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43 minutes ago, dani negreanu said:

 

I feel for you. At least, you were planning anyhow to retire, albeit later.

 

Our eldest son was a flight attendant with El Al until December 31st, 2019.

 

95% of the FAs are laid off automatically after 5 years. He has done 2 "stints", since he liked very much this "way of life" -- he's not the "nine to five" type... Was very disappointed the 2nd time that he didn't make it with the few who were left "in reserve".

 

We also took "advantage" of him by buying reduced tickets and flying business long-distance, and, before he left, we bought lots of tickets for this year, which NOW are useless.

 

Wishing you to be back on board very soon and enjoy the service of your former peers 😁 

 

Thank you for your lovely words 😊.  The airline industry has been hit really badly during this pandemic and lots of staff have lost their jobs worldwide. 

It's been a blast, everyday is different, definately not a 9-5 job!!! I'm going to miss the vibe to be sure, but onwards and upwards.  More time for cruising and at least I get a redundancy payout this way 😂

Sue

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I've not been here much over the last week.  We've been busy closing on our new house on Amelia Island...as far northeast as you can go and still be in the state of Florida.  We are now officially Floridians with FL driver's licenses, car registrations, voter registrations, bills to pay, etc.  We still have our house in Ohio and plan to sell it next spring/early summer.  We have between now and then to determine what to move and what to sell/donate/throw away.

 

Our original plan was to build a new home, but there are not a lot of places to build new on Amelia Island.  Many homes on the island are 20+ years old and in need of renovation.  Plan B was to buy an older house and do a complete reno.  We'd be able to make it just the way we'd want it.  Looks easy enough on the HGTV shows.  We ended up finding a 3 year old house that was 90%+ what we would have done if building new. A little tweaking and it will be almost perfect.  I say almost because it has a 2 car garage with no room to expand to 3 cars. ☹️ 

 

We've started the fun part of designing the rooms.  Tying into a previous discussion on this thread, my wife is the designer.  She picks the styles/colors and will occasionally ask me what I think, mostly as a courtesy because it doesn't really matter what I think.  I just need to worry about whether furniture is comfortable enough (which is a challenge given that I'm 6 feet tall and she is 5' 2") and how choices will impact the budget.  I own all of the technology choices (keeping in mind the WAF) but she owns just about everything else.

 

I'm already seeing some of the differences between living in Ohio vs. Florida, beyond just the weather.  We had to set up a contract with a bug service for regular treatment.  As a Florida friend put it, Florida is just a swamp that humans have turned into livable space. The swamp is constantly trying to take everything back.  And since there is no basement, we'll really be missing that 3rd car garage for storage!

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, sgmn said:

The airline industry has been hit really badly during this pandemic and lots of staff have lost their jobs worldwide. 

 

It is so sad, since he has so many friends who were lucky to get the "tenure" status with El Al and were pursers, senior FA, etc. Now -- they're at home since March, and he's working....

 

I used to order 2nd hand books through Amazon c/o the crew hotels in NY, LA (since Amazon don't sell 2nd hand books to Israel), Uniqlo coats for family and friends (same policy), cosmetics, etc., and towards the end of his job he told me: "Don't worry, momsy, my friends will continue to bring you items from abroad, they give me their schedule...".

 

Oh, well.😢

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10 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

I've not been here much over the last week.  We've been busy closing on our new house on Amelia Island...as far northeast as you can go and still be in the state of Florida.  We are now officially Floridians with FL driver's licenses, car registrations, voter registrations, bills to pay, etc.  We still have our house in Ohio and plan to sell it next spring/early summer.  We have between now and then to determine what to move and what to sell/donate/throw away.

 

Our original plan was to build a new home, but there are not a lot of places to build new on Amelia Island.  Many homes on the island are 20+ years old and in need of renovation.  Plan B was to buy an older house and do a complete reno.  We'd be able to make it just the way we'd want it.  Looks easy enough on the HGTV shows.  We ended up finding a 3 year old house that was 90%+ what we would have done if building new. A little tweaking and it will be almost perfect.  I say almost because it has a 2 car garage with no room to expand to 3 cars. ☹️ 

 

We've started the fun part of designing the rooms.  Tying into a previous discussion on this thread, my wife is the designer.  She picks the styles/colors and will occasionally ask me what I think, mostly as a courtesy because it doesn't really matter what I think.  I just need to worry about whether furniture is comfortable enough (which is a challenge given that I'm 6 feet tall and she is 5' 2") and how choices will impact the budget.  I own all of the technology choices (keeping in mind the WAF) but she owns just about everything else.

