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Old December 28th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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Been a LoNG time since I started a eye opener !! Hope everyone has a nice day !!

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Old December 28th, 2006, 06:22 AM
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Good morning Steph and all the CM's to follow. I was at work bright and early at 5 a.m. Ripley was a big factor in that decision! Sh was up early this morning...so I figured I might as well get this party started. Gary's last day of work was yesterday. I'm sure it was bittersweet for him. He has spent 30 years in that place. At least he has a cruise to help ease the pain. I still have not packed one item. All of you Century cruisers may see me in the same outfit the entire 5 days! Oh my! Have a great day, friends.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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Good Morning Steph, Donna and all to follow,,,

We are on the road again today,,we are in Brunswick, Ga. Florida bound,, Hey it's only 35 thought this part of the world was warm.

The traffic is awful,,,that is why we are up so early,,,gonna try to beat some of it thru Jacksonville,,Seems everyone has decided to head this way.
I'm off to Miami,,,,
Hope eveyone has a great Thursday.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 07:24 AM
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Good morning from Orlando. Was up and out early this am taking my sisters father in law to the airport as he's off on a trip to see my sister and her husband, his son. At least there's no traffic at 5am!
The suitcases finally made it out of the attic last night so things are looking up for our packing situation. Sure wish I didn't have to work today or tomorrow.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 08:16 AM
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Good morning all CM's

It really hits home when all the posts before me are getting ready to pack or are packing to head out on a cruise...I'm very jealous.

Wishing all those travelling a safe holiday....as I grit my teeth....just kidding...have a wonderful time.

Have a great day everyone....
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Old December 28th, 2006, 08:20 AM
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Good Morning all! Last workday of the year for me . Beautiful sunrise over Brooklyn this morning. A big red sun is just peeking up over the horizon. Been quiet and very productive all week with no bosses around to ask stupid time consuming questions or handing out worthless time wasting projects.

Everyone have a great Day!! Bon Voyage to the cruisemates headed for the Century and here is a Key West shot for you:



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Old December 28th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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Good Morning,
I haven't been on in awhile, only have had time to lurk, but wanted to say hello. It is sunny and cool down here in Avon Park, FL. Computer temp says 48 degrees. Brrrrr. But--it's due to start getting warmer today until the rain sets in again, most likely on New Year's Day.

I have a hunch that Santa was good to all of you. I just want to add my best wishes for a wonderful Cruise of the Century. With the group you have going--you can't help having a good time!!!

Take care and stay safe. Lynne
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Old December 28th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Good morning everybody and especially to Steph_Texas who has been absent from CruisMates for quite a while.

Heart warming local newspaper story: "Christmas generosity overwhelms area family"

[b]"Local RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and businesses save holiday just in the nick of time Christmas Eve. It sounds like a grand-mother's greatest fear - having nothing to put under her grand-childrens' Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. But that fear became a reality for one of Metro grand-mother on Sunday night, after her car, containing all of her grand-childrens' gifts, was broken into."

The story goes on that this grand-mother just became aware that her gifts were gone around 10:00 PM Christmas Eve and all the stores were closed. Members of the RCMP called some business owners at home to open their stores in the middle of the night to officers who selected toys for the grand-children.

The grand-mother's last comments:
"I hope the thief reads this newspaper, so he'll know he didn't ruin Christmas for this family"
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Old December 28th, 2006, 09:02 AM
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Good Morning cruismates!! Like you everyday, today I don't give a rat's &&& how the weather in Calgary is since I'm in Miami.

The weather here is going to be clear blue skies and in the 90s, maybe. I'm pretending... but it is forecast to be in the 70s

On tap today.. to try something new, a new adventure...

so instad of Bar Harbour Mrs Kuki wants to check out Villages of Merrick Park. The poor dear missed the after Christmas sales at home.

