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:) The Summiteers are no longer homeless! Thanks Gary! :D

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Hope we don't have to move anymore. It's so hard packing everything up and then putting everything away:D

 

Thanks Gary, for being so smart.

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**sigh**

 

ANOTHER new home - this is like our 4th new "home" since we began.

 

Oh well, I'm sure Beau will have it all nice and decorated for us soon!!

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:cool:...Good Evening Summiteers...Thanks to Gary, for our new home,..However, admit it Gary...You just wanted to top the page again..Yes???..LOL>>...Last Night on board...The whole ship seems to be either Sad or Subdued or Both...It's melancholy to start packing..The Big bags have to be outside the cabin tonight..:(..In the mean time, we finish off the Rum Runners and go out on our balcony...We are on the port side...I'd picked this side on purpose, because I knew that on the way home, we would get the Sunset..:D..This is looking like a doozy...Lots of clouds, some storm clouds way off...So, we kick back, sip our drinks and watch the Sun

 

disappears into the Sea.:D..Those of you, who didn't catch it...I have HD Video and photos...;)..I will try to post at least some of the photos here...What was cool, about this Sunset, was the Sun appeared to be setting between two banks of Clouds...Soon, the Sun is close to the Sea...Orange and purple light is shining thru the Clouds...OUTSTANDING!!..Finally, the Sea swallows the Sun...Orange light is coming thru the Clouds from beneath the sea...Can you guess, I love Sunsets at Sea, with the Woman I love and who Loves me...We get ready for the last dinner...We put our Bags out, many others have

 

done so to....We meet Flinder and Cortez waiting for the elevator, and we ride down to the MDR....The room is quieter tonight...Everyone is tired and happy, well most everyone...The cocktail waiter comes over and takes our order..(you know what it is by now)...For

Starters I get the Louisiana Gumbo with baby shrimp, Andouille Sausage and sliced okra, plus Escargot, Kathie Lee had the Forest Mushroom Broth with goat cheese Crostini.. For the Entree...Kathie

 

Lee ordered Chef JVS Signature Thai Coconut Shrimp, whick as you all know is Sauteed jumbo Tiger Shrimp in a Lemongrass-Ginger-Yellow Curry Sauce Served over a bed of Jasmine Rice with Straw Mushroom, Bamboo Shoots and crispy carrot nest. I got The Osso Bucco Alia Milanese with roasted artichokes and served over herb mashed potatoes...Very Yummy.....and of course for Dessert ...Baked Alaska...I don't know what the Big deal is about this...It only Neopolitan Ice Cream with Meringue around it...I guess it is hard to make...Anywhoo, All the Chef's introduce themselves and then it's the Waiters turn..They turn off most of

 

the lights and here they come...All the waiter are carrying what looks like lit birthday cakes!!!...But it isn't...Sundi, shows us the Alaska...then serves it to us...Like I said I don't get this dessert, but I will have to admit this is very good..Next time, What do we do on the last night aboard the "Connie"???

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:cool:..I forgot to tell you..Kathie Lee's shrimp had COCONUT IN IT...Hench the name....Back to the

 

Review...By the time we get out of the MDR..It's too late...There is a Farewell Dance Party at Reflections, but my gimpy leg leaves me out...So we all go down the Cinema to See "Red"...I

 

had seen this before, but the others hadn't...We enjoyed the movie..Somewhere, some one had gotten a bag of popcorn...Never did find out, where he got that...After the

 

Movie, it's late..We have to be up early tomorrow..The Drink of the Day was Watermelon Fresca, Patron Silver Tequila, Monin Watermelon, fresh lemon juice, Splash of Soda...So, where's the

 

Fresca????:D The Slots payout was $191,178...Next time...The Wait, the long lines, The wait in the broiling Sun...The Hot and Cold Hotel Room!!!

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What a nice home warming gift....more cruise adventures....sad to see it come to an end...

 

Who is going next???? Ours is November 27th.........

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Beau, sounds like an outstanding last sunset and dinner. Yum-o!

 

Jill, our Pacific Coastal cruise is on Sept 24. We leave for Vancouver on the 23rd. Yippee!

 

Gary, thanks for setting up our new thread! :)

 

Becki

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Beau, love sunsets on the ocean although I think I have only caught one.

 

But on the Zuiderdam we had a balcony and I stepped out there .. And saw a beautiful double rainbow. The reflection of it ran accross the sea and ended at the ship.

