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Too Old #192777
04/19/2019 06:38 PM
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Sitting on the floor in the sandbar waiting for Kenny to perform in DC. 2 hours before he comes out. Trying to keep my sweetie happy because we canceled are STJ trip in May (7 days) for 11 days in Spain.

The things one must do to keep sand between your toes. But I am really getting too old for this!


“Every time I open a bottle of wine, it is an amazing trip somewhere!” José Andrés
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Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #192780
04/19/2019 07:43 PM
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Tom--I'm afraid we're all getting old!!! Enjoy Kenny! When is the Spain trip? Looking forward to hearing about that!


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04/21/2019 12:06 PM
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Survived the show!!!
It was fun and great to be so close.

Leaving May 14 - i will start a thread on the world page with stories and links.


“Every time I open a bottle of wine, it is an amazing trip somewhere!” José Andrés
Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #193005
04/22/2019 09:28 PM
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BTW not sure how we did it... It was general admission but we were really close to the stage.

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04/22/2019 09:31 PM
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Great picture, except for the underarm hair! laugh


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04/22/2019 10:07 PM
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Concur...
But hey I guess we all got it shocked


“Every time I open a bottle of wine, it is an amazing trip somewhere!” José Andrés
Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #193017
04/23/2019 07:01 AM
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Great Photo....St John for Spain, now that is a tough decision!

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Silly Tom!! LADIES don't have underarm hair!! duh Ask your lovely wife!! grin

Looking forward to pictures and stories from Spain!! thumbsup


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Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #193067
04/23/2019 02:58 PM
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ski2play,

It was a tough decision - however when we weighed all the moving parts it only made sense.

My wife loves to swim the Beach to Beach Swim held on Memorial Day weekend every year in STJ.
In fact, she had already registered and we were locked in. (great fund raiser for the Friends of the Natl Park)

She has done the swim a few times before, and has been training since Christmas for the 3.5 mile swim.
I play towel boy and cheerleader joy for the 1 hour and 45 minutes she is in the water.
She was pumped for the swim.

Well the Trump Tax Cut caused us to write a very large check last week, and our friends that were going with us had even a LARGER check to write (no politics allowed on TTOL - enough said)
Also, being over Memorial Day weekend air prices seemed very high. Our friends had a business trip backing up to the STJ week - and it just became too hard. They had to drop out. sad

We first looked at going a different week, but my sweetie was going for the swim and two weeks later to the island was not the same for her.

So.... We started looking at the total cost for the 7 days for the two of us to go to STJ, and then I did a what if... we went to Spain drill. Turned out 11 days in Spain was more reasonable and offered a longer stay. Lodging being the biggest discriminator. We were using Frequent Flyer Miles so airfare was not a large factor. Having said that the STJ airfare was well above $600 and flights to Spain were hovering slightly above $800

It was decided Spain would be the trip! We were high school sweet hearts and exchange students back in 1972 at the University of Salamanca. Our travels over the years have taken us to Spain, but not back to Salamanca. Our main driver is to return where we fell in love 47 years ago. (Sounds cheesy but true) We will be based out of Salamanca, but plan on doing day trips to the surrounding sights. (and wineries)

So really ski2play in retrospect – it was not that tough of decision
Our first visit to STJ was 1979 and have been back probably 25 times since, but Salamanca only once.

Carol,
I will check with my wife about the hair…
I was thinking about Madonna and Patti Smith


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Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #193073
04/23/2019 03:52 PM
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Tom--nice story about Salamanca! Should be a fun trip!

Is Madonna a lady???? thinks grin


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04/23/2019 04:46 PM
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Now Now! When Madonna shaves she could pass for one.

Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #193094
04/23/2019 05:58 PM
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Hey Tom, we are coming up on 2 years this summer since our last BVI/USVI trip and we are struggling trying to coordinate our next visit. Our daughter is now in grad school, I came out of retirement (not sure why!) and multiple weddings this spring/summer... so trying to organize a sailing trip is difficult, but we are trying! We just found a super saver and might be heading for Scotland.....same deal is that a trip for just the two of us there is much cheaper than the two of us sailing solo in the islands. Your Salamanca reasoning is sound!!!! We will certainly return to the islands, but all things must be in alignment! Great picture of the man by the way!

Re: Too Old [Re: TomB] #193122
04/23/2019 10:01 PM
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So we were in STJ a year ago this month, and were so impressed how far the island had come back but sad to see how much still remained to be done. It was a very strong statement for the residences who suffered so much, the folks that responded, and those who provided so much like Kenny C and his No Shoes Nation.

We are disappointed that we will not experience the continued recovery to a complete return of our special place, but I must admit I am concerned that the big boys are moving in and the price to experience our special place will soon be out of reach.

But I am sure that is a thread to itself.

So Spain here we come! STJ - we shall return!

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