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Old 07-18-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: IN
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I'm not that familiar with Meetup.com but couldn't you start your own group and see if anyone else is interested? Even three would be a good starting point.
Hi Windwalker, I thought of that too. But from looking through the attendance, it is so low I wonder if it would be worth the time and effort involved. Most of the things I might be interested in already have groups (not well attended) the groups that have higher attendance are not that big but in the 20 to 30 age group. The highest attendance was the one for playing games, boardgames and computer games. Again it was mostly young people.
I kind of like being with people close to my own age, so when I might mention Annette Funicello or the Mickey Mouse Club or phonographs that used an arm with a needle. Well lol, you get the idea. I have younger friends and love them dearly but sometimes it's just nice to be around others with shared memories.

 
Old 07-19-2010, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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TRosa, thanks for the doggie wash pics. It looks like a blast! Did you raise a lot of $?

Are you taking dog(s) with you on your trip? When do you leave??

Wishing you the wind at your back@ a very good time!!!
 
Old 07-19-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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TRosa, thanks for the doggie wash pics. It looks like a blast! Did you raise a lot of $?

Are you taking dog(s) with you on your trip? When do you leave??

Wishing you the wind at your back@ a very good time!!!
Hi Latashia,

In the first 1-1/2 hour we raised well over $400, I never walked so many dogs, of so many sizes, in such a short period of time in my entire life. I loved every moment of it. Unfortunately, by the end of the second hour, it was slow, but, that was kind of good, because, I started feeling ill. There's no kidding myself, I can't be on my feet too long at any giving moment. I needed to lie down. My legs are still hurting as I type. I will be participating in another doggie fluff and puff on Aug 7. I'm just going to have to let them know that 2 hours is my limit. We had enough doggie escorts to cover my absence, but it was good that I was there earlier when I was most needed; the youngins showed up, to help, after the big rush. I left around 12:30 when my daughter came to pick me up. When I left things were kind of slow, but I bet they had another rush in the last hour, at least I hope so. I'll have to check with the office later.

Man, there were two dogs, that were so powerful, I thought they were going to dislocate my arm. Then there were the two that weren't having any of it unless there owners were by their side every step of the way. I tell, you the whole experience wants me to start a business of pet sitting. I was in heaven. I just love those pooches.

I don't have a pet of my own, just hasn't been in the cards for me, living as I do and anti-pet land lords. I'm hoping my next living situation will allow for a nice big pooch.
 
Old 07-19-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Winter Park FL
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bon voyage - or bon auto perhaps! - i hope you get further than i have on my road trip!! presently at my parents in virginia/long story - family health crisis which is bittersweet - good to be able to be here for them but hard to accept much of what is happening - or maybe hard to know inside that goodbye for the moment is a part of life -

my journey to explore is on hold for the moment but i suppose that is part of the exploration! i now have a base where i can actually feel a bit like its mine (sure is familiar) and from here, when things calm down, well, i can branch out to take quick peeks at a variety of locales.

in some ways, i feel calmer than i have felt in a while. carolina/virginia/east coast ladies , i haven't given up on getting together on that mid-atlantic connection here! we do have to keep some of us on this side of the country or we'll cause the other side to tip into the ocean and we surely wouldn't want to do that

keep posting, sweet friends - i can read of late more than i can write!!
Hey, am so sorry we missed each other on my road trip back home. Still want to have that East Coast/Carolina Girl get-together!

My trip was what I would call a real vacation (at least for me). Auto train ride north, drive to NJ, helped daughter move into the Financial District of NYC (that was an adventure), then drive back to FL via OBX. Between NJ and NC there was no real destination/time frame. Ended up "discovering" and spending a couple of days on Chincoteague/Assateague, VA, hiking, exploring and taking lots of photos of the wild ponies on Assateague. Beautiful.

The time spent with my daughter was great. It's nice to be needed and know you are loved (by both kids). I now am a bi-coastal family: daughter in NYC and son in Berkely, CA - me here in FL. How much more spread out can we be?

Then on to Kill Devil Hills, NC for a couple of days (where my parents lived for years). I need my OBX fix every now and then - the sand, the beach, the fishing, the smells, the soft-shelled crabs at Awful Arthur's! After visiting parents grave sites in Manteo bought a beach chair, beach towel, small cooler, and umbrella for a nice day at the beach sunning, reading, walking.

Then down through Hatteras, caught ferry to Ocracoke and spent nearly a week there. Lovely and serene. No high rise buildings, chain stores or restaurants. And since my cell phone carrier gets no signal there, no cell phone, computer, facebook, internet, email. Was truly off the grid! Rented a bike to ride around the island, hiked in natural reserves along the sound, walked everywhere, watched glorious sunsents, kayaked, spent two wonderful days on the beach (Dr. Beach named it the best beach in the world in 2007!). And finished reading Eat, Love, Pray - it is an amazing story we can all relate to. Think the movie will be fun but the book is life changing! It has been highlighted and dogeared - will definitely read again.