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:cool:..Good Morning to the Summiteer Sequel...It's the last day of the cruise, but we still have one day post-cruise to do, which we have never done before...We get up early, even though we have pushed back our time

to get off...We get dressed, and packed..Double Check the room...I guess we are ready...So, we say goodbye to our home for the last two weeks, On last look around then we are off to the buffet...We

go back to our favorite waffle stand, and add other tasty items...We are docked in the same place as when we left..We take our trays

out to the Sunset Bar to eat our breakfast outside and to see the Oasis of the Seas docked right behind us. It's going to be a beautiful day in Ft. Lauderdale...Did you know that the City of Ft.

Lauderdale is named for the Second Seminole War Fortifcation built on the Banks of the New river in 1838?...I didn't...:D..It does live up to it's name..."The Venice of America".;)...We learn that we

traveled 3566 Nautical Miles in our Cruise..Meanwhile, we head down to the Theater to wait for our color to be called. I believe it was Red 2...People are coming and going, finally our color is

called..It is not a long walk to the gangway..We Ding-Dong our Seapass cards for the final time..:(..As we are walking down the gangway, it sure feels different from when we walked up it, two

weeks ago...Down to the warehouse to find our Luggage..Flinder and Cortez found their's first, then us...Then into the long line at Customs..We run into Doris and her hubby, so we talk for

awhile..Just as we get up to the counter...One of agents, decides it's time for my Coffee Break...So, instead of Three Agents, we now have two...the line sloows....:mad:...We get thru it, and come outside

into the madhouse of people coming and going to the Ship...We are finally able to call our hotel, so they can come and get us. It's 10:30 in Morning, and it is already Hot and sticky...We find a place to

wait in the shade, but a Cop tells us we can't wait there, we have to go over next to a chain link fence..in the Sun of course...So, we wait, checking out every Van that comes in...Looking for our

Hotel...Finally he shows up, I grab shotgun, and everyone else piles into the back...Thank God for A/C...Next time...The Hot and Cold Hotel, Locked out and our first Reality Dinner...

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Grace, your double rainbow on the Zuiderdam sounds amazing! Wow!

 

Beau, boy, isn't it annoying to be hit with that dose of reality as you exit your cruise? Can't wait to hear the rest...

 

Becki

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Beau, I am one of those people who never to the theater. I sit at the pool with a cup of coffee and wait for my color to be called. Trying to drag out every last minute, second I can.

 

I recently read on the boards about a man who is 95 years of age and booked a year long cruise (solo) on Costa. To the tune of $65,000. Guess he didn't like getting off the ship either. I can only hope I can still cruise at 95 but I am sure I will not have the money.

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Hi Summiteers!

 

Gary, thanks for "building" our new home!

 

"The Sequel" continues ................

 

Catch up with y'all later! :)

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Becki...your cruise will be here very soon....sounds like fun.

 

Diane...don't you just love the grandkids.

 

Stacy had to get groceries and it had been awhile so she had to get a lot of stuff. Poor Madison was out of her favorite gummies:eek:

 

She had all of the food piled up around Madison and everytime she would put something else in the cart Madison would yell "NO MORE FOOD" Then she had to help hold on to stuff to take to the car...so hard being a kid.

 

Beau.....Glad you took an extra day after the cruise, so we get to hear a little more of your adventure....keep it coming.

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:cool:..Good Afternoon,Summiteers.....Where were we????...Oh, yes in the Van heading for our first post-cruise hotel stay...The reason we did this, is a simple one..the Airline we

were with,(Virgin America) only had one flight a day to San Francisco..It was at 10:30 in morning..We were afraid we wouldn't be able to get off the ship and to the airport in time...it turned out we could

have done it...I'm glad we didn't anyway...Anywhoo, After going up and down freeway ramps..For awhile I thought we were on the wrong Van and the guy was taking us to Miami!!!

..But, no fear, we take the next ramp and right next to the freeway was our Hotel..With the simple and easy to remember name....Wait for it....Cambria Suites, Ft. Launderdale Airport

South & Cruise Port!!..This is a very nice looking Hotel with a very long name:eek:..Only one year old and very modern looking..We drag all our luggage into the lobby..It is packed

with Cruisers getting ready to go to their ships...Of course we can't check in yet..So, we store our luggage in a big closet...and find a very comfy couch to wait. This Hotel has

Wifi, so Flinder tries to use her Ipad there..No luck getting on..There are four Computers in the lobby, that are free to use..I wanted to go on CC and tell everyone we were

back..But, I had to wait for the computer to free up...So, we started talking to this nice couple from Minnesota, that were going on a two week cruise..Yes, you guess it...They were

bound for the "Connie"..We told them, they were in for a treat since we just came back from that cruise...So, of course they had allot questions..and we did our best to answer them..

