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Music Lover 04-28-2021 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2599017)
Sure, go by yourself.

I'm sure they thought of that but know that going alone won't be any fun.

Koolau 04-28-2021 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2599053)
I'm sure they thought of that but know that going alone won't be any fun.

Going alone might actually be fun. Coming home would most likely NOT be fun - though I suppose YMMV.

braumeister 04-28-2021 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2599017)
Sure, go by yourself.

I don't see anything wrong with that either. DW and I have taken many, many solo vacation trips over the years. I'm always happy to get away by myself, and she has a list of female friends who are happy to accompany her to places I have no interest in if she doesn't want to be completely by herself. Honestly, even though we love to travel together to places we both enjoy, I've never understood the reluctance to go on your own to someplace that only you have an interest in.

Aerides 04-28-2021 03:19 PM

I love to travel by myself, it's a very different trip than as a couple (love those too). But I'm not sure I'd want to do a cruise solo. Then again, it's almost impossible not to be social with others on a cruise, so that should help reduce the loneliness factor or trepidation for someone who has never travelled solo.

Or a family member or close friend? If DH was unable or unwilling to go on something we'd prepaid for, I'd drag my sister along if I really didn't want to go alone.

If that's a non-starter, then find some friends or family who can use the credits instead - surely they are giftable?

pacergal 04-28-2021 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2598621)
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

A large suite, with outside deck for fresh air, get room service for meals.
both vaccinated, relatively safe.
Sit back and enjoy the view.
Don't need to go to the casino, etc if you don't want too.
Or go by yourself
If you can't get cash back or extend the credits, what else can you do?

N02L84ER 04-28-2021 03:29 PM

:laugh::laugh: I am available. :laugh::laugh:

Koolau 04-28-2021 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2599103)
I don't see anything wrong with that either. DW and I have taken many, many solo vacation trips over the years. I'm always happy to get away by myself, and she has a list of female friends who are happy to accompany her to places I have no interest in if she doesn't want to be completely by herself. Honestly, even though we love to travel together to places we both enjoy, I've never understood the reluctance to go on your own to someplace that only you have an interest in.

In the spirit of BTD AND the current thread drift:

Reminds me of one of my (old, now) bucket list items. I wanted to drive from BC to BC (British Columbia to Baja California) on highway 1/101. DW couldn't think of anything less fun to do. I stewed a while and then mentioned my dilemma to a good (female) friend/mentor at w*rk. She said "go by yourself but invite your wife to tag along." That's what I did. I sweetened the pot by taking DW to the Worlds Fair in Vancouver and to her business' Trade Assoc. national meeting in San Diego all on the same trip (with a week in Vancouver staying with her ex sister in law - a close friend of ours.) It was an amazing journey, with lots of problems (rental car break-downs, attack of the giant slugs, feeding PB and crackers by hand to a mamma raccoon in Big Sur, maxed out credit cards - due to bad management, one "fight" - minus bruises, of course.) All-in-all, it was one of our most bonding experiences. My w*rk friend is long since gone on to her reward, but I still give thanks for her suggestion. As always, you need to know your own spouse/SO and even then, YMMV.

PaunchyPirate 04-28-2021 03:50 PM

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I decided to upgrade myself from a wheelbarrow to a new dump cart for my Cub Cadet riding mower. Iím all set for the season. First chore is to repair some patches of missing grass around the yard. That may get done tomorrow if I feel like doing it.

Souschef 04-29-2021 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by pacergal (Post 2599107)
A large suite, with outside deck for fresh air, get room service for meals.
both vaccinated, relatively safe.
Sit back and enjoy the view.
Don't need to go to the casino, etc if you don't want too.
Or go by yourself
If you can't get cash back or extend the credits, what else can you do?


