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« on: November 14, 2016, 03:40:24 am »
I demand a remount.

General Discussion / Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« on: October 18, 2016, 12:56:15 am »
Here in Chatt. We got nothing from it. Our guys been fighting a few forest fires due to being so dry.
My inlaws in Daytona all got extensive landscaping damage and one lost a boat.

The pretty drive for us is going US64/74 thru Ocoee and Nantahala into Cherokee. There are tons of prime outdoors activities along that route. When I was a child Cherokee was where everyone went and bought cigarettes without paying taxes. It was a booming place. These days if the indians had not gotten the Casino it would have went away. They still only allow alcohol in the Casino and Gatlinburg 30 miles away pours it freely and took most of the business away from Cherokee. If you were to have crossed the mountain into Gatlinburg,you would have found Tennessee's largest tourest trap.

How about the condo?  Did it miss hurricane damage?

Cherokee was a cool find!  I had never heard of it.   Pretty busy, even in the middle of the school year.  Lots of retirees out on bikes and in RVs.  We were just headed to Asheville, and thought it would be fun to stay at the casino, in the mountains.  Turned out to be about an extra 25 miles, that take an hour to drive.  But we had lots of time and really enjoyed the drive.  Also took a side trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  72 and sunshine, bikes everywhere.  Pretty great.  We had trouble finding wine.  The local Food Lion is not allowed to sell.  We did find a 'beverage store' that sold wine and beer.  But like you said, the Cherokee and/or the Casino kind of have a monopoly on booze.

General Discussion / Re: Heading to Hurricane country!
« on: October 14, 2016, 06:54:59 pm »
Turned into a bit of an adventure.  Went to the boat show in Annapolis MD.  Had a beautiful day there!  Then started heading South as Hurricane Matthew was moving in.  Light rain across VA.  We stopped for the night about 9pm at Newport News VA.  Heavy rains and wind from Matthew moved in.   Got pizza delivered and hunkered down.  Hotel lost power at 11pm.  Now power still in the morning.   Left the hotel and headed on towards NC.  At that time some flooding, but workable routes still available.  Got to Elizabeth City, NC and there were a number of streets flooded there.   Called my friend in Powell's Point, just inshore from the Outer Banks and he was fine.  We went over to visit for a bit, and resumed.

We had planned to head towards Washington, New Bern, and Oriental NC.   Water on the highways in places but still passable.  Barely.  I95 and I64 were closed in places.  Massive hurricane rains fell inland, and the new danger was rising rivers.  So, we found a route through some rural roads to get West and North.  Finding a non-flooded route was getting tricky, and it became obvious that we needed to get out before we got trapped somewhere. 

Made it to Raleigh.  Our flight home was from Raleigh Durham airport.  Tried to move our flight up, but they were going to charge us over $200 to change.  So decided to go to Asheville and Cherokee, NC.  Beautiful driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, staying in Cherokee.  Then back to Asheville to see Biltmore Estate.

Put nearly 2000 miles on a rental car.  Unlimited mileage and the car was an economical Ford Focus.  Back to Raleigh Wednesday.  Tried to stay near airport, but hotels all booked.  Flood refugees pushing inland.   So we had to dig to find a room.  Got the 2nd to last room in Red Roof Inn in a rough part of town.  Trip home uneventful.

Wasn't quite the trip we had planned.  But a great trip.  Really interesting seeing the local news coverage (lots of it) of the hurricane and flood.

General Discussion / Heading to Hurricane country!
« on: October 05, 2016, 06:32:29 pm »
We are going to the big boat show in Annapolis MD.  Travelling tomorrow(Thur, Oct6), attending the show Friday.  It is a really cool boat show.  All the boats are in the water, and you walk docks and tour boats.  Many are much bigger and more expensive than anything I would consider buying.  But also many boats similar to what we are looking for.  All kinds of marine vendors, charter vendors, etc.  Whole town in party mode.

We'll have a one-way rental car, we turn in at Raleigh-Durham, where we fly home from.

We planned to drive down to Elizabeth City, NC on the Albemarle Sound; and New Bern, Oriental, and Washington on Pamlico Sound.  Looking at our options for moving to that part of the country.  Hoping to check out some living areas, and marinas.

But, looks like Hurricane Matthew will brush the east coast in places.  The boat show is safe, and we'll be out of there long before it could move that far north.  But our trip south... we'll have to watch the weather and play it by ear.  We'll no doubt have at least a few very rainy days.  And worst case, we'll have to stay away from the coast and find something to do, more inland.  I have a lot of experience improvising vacations. 

Maybe a chance to see what the area looks like during/after a hurricane.  A good thing to see before deciding to move there!

General Discussion / Re: dang... all the kids are married off..
« on: October 05, 2016, 06:16:16 pm »
Empty nest was kind of startling to me.  You get so used to the daily commotion with kids around.   Then, you get them all moved out, and suddenly, it is kind of quiet.  You and your wife looking at each other, like 'what now?'

For us, it had been a long time since we had focused on us as just a couple.  Kids kinda came first for a long time.   Doing some things as "just a couple" again, can be great! 
On the other hand, I can see how some marriages could go on the rocks at this point.  Especially, if one spouse, or the other, had just been holding on just 'for the sake of the kids'.  If if one spouse just can't adjust to not constantly being "mom" or "dad".

