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Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! #232231
08/14/2020 08:58 AM
08/14/2020 08:58 AM
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Central Florida!
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It seems unbelievable even to me, but TTOL went live TWENTY YEARS ago today!! It has been a wild ride! We have had some ups and downs and we are a lot older now and ...?. I was going to say 'wiser', but then, maybe not! grin We have met an amazing number of great people and made some lifetime friends. We have to say thanks, first, to our sponsors, as otherwise there is no way we could have kept the lights on here! And a HUGE shout-out to all of our moderators, without which we would have gone absolutely insane, even more than we have. Many of them have gone on to other things, but special thanks to JD (ruralcarrier) for sticking around through some thick and a lot of thin. handshake And thanks to our members, without whom there would be no board. The world has changed mightily over the past 20 years and hopefully TTOL can survive even our current woes.

And, by sheer coincidence, we adopted our pound puppy Jules on August 14, 2008. We have no idea when his actual birthday is, but have always used the date he came to us. He has been a work in progress throughout his years, but we adore him.

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Yesterday he had his annual checkup and while age has crept up on him, he still is happy and energetic. A couple years ago, we adopted his little buddy, Teddy, who helps keep him young.

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They are both the joy of our lives.



Carol Hill
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Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232242
08/14/2020 10:13 AM
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Hugh congratulations and wishing you Folks all the best .

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Kennys] #232245
08/14/2020 10:32 AM
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Thanks Lesley! You too. And thanks for your support over the years.


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232246
08/14/2020 10:51 AM
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Thanks, Carol! This is very cool.
Speaking for myself, I have made so so many friends through this forum and had so much fun because of them....shout-outs to Saildoggie (RIP), Malcolm, Nick, Dirk, Walker (though he does not really drop in anymore) - so many more - I remember finding this place when we were planning our very first bareboat trip 12 years ago. I can't believe it's been that long. All I did was do a google search for info on the BVI....and there you all were!

Thanks for putting so much hard work into keeping the lights on....don't know what I'd do without these boards!


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Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232251
08/14/2020 11:22 AM
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Happy bday! I remember the Prodigy board! Happy Bday Jules!
irina

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232252
08/14/2020 11:23 AM
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Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232258
08/14/2020 12:54 PM
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Happy birthday Jules!


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If life hands you a lemon, just squeeze it on a lobster!
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: pony600] #232259
08/14/2020 12:56 PM
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Thanks, all! It has been fun! (Most of the time! grin)


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232261
08/14/2020 01:01 PM
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Thanks for all you do. Despite all the Facebook groups, I still think TTOL is the most informative place regarding SXM.


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Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: jazzgal] #232262
08/14/2020 01:02 PM
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Central Florida!
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Linda--thanks! You and me both! grin


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232267
08/14/2020 01:27 PM
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I, too, remember the Prodigy Days! 20 years seems unbelievable to me. Congratulations and Happy Birthday TTOL! And a special thank you to the Hills for everything you have done to keep Members and non members informed!


Rick and Grace
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: RICKnGRACE_LI_NY] #232269
08/14/2020 01:31 PM
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Prodigy was all there was, back then. We've come a long way, sort of. smile


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232277
08/14/2020 02:34 PM
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Happy 20th Anniversary, Carol Hill! (and, of course, Happy Birthday to Jules!). I have only posted a couple of times a few years ago, but I look at TTOL every day. Sometimes, many times a day especially during/after IRMA and now during this pandemic. The information on TTOL is invaluable to me and my husband. Thank you Carol for the information you provide and how you hold people accountable to provide factual information. We travel to our time share in St. Maarten and sail the BVI every year (sometimes a few times a year) so you can imagine how important many of the posts are to us. I also want to thank many of the "regulars" who post often with important information.

Warmest wishes for another 20 years, Carol!

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Marie] #232278
08/14/2020 02:48 PM
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Marie--not sure about another 20 years shocked but I very much appreciate your post. handshake


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232279
08/14/2020 03:07 PM
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Happy Birthday to Jules and TTOL!
Thank you for maintaining this informative site!

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232280
08/14/2020 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Marie--not sure about another 20 years shocked but I very much appreciate your post. handshake


Who knows where we'll get our info about St. Maarten in 20 years, but I think this is the best place connecting locals, expats, and people who love to visit.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232285
08/14/2020 04:39 PM
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Thank you so much for starting TTOL, my go to place for information for traveling.And thanks to all the regular contributors for providing real time information.Normally we are booked by now for our winter vacation but this year we are still in the wait and see mode. So without a travel date to look forward to TTOL is our way of staying connected to SXM.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232288
08/14/2020 06:23 PM
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Congratulations—- I too date from the Prodigy days (pchx28a) and enjoyed meeting you 20+ years ago at Grand Lido Negril. This travel forum gives me a daily SXM fix and brings back great memories.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: garycal] #232289
08/14/2020 06:55 PM
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Gary--Great memories at Grand Lido!! Thanks..