Good News!!! Now the we have both been vaccinated, DW has allowed that she WILL go on a cruise!:dance:
I just spoke to Princess, and they have extended the expiration date of our credits until December 2022 because of further cancellations.

gayl 04-29-2021 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2599861)
Good News!!! Now the we have both been vaccinated, DW has allowed that she WILL go on a cruise!:dance:
I just spoke to Princess, and they have extended the expiration date of our credits until December 2022 because of further cancellations.

Princess will push it out as far as requested. Mine are now "book by 51/2023" to cover my April 2023 cruise. They're being much easier to work with and I'm thinking with today's CDC update, it will get easier

RobbieB 04-29-2021 07:01 PM

Yes, good news. The floating petri dish will sail again with both on board.

The thing that bothers me most is the fear. I dunno, but I feel that a lot of folks have way more fear than I do. Too much news? I dunno.

I'mma gonna still live my life as large as I want!

gayl 04-29-2021 07:09 PM

I don't have a cruise booked until December 1, 2021 but I might pick up another.

audreyh1 04-29-2021 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2599861)
Good News!!! Now the we have both been vaccinated, DW has allowed that she WILL go on a cruise!:dance:
I just spoke to Princess, and they have extended the expiration date of our credits until December 2022 because of further cancellations.

Great for you!

Jerry1 04-29-2021 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by PaunchyPirate (Post 2599124)
I decided to upgrade myself from a wheelbarrow to a new dump cart for my Cub Cadet riding mower. I’m all set for the season. First chore is to repair some patches of missing grass around the yard. That may get done tomorrow if I feel like doing it.

https://www.early-retirement.org/for...9&d=1619646482

Nice little garden trailer. I have one and it’s very useful. Way better than a wheelbarrow for larger jobs.

ivinsfan 04-30-2021 07:07 AM

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Originally Posted by gayl (Post 2599864)
Princess will push it out as far as requested. Mine are now "book by 51/2023" to cover my April 2023 cruise. They're being much easier to work with and I'm thinking with today's CDC update, it will get easier




I dunno those vaccination requirements are pretty stiff, necessary but stiff. Getting the staff done will be the biggest issue IMO.

Music Lover 04-30-2021 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2599103)
I don't see anything wrong with that either. DW and I have taken many, many solo vacation trips over the years. I'm always happy to get away by myself, and she has a list of female friends who are happy to accompany her to places I have no interest in if she doesn't want to be completely by herself. Honestly, even though we love to travel together to places we both enjoy, I've never understood the reluctance to go on your own to someplace that only you have an interest in.

Each to their own. I have no interest in a vacation unless my GF comes with me, other than maybe a weekend golf getaway or something like that.

audreyh1 04-30-2021 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by ivinsfan (Post 2600011)
I dunno those vaccination requirements are pretty stiff, necessary but stiff. Getting the staff done will be the biggest issue IMO.

With high vaccine availability it seems possible.

ivinsfan 04-30-2021 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2600033)
With high vaccine availability it seems possible.


I know a lot people here where vaccine is available and it ain't happening. Will they find enough trained staff that is willing to be vaccinated is the big question.

roadtripper 04-30-2021 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by harley (Post 2595380)
We've got LVP in our basement at the new townhouse. We did it because that's where the dogs live when we're there. Ours looks like wood, to the extent that we usually have to tell people it isn't. The feel is a bit different, there's a bit of flex to it, but nothing major. DGD rides her trike, the dogs do what old dogs do, I've got my shop down there. It's amazing stuff, and I would recommend it hardily for the OPs purposes.

We used https://shawfloors.com/flooring/vinyl/tile-and-plank

You can order direct from Georgia Carpets online. I got Karndean Longboard Looselay LVP for 3.13/sf: local stores were charging 4.99. It is very easy to install, and I am not super handy. It looks great, is quiet, soft and durable. Even if you pay someone, you'll come in well under budget.

audreyh1 04-30-2021 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ivinsfan (Post 2600045)
I know a lot people here where vaccine is available and it ain't happening. Will they find enough trained staff that is willing to be vaccinated is the big question.

Somehow I expect there will be incentives, including having a job.


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