay safe and continue to post about your conditions at home. Best wishes
  6. Thank you, I appreciated the recommendation.
  7. Thank you for the recommendations. I agree, Leon Uris is must read, and I will look for Pachinko and Paul. I'm not a fan of scary reads, or movies. Isn't Pachinko a Japanese pin ball game ?
  8. You are very kind DCGuy. I was surprised by the reaction some friends and family had to the news that I had signed on for testing. There seemed to be a general consensus that I was nuts to offer myself up as a guinea pig. During this time of uncertainty and unrest, we all need each other to step up and display a willingness to defend the line. I have tried to live by the philosophy of contribute however and whatever you are able.
  9. I whole heartily agree with Georgia Dave and Two wheels. Two shots are the way to go. Plus there is no extended wait time for the follow up dose. 🍹 🍹
  10. Well done Ziggy. Taking one for the team. I am also part of the phase 3 testing in the U.S. I would have liked to had the option of the Oxford vaccine testing. Their initial testing phases were reported to be excellent. I had to go with what was available here and now I've had my first Moderna shot. The follow up is scheduled for September. I don't know if I received the vaccine, or the placebo but I'm glad to be doing something. Hopefully there will be positive outcomes and plentiful vaccinations available to the general public. Best wishes to all of the fellow cruisers, and stay safe.
  11. Thank you for the recommendation, I haven't read any Cussler books for a long while. I will pick it up. 👍
  12. Do you have any good book recommendations ? I've just about finished my list for 2020 since being quarantined.
  13. I'm a long time Packer backer, and my son is a shareholder also. Although we have never visited Lambeau field it is definitely on my bucket list. I used to go to Packer games at the old Brewers field in Milwaukee back in the seventies. I was interested in the brat discussion, and was fortunate for many years to have a German meat market here in Oklahoma with wonderful brats and knockwursts. Alas the family retired and now the grocer has been converted to a hipster coffee shop... I still have Kringles shipped from Racine and keep them in the freezer for when I need a sweet fix. If yo
  14. This is why Canadians are so much fun. They use "disco balls" for soothsaying...
  15. I was fortunate with refunds as well. I remember all of the doom and gloom posters that were adamant that NCL was broke and unable to make refunds. I had my taxes and fee's refunded almost immediately with American airlines and my miles were returned to my account. British airlines was the slowest to refund, but did eventually follow through. Hotels pre and post cruise were also agreeable and refunded all deposits since the EU was on lock down. I opted for the bonus FCC on the second leg of my cancelled B2B and have booked a TA and B2B for next spring. Keeping my fingers crossed tha
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