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232291
08/14/2020 07:52 PM
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Happy birthday to both! It has been an honor and a pleasure to have been a small part of TTOL and to have met many people through TTOL. Thanks!


J.D.
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232293
08/14/2020 08:08 PM
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Congratulation Carol and Eric and Jules. An awful lot of people have derived a great deal of information and island knowledge as well as a lot of strong friendships through this forum not to mention the pleasure of being able to easily connect with friends all over the country.


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232294
08/14/2020 08:10 PM
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Happy Birthday to TTOL and huge thanks to Carol and Eric for their courage in starting it and perseverance in keeping it operating and growing and staying relevant throughout these long years!

It has been - and continues to be - an honor to support them and TTOL in my small volunteer roll.


Bill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Bill_S] #232296
08/14/2020 08:32 PM
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Thanks, JD, Pat and Bill, three of our moderator heroes. Thanks for your help..


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232304
08/14/2020 10:30 PM
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Happy Anniversary---we've been here from the beginning and appreciate all your work.
I Remember your puppies and all the info that was shared.

I also remember sitting in my villa, instead of the deck at BSV, trying to learn how to post pictures
and keep up to date--my husband kept asking me when I was going to join him. LOL

Thanks........ smile

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232313
08/15/2020 08:04 AM
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East Haven, CT
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Congratulations to you and Eric and Happy Birthday to Jules. Thank you so much for TTOL. I'm not the most active poster, but I'm here every morning. It's such a great site. Like a few have said, I've met so many great friends because of this site and for that, I'm so appreciative.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: The_Lurker] #232317
08/15/2020 09:00 AM
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Terri--laugh I hope one or the other of us is sitting at BSV SOON, posting pictures.

And Wingman--making friends is the best part of TTOL.


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232329
08/15/2020 10:38 AM
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Happy Birthday, TTOL & Jules !!!!!

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: bettenan] #232345
08/15/2020 02:05 PM
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Hey Bette! Good to see you. Take care.


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232354
08/15/2020 02:55 PM
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Hi Carol, Thank you smile You too ! I'm here lurking around. I don't have anything to add, so I sit quietly, read the posts and dream of vacationing. Thanks for still being here.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: bettenan] #232357
08/15/2020 03:06 PM
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Bette--sadly, for now, most of us are just dreaming of vacationing.. cry


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232368
08/15/2020 05:45 PM
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Naples, FL & West Haven, CT
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While we don't post a lot, we have been going to SXM for over 20 years. I love reading all I can about the island and their issues, both good and bad. We have met many people on island both from the old TTOL parties that we attended and sponsored as well. I miss them and the island. And hope that we can get back there soon and enjoy it and support them. But I thank everyone for making TTOL and SXM so informative. I know it takes a lot of work and I thank you for all your time and effort you contribute to this.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232372
08/15/2020 06:22 PM
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Bravo! Love the info on your site!!!!!!

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232373
08/15/2020 07:28 PM
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happy birthday to all and congrats...and thank you for being here for all of us!! dance

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Shelby2] #232374
08/15/2020 07:50 PM
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Thanks, everyone!!


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232382
08/15/2020 09:50 PM
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Thanks for all you have done to keep this site interesting and fairly accurate. I assume it is a tremendous job and am so glad that Carol and I have a place to visit to see what is going on in our favorite vacation destination. Well Done! And we love you adorable friends.

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232393
08/16/2020 09:23 AM
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Just another note of thanks....I don't post all that much either but I read everything! It's been a great source of information and enjoyment over the years. Thanks for sticking with it and for sharing such love with your pup!

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: crsxm] #232394
08/16/2020 09:45 AM
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Thanks, everyone! We appreciate it!


Carol Hill
Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: crsxm] #232402
08/16/2020 11:49 AM
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Thanks for all your hard work, we don't post a lot either but do enjoy reading about St. Martin

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232405
08/16/2020 12:22 PM
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congrats you guys!

Re: Happy birthday to TTOL and Jules! [Re: Carol_Hill] #232411
08/16/2020 02:41 PM
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Happy Birthday and congratulations on 20 years! What a great site for all things SXM.

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