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Revisiting Key West for the First Time in 2011

A Graving visit and a Lame Museum

sunny 22 °C
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Wednesday 12 January 2011

The ship arrived in Key West around 7. This was our first visits of two that we are going to make this winter.

We went up to eat breakfast in the dining room about 7:30 just about the time the ship was cleared. Bob asked for 2 pieces of bacon and went to get his cereal. He got about 6 pieces of bacon but today they had the regular milk cartons. We were sitting with a couple that the guy used to be an art professor at Clarion and also is a judo master. We talked about screen painting. (That is the art of painting scenes on window screens like they do in Baltimore)
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Cold Egret amd Pelican


We walked off the ship about 8:30. We were at the dock behind the one at Mallory Square - near the Old Customs House and Museum.
Ship from the pier

Ship from the pier


It was cool and QUITE windy. Bob should have had a jacket. He spent time trying to get out of the wind. I was a little cool but it wasn't a problem for me.

Clinton Square monument

Clinton Square monument

We went past the Clinton Square monument. The obelisk in the center of the memorial plot was erected by the Navy Club of Key West for the Union soldiers who lost their lives in Key West during the Civil War. The metal fence surrounding the obelisk was erected by R. Vining Harris, a staunch Confederate and the father of the builder of the Southernmost House, to memorialize the loss of Confederate soldiers.
Old Customs house

Old Customs house


We walked out past the shops At the old Customs House there were some realistic sculptures - a man and woman on the porch with binoculars looking at a groups of nude women, and an artist painting them.
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Painter and Nude bathers frolicing

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Painter statue and couple on the porch with the binoculars

Statues of a photographer and a golfer

Statues of a photographer and a golfer

Sunday Walk by Johnson

Sunday Walk by Johnson


Around the side was a little boy with an old man called "Sunday Walk" by J. Seward Johnson Jr.

Around front they have replaced the HUGE Grant Wood couple in American Gothic with a HUGE Renoir couple from "Dance in the Country"
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Renoir_painting-_Country_Dance


Renoir "Dance in the Country"

Renoir "Dance in the Country"


We got a cab out to the cemetery.
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Cemetery winter hours sign near the entrance


The 1847 Key West Cemetery has many stacked above ground tombstones (the ground is limestone and difficult to dig) and mausoleums. It is 13 acres and is surrounded by five streets... Angela Street, Frances Street, Olivia Street, Windsor Lane, and Passover Lane. The main gate is actually located at 701 Passover Lane. There are some very interesting stones in the cemetery
Mr. Peculiar

Mr. Peculiar

Historic marker - Sophronia Bradley Hall

Historic marker - Sophronia Bradley Hall

7161207-Goehring_story_marker_Key_West.jpgNorman Artman - Editor and publisher of the Key West Citizen on the right

Norman Artman - Editor and publisher of the Key West Citizen on the right


Grave of a Yorkshire Terrier - Sunny

Grave of a Yorkshire Terrier - Sunny


In addition to B.P. "Pearl" Roberts (the local hypochondriac) whose marker says: "I Told you I was Sick." there is also a grave marker for Gloria M. Russell which says: "I'm just resting my eyes."
Roberts Mausoleum

Roberts Mausoleum


There are some beautiful angel statues,
Burial of a child

Burial of a child


there are several "Woodsman of the World" (WOW) markers which are often in the shape of a tree trunk, and there are also several of the Everlast Company's cast metal markers, made principally of zinc (colloquially called "zinkers")
WOW Zinker

WOW Zinker


Separate sections of the cemetery are set aside for Catholic and Jewish burials,
Entrance to the Jewish section

Entrance to the Jewish section

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Graves in the Jewish cemetery

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and there is also a central memorial for the U.S.S. Maine,
U SS Maine Memorial area

U SS Maine Memorial area

313621767161434-Marker_of_An..o_Key_West.jpgAntonio Diaz y Carrasco who served as Cuban Consul from 1903 to 1915 and then became a naturalized citizen.

Antonio Diaz y Carrasco who served as Cuban Consul from 1903 to 1915 and then became a naturalized citizen.

