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Old 07-09-2009, 12:55 AM   #3571
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wow, did everyone go to sleep? Am so surprised there wasn't another pirate run!
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Best wishes to those leaving today!!! I'd meet and greet you at the airport, but I've got a pirate run to wait for.

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Figgie leaves on the 18th also to join us (she is my DF) - but she only lives about 45 minutes or so from the port.


Okay, if you guys are making a run for that pirate - this is my contibution LOL!

This is yesterday's Miss Mermaid column (seems she got back from vacation)

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86 degrees with slight winds and it's feeling very summery around here. It's now day 38 of hurricane season and we haven't had any threats or hints yet of hurricanes, or himmacanes or even purr-icanes as my cat so eloquently put it. I suppose that is good news, or we are in for a wild time this fall!

I'm fully prepared for a storm with the exception of gas, food and drink. I haven't seen any deals on canned goods lately, to stock up on any. I only but about a gallon of gas for my generator at a time in off season, as I don't want the gas to get too old and gummy. Of course, if I think (har har har) I can buy a lot more gas, and just toss it in my heap of a jeep tank once a month, if the generator hasn't used it up. Duh... My brain must be getting slower with age, a very sad thing. I want a fast brain (can I upgrade for a fee?)

My crystal ball predicts that if you buy my book "Hurricanes & Hangovers" then we won't have any hurricanes at all this year! So buy the book and let's test this theory! And YES, volume 2 is on the way (soon come!)

T'ings are not crowded, so it's a GREAT time to come on down and take advantage of direct cheap air fares (to St Thomas) then take a scenic ferry ride over to the BVI.

For instance, US AIrways has fly on Sundays, from Charlotte NC to St Thomas for only $378 round trip. In August, certain dates are only $348. From Philadelphia to St Thomas as low as $470 on certain dates. When planning your vacation, it helps to work out the cheap air fare dates, then select which days you are taking off work. By being flexible with your fly dates, you can save a load of cash. From Phoenix, Arizona to St Thomas is only $623 round trip on certain days. Cheap airfare sites can sometimes beat the airlines and come in even cheaper for you.

Between searches, it helps if you DELETE cookies, close out your browser, then start over. Sounds crazy eh? But some sites will tell you only 4 tickets left, then 30 minutes later when you check again, (say you aske dyour boss what if I take these dates off and he says yes, so you come back to the site to buy the ticket) and then they sometimes tell you a much higher price. If you delete the cookies, close out the browser and start all over, you often end back up with the same cheap flights. I happened to pick US Airways because they let you choose flexible dates and click back and forth 3 days later or earlier and so on, until you find the cheapest round trip ticket.

Always look for direct flights from your town (or nearby) to St Thomas for the best deals. I flew into an airport recently, 90 miles from my final destination because the ticket was $500 cheaper that where I wanted to go. My friend said he spent $40 in gas to come fetch me (round trip, both ways) and I was more than glad to reimburse him.

Another Bottle Found on the Sea Shore this Morning!

Vidalia Onion Dip
1 cup mayo
1 cup Vidalia onions, fine dice
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded


Mix together thoroughly, and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown on top. Serve with crackers or pita chips.

From Debbie of Atlanta GA

Debbie, that recipe sounds heavenly! To make Pita Chips, take a stack of pitas, and use knife or scissors to cut into 8 pie shaped slices, toss on cookie sheet and bake in hot 425 F degree oven until crisp, about 10 minutes or so.

Foxys is having a BIG celebration July 11th on Jost Van **** with a lot of live music (by the way Jost rhymes with MOST, GHOST, TOAST, GOATS etc.) ANyhow this is to celebrate his recent visit to see the Queen of England who personally awarded him a Medal as a member of the order of the British Empire in recognition of his exemplary contribution to tourism and preservation of the BVI culture.

Rumor is he even wore SHOES to see the Queen. While I have seen a picture of SOMEBODY'S feet shod in shoes, I am not convinved it it his feet. I think a stand in was used for the picture.


BVI Tourist Board plans a loyalty programme for global visitors
Sounds a tad complicated! But I hope it works out! I believe you can use your passport stamps to prove you qualify for the discounts.


One more swine flu case confirmed
Only three so far, I hope they are HOME and self-quarantined! Folks here tend to go to the beach when they are sick and wash away the malady, this surprisingly works for many ailments. Of course a day at the beach feels WONDERFUL no matter what, so of course it's very healing.