Like I said, this trip was off-highway and off-the-grid. I discovered an authentic African village in South Carolina, bought lots of road stand fruits and veggies, walked Battery Park in Manhattan (well, that's not off the grid - but fun!). Gone about two weeks. With no more pets at home and kids long gone, I can really now just take off. Lonely without a cat but like children - would I really want another one at this stage in life? Don't think so!

So now it's back home until the next venture out. But home projects, part-time job, and routine will keep me grounded here.

P.S.: I also got to eat my most favorite Carolina BBQ sandwich at the VA/NC state line - heaven!

P.P.S.: Long post I know. Just catching up. Who else has changed their name Umbria?! Like the old man in "Moonstruck," I'm confused.
 
Old 07-19-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Winter Park FL
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I kind of like being with people close to my own age, so when I might mention Annette Funicello or the Mickey Mouse Club or phonographs that used an arm with a needle. Well lol, you get the idea. I have younger friends and love them dearly but sometimes it's just nice to be around others with shared memories.
Oh, I can so relate I like that!
 
Old 07-19-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Karcon - What a fun trip! Let's see, name changes:

Me (m2co) = Umbria
newenglandgirl - Latashia
plantlover = popcorn247
triciajeanne = mzfroggez

Hope I'm not missing anyone. I read Eat, Pray, Love - good book!
 
Old 07-19-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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Default WOW Karcon

Karcon, what a time you had, that's some some travel milage. Sounds like so much fun. I agree about Ocracoke, lovely place, nice beach, though not as nice as Florida beaches in my opinion, but very nice just the same. I would highly recommend a visit to the island. Just don't camp on the beach, like I did last year. The area Ocracoke a must place to visit when you are in OBX area.

So happy to hear you had such a wonderful vacation.
 
Old 07-19-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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I kind of like being with people close to my own age, so when I might mention Annette Funicello or the Mickey Mouse Club or phonographs that used an arm with a needle. Well lol, you get the idea. I have younger friends and love them dearly but sometimes it's just nice to be around others with shared memories.
I understand the feeling as well. Most of my friends are younger than myself, it's always nice to be in the company of people that get cirtain things you are refering to from a time that relates to an era that they had to be there for back when.

It's funny, I sometimes find myself wondering whatever became of the very diverse group of little girls I had as playmates back in the 60's. I was closest to a girl named Anna, this was Brooklyn and we were all from different ethnic groups, but we had the best times together playing with our dolls, riding bikes and Anna and myself just exploring places we had no business going. I truely wonder what became of those gals. Circumstances pulled me from the neighborhood before I could say bye to Anna, so that was that.
 
Old 07-19-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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Thanks, Umbria, for posting the new names.

Karcon, Wow, what a great trip!! Gee, makes me want a vacation now! Sounds like it was just what you needed! Good for you!

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Originally Posted by asassyvic : I kind of like being with people close to my own age, so when I might mention Annette Funicello or the Mickey Mouse Club or phonographs that used an arm with a needle. Well lol, you get the idea. I have younger friends and love them dearly but sometimes it's just nice to be around others with shared memories.
TRosa, I third that! I remember attending a Joan Baez concert -- this was about 15 years ago, now -- and she had this younger band with her. She joked that after the concerts that they'd go back and she'd talk about the old days -- when they had records -- and then she'd have to explain what those were! I could relate, too.

In fact, the first time I encountered CDs, it was in the mid 80s, and I was living in Seattle. I hadn't bought records for a long time, and decided I wanted to get one. Well, it had been many years since I looked for a record. So, I saw a store that said "Records." I walked in and then I just stood in the doorway perusing things. I looked around and didn't see any "records." I asked the guy at the counter where the records were and he pointed to a little rack that had actual, but OLD records. So, I asked where were the more recent ones? He gave me this very weird look and said, "You have to get a cd for more recent music."

I felt like I was dropped on a foreign planet! I had no clue what a CD was! So, I'm fumbling around, and asked what the heck these new-fangled CDs were. He explained it and then I realized I had to have a special machine to PLAY them on!! I never realized I was that behind the times!! I'll never forget that day that I discovered CDs and felt like I was an alien!
 
Old 07-19-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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In fact, the first time I encountered CDs, it was in the mid 80s, and I was living in Seattle. I hadn't bought records for a long time, and decided I wanted to get one. Well, it had been many years since I looked for a record. So, I saw a store that said "Records." I walked in and then I just stood in the doorway perusing things. I looked around and didn't see any "records." I asked the guy at the counter where the records were and he pointed to a little rack that had actual, but OLD records. So, I asked where were the more recent ones? He gave me this very weird look and said, "You have to get a cd for more recent music."

I felt like I was dropped on a foreign planet! I had no clue what a CD was! So, I'm fumbling around, and asked what the heck these new-fangled CDs were. He explained it and then I realized I had to have a special machine to PLAY them on!! I never realized I was that behind the times!! I'll never forget that day that I discovered CDs and felt like I was an alien!
Wanna hear something just as funny, when you used the term CDs, I couldn't figure out if you were refering to city data or cross-dressers. I swear it took me a minute to crasp. See, I mostly download my music these days to my mp3 player.

Last edited by TRosa; 07-19-2010 at 11:41 AM.. Reason: my darn eyesight can't catch the mistakes first or third time editing
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