:D..After about an hour, their Shuttle was called and we wished them "Bon Voyage"...Kathie Lee and I both wished we were going with them...(Sigh)...The Front desk called us, to

tell us our rooms were ready...Again..Choice Hotels let us down..I made the Reservations months ago...But, like the Sleep Inn...I guess they thought it would fun, if you get two

rooms to place them as far apart as possible!!!...At the Sleep Inn they were on Different Floors..At least these were on the Same floor, just a different ends of the Hotel.:mad:...I still don't

understand why or why they do this!!!...When we got to our room...It was huge!!!..After two weeks in a balcony Cabin, this is a nice change. It had like a living room, with a large flat

screen TV on the wall, Coffee maker, Refrig, Microwave, phones with voice mail..the Bathroom, The shower stall is the size of our bathroom on the "Connie"!! The stall shower is of

the modern type..With just a glass wall and no door. the sink is a large ceramic bowl on a flat table...There is a crack in the bowl..I just hope we don't get blamed for that!!!:eek:..In addition

they are Bathrobes, ironing board and an iron...Past the living room wall is a large king bed with a pillow top and another Flat screen TV on the wall..It is warm in the room, and I turn the

A/C on full blast(more on this later)....We decide to go swimming, we get our Swimming togs on and head for the pool...on the way to the pool, we see a large gym with lots of machines..The pool is

very nice, and we find a table and chairs in the shade. We spend some time there, and head back to the room, when we try to get back in...the door is locked!!!!..There is a card reader

next to the door, and we try this, every way we can, but no joy...we bang on the door, and finally an hotel employee opens it for us..Next time...Hot and Cold Room and an dinner which tells us were not on board anymore.:eek:

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Beau, you always have an adventure, no matter where you are. Can't wait for the rest of your post-cruise stay. :p

 

Becki

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:) Hi Summiteers....The Sequel! Beau - The way you described your hotel room, it reminded me of the Venetian in Vegas. I think hotels reserve rooms kind of like car rental places reserve cars. :rolleyes: Maybe next time ask for adjoining rooms? Although, I'll bet newer hotels aren't even built with connecting rooms. Anyway....I'm getting a little misty-eyed just thinking about the end of your review. :p

 

:confused: for Diane - In the staffing agency/recruiting business....does the agency get a one time fee for placing a temp employee, or do they get a cut of the wages as the temp works, or both? For example: I get a temp job through a staffing agency that pays me $15/hour. Is the client paying say another dollar or two per hour to the agency for every hour I work? Or does the client pay a one time "finders" fee to the agency regardless if the temp job lasts a month or a year?? (Assuming I'm being paid through the temp agency, not the actual company I'm working for.) I'm not talking about a recruiter who finds and places a permanent employee. I assume the agency only gets paid once for that. Anyway, your insight will be greatly appreciated. :) BTW - Your little granddaughter just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

 

Hi Jill & Gary and Becki and Grace and Paul & Jen and Kathie Lee! :D

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Diane...don't you just love the grandkids. Stacy had to get groceries and it had been awhile so she had to get a lot of stuff. Poor Madison was out of her favorite gummies.

 

She had all of the food piled up around Madison and everytime she would put something else in the cart Madison would yell "NO MORE FOOD" Then she had to help hold on to stuff to take to the car...so hard being a kid.

 

Jill - grandparenthood is just the best. Addison is at the "I'm almost a person" stage where she reacts when talking to her and she definitely has a mind of her own. It's just awesome to watch her. She's saying "bye-bye" and I love to make her laugh --- nothing like a child's laughter!

 

Happy that Madison got her gummies .... a girl has her priorities! :)

 

Granny Diane

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:confused: for Diane - In the staffing agency/recruiting business....does the agency get a one time fee for placing a temp employee, or do they get a cut of the wages as the temp works, or both? For example: I get a temp job through a staffing agency that pays me $15/hour. Is the client paying say another dollar or two per hour to the agency for every hour I work? Or does the client pay a one time "finders" fee to the agency regardless if the temp job lasts a month or a year?? (Assuming I'm being paid through the temp agency, not the actual company I'm working for.) I'm not talking about a recruiter who finds and places a permanent employee. I assume the agency only gets paid once for that. Anyway, your insight will be greatly appreciated. :) BTW - Your little granddaughter just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

 

Hi Oink - I will do my best to let you know how the consulting companies and agencies I've worked with handle their commissions on placements.

