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Subject:  Re: Next up, the Social Security decision Date:  10/23/2012  2:25 PM
Author:  ariechert Number:  45925 of 121398

"I encourage you to discuss with Bonnie how much you'd love a Key West vacation over Christmas break (leaving enough time to spend with family, too--hey, maybe some of them would like to join you and share a rental!). You mention this sort of thing regularly; it's clearly important to you." - alstromeria

Back when I was younger I did a lot of traveling on the cheap. We even took Florida diving/fishing vacations when we were still in college. One time we were down near Panama City, Florida driving on highway 98 and we had just crossed that big bridge and the alternator light on our old Ford LTD came on and I had to replace the alternator in that car. I remember unhooking the batteries and disconnecting the belt and taking out the old alternator and buying a new one at an Auto Parts store and putting a new one in right there setting beside the road.

We sometimes camped out and got eat up by mosquitoes and sometimes stayed in cheap hotels and ate sandwiches made with stuff we bought at grocery stores.

The point is I'm over it. I'd rather wait a couple of more years and when I travel I want to take a big wad of cash and stay in nice hotels and eat at nice restaurants with good food and if my car breaks down I want to be able to pay someone else to fix it.

I've had a taste of what it feels like to stay in a nice hotel. Last October we went to Orlando with Bonnie and stayed at the Marriott Grand Lakes Hotel and it was posh. Linda and I spent a good portion of that trip floating down their "lazy river swimming pool" and I sat in their two hot tubs and we ate out at restaurants and I've about decided that if I can't do it in style I don't have much interest in traveling at all.

So I think I'm going to wait. Seattle Pioneer likes to make fun of people who use their social security to travel but that's what I'm thinking I might do. Heck we might even fly out to Vancouver, B.C. and ride one of those Cruise ships up to Alaska one summer. I know Linda would love that!

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