OH and last night debunked any myth that Mrs. Kuki's recent weight loss would reduce her snoring. There was a major shift in noise level though..... we've gone from a train roaring to past to "we got us a convoy"!
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Hi Kids,
From warm and sunny Lauderdale....Kuki i am glad you are now my neighbor! We will be heading out to breafast soon, and my fave place on earth....Festivale/Sample Rd Flea market..be still my heart

I just saw an ad on tv, for KeyWest....A store called the Beachcomber, is going out of business, deals up to 70% off, for those in need

I hope our west coast travelers get out ok,with all those winds

Make it a good one,I know i will.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Morning All, from Montreal, where we woke up to another heavy snowfall this morning (it was NOT forecast!). Now I'm worried about flying out of here tomorrow, there had better not be any more snow!

Still at the "clothes laid out, suitcase open" stage. Still gots lots of packing and organizing to do, plus check all of son's stuff as well.
DH, as usual, is stressing out to the max, worried about fitting suitcases in the car, and having to return a Christmas gift with a big line-up today....

If we survive today, and the snow doesn't ground us, I will see some of you tomorrow in Miami, or Sat. onboard!

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Old December 28th, 2006, 09:47 AM
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Good Morning All,

We too are enjoying (?) Donna's unscheduled snow. I didn't mind the 50 degree weather, but knowing how bad it hurts the economy I can't begrudge the snow for those trying to make a living.

Off to work in a hour. Lots to pack into today. The list of things to get done just never seems to diminish. As soon as you think you are catching up, you begin to realize how far behind you really are.

Had another evening with family activities. I think tonight will be quieter. We are all exhausted here. People are getting grumpy. I'm tired of trying to be the peace keeper.

Safe travels - to all our cruisemates in the land, air or sea
Happy Shopping - expecially for Trip and Mrs. Kuki
Easy Packing - especially for MaryLou, and RD - and of course James

And to all of us who are staying behind - wishing and hoping that something special, wonderful and unexpected takes place for us soon, that will ease our no-cruise blues.

Good Day, Mates!
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Good Morning from beautiful downtown Lakeland, Florida where it's a cool 50 degrees or so. (going to 70 today they say) The lovely Mrs. Jones, (Vita) is pretty much packed, and I've given her the docs, and passports, so tomorrow night, I'll throw the "tux t-shirt" and the "Cruise of the Century" t-shirt in a bag and we're ready to rock-n-roll. (I can just hear Norm groaning now ) We can't wait to head South, but since I have to work on Friday, it'll be Saturday A.M.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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Good morning all.
Can't believe 2006 is just about wrapped up; was watching Rudolph's Shiny New Year (circa 1967) movie two days ago and at the end Father Time wishes everyone a happy "19 Wonderful" and Baby New Year turns into "19 Wonderful"; I guess the movie makers never considered the longevity of the movie. So everyone out there, Happy 20 Wonderful 07.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 10:27 AM
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Good morning!

Not near as much activity at my house as compared to all my traveling mates. DH is going to going to "play" today with a friend, who is also off work. Possibly a round of golf for them. I will tend to my MIL and maybe get my Christmas decoratins put away.

RD, I sure hope the snow breaks just long enough for you to fly out.
Trip and Mrs. Kuki, sure wish I could go shopping with either of you.
BW, I always like to read about the good things done by individuals, just to help out another person.

Have a great day, everyone!
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Morning from the Pacific Northwest..........foggy this morning!!!!!! Sounds like a good evening tho so we shouldn't have any problems flying out......

Larry brought the suitcases downstairs.......so I guess I should start putting things into them.......

Trip & Kuki.....keep those temps up for us......we'll be there in less then 24 hours!!!!!

Y'all have a good Thursday...........



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Good Morning from Central Texas where it is once again starting to rain. They say this is a repeat of last weeks weather.

Ah hell, compared to all the travelers, I have nothing to say.

Ya'll have a great cruise.

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Hi Cruisemates, Just dropping in to wish you all a wonderful Cruise on the Century and Happy New Year!! Wish I was going too. HAve fun and a couple of Foo-foos for me!
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