Monday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr , 1:55 PM GMT on December 10, 2007

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You might not drown but you will surely choke to death!

Richard, Tim and Myself learning all we need to know about abandoning ship.

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Yes, the water is beautiful

Kyle and I enjoying the beach in Playa Del Carmen

Ah, happy Monday to everyone, One of the nicest parts of vacation is coming back home. Of course, I wouldn't have minded putting the coming back part off a few more weeks.

So, the cruise was fantastic and it worked out well for the family as we got to spend tons of quality time with each other. Not that we don't on a regular basis, but the emphasis is on quality. Actually sitting down and talking together rather than talking while flying from one soccer game to another. No schedules, no "we have to get to the store and then head to another" in fact the most stress was, do we go to the towel folding clinic or the Austin Powers dance class? Tough choices. We went to the AP dance class, stood on stage and soon realized they would not be asking us to be a part of their nightly performances, but it was fun none the less. The food was great, my pants fit tight today and it's time for another round of nasty cleanser diet to get the system back to normal and cleaned out. You can literally eat non-stop and we took them up on it. I don't know about you, but appetizer, salad, main course with tons of assorted breads in between and then they offer desert, but that's more than my system is ready for. Of course adding an ice cream run at 10:00 pm and a lox and bagel come midnight, well, you might understand that today, just the thought of food starts my stomach to roll. Of course, Cassie, our little foodie, lover of Rachel Ray and all chefs on the Food Network, she was in heaven. Kyle was easy, a pool, a slide, basketball, ping pong and miniature golf and he was set for life. Tim is the only one of the kids that took advantage of the kids activities by joining the 15-17 year old group and he was able to enjoy the cruise basically parent free. Becky, got to semi sleep in every morning and of course her afternoon in the spa and my vacation claim to fame is I actually ended up ahead of the game in the casino, plus I was offered my job back in Key West and yes, I miss Key West. I won't raise my kids there, but I think we might just return there when the last one heads to college. Now, I could go on and on and on, but I'll end with what the captain said after we had finished up listening to the debarkation lecture. The cruise director had explained customs and the departing the ship procedures and then many of the ships key personnel were ushered on the stage (this was to see who your tips were going to) and then the captain came up to give closing remarks. He turned to his crew and he said, "take a look at all these people, we have most every race represented, most every religion represented, varied ways of life and viewpoints and sexual orientation and everyone gets along. We have very few arguments, almost never any fights and most are always happy. If I could wish anything that you, our guests take away from this cruise this would be it, that the world might get along as well as my crew." And that leads to the QOD?

What does it take for the possibility of world peace?


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80. Appalachiangypsy
3:33 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
I was thinking I had seen him write at some point he was early/mid 40ish, but since everyone else was going with the 50 thing I figured I'd go with it... Plus I thought it might get him out of the hole he's hiding in this morning. WAKE UP RIC!!! It’s your Birthday!!
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79. ihave27windows
3:27 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
I don't think ric is 50......
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78. homegirl
3:15 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RIC!! :)


I can't believe we are watching a STS?? Crazy.

Cmon Bob, you know you want to post a synopsis on OLGA!!
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77. MisterPerfect
3:07 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Here comes Hurricane Olga, here comes Hurricane Olga,
Right down hurricane alley
Howlin' and Blowin' and all her low pressure
Swirlin' in the rains
Trees are fallen', candles boughten'
All is panic and fright
Board your windows and gas up your car
'Cause Hurricane Olga comes tonight!

Here comes Hurricane Olga, here comes Hurricane Olga,
Right down hurricane alley
She's got an eye that's filled with gusts
For homeowners and renters again
Hear those transformer explosions pop n' crack,
Oh what a horrible sight
So run into the closet and grab the flashlight
'Cause Hurricane Olga comes tonight!


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76. ihave27windows
3:00 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Happy Birthday ric!

Yahoo mail is on the fritz.....Grrrrrrrrrr
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75. Appalachiangypsy
2:44 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Happy Birthday!
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74. incogkneetoe
2:36 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Good Morning

One more thing to think to worry about this christmas Season *S*







Have a great day


Gary
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73. mbailey
2:12 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
I'm getting you some velcro tennies and some black socks. Happy Birthday Ric!
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72. OSHNBLU
1:58 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
50...ric, welcome to my world! It is fantastic, you have a young spirit! Kids do that to ya!
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71. meltemi
1:46 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Morning Ric, happy Bday=)

However, that doesn't let you off your responsibilities... it's been Tuesday for almost 9 hours, time for a new QOD. ;)
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70. PBG00
1:38 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
50?? O.K. then roll out the shuffleboard...break out the bingo!
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69. weatherguy03
1:29 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Wow, Happy 50th Ric!!
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68. PBG00
1:24 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
Today is your Birthday???? WooHoo party time..roll out the keg...where is the dart board..it's pub time..Happy Birthday Ric!!!!
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67. outrocket
12:39 PM GMT on December 11, 2007
pretty soon you will have enough candles to cover that bald head...Happy Birthday!
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66. BarnDweller
5:26 AM GMT on December 11, 2007
Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a wonderful day!!!
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65. ihave27windows
12:14 AM GMT on December 11, 2007
*poof*

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64. birdofpray
12:12 AM GMT on December 11, 2007
I would kill to see it ric...LOL
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63. ricderr
12:09 AM GMT on December 11, 2007
dammit aubie.......how many kids are gonna read this...and have nightmares that their cmas is ruined...LMAO....fantastic blog......fantastic theme...i'm jealous i didn't think of it....now...if i could post some dancing elves that someone emailed me..( i can't i'd be banned)....but man it would fir hilariously with your post and blog...LOLOLOLOL
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62. birdofpray
12:05 AM GMT on December 11, 2007
Ric...How can we ever hope for peace with things like this going on ?