 

As you mentioned, perm placements are typically one-time fees that are paid after the employee has worked with the client for usually 90 days or perhaps more.

 

On a contract or temporary employee situation with various clients, I've never experienced a flat rate commission regardless of the length of the contract.

 

In my experience, the commission is based on a percentage or margins that are set with that client and paid for each hour the consultant works. Each client could be very different and the percentage can be based on the pay rate of the consultant. (Project Manager vs. Technical Support)

 

I've never worked with a business model where a particular number of dollars are added to the hourly rate or a flat fee is paid. Again, there is usually a contract in place based on margins, even when I have to recruit a group of temp employees for project work. An example of project work was when I had to quickly put together a team of technical support contractors to locate at various sites when the BP oil spill happened in the Gulf - that was a logistic nighmare!

 

Hope this has helped, if not - just let me know what I missed. My experience has primarily been with consulting companies who work with Fortune 100/500 clients (AT&T, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Walmart, Home Depot) and offer solutions as well as providing staffing needs.

 

Does that answer your question(s)? ;) Hope so! These companies can get very creative with how they pay their employees!

 

I'm not prejudiced at all, but I have to agree - Addison is getting sweeter every day! She is so stinkin' cute!

 

Diane

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Hi Oink.....:)

 

Beau....At least they had your room reservation. Sounds like a nice room and hotel. Next time I hope you take a 3 week cruise. It would keep us entertained for 6 months:)

 

There are already a lot of people on our November cruise boards. They started it over a year ago. Lots of people from Florida because of the close ports. Everyone seems nice, so far, and very talkative.

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Oink, I will chime in on the temp pay situation, as I had a lot of temps when I worked as a supervisor in health insurance and in banking. We would pay the agency, like Kelly Services, an hourly rate of maybe $12. The employee working for us (usually doing fairly low-level administrative tasks) would get $8 or $8.50 an hr. So, the agency got a pretty good cut of that hourly fee. It's not uncommon for a temp agency to get at least 1/3 of what they charge the client for the employee. Now, Garrett uses technical contractors fairly often, and his agencies get between 20% and 30% of the hourly rate charged to the company.

 

Jill, sounds like you have a good forum going for your upcoming cruise. Our's is chugging along. We have our Meet & Greet arranged for right after sailaway. We have to have it then, as our 1st sea day isn't until halfway thru the cruise. :rolleyes: We'll have a grab bag gift exchange at the M&G. So far, we have about 18 couples signed up for the M&G, but you know how that goes, especially with it being at sailaway. And, we're also having a cabin crawl and a poker run on our 1st sea day. Haven't done either of those before, so that should be fun.

 

Becki

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:) Thanks for the info Diane and Becki! I didn't realize there were so many different ways to bill the client in the contract/temp agency business.

 

The reason I asked, and forgive me if I've already told this story (since our old thread is extinct, I can't look up my previous posts :( ), is because I priced myself out of a temp-to-perm job recently. :mad: This purchasing job, thru a staffing agency, was paying $15/hour. It was temp-to-perm after a 90 day probationary period. I interviewed on a Friday and was asked to come back the following Monday for a second interview. I'm thinking she must have really liked me to request a 2nd interview so quickly. :rolleyes:

 

The follow-up interview was with the original woman, plus 3 key executives (all men). I sensed they liked me, and they said they were impressed with my experience. Then at the end of the interview, I made the fatal mistake of asking what the bump up in pay would be, assuming they wanted to keep me after the first 90 days. I could instantly see the horror on their faces! :eek: So I explained that surely they were paying the staffing agency more than the $15/hour the agency was paying me. Therefore, I thought it was a very legitimate question. I am used to negotiating salary and benefits, so I didn't see anything wrong with asking. Well, needless to say, they chose another candidate.

 

Unfortunately, this is what it has come to after 21+ months of unemployment. I had a good interview yesterday for a local buyer position. And another one today for a jewelry sales clerk job at a dept store. I will be shocked if either results in a job offer. You cannot even imagine my frustration!!! :o I'm about ready to cash in and disappear.

 

Later my Summiteer Shrinks....