PAWS FOR THE CAUSE... TODAY'S QUOTES:
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats
is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine


"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and
cats." -- Albert Schweitzer

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask
for what you want." -- Joseph Wood Krutch

Dear Miss Mermaid should go away more often! My cats have been sweet loving creatures since I got home. Of course, I also noted, their caretaker let them gobble up a month's worth of food in under two weeks, I am sure they begged for it too. They can act so pitiful and humble when they truly want something. (Like to be spoiled rotten!)
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Still can't figure out why I am up so early today....

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:42 AM   #3575
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...and to help the race a little more - this was yesterday's Miss Mermaid...


Poor Miss mermaid... I'd really love to meet her - whoever she is LOL!

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Dear Miss Mermaid is back on island and has repossessed the laptop computer from the kitties, who were merrily playing games and watching silly cat videos, learning new tricks. They also seemed to have gained a lot of weight in my absence, no doubt pestering their caretaker to overfeed them!

I was loudly greeted, and one cat sat down and talked nearly an hour straight, telling me everything they did searching for me. My bed was full of cats and purring and it felt wonderful to be back in my lair.

Even today, as I type, I have a cat at my feet and one on the desk and one sleeping close by. I feel so flattered!

As for the weather, well yesterday was gloomy and rainy, but today, while overcast, promises to be sunny later on. The temperature at sea level, seems to be stuck at 84 degrees. The Sahara dust is still lingering. No storms on the horizon. We do have a tropical wave to the west and to the east, but nothing much to report on either one as a threat to us.

************

I wish Richard Reid was never born. He is the idiot who tried to fly with a bomb in his shoe over 8 years ago. Since then, anyone who flies, must have their shoes removed and inspected for possible bombs. The floors are filthy and parading around barefoot on the crappy carpet, made me wonder what diseases, parasites or fungi I might pick up. Indeed, I was ill for much of my trip, sad to say and even now, still feel terribly weak.

Flying as a mermaid is a terrible hardship, I was constantly singled out for intensive searching. Those security guards sure do like to pat me down, and it's very frustrating and humiliating. I can't imagine what I do wrong to trigger this every time I fly!

Yes, I was searched and briefly accused of carrying a bomb into a US Embassy in Barbados 29 years ago, but was found immediately innocent. I was allowed in the Embassy without being searched because I was considered an honored guest at the time and was expected and on a special list. I had arrived at the appointed time, after shopping around town and was carrying several bags. I was to have lunch with some dignitaries. I was admitted, and no one searched me or checked my bags. I had just sat down in the office of my friend, pleased that I had found the place on my own after walking all over town.

Unknown to me, shortly after I entered, the Embassy received a bomb threat, so suddenly a platoon of armed Marines appeared, began ripping up my shopping bags and contents, plus thoroughly dissecting my purse and contents, as well as intensively searching my body. Lunch was canceled and I was escorted out of the Embassy, in spite of my innocence. Later, my friends apologized profusely and explained it was all a matter of security. I laughed it off at the time. But I wonder if that terrible incident is noted somewhere, in spite of my guiltlessness.

Before this trip I read the latest TSA rules but each airport seems to interpret them differently. I was yelled at, for not knowing the latest and greatest rules and regs of that particular airport. I tried to smile and shake it off.

I rented a car for a few days, when my friend's car broke down, I was just trying to help out. I had NO idea the nationally franchised car rental agency would give me a car with out-of-date paper tags. I was pulled over by two cop cars, with loud sirens and numerous blue lights, guns drawn and quite honestly, it freaked me out! I had NO idea what I had done wrong. The cop screamed in my face "DO YOU KNOW WHY I PULLED YOU OVER?" and I was terrified speechless. He yelled at me to produce my license and registration. I produced the license, but the car rental papers were tossed in the back seat and I couldn't reach them. Finally he let me out of the car to retrieve them and then he told me to park the car and tell the rental company to come get it. They put away their guns and drove off, leaving a shaken mermaid behind with no cell phone to call the rental car agency.

Do you know how HARD it is to find a pay phone these days? I ended up booking a motel room around the corner, just so I could make phone calls and remain off the roads. It took the car agency over 9 hours to sort out the problem and get me into a car that had legal tags at 1:30am. They failed to understand why I felt so inconvenienced.

Well, I had friends to stay with for free, so booking a pricey motel that happened to be in the neighborhood of where I was pulled over, was not in my agenda, nor was the terrifying way the cops treated me. While the car rental agency has no control over the rude cops, they do have control over their cars and it seems to me, they shouldn't be renting out cars with old tags. In my case, paper tags that had a date written in large ink, clearly stating the tags had expired a month ago.

