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Old 05-12-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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One year a long time ago when I was still a 'productive member of society', I attended a professional conference in Dallas to give a talk. I remember one afternoon after returning from the conference looking out the hotel window across the Dallas landscape.

I was lost!

All I saw was flatness with a skyscraper here or there dotting the expanse of emptyness. There was no reference. It was then that I realized that I would need to live somewhere with a view of the hills/mountains, (as I have my entire life). Thankfully, in the West, there are few places without such a view. In my old home, which I am finishing packing for the move, out my bedroom window I can see the Tehachapis and out the other side of the house are the San Gabriels. In my new house is a porch view of Rathdrum Mountain, and out the backyard is a distant view of Canfield Mountain.


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I agree. I live about 75 miles from Dallas, am from California and miss the mountains and the ocean. Some day, maybe I'll live around mountains again. Idaho or Arizona are in my thoughts, but time will tell.

 
Old 05-13-2017, 06:10 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Some people retire suddenly. Friday comes, that afternoon they clean out their desk ... and they are gone.

In my case, it's a slow gradual process. Since February I have been working only a 4 day work week ... but I'm still "full time" (30 hours a week is considered full time established by my union). This summer I might transition to part time, working just enough to maintain my health insurance benefits. By 2018 I will be fully retired. Can't wait until I'm 65 or 66 ... I want to retire soon!
 
Old 05-14-2017, 07:06 AM
 
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My wife and I are flying to Paris tonight and will be spending a little over a week there. We have absolutely no plans whatsoever when we get there and will just decide each day what we want to do. Most of our days will most likely just be spent wandering the city and stopping in shops, sidewalk cafes, and a museum or two. At night, we may take in a show or the opera. We may even take a day trip to Giverny this time.

We hadn't really been planning to go to Paris, but I received a bulletin earlier this year that Air France was having a Spring sale and nonstop flights from Miami to Paris could be had for only $449r/t. That was just too good to pass up, so we jumped on it and decided to take a quick trip across the pond (as opposed to one of our longer "planned out" trips of a month or so as we did last December/Janaury when we went to Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, and Vienna).

We've been to Paris several times previously, although it has been ten years since our last visit. Back then, we went in July for my wife's birthday and Paris was having a heat wave with temps in the mid 90s, so it will be much more pleasant to walk around this week with temps for the most part in the 70s and 60s.

Au Revoir
 
Old 05-14-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Awesome deal! Yeah, too good to pass up. Had the same deal a few years back to Buenos Aires. About the same price as you snagged. Wonderful trip. My favorite airline to fly is Air France. They treat their customers with respect. Always an enjoyable experience with them. Have fun.


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Old 05-14-2017, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Took my out of state visiting nephews fishing yesterday at 10,000 feet. The 15 year old caught his first rainbow trout. Most of the lakes were frozen over and still 4 feet of snow up there, but gosh they had fun.
 
Old 05-14-2017, 10:07 AM
 
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My wife and I are flying to Paris tonight and will be spending a little over a week there. We have absolutely no plans whatsoever when we get there and will just decide each day what we want to do. Most of our days will most likely just be spent wandering the city and stopping in shops, sidewalk cafes, and a museum or two. At night, we may take in a show or the opera. We may even take a day trip to Giverny this time.

We hadn't really been planning to go to Paris, but I received a bulletin earlier this year that Air France was having a Spring sale and nonstop flights from Miami to Paris could be had for only $449r/t. That was just too good to pass up, so we jumped on it and decided to take a quick trip across the pond (as opposed to one of our longer "planned out" trips of a month or so as we did last December/Janaury when we went to Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, and Vienna).

We've been to Paris several times previously, although it has been ten years since our last visit. Back then, we went in July for my wife's birthday and Paris was having a heat wave with temps in the mid 90s, so it will be much more pleasant to walk around this week with temps for the most part in the 70s and 60s.

Au Revoir

Enjoy and return safely
 
Old 05-14-2017, 10:08 AM
 
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Happy Mothers and Grand Mothers and Great Grandmothers day.
 
Old 05-14-2017, 10:43 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Happy Mothers and Grand Mothers and Great Grandmothers day.
Thank you, I qualify for two of those!

It's lovely here today and we received much needed rain last night, it was great to hear the thunder.

We were invited to our son and DIL's along with the other grandparents for a late breakfast this morning. There was good food and thoughtful gifts. We ended up outside by the pool with the adults chatting away. We were so involved in our conversations, the grandkids easily surprised us with water balloons; some bounced off and some didn't. Good times.
 
Old 05-14-2017, 02:46 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Originally Posted by MadManofBethesda View Post
My wife and I are flying to Paris tonight and will be spending a little over a week there. We have absolutely no plans whatsoever when we get there and will just decide each day what we want to do. Most of our days will most likely just be spent wandering the city and stopping in shops, sidewalk cafes, and a museum or two. At night, we may take in a show or the opera. We may even take a day trip to Giverny this time.


We've been to Paris several times previously, although it has been ten years since our last visit.

Au Revoir
Wonderful!!!

Sounds absolutely delightful.

Since you've already been to Paris more than a few times, your agenda to just wander around The City Of Light is an excellent idea. I think Paris (and I've been there more than dozen times) reveals itself when you are not on the hurried tourist's sightseeing schedule.

My favorite places to wander around are the Left Bank - the quaint narrow streets near St. Germaine-des-Pres; Montmartre (of course!), the Marais, and the Palais Royale.
 
Old 05-14-2017, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Been a busy week. I've been helping my sister remodel her basement. Got the painting done on Thursday. My son put down the carpet on Friday, as he is good at such things. Saturday we took a road trip to Stuart,Nebraska. My wife's goddaughter finished nursing school and she had a party in her hometown. Today my step-son and I went up to his place on the river. I mowed and he cleaned the bank off. He took my wife to casino and they ate and did some gambling. I did Jimmy Johns for dinner.

My wife got to meet the kittens that my step-son rescued a few weeks. He does not like cat, they sure warmed his heart. She messaged a video of them crying, when I played it all my animals came running. They were very concerned
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