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So sorry Oink with the job search. Hopefully you can learn from your mistakes and at this point just smile and wait until you get the job before you go for the jugular:D

 

Becki...We have played a poker run before (not on a cruise ship) but it was fun. I still think our M&M was the best ever. Who could forget Aylisa in a terria, and our hawaiian shirts. I still have our group photo in our bedroom.

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Oink, I think your question was wholly legitimate. Geez! And, if the people interviewing you didn't think it was, at least one of them should have had the guts to say so and why. That would have given you the chance to explain your reasoning. But, here's the difference, and probably why they might have been horrified; I worked as a contractor for an IT company for 90 days. When they decided to take me on as a F/T employee, they wanted to give me $2 less an hour. Huh?! So, I said, let me think about it, and they said ok, they would still keep me on whatever I decided. So, I talked it over with my boss and he said go for the F/T, and here's why; I would have paid vacation and sick time benefits, as well as medical if I wanted it ( I didn't, as Garrett's was better, but you probably need medical, Oink). Also, as a F/T employee, if I got laid off or terminated, which did happen after 9 months, I qualified for unemployment benefits. So, Oink, that's why the company probably wasn't going to give you a bump in pay, as the benefit package WAS the bump in pay, at least in their opinion. :rolleyes:

Jill, the Summiteer M&M was indeed the best ever. I think a large part of that was due to our having photos of each other to view prior to the cruise, so we felt like we knew each other not only by chatting but also by sight. And, we all mingled with each other. In fact, I didn't get around to half the people I wanted to. We've had some nice M&G's on a couple of other cruises, but the people sat around like lumps and didn't even introduce themselves to each other. I couldn't stand it, so just started going around introducing myself, and that kind of got some people talking. On our Equinox cruise, having the gift exchange was a real ice breaker. But, I have to say, having name tags is critical, with both your screen name and your given name. Those name tags are the real ice breakers.

 

Becki

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Becki...We have played a poker run before (not on a cruise ship) but it was fun. I still think our M&M was the best ever. Who could forget Aylisa in a terria, and our hawaiian shirts. I still have our group photo in our bedroom.

 

Oh yes the group photo... we all looked so young then.:eek:

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Oink, Don't beat yourself up to much. You asked a normal question.

 

Our M&M was the best....So was our thread. Gosh! if I posted some of the things I did on another roll call they would have had me as well as several others of us thrown off. :D I looked through my album for that cruise and have a picture of Michael dressed as elvis in a contest with the mic lip sinking to the record. He was so funny, RA, Diane, and myself were laughing so hard. Damn, I can't remember if he won or not. Ahhhhh the good old days.

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... another Madison quote from today:

Eww gross! As you guys were getting in your Car, Madison was standing at the window saying" PaPa, I gotta go Poop"! LoL! It must run in the family!

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Paul, so terribly sorry for your loss. A sudden loss is so hard, but so much more painful to deal with when it happens in such a horrific way. We lost our nephew at the age of 21 to suicide, so I empathize with your loss and pray for God's peace for you and your family at this very sad time.

 

Becki

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So sorry Paul for what seems to be a year of losses all around for our Summiteers. You know you can come here anytime and say whatever you feel and we will support you.

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Oink....I had to laugh the other day. Gary and I were watching some comedy on TV and they were talking about playing Mexican Train. We both looked at each other and started laughing.

 

Bought the game for Gary's mom a few years ago and they still play it.

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Oink....I had to laugh the other day. Gary and I were watching some comedy on TV and they were talking about playing Mexican Train. We both looked at each other and started laughing.

 

Bought the game for Gary's mom a few years ago and they still play it.

 

Ah, Jill, happy times! We played Mexican Train with the Oinks and Pinksands on the Dawn Princess after Garrett won the "build a Princess vessel". He had to build a raft-type device that would float in the pool for 30 seconds while holding a case of beer. The prize? The case of beer! Garrett had a lot of new friends after that win. :D Of course, the cheering by the Oinks and the Pinksands surely put him over. ;)

 

Becki

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Dear Paul & Jen - I am truly sorry for the unexpected loss of your Sister and Brother-in-Law. These types of tragedies are the most painful, because their deaths leave so many questions. My deepest sympathies to you and your family....

 

Lenore

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:cool:..Hello, Summiteers...So, Sorry to Paul and Jennifer...I still don't know what happened..I couldn't download the Link...Gary, can you send me the link or tell me in a E-mail??...I was going to post my last chapter of my cruse review today...It can wait for few days...Paul and Jennifer our Prayers and Thoughts are with you and your Family...This sure has been a lousy Year for the Summiteers....:(:(:(

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