Hello to all my makamakas and others as well. I have been absent for a while, mainly because life keeps getting in the way. I promise I will respond to each and every reach-out I have received, and there are hundreds of them. Literally. Had some medical issues, but I seem to be bouncing back.
Thank you for all the well wishes, concerns and a bit of in-your-face concerns out of friendship that were just great stuff.........d:o)
It will take me a while to sort a bit through the at the moment 1963 Notices, but I am sorta, kinda back. Missed you guys, - I need you to pull my coat tail when I am a baaaaad boy.........d:o)
What is a good site for locating former friends and classmates from my time in Britain? Facebook has proved of limited help. Friends Reunited is even less useful. We are talking forty or so years ago here.
As a military brat who breezed through numerous schools and people's lives briefly, in many global locations, I'm not sure anyone would even remember me but I'm taking a shot at reconnecting with those I knew dating back a few decades.
In a couple of locations I can contact those who were peripherally friends but can't unearth the two or three I'd consider close friends at the time.
How do you root out old buddies?
One of my earliest holidays abroad was to Greece when Demis Roussos had just become an international star. I fell in love with Greece immediately and Demis evoked such wonderful memories for a long time afterwards. To hear of his departure to that great Acropolis in the sky has brought back all those memories. Is there a singer or artist who did the same for you?
SNOW WAY, GOV!: As historic blizzard set to dump 3 FEET of snow, Cuomo says streets, subways may be shut down before p.m. rush hour; over 1,400 flights canceled
I would like to start a language phrases game that is spoken in different languages around the World . The rule is you type the phrase, type the country of origin and translate the meaning in English
I find the Man's Fez head attire fascinating and very trendy. I also admire moroccan lady robes. They look stunning. What is the history and cultural significance of the Fez.Has anyone seen it being manufactured.
Hi Everyone I am new to VT, it looks like a great community :-)
I asked a similar question in a different part of the forum and realize now this section was probably where I should have posted it.
Has anyone ever experienced fire or smoke on a plane, cruise or hotel ?
As a young man I was in a building that caught fire and I have to admit its one of my fears of traveling, the lower fire standards in some tourist destinations and being trapped on a plane or ship if there is a fire or smoke :-(
The wife and I are planning a big retirement trip, and because of my concerns I have been searching for some protection we can bring with us.
In my search I came across a disaster mask called Xcaper? Has anyone heard of these? Apparently they are approved for use by US govt.
Would you carry one?
Thanks for any advice, or input.
I'm building my own website through Yola and they recommend using Tumblir for blogs which I can then use a widget from Yola to transfer to my own website. Anyone using Tumblir? Any good or bad critiques?
You're on your last legs and you've always wanted to visit somewhere in particular and haven't made it.
I sincerely hope that you're not in that position just yet, but if you were - where would it be?
I need some tips. Do you know how to take care of someone with only 1 kidney? I'm inviting my father for a visit again this year. As I am working, we normally eat out when he's around. Are there some things I should pay attention to? Thank you.
Just curious and I also need some ideas! I still haven't decided where to travel next!
I never experienced snow in Holland this late, but at last it came down.
We wanted to travel to the other side of the country this morning.
Already I had crossed out the original idea of going by car, but once in the train we got a nice announcement that the train would turned around at the next station, before we even were at the mid point of our journey.
One way to return to all my VT friends a bit earlier today.
Every so often I visit someplace and it seems to change or re-balance my view of the world. As with many on VT, my first real exploration of another country had that impact. For me that was Mexico. But later Italy and then Liberia, West Africa. India followed. And then Mongolia perhaps even more than China. And now, most recently, Bhutan.
I find myself going through my Bhutan pictures thinking, 'This place really exists and I was blessed with the chance to visit it.' I am re-reading books I read in preparation, even as I prepare for future trips elsewhere.
For most of these places that I have fallen in love with, I ended up feeling that I will have to re-visit; that I have missed a part that I would like to see or see some more. They kind of go on back on my list of places I want to visit. Sicily, Western Mongolia, many parts of India, the Southern part of South Africa are all still part of this ever changing list. Oddly Bhutan has not made it onto that list. I went thinking my trip would be a once-in-a-lifetime, and now that I am back I am satisfied that it was a once in a lifetime. I expect that my future visits will be purely "virtual".