For us, it has been just picking up where we left off before we had kids.  And focusing on what WE want to do with the rest of our lives. 

Congratulations, and best wishes!

General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: August 31, 2016, 03:41:12 pm »
We had 5 days in the villages ,got in Sunday afternoon and we are resting up for 5 more days starting next tuesday. We go down tuesday thru saturday, the parties are slow sunday and monday.

My agent called and we are waiting for an offer on the River house. im ready to turn the page on that part of my life. It looks like it is going to become a vacation rental home.

Cool place!  Must be a little sorry to see it go.  Did it sound like the lady's voice was synthesized speech?

I am looking toward selling the sailboat I've owned for the past 25+ years.  Selling it is part of the process of downsizing, and getting ready to move to the coast to buy an ocean boat.  So, plenty of up side, but selling the other one will be bittersweet.

General Discussion / Re: The Plain Truth.....
« on: August 23, 2016, 01:11:31 am »
Have you watched the series Sex & Drugs & Rocknroll ?

Yep.  Good show.

General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: August 19, 2016, 06:53:37 pm »
Still crazy busy with school.  20 hours last week.  Flexible program allows me to work at my own pace  Should be done with this 3 credit class in 4 weeks.

Good luck, Ken!  Its not easy, but has its rewards.

I did an Associates degree, night school at the local JuCo, while working 40+ hours and managing small kid obligations.  It was insane.   6 to 9 credit hours per semester; with a condensed 3 credit during the summer.  Many nights working on papers till 2am or so.  Taking calculus homework to work with me, so I wouldn't be up all night finishing.  Most nights, I was at class after work, till 9pm, dinner in the juco cafeteria.  At that time, work would reimburse tuition costs.

The thing I love most  about retirement is not having that feeling of "every minute of my time is overbooked, and very little of it is stuff I want to be doing."  That feeling has hung over me a lot.   Good riddance.  I am still busy, but on my own terms.

General Discussion / Re: THE REDONDOS
« on: August 19, 2016, 06:41:22 pm »

General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: August 10, 2016, 08:23:25 pm »
Good luck on the session, Danny!

BH, I've been spending lots of time with my 2-1/2 year old grandson lately.  Filling in for child care about every Monday in the past month.  Also, some Thurs and Fri.  Also took my son and family to the lake last weekend.  When I watch him, I take him with me to do whatever errands I need to do.  Then I take him to the zoo, petting zoo, airport, park, pool, whatever.  Wear him down.  He falls asleep on the way home.  I spend an hour or so picking up, then join him for the last hour or two of nap time.  Pretty sweet.

We have an indoor skydiving place near us.  I took Kaeleb there Monday so he could see people fly.  He thought that was pretty cool.

The Laura Lisbeth Band hasn't had a gig in several weeks.  Playing outdoors next Saturday, on The Plaza.  Had rehearsal last night, and we are sounding good!  She had been trying to use a Taylor T5, and was never satisfied with the sound.  She went back to her D28 Martin, and I've got my little Quilter rig dialed in nicely.  Looking forward to playing out again.  Also thinking about trying to do some solo acoustic gigs.  Trying to figure out where the gigs are, and what kind of repertoire I want/need.

In local news...  our Schlitterban water park had a fatality on Sunday.  10 year old kid, and the word is that he was 'decapitated'.  It was "Legislator Day", and the kid was a State Legislator's son.  A big waterslide you do in a raft with 3 or so other people.  He got ejected out of the raft.  When they were developing the park, they tested this waterslide/ride, and the rafts were shooting off the side.  They had to make adjustments, before the park opened.   I won't be riding that anytime soon.  Or ever.

General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: July 27, 2016, 05:30:45 pm »
The road to Hell is paved with comps.   :yay!:

 :D :D :D

I play blackjack, and can hold my own.  If I lose my modest starting stake, I walk.  I can break even or win quite a bit.   (By break even, I mean get down, then back up to my starting stake and leave if it doesn't feel right.)  I never seem to earn comps.  I take that to mean that they know I'm not pumping money into the casino, and often walking out with some of theirs.  A compliment.

General Discussion / Re: THE REDONDOS
« on: July 21, 2016, 05:00:41 pm »

This is the surf band we started in 1963 when I was 13 years old.  Our lead singer, and my best friend, Davey Gearheart was told by his parents in late '64 that they were getting a divorce.  He went to their upstairs bedroom, got his father's pistol and committed suicide, hence the title, "Davey's Wave".  The entire CD is dedicated to his memory.  It took 53 years to make our boyhood dream materialize.

Sounds good, Danny.  Sad story. 

General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:37:47 pm »
I used to travel the SE coastal area for work many years ago.  They had a thing called calabash seafood, all over Myrtle Beach area, and lots of place in the Carolinas.   I think it is named for Calabash, NC.  Usually buffets, everything fried. 

I love that stuff!   But a plate like that, it is like making an appointment to get up and puke in the middle of the night.  I grew up eating lots of fried and greasy food.  But anymore, I have to watch the grease, or that meal's gonna bounce.  Probably a good thing, as it makes me eat a little healthier.

General Discussion / Re: Blast rom The Past!
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:29:35 pm »
Sounds great, Danny!

General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: July 05, 2016, 11:39:57 pm »
I won a buck (on $2 worth of tickets, so not exactly winning.)

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