Today’s Featured Blog…Out an’ About!!

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The magic of Central Australia stirs me, even a month after our return. Red earth, big skies, wild canyons and deep gorges … If there’s one walk that epitomises this grandeur it’s the Kings…

Today’s Featured Blog…Rendezvous En New York!!!

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I’m a little late posting about this amazing event that I finally got to attend in July. It was CURLFEST and if you haven’t heard of it that is fine because you will. It’s hosted by the Curly Girl Collective and it is a yearly event that celebrates curly, kinky hair and promotes you loving your hair and the texture you were born with without feeling judged. It really wouldn’t cross most people’s mind unless you…

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The Older I Get the Faster Time Moves Past Me

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The Patriots open the 2017 football season this Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.  I cannot believe it is football season already.  The older I get the faster time moves past me.  It seems like it was only a few months ago that the season ended, when in reality it was 7 months.  Time mesmerizes me.  It is a fixed measure, yet it also seems malleable.

Time spent at the beach or on holiday appears to move faster than time spent doing something one dreads.  That one aspect of time is what intrigues me so.  I’m moving toward 50 at an alarming rate when it seems like 5 years ago I was graduating high school.

I guess I better make the most of the next 50 years!

My First Time

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I was sixteen. He, a mere fourteen months my senior. We sat facing one another, my knuckles wrapped tightly around the armrest, his hands lying casually in his lap. Conversation was light, the air around us tense for me, for him, not so much. He smiled mischievously and I, trying to hide the sheer panic creeping through my every vein, returned that smile with what could not have been more than a grimace. Suddenly, his position changed, as did his facial expression. We were no longer eye to eye. It appeared that he was rising, but without standing. From where I was seated and from what I could see between the tears flooding from my eyes, the smile on his face had become a huge grin accompanied by a full fit of laughter.

By the time the plane leveled, my brother had regained his composure while I was still dry…

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Danny’s World: Our Up-Coming Trip

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I am super excited to tell everyone that Evelina and I are going to Disney in November for her birthday!  For the first time I am using a travel agent to assist with the trip as there's a bit more planning and a few more new elements.  This trip we are staying at the Disney resort Port Orleans Riverside and we are including the Disney Dining Plan.

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I'm paying for the dining plan to relieve the burden of having to constantly monitor a budget; it takes a bit of the fun out of the trip for me to constantly be counting every dollar spent.  Also, I have Disney planning some cool surprises for Evelina for her birthday (11/18) which is easier to plan through the agent.

I will say the agent is making this trip the most fun yet as she offers up suggestions of things we didn't realize existed.  Also she is able to track any new discounts and apply them to our trip, discounts we would have missed had we not used her services.  But the biggest reason I will always use an agent from now on is the payment structure.  I put down a simple $200 deposit leaving the remainder of the balance due 30 days prior to our check-in date.  I like being able to make payments and have her handle all the details.

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For those who are new to my blog I'll give you the quick back-story.  When Evelina was a little girl growing up in Poland she always dreamed of going to Disney.  She would watch the movies and see Disney on television, but was never able to go due to it being in the United States. Communism frowned on travels to the United States, plus Disney would have been a long trip for small children.

So when I learned about this I decided that the only place for us to get engaged would be at the Magic Kingdom during the fireworks, in the Rose Garden near Cinderella's Castle.  Following our wedding we honeymooned at Disney and spent our first anniversary there also.  Now we take family trips with my mom and dad, sister and her family each year.  I guess you could say we are Disney fans.  Danny's iphone 599

On this trip we will be purchasing the Annual pass option using a little trick I learned from my sister.  When we go to the gate on our last day prior to checking in, we can buy the annual pass and Disney will credit us all the money we spent on tickets for this trip against the value of the annual pass; which means we will only be paying approximately $700 total for 2 annual passes (normally $1600ish).

I have been planning dinner reservations, birthday surprises, roadtrip details, Amazon shipping list, etc. for this trip the last 2 weeks and I'm getting excited!  I want this to be the best birthday ever for Evelina; lord knows she deserves it for putting up with me!!

Danny’s World: The PGA Championship Is In Charlotte!!

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For those interested in seeing a little snippet of Charlotte life be sure to check out the PGA Championship this week.  Quail Hollow is hosting the final major of the golf season right here in the Queen City!  This is the first time Charlotte has conducted a major so all the talk around town is centered around this event.

Hope you tune in and enjoy!  Here are the television times:

TV Schedule (all times Eastern)

Thursday, August 10
1 pm – 7 pm on TNT
12:37am – 1:07am highlights on CBS

Friday, August 11
1 pm – 7 pm on TNT
12:37am – 1:07am highlights on CBS

Saturday, August 12
11am – 2pm on TNT
2pm – 7pm on CBS

Sunday, August 13
11am – 2pm on TNT
2pm – 7pm on CBS

MEET RICK JOHNSON

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My guest today is one of the very first I met on Facebook and he has been one of my most supportive friends. We have the same sense of humour and all Rick’s books are funny and off the wall. He’s written a wide range of quirky novels, including talking dogs who operate in gangs, the topsy-turvy world of black plantation owners employing white slaves, to a man who loves his vacuum cleaner. You never know quite what to expect when you open one of Rick’s books.

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Instead of a photo of the author, here is the Dog – his owner is very shy. Over to you:

I decided to enter the world of writing a few years ago because I knew I couldn’t spend all of my time eating banana Moon Pies and waiting for Sandra Bullock to wake up one day and deciding that she was head over…

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Here is Looking Up Your Old Address

Everything in and around Denmark

Moved away did she
changed her name,
once or, twice
such is it with women
these days,

Phone books no longer
work,
no forwarding address
cellphone number,
unlisted,
all of the clues
all turned into dead ends
all the hints, innuendos, lies

Turned the tables on me
in the end…

Lucky thing
she was sitting
right next to me

helping me along the way
or, I never would have found her

again….

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