Stone for a CSA Private

Stone for a CSA Private


and one for the Cuban Martyrs .
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A Lus Martires de Cuba

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Tablet in the corner of Los Martires de Cuba


This monument was erected in 1862 to honor those who died attempting to free Cuba from Spanish rule during the Ten Years War (1868-1878).
Me sitting on the road next to the Cuban Martyrs

Me sitting on the road next to the Cuban Martyrs


There are Masonic lodge vaults or sections for each of the major ethnic groups in Key West: white, black, and Cuban. One belongs to the Cuban lodge, named for a Catholic priest who was active in the Cuban independence movement.

I wanted to go in the Catholic Cemetery but when the cab took us around to that gate we found that all the gates except the front gate were locked. So we went in the front. and walked back to the Catholic Cemetery.
Gate into the Catholic Cemetery from main cemetery

Gate into the Catholic Cemetery from main cemetery


Priest who died in the yellow fever epidemic

Priest who died in the yellow fever epidemic


Priests are buried here under the cross

Priests are buried here under the cross


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Toppino family mausoleum


When we were here before, I didn't get back to that section at all. Bob took some pictures for me including Frank Adams who was a deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty.
Frank Adams grave site

Frank Adams grave site


We walked back to the cemetery entrance and I called another cab. He took us back to the Mel Fisher museum which is one place we haven't been. We got there about 10:10.
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum


She gave us the 'military' rate, but Bob is of the opinion (and I agree) that even with the military rate, it wasn't worth it. We went around and took pictures (which was allowed).
Sinking ship diorama

Sinking ship diorama

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Bob looking at an anchor in the museum


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Gold plate

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Gold necklace and spoon

Bars of gold that were not on the manifest

Bars of gold that were not on the manifest

Scissors

Scissors

78 carat emerald

78 carat emerald

Majolica

Majolica

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American ship and Spanish Galleon model


Silver charger

Silver charger

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Trade goods

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Canon


Drawing of the Henrietta Marie

Drawing of the Henrietta Marie

My reflection in the bathroom mirror of the museum

My reflection in the bathroom mirror of the museum


We were finished looking at things after about a half an hour. Even Bob was finished and he usually takes longer than I do because he reads all the signs.

We had intended to have lunch on shore to avoid the buffet, but it was still too early so we went back to the ship. We had to go through security and show a photo ID, and then go through the magnetic doorway.

We went back to the room, which had not been made up, and I edited photos. Bob took about 40 pictures and I took about 175. We went up to the dining room for lunch - there was a buffet. Standing in a buffet line (or any line) makes my back hurt.
Windjammer Cafe

Windjammer Cafe


But we got some food and sat at a table. Our companions were two girls and their mother who is home schooling them - one a senior in HS and the other a freshman. An old man also sat with us.
.Mirrors overhead

Mirrors overhead

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Reflection and Sculpture in centrum

Workers on the ship

Workers on the ship


When we looked down at the dock after lunch, the line to get back on the ship stretched all the way down the dock and looped back.
Lined up to get back on the ship

Lined up to get back on the ship


We went up to Tri-Bond Trivia. Originally we had four people and then two more women came, and then another man but we weren't supposed to have more than 6. Anyway - we got 13 out of 15. Tribond Trivia is you are supposed to figure out what three terms have in common. We got Slip, Slide and Square (knots) and House, War and Finger (paints) but we missed that Gauntlet, Enforcer and Rookie were all Clint Eastwood movies and we missed Flakes, Mug and Hair. So he asked for the two best players and we sent one of the women up and he gave them 22, Ballerina and Desmond. The man running the trivia's name was Desmond and our rep thought it referred to him, but of course it was Desmond Tutu that was meant.

We pulled away from the dock and I went out took some photos
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US Coast Guard

Ferry to Sunset Key (formerly Tank Island)

Ferry to Sunset Key (formerly Tank Island)

Turtle Kraal tower (has been subsequently demolished by a hurricane)

Turtle Kraal tower (has been subsequently demolished by a hurricane)


Fort Taylor from the ship

Fort Taylor from the ship


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Navy rec area from a cruise ship in 2011

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

. The captain said there was a north wind and we are going north with the Gulf Stream - that's not good. A north wind makes the Gulf Stream VERY rough and we will be crossing it.
My Fair Lady dining room

My Fair Lady dining room


Our room was not made up at all today. We went to dinner and I had
Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse


Vegetarian Paella

Vegetarian Paella


and neither were exactly what I expected.
Sugar free Chocolate Panna Cotta with minted strawberries

Sugar free Chocolate Panna Cotta with minted strawberries


Bob had bean soup and salmon.