I wonder what country or specific place outside your own has had the most personal impact on your life. Of course, for some VT members I can guess or their pages already make it clear. But the when and why may be less obvious. Please share.
Friiidaaaayyyy!!! Pub is open, and today's pubfact is: ....
hmmm, I think we'll try this: Floor is open! Bring all your pubfacts!
Hello people! Has anyone of you applied the law of attraction? If you had, did you get what you wanted?
A recent thread discussed the lady who spent $164,000 a year cruising . Claus said he did NOT want
to have the highlight of his day be watching TV and wondering when he would be fed. However, reality
proves that this IS how the majority of elderly folks spend their day. My Dad was in an assisted living
facility (ALF) the last year of his life and that is precisely what happened. He was anemic and too weak
to walk around. He needed help to even stand up and then sit in his wheelchair. I must say that I visited
him Every day but still how boring can a life be? I would have gone "stir crazy" and who knows? That
may be what awaits me also. There are thousands of folks who live alone and no one would know if they
died because no one contacts them every day. So my heart goes out to all the folks and I wonder WHAT
can I personally do to help? I would even consider starting some sort of organization (volunteer) to make sure
contact is made daily and / or a personal visit. I've thought about a "friend chain" among close friends who
call at least one person per day to tell them everything if OK. If person A did not hear from person B , then
A could call authorities and alert them. Then of course you have the complication of person A having died. Then who does person B call? And some folks don't even have a "friend chain" because they
have outlived their contemporaries. What are you ideas and suggestions? HELP........
This photo circulating on Social Media has generated a large response for law enforcement, but there are no arrests yet in the vandalism to an archaeological site known as Jordan Cave near the Jordan Trailhead parking lot in Sedona , according to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Mike O’Neil late Wednesday morning. O'Neil said he has gotten many calls about the vandalism and most have been generated from Facebook. "It's good," he said, but no one has come up with names yet. On Dec. 16, 2014, several individuals in Jordan Cave were seen removing and throwing rocks from the walls of the site over a steep embankment. Some of the rocks were also dug from the prehistoric floor of the site and were thrown over the embankment. Law Enforcement is trying to identify and locate the individuals in the attached photo who might be able to assist in the investigation regarding the vandalism. “These prehistoric sites are rare treasures on our public lands and the Forest Service takes every effort to preserve and protect those resources,” said Patrol Captain Jon Nelson. “Once these sites are damaged, it removes a piece of the puzzle of how past communities lived an existed over time that cannot be replaced. It not only destroys scientific evidence, it denies the public from seeing these areas as they were left by the Pueblo people who lived here centuries ago.” It is illegal to excavate, remove, damage, alter or deface any archaeological resource, to include surface collecting. An archaeological resource is defined as any historic or prehistoric object or resource that is 50 years or older. These acts of vandalism and theft to protected sites are found under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act of 1979, under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261.9(g), which makes it a criminal violation under federal law. The severity of the crime ranges from a Class B Misdemeanor, which is six months in jail and a $5,000 fine, to a felony, which is one year in jail and/or $20,000 fine. Anyone with information regarding this vandalism should contact Officer Mike O’Neil at 928-203-7512.
what is the price jameson triple distilled 1 liter. Today?
In honor of the film industry's biggest award show of the year, would love to hear from you on the top 5 or 10 films that inspire traveling! Please list the name of the movie, the destination that it inspires travel to, and the number one thing that you have to do in that destination.
I'm trying to book a trip to Italy to go see my parents this summer and I noticed that Condor airlines is about $500 less per tickets than any other companies....makes me wonder why they would be so much cheaper? Have any of you used condor before? if yes, how was your experience?
I am looking for some material that may help me understand just why Angkor was suddenly deserted by the Khmer rulers around the middle of the 14th. century. One can understand the ruins of Hampi (India) as the 5 neighbouring Sultanates combined to devastate Hampi for 5 months, thereby ensuring that the kingdom of Vijaynagara would never rise again.