Since I had tossed my meager luggage in the backseat and not the trunk, I never thought to notice the tags. I only had 2 outfits with me, as I was hoping to catch some bargain sales on clothes and return home with a full suitcase.

This was just one of the craziest trips I have ever taken. I did manage to sneak in some fun, do a tad bit of shopping and see old friends and attend for a few days, an annual private event, that I helped start, back in the dark ages. It is still held every year, in the mountains by the river, by invitation only, and the once weekend only event has expanded to a week long affair of rustic camping, partying, swimming, hiking, cooking out, and general cavorting. Once a day someone has to make the ten mile trip to fetch more ice to keep the coolers of food happy. At night, weather permitting, a bon fire and fireworks are set off.

One year, ages ago, I stayed up late, yacking with a friend by the river side, away from the sleeping campers. We returned to the campsite where we were sharing a tent, when we felt a lump in the bedding. It was a 200 or 500 pack of fire crackers (I forget which, but it was ALOT!) and it was about 2 or 3am. All the other campers were sleeping soundly or snoring loudly. Everyone was under the impression that all fireworks had been used up evening. This was before anyone had produced babies and children, so it was an all adult party with a few pets thrown in the mix.

My friend and I, feeling very foolish and quite naughty, tossed the fire crackers into the dying embers of the fire, then hid back inside our tent. Suddenly the flame shot up about 30-40 feet in the air and the hundreds of firecrackers went off in loud rapid succession. We laughed ourselves silly as naked campers exited their tents in great haste, running around in circles, unsure what to do, one had the presence of mind to fetch a bucket of water from the river, while others ran for cover in the forest. When the guy with the bucket of water returned, the firecrackers were already exhausted.

The next morning, we pretended to have slept through the entire noisy event and acted like our friends were crazy to make up such a story.

***************

It's a miracle I made it back home this week but , I did manage to sneak back into the BVI (shhhhhhhhhh) with my coveted Yellow Grits and Vidalia Onions. Vidalia onions are the sweetest onions you will ever find, they are not hot nor sharp. They are soft and shaped like a mashed globe. Indeed, they are the best raw onion to be had. They can only be grown in the special soil and methods in and around Vidalia Georgia and are protected under numerous laws against would be forgers.

Every year their entire production is sold out, you can place orders for 2010 onions, but you are unlikely to get any 2009 Vidalia onions except at some of the super markets who previously contracted to buy them. Even so, the further you live from Vidalia, the harder they are to obtain.

If you ever see Vidalia Salad Dressing or Vidalia Relish, grab it, for a tasty treat you won't soon forget.
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Here is the latest TSA rules for carry ons...

from: http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm


3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.

Plus: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

has the latest and greatest list of what can or canot be checked/carried on

Most interesting one:

Gel shoe inserts - Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened. (I guess security guards are not "gel'ling")
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Here is the latest TSA rules for carry ons...

from: http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm

Most interesting one:

Gel shoe inserts - Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened. (I guess security guards are not "gel'ling")
Thanks Macavity! That last part about Gel Shoe Inserts is too funny

I just keep reminding myself it's for our protection!
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Fodder time!

Has anyone else on here played the Who Wants to be a Mousketeer game on board?
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I am home and relishing this short moment of solice. Already took fatphil to football. Now Mallory to tennis camp, home, pick up fatphil at football, home, pick up Mallory at tennis camp, home, take fatphil to orthodontist, take fatphil to drivers training, home, pick up fatphil, home, take fatphil to football scrimmage..........and having a garage sale tomorrow!
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Fodder time!

Has anyone else on here played the Who Wants to be a Mousketeer game on board?
My daughter did and I was on the ask the panel. She won $800 cabin credit.
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Matt was picked on one of our cruises when it was in the Walt Disney Theater and they were giving away a cruise. He still blames me for not getting the cruise. We got (I think) $250 on board credit.
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I am home and relishing this short moment of solice. Already took fatphil to football. Now Mallory to tennis camp, home, pick up fatphil at football, home, pick up Mallory at tennis camp, home, take fatphil to orthodontist, take fatphil to drivers training, home, pick up fatphil, home, take fatphil to football scrimmage..........and having a garage sale tomorrow!
Yikes!

We were going to have a garage sale before we left, but it all seemed like such a pain that we pushed it off until we return. I applaud you!

And...

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The current 10 day forecast for sailing day is 90/77 w/ 20% chance of rain. On Friday they're saying a 60% chance of rain. Lets hope it changes in the next week.
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