After dinner we met Art and Elsie that were our dinner partners on Grandeur of the Seas in 2007. He uses a scooter. They suggested that I get a wheelchair from the ship. I did go to the desk and ask for a wheelchair and they said yes that I could have one. When I went to do the internet the wi-fi was down. They claimed it would be back tomorrow (the morning of the 13th). I went up and looked at email on their computers, but it was very slow.

They delivered the wheelchair to the room while Bob was there watching TV and I was up doing the computer. He was surprised and at first thought it was being delivered to the wrong place.
Towel animal

Towel animal


Tomorrow we go to Nassau.

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Turnaround and Two Sea Days to the Caribbean

Re-embarking


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Monday 17 January 2011 - Turn Around Day

This morning, after breakfast which was VERY VERY SLOW (even though I ordered the express breakfast), I went up to argue about the bill and the girl tried to tell me that I signed in to the computer wrong. We went to the Bolero Lounge about 10:15 and got our new cards and I had a wheelchair pusher from Panama.

First glitch - they told us to go off on deck 2 instead of deck 1 - wheelchairs always use deck one. But we did as we were told. Then they had a problem with the machines that take the pictures for the SeaPass card (we were supposed to have our old pictures transferred) and so they made us wait about 3/4ths of a hour while they fixed that.

Bob saw the new cruise director ushering people to the head of the line which he didn't think was right. They were probably Diamond level or something.
Pool deck

Pool deck

Worker on the ship

Worker on the ship


They let us in on the first deck which was better. Bob did not believe that we could/should go to our cabin (even though they had said that we could), so we went to the Windjammer for lunch as it was 11:45.
Windjammer buffet

Windjammer buffet

Dish in the Windjammer

Dish in the Windjammer


Even with no one else there so that I could walk around and didn't have to wait in line, I still can't get lunch and something to drink without back pain. Bob had a hamburger,
Bob's lunch

Bob's lunch


My lunch

My lunch


I had a piece of roast beef (which was good although a little gristly), a little tiny bit of sweet and sour chicken, some pasta (which I got cheese for from the Caesar salad bar) and potato leek soup.

An unpleasant man came and sat with us - he apparently has built hotels all over the Caribbean. We left about 1300 and I thought we could go to the computer room and sign on since Bob refused to go to our rooms. But the problem was elevators. We went down to the 8th deck, but the fire doors were closed to get from one end of the ship to the other because there are staterooms there. So we went down to 5 and then couldn't get back up to 8. We finally got on an elevator going down and stayed on when it got down and then went back up. I had to use a new name and password because it said my other one was in use. I signed on and looked at email and used 8 minutes and it said it cost the appropriate amount.
On deck for the abandon ship drill

On deck for the abandon ship drill


We had the abandon ship drill and it was out on the deck in the cold and wind. I don't know why RCI still does this outside when HAL and NCL no longer do that. Anyway after we'd been there (me in the wheelchair) for about 15 minutes, they came and said - you don't have to stay out here. So we went in. I thought we should stay around for the finish of the drill but Bob said not, so we got the elevator down to our room. The cabin steward was checking to see that everyone was at the drill, and he was at our room. Bob wanted to know what was going on and I said he was checking to see if we were in there. The steward laughed about that, and after we got in, he put the "evacuated" sign on the door.
Bow camera - a tiny part of the TV - showing the Key Bridge

Bow camera - a tiny part of the TV - showing the Key Bridge


We were to go to our original table at dinner and the head waiter came running over and said that he put us at a table by the window but it wasn't on our card yet. So we went the back way through the linen closet to the other side and we sat by the window. This was a table for 10 that was set for 8. A couple named Leslie and Joe came and set next to us and
Mac and Betty

Mac and Betty


were next to Bob. Then another couple was at the end - another Bob and Jean.
Bob and Jean

Bob and Jean


Jean seems to be dissatisfied with everything
Leslie and Joe

Leslie and Joe


Leslie and Joe live in NC and he used to have a McDonald's franchise. She is a diamond level on RCI and thinks she knows everything. Mac is very interesting - he flew in WWII and was shot down and in a German prison camp - liberated by Patton. The other Bob is too far away from me to really hear.