 

I'm already seeing some of the differences between living in Ohio vs. Florida, beyond just the weather.  We had to set up a contract with a bug service for regular treatment.  As a Florida friend put it, Florida is just a swamp that humans have turned into livable space. The swamp is constantly trying to take everything back.  And since there is no basement, we'll really be missing that 3rd car garage for storage!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Florida!  🙂 

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8 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

We've been busy closing on our new house on Amelia Island...

 

Since I've started this thread, I had to google --

1. Thin blue line 

@Milwaukee Eight

2. Amelia Island. @bobmacliberty

3. C-rats. @dave&kathy

4. Scalloped potatoes @A&L_Ont

5. Plantation Bay @Milwaukee Eight

6. Spatchcock turkey @John&LaLa

 

It is fun expanding my "borders" 😁, Thanks

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9 minutes ago, dani negreanu said:

 

Since I've started this thread, I had to google --

1. Thin blue line 

@Milwaukee Eight

2. Amelia Island. @bobmacliberty

3. C-rats. @dave&kathy

4. Scalloped potatoes @A&L_Ont

5. Plantation Bay @Milwaukee Eight

6. Spatchcock turkey @John&LaLa

 

It is fun expanding my "borders" 😁, Thanks

 

Not yellow snow/lemon sorbet?  😉 

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42 minutes ago, sgmn said:

Thank you for your lovely words 😊.  The airline industry has been hit really badly during this pandemic and lots of staff have lost their jobs worldwide. 

It's been a blast, everyday is different, definately not a 9-5 job!!! I'm going to miss the vibe to be sure, but onwards and upwards.  More time for cruising and at least I get a redundancy payout this way 😂

Sue

Best wishes with your new plans.   I am sure you feel saddened right now but also sure you will enjoy early retirement.     Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

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15 minutes ago, dani negreanu said:

 

No Lift & Shift? Or other dates?

 

The 2 other dates they offered didn't offer Star Class, to which we were booked in, so there was no price protection available for us.  With all the NRD FCCs we have we decided to take the cash back on this one. 

 

It was hard to cancel, as the cabin price when we booked is almost the same as an OS on the other dates offered to us.  That being said there are way worse things, so this isn't the end of the world. 

 

2020, the year of defeat.  

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More sad emoji time...

 

Just got off the phone with RC to cancel our Allure March family cruise.  There were going to be 5 of us in the RLS, which includes two mother-in-laws. Probably a good thing that we took the NRD FCC for that cruise.😉

 

I mean, imagine the possibility of being quarantined with 2 MILs.😂

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1 hour ago, A&L_Ont said:

Just cancelled Sandal  for January of next year. 

 

Now on the phone with my TA, in the process of cancelling January 2022 which was chartered. Taking the cash back refund on that NRD. 

That's awful, sorry.  Maybe M8 is right and you should put a flow rider in the barn. 

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2 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

  As a Florida friend put it, Florida is just a swamp that humans have turned into livable space. The swamp is constantly trying to take everything back. 

I believe that is what is says on the sign at the GA / FL border on 75. 

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2 hours ago, molly361 said:

 Oh well maybe 2021

This is become second most common response in my house.  Right behind "I don't know, ask Google."

 

Sorry to hear about your trip, and especially your poor dog.  

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3 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

Political and religious discussions are typically a bad idea in most settings.  What I'm about to say may be similar...

 

I'm considering getting a Kamado Joe rather than a Big Green Egg.  Several online comparisons make the Joe look better than the BGE.  There...I said it.  @John&LaLa, @Milwaukee Eight - have at it.

Not an issue. Personal preference. I know BGE has a great warranty. I SIL cracked his. He bought it second hand and BGE replaced it. My band/spring rusted out. BGE replaced and supplied the labor to do so. 
 

Enjoy your Joe. Big Green Egg sure sounds better than Kamado Joe. BGE made in the USA. 
 

M8

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2 hours ago, dani negreanu said:

 

Since I've started this thread, I had to google --

1. Thin blue line 

@Milwaukee Eight

2. Amelia Island. @bobmacliberty

3. C-rats. @dave&kathy

4. Scalloped potatoes @A&L_Ont

5. Plantation Bay @Milwaukee Eight

6. Spatchcock turkey @John&LaLa

 

It is fun expanding my "borders" 😁, Thanks

Great thread BTW. 

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45 minutes ago, Domino D said:

I believe that is what is says on the sign at the GA / FL border on 75. 

My favorite is 

Goodbye Peaches 

Hello Beaches 

 

I’m always excited to see it.

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