Many thanks for any explanation of for any direction to follow.
I am traveling to Italy and I need to submit my USA cellphone number, how do I do it? The site wont take any thing I put? Any help is very much appreciated.
A new app named airpnp modelled after airbnb seeks to solve the problem of where to find relief when touristing in an unfamiliar place where few public facilities are available. To be tested at New Orleans, the site allows individuals and businesses to rent their toilets for those in need. Prices range from free in Cobble Hill Brooklyn to $10 for a hotel toilet in New Orleans used by multiple celebrities to $20 in New York's Little Italy, the ultimate tourist trap.
Photographs will be available for screening of the facility, although when in need I suppose any old dirty trench will suffice. And - there will be a rating system. Why not?
Has anybody used Tripbound.com for vacation rentals? If so I am looking for feedback to see whether thay are legit, and and deliver what they promise! I am looking to possible book an accomadtion with them, however I do have slight reservations about them.
It appears that they are a relatively new company!!
I wont mention the name of persons or airline re-this issue. This happen long time ago . A well known Airline from Asia arrived in the Philippines as usual with their young flight and cabin attendants both male and females. I was invited by one of them to join them for dinner at the exclusive Manila Hotel . I wa sitting at the lobby reception hall when another group of Flight attendants an Airline from North America arrived on a coaster bus, as they were dis -embarking. The flight attendants from this Asian Airline blurted out "Oh here comes our grandma's and grand dad's checking in too"and everyone was laughing except me. I walked away and did not join the dinner with the Asian Airlines staff as I thought it was very rude and in-appropriate to throw such remarks. If they only knew that such remarks could cause them real trouble and the Airline could get in court litigation. They probly would have shut their mouth off. Such mockery and snobberyy amongst Flight attendants should be addrressed by Airline Industries and not to be tolerated.
The flight attendants from the North American Airline maybe older , but they are more smarter and efficient when it comes to providing quality inflight service compared to the younger ones.
By Chinggis K.
As someone who visits Yellowstone every year (and surrounding areas), this is very troubling!
>>> BILLINGS, Mont. -- Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health.
The Bridger Pipeline Co. said the spill occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday. The initial estimate is that 300 to 1,200 barrels of oil spilled, the company said in a statement Sunday.
Some of the oil did get into the water, but the area where it spilled was frozen over and that could help reduce the impact, said Dave Parker, a spokesman for Gov. Steve Bullock.
Glendive is north east of Billings, MT. Yellowstone Park itself is quite a bit south west of the spill location, but that doesn't make it okay!
U.S. Pipeline Breach Spills Oil Into Yellowstone River
Not to worry, right folks? I mean, it's no biggie. Last time there was a solar panel accident, it destroyed all the flora, fauna, and human settlements for miles around. It could take centuries to recover from that awful sun spill!
I feel tempted to buy this bed wear; see picture.
Would you like to sleep in your favorite city in this way?
With apologies to those members flung far and wide for whom this is an irrelevant question!
One of our Downunder members, wabat (aka Albert) will be in London for a few days end July / early August, and would like to meet local VTers. I'm thinking of posting a meeting for Saturday 1st August - possibly a picnic lunch (with a back-up plan for rain!), a walk somewhere and an evening in a pub. I want to gauge what interest there might be a such a plan? No need to commit at this stage, but would members from elsewhere in the UK and possibly Europe consider coming to such a thing?
I've noticed a trend amongst some of our European members that they do not own a car, drive a car, or even have a driver's license. Americans are a*d*d*i*c*t*e*d to their autos. I realize that the European system of public transportation is far superior to ours, but at the same time, I cannot imagine not having MY own car and being able to
get in it and go whenever and wherever I want. I've often said that I will lose my independence when "they" take my keys away because of ability to drive (age). That is true for most AMerican. A huge majority of Americans own their own car and drive it almost every day for everyday errands. Do you drive alone? I think nothing of getting in my car and driving across country. Do you own a car? Do you have any kind of driver's license? How do you get around? What is you main mode of transportation?