I tried the
Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup


and it was way too spicy for me, so I didn't eat it. I had the
Prime rib

Prime rib


This was the same menu as the last cruise and the prime rib had looked good and was. Bob got
Spinach salad

Spinach salad


(which I had last time) and
Sea bass

Sea bass


Salmon wasn't on the menu. I remembered how good it was so I had two strawberry Pavlovas for dessert and so did Leslie.

Tuesday 18 January 2011 - Sea Day

It was very rough last night. The ship shudders and bumps a lot. We thought we wouldn't see many people around, and we went up to breakfast early and sat with 6 other people all from the Bethlehem area - there were 21 of them and they all came down on a bus. I had
Cream of wheat

Cream of wheat


and a banana, and Bob had figs and muesli which is their excuse for raisin bran. I took a picture of the droopy table flower - I think they must treat them roughly or forget to water them.
Flowers at breakfast

Flowers at breakfast

Unfortunately the Cruise Critics meeting was at 10 and the Progressive Trivia was at 10:15. So I went up to the CC meeting and signed in
Table in the Crown Lounge

Table in the Crown Lounge

Crown Lounge

Crown Lounge


and talked to some folks awhile and said if my name comes up in the raffle just claim it for yourselves. Then I left and went down to the Progressive Trivia.

I made a mistake and thought it was on deck 8 and it was on deck 5, so rather than wait for an elevator I just walked down. I walked in about 2 minutes until the start and walked up to the guy in charge and said I need to join a team. He asked who wanted another member and I went to the first team of four that said they would take another person.

They were Heintz, Jeanette, Lorie and Tom. The 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th,16th, 17th and 18th questions were the same as on the first cruise. I had written the questions and answers down. So I knew those questions at least were right. The real difficult one which almost everyone gets wrong is what is the Academy Award winning song in the movie Evita - it is NOT "Don't Cry for Me Argentina". Some of those questions I had known the answer on the first cruise like how many stripes did the American flag have between 1785 and 1818 - the answer is 15. We did miss the question of what the national sport of Japan is because the lady who was writing didn't hear me say Sumo Wrestling and they put baseball.

Then Bob and I went to lunch. I had the
Tropical salad

Tropical salad


which was VERY good (that's my veggies for the day-corn, hearts of palm, cucumber, avocado, tomato, red onion, and mesclun mix) and
Beef and avocado fajitas

Beef and avocado fajitas


which were a little too spicy. Bob asked for a hamburger without the bun, but they gave him the bun anyway - he just didn't eat it. Then he had his usual ice cream and I had
Carrot cake pyramid

Carrot cake pyramid

We went back to the room and I had a nap and then we went up to the Where in the World Am I Trivia. There were 15 questions and three teams got 13 right - we were one of the 13. We missed knowing that Chernobyl was in the Ukraine and the Vatican as the place people from all over the world visited. He didn't have enough prizes to go around and he also didn't have any type of sudden death question. We got key chains.

We went back to the room and I showered and got dressed - it was formal night.
In our room - Formal night  (Bob doesn't have his tie on yet)

In our room - Formal night (Bob doesn't have his tie on yet)

Bob

Bob


All of a sudden the ship has cranberry juice, but you have to get it from the bar waiter. I decided that $2.45 was too much to pay for cranberry juice which is watered down with a lot of ice and is probably mostly apple juice anyway.