it is believed that Santa may have been killed in the now illegal practice of "Santa Hunting". A long practiced tradition of many Upper Michigan Residents.
sd

In the news today: Several small children were visibly shaken to learn of Santa Clause's mysterious death. The matter is still under investigation by Police
poor

Several Santa Clauses gathered in the Nation's Capitol to protest the hunting and killing of their species, which is now protected under the endangered Santas provision passed by Congress last week
jjj

Police are asking people to call in if they see this man
fff



Police have the suspect in custody
rrr



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61. ricderr
12:03 AM GMT on December 11, 2007
dang shen....well said.....
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60. ShenValleyFlyFish
11:25 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the acceptance of conflict and the willingness to recognize it as a process. Peace is nonviolant conflict management and resolution.
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59. ihave27windows
10:21 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
I'm not Humphrey....lol
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58. ihave27windows
10:15 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Hey Katie :) You have excellent taste.

I have a confession Bailey.....Cows creep me out. They stare....it's creepy.
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57. ricderr
9:48 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
LMAO......bailey......i knew i smelled something...but they didn't share...they bogarted
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56. mbailey
9:46 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
y'all been on the wildwood weed? Musings of nachos, sloppy joes and follerin around the little animals. Perhaps you're onto something to inspire world peace.
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55. Pensacola21
7:50 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Hi ((((Mar))))

I love those things too. Nacho Doritos.. Yummmmm
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54. ihave27windows
7:46 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
You know what I like to do on WU? I like to go to the webcams, and locate a cam from one of the farms. Then I like to watch the 24 hour time lapse......I get to watch the snow fall, and the cows wander around.

I also like Nacho Cheese Doritos. Even with all the new flavors, they are still my favorite. Especially with Sloppy Joes.
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53. ricderr
7:44 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
melt......how many old "good lists" do i need to pull up to show you meek and mild?....LOLOL
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52. ricderr
7:43 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
ahhh..but then mobal...you're back to just animals...and they don't know peace any better than the rest of us
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51. ihave27windows
7:41 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
God bless my underwear
My only pair
Stand beside them
And guide them
Through the holes and the rips and the tears
From the washer
To the dryer
I can't remember the rest
God Bless my underwear
My ooooooonly pairrrrrrrrrr........
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50. mobal
7:34 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
What does it take for the possibility of world peace?

THE END OF MAN KIND
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49. meltemi
7:36 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
meek and mild melt is harassing me...

seriously now, when have I been meek and mild?
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48. weatherguy03
7:35 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Oh, I am wanting a new blog already!..LOL But then again its funny looking at that big ole head in that lifejacket!..LOL
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47. Pensacola21
7:33 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Forget Tues - come on Friday!
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46. weatherguy03
7:31 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Is Tuesday almost here??
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45. ricderr
7:21 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
and then...meek and mild melt is harassing me...LOL......times change....yes they do....ok melt.....directly answer your question....

no...i don't expect people to have the same goals...not even close to the same goals...nor do i expect people..to look out for someone else...nor do i expect people to get along with each other....but...i can dream that they will....i can want for that to happen...and wish for it.....but you're right..i don't expect it....nor....would i expect those same happy crew members...to be the same if the situation they were in was different....no pedastals today
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44. ricderr
7:18 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
crap...you know it's a bad day when aubie likes my blog...LMAO....hey aub...happy monday
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43. auburn (Mod)
7:07 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
I think its a great blog Ric...
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42. ihave27windows
7:07 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
I wonder if the dinosaurs dreamed of self preservation?
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41. ihave27windows
7:06 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
You're confused? LOL
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40. meltemi
6:50 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
world preservation.....preserve the future of mankind....will it happen?...nope....don't expect it too...but it's nice to dream

that's subjective. c'mon, put some thought behind your posts. =)
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39. ricderr
6:49 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
sure melt.......world preservation.....preserve the future of mankind....will it happen?...nope....don't expect it too...but it's nice to dream
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38. ricderr
6:47 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
hmmm....ok...i'm blonde today..you've confused me 27...LOL
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37. auburn (Mod)
6:41 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
possibility of world peace?
1st we have to learn how to get along with the folks around us
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36. meltemi
6:33 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
the problem starts when people lose site of the big picture and start making it about 'me'........

can you really expect everyone on earth to share the same goal, ric?
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35. ihave27windows
6:31 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
..they give up self for the bigger picture..

They set aside self for the tips. It is always about me......when did you start wearing rose colored glasses?
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34. PBG00
6:28 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Hey MP...Sounds like a rough go of it..I hope your clubs are still there..now that would really suck!
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33. ricderr
5:13 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
ok...answering my own QOD for once.....

what the crew shares...which allows them to get along regardless of differences...is they all share the same goal...of making the guest happy....they realize it keeps them employed and adds to the tips they collect..they give up self for the bigger picture..and if you know anything about cruise ship salaries you know they depend on those tips....you see the same thing in 'the real world' during times of crisis and such...and people who would be at each others throats are side by side doing any and all grunt work and whatever it takes to get the job done....the problem starts when people lose site of the big picture and start making it about 'me'........
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32. mbailey
5:05 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
Perhaps if everybody in the world whiled away their days on some neverending tropical cruise and got paid for it we'd all be happy too.
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31. mbailey
5:03 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
ah. I'm slow today, forgive me.
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30. ricderr
4:56 PM GMT on December 10, 2007
no no MB...he was speaking of the crew...and hoping the passengers would take that aspect home with them....
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