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Old 09-14-2010, 07:58 PM   #161
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Got down to Key West for the first time and I thought it was a bit run down. Also a bit tourist trap, I guess I sorta figured that but was expecting more.
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Got down to Key West for the first time and I thought it was a bit run down. Also a bit tourist trap, I guess I sorta figured that but was expecting more.
I think a lot of Fla is like that.
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Yeah it sucks, better not come down.
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Yeah it sucks, better not come down.
You should have told me that earlier - I just got back from the panhandle.
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Dangerous up there, I hope you made it out OK.
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Got down to Key West for the first time and I thought it was a bit run down.
Are the property-tax assessments still based on the exterior condition of the home? I'd heard years ago that the assessors weren't allowed to consider the resale values or interior condition, only the exterior. The worse the home looked from the outside, the lower the property tax.

Either that or nobody bothers to fix up their homes until hurricane season is past...
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No, they consider the resale value but I've learned something new this year. Everyone will still pay taxes based on when they got here but in the end it all makes no difference. They just change the tax rate so they get what they want out of you. All the agencies in Florida blame each other for it and you can never get to anyone who makes the decisions.

They win, I gave up trying to figure what they base anything on in Florida.
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They win, I gave up trying to figure what they base anything on in Florida.
They base it on whatever is convenient to justify increasing your taxes every year. All states do it, some are just slicker better than others at packaging the message.
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You should have told me that earlier - I just got back from the panhandle.
AKA the "Redneck Rivera"...

I was stationed in Ft Walton Beach back in the early 70's...
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Better than I expected: Venice, Italy.
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Better than I expected: Venice, Italy.
No doubt about it (been there twice):
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Undiscovered, the walled city of Lucca in Tuscany. Birthplace of Puccini:
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Undiscovered, the walled city of Lucca in Tuscany. Birthplace of Puccini:
Unfair to get me drooling on a "how sucky does it get?" thread. I'll have to check the calendar to see when the Butterfly tix come up. That video goes great with the first cup.

Okay what was odd about Italy would be okay now. I took my java black back then and got some odd espressos in miniature cups. I've heard they do a better job if you ask for a latte.
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Better than expected, in fact, stupendous!

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San Francisco. I had been there many times but always stayed somewhere outside the city. This time I stayed in the Holiday Inn by Fishermans Wharf; the first sign there would be a problem was when the told us to carry our luggage across the street from the hotel to the other building. Was accosted by two different panhandlers before we even got to our room. People screaming in the halls all night, smoke from somebody illegally smoking in the hallway. Parking was $40 a night in the hotel parking lot. I knew the Fishermans Wharf area could be touristy and tacky but wanted to be near the ferries. I would definitely stay somewhere outside of the city next time.
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San Francisco. I had been there many times but always stayed somewhere outside the city. This time I stayed in the Holiday Inn by Fishermans Wharf; the first sign there would be a problem was when the told us to carry our luggage across the street from the hotel to the other building. Was accosted by two different panhandlers before we even got to our room. People screaming in the halls all night, smoke from somebody illegally smoking in the hallway. Parking was $40 a night in the hotel parking lot. I knew the Fishermans Wharf area could be touristy and tacky but wanted to be near the ferries. I would definitely stay somewhere outside of the city next time.
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Better than I expected: Venice, Italy.
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Also better than I expected, but I waited until my 10th visit to the USA to go there: Manhattan.

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I'll add another vote for Stonehenge, and add Portofino.
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I'll add another vote for Stonehenge, and add Portofino.
We still have the option to go to Portofino for the day. Why do you add it?
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I have been to the Grand Canyon maybe 5 times. I loved it every time.

I have been to Vegas many times, on business and for football bowl games. Otherwise, not a place I like to be.

I have been to Cancun, and while the city itself was not all that impressive to me, side trips to Chitzen Itza, Xcaret, Tulum, etc., were absolutely fabulous. I highly recommend Cancun if you do side trips.

I have been to NYC maybe 10 times. I love it every time I go there. The symphony, the opera, Broadway plays, the museums--all are fabulous.

DW and I love to travel--and we always enjoy ourselves. But yes, there are disappointments here and there. Like when we went to Egypt. It was the year after the Luxor massacre of 1997, and the ratio of vendors to tourists was 10 to 1. We were harassed mercilessly by the aggressive, pawing vendors. Otherwise, it was a fabulous trip.
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