Dinner had
Shrimp cocktail

Shrimp cocktail


and Bob asked for horse radish and catsup so he could make his own cocktail sauce.
Bob's shrimp with his own cocktail sauce

Bob's shrimp with his own cocktail sauce


He also had salmon. I got the
Lobster bisque

Lobster bisque


Seafood brochette

Seafood brochette


(scallops and shrimp on a skewer). He had the
Coconut cake

Coconut cake


for dessert and I again had the
Bitter chocolate souffle

Bitter chocolate souffle


Swan towel animal

Swan towel animal

Wednesday 19 January 2011 - Sea Day

Selfie

Selfie


Breakfast this morning as usual. The only thing on the program for today is Progressive Trivia. Bob came with me this time. We held our own even though they were all new questions. We missed the president that the Secret Service name was Timber Wolf, and also we could only think of 3 of the 6 Boy Scout ranks, but we did get JC Penny's name. Anyway we got 16 out of 27 which was more than anyone else. It is warmer out.
Station 9

Station 9


Sat with some people from Scotland at lunch. I intended to go swimming, but didn't. Mostly because Bob refused to go.
Bob watching TV

Bob watching TV


Good thing we have a port tomorrow. Bob is talking back to the commercials on the TV. I think the On/Off switch on the camera is going bad - it turns itself on at random. I took some photos of the wall art -- because there are elevators facing both directions you can't reliably turn left or right on your floor. I have to look at the picture frames on each side to figure out which way to go.
Mask on the other side - I don't turn this way

Mask on the other side - I don't turn this way


Towel turtle

Towel turtle


Tomorrow is Labadee which is in a remote part of Haiti - can't let us see the real Haiti - it would be too disturbing.

I have signed up for the Dragon's Tail Coaster. I debated between that and the over water zip line. I've seen photos of the Coaster and it looked like fun.
Towel swan and towel turtle and the ship's wheelchair

Towel swan and towel turtle and the ship's wheelchair

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Back to the Snow in Maryland

The last Sea Day and Disembarking


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Friday 28 January 2011 - Third Sea Day

We went to Progressive Trivia this morning and won. There were 20 questions but some of them were multiples (the 6 weapons in Clue - we forgot the lead pipe and the wrench- the 6 kids in the Brady Bunch - we got all of them, and the 6 people who were in the 3 Stooges - we forgot that there were 2 Joes and only wrote Joe once). According to my count we got 23 right, but the people who graded our paper gave us 28.
Winning team progressive Trivia - Heinz, Jeannette, Rosalie, Bob, Lorie and Tom

Winning team progressive Trivia - Heinz, Jeannette, Rosalie, Bob, Lorie and Tom


We got more luggage tags, a lot of key chains, and some nice cloth bags into which we put all the stuff we bought. Then Bob went back to the room and I stayed over and did Tribond Trivia - I was in one of the four groups that got a perfect score but we didn't get anything. I think the guy running it should have had a tie breaker question but he has consistently NOT been prepared for ties.
Pasta at lunch

Pasta at lunch


We are now mostly packed for tomorrow and Bob has stuffed the envelopes and we have turned in our comment sheets. I said the room was the worst on any cruise ship I've been on, but actually Grandeur of the Seas was the same. I said that the rooms were not too small but were badly designed.

I said if they wanted me to use IE for the internet instead of Firefox, that they should FIX IT so that the minutes are charged correctly. I said the food was too salty especially the soups, and that borscht should have BEETS in it. And that the portions were too big. (which will be a surprise to them probably)

I praised the staff, and named the waiter and assistant waiter and room steward (I didn't say so but I think he has too much work to do - haven't seen the assistant room steward at all on either cruise).

I did say that whoever screwed up the Weds program should be reprimanded. It went way beyond a simple typo. It had two different day/dates - one page said Thursday and one said Weds. They had the wrong day to register for the shopping drawing (it was Thursday and they said it was Weds), and they said the T-shirts were the wrong price (they said 2 for $20 and it was 2 for $30 and the 2 for $20 was on Thursday and they announced the wrong price continuously over the loudspeaker on Wednesday). Bob said that the cruise director and his wife the activities manager wasn't so bad and I shouldn't say anything about them but I think they are responsible for the program and I don't have warm feelings for them. I didn't actually name them or say that they were incompetent. Although I thought they were.
Shrimp and Mahi Mahi tempura

Shrimp and Mahi Mahi tempura


Bob's brownie dessert

Bob's brownie dessert

Key Lime pie

Key Lime pie

Leslie and our waiter

Leslie and our waiter


We are supposed to go to the Champagne bar for wheelchair assistance when we dis-embark, but that bar has a step up in both directions, so a wheelchair can't get into it. Just like on the last cruise where they told us we had to get off on deck 2 and we were supposed to get off on deck 1. I used all the computer packages down to the last two minutes. Our bill when it came was correct.
Towel animal - Octopus? and our green luggage tag

Towel animal - Octopus? and our green luggage tag

Saturday 29 January 2011 - Disembarkation and returning Home

We set our clocks forward today but the ship's clock didn't get changed and was wrong.
Pastel sunrise

Pastel sunrise

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Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise


We went up to breakfast, and I had a banana - they are back to leaving the sliced banana on one half of the peel.
Banana for breakfast

Banana for breakfast


We went back to the room and hung out for a little bit and then we got into the wheelchair and went up to the Champagne Bar. This is a very very small bar off the Centrum. People who needed wheelchairs were "hanging from the ceiling" waiting for their numbers to be called. (All the tags are green so the color is irrelevant.)

Our time was to be from 9:15 to 9:30 and we were eventually called about 9:50. Bob took the computer bag and his carryon and I took the bag of stuff we bought and my cane into my lap and we went down to deck one and through a tunnel on the dock to customs.
Leaving the ship - Bob is behind us

Leaving the ship - Bob is behind us


Everyone else was standing in line to exit from deck 2. On deck one, we just had the coffee urns in front of us. The wheelchair guy pushed me around all the people waiting in line for customs to the front and they looked at our passports and Bob turned in the customs form.
Cruise Maryland terminal in the snow

Cruise Maryland terminal in the snow


Then we went to get the luggage. The wheelchair guy (who was from India) said he would wait with me while Bob got the bags, I watched the drug dog while I waited. After Bob collected the three bags, he was going to take them to the porter line, but the wheelchair guy got a porter so he had to bring them back. Then we went out to get a taxi.

The flat rate from the terminal to the airport is $30.00. Bob persuaded the guy to go in the "official vehicles only" driveway (where the buses go) and we got unloaded. The driver said the fare was $35.00 and Bob gave him $45.00.

Rental car building

Rental car building

I took his bag, the computer bag and the bag of stuff we bought and Bob had my big bag, his hanging bag, and his carry on bag. I stopped at the chairs and sat down but Bob had to go to the bathroom and it took him twice around the terminal before he saw the bathroom sign that was about 3 feet tall. He went to the desk.

I made the reservation some considerable time ago, and pre-paid the $30.00 rental. They couldn't find it in the system and put a hold on our credit card of $140.00 plus the $30 that the rental was to cost. It took them a long time.

Rental car - Light blue Nissan with NC plates

Rental car - Light blue Nissan with NC plates

Finally she said we had a light blue Nissan. We started to load up and walked part way to the door when the rental car lady came running up and said "let me help you and took all the stuff I had from me and called the garage man to bring the car to the door instead of us having to walk around and find it. So Bob gave him $2.00.

I programmed the car GPS (Magellan) although I had to override the freeze that happened when the car started to move so that the passenger (me) could program it.
Back to the snow in Maryland

Back to the snow in Maryland


We stopped at Wendy's for lunch.
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Double cheeseburger and Fries


Root beer float

Root beer float


We got home
Driving home in the snow

Driving home in the snow


and got the water and all the electronics turned on. Our poinsettia from last year has a new flower. The paper was there but the mail had not arrived. Then it was time to turn the rental car in.

I looked in my cars' center console where I thought I had left my wallet and it was not there. Bob got gas and the car took less than 2 gallons for 88 miles. It got 54 miles to the gallon. When we got back home, the mail had come, and the fruit had been sent by mail so that was in there. My maps that I ordered for our next trip had also come.

I looked some more for my wallet, but could not find it. I was positive it was someplace in the house. Eventually Bob found it when he went into a bedroom. He had asked me to reprogram the computer picture frame and I had gone in there to copy our luggage tags and saw the computer picture frame box which I had put in there. When I picked it up, I had to put down the wallet as I needed two hands for the box. (And I also left the luggage tags in the copier)

Chicken and noodles

Chicken and noodles

We went to Bob Evans for dinner.I had a cup of soup and a sandwich and Bob had chicken noodle and mashed potatoes with a biscuit. The waitress brought us rolls but we had no knives, and then when she did the bill, she put a coke and coffee on there when we only drank water.

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