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If I go on vacation, will my job still be there when I get back? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I may be paranoid, but I’m afraid to take a vacation this year. I’m 57 and have a good job, but our company has had a lot of layoffs lately, and business is still slow. My fear is that whie I’m gone, they’ll find someone younger and cheaper to do my job. Maybe they’ll kick me out because I’m eligible for early retirement. But with a big family, I can’t possibly retire until I hit at least 62 and can qualify to get Social Security to add to my small pension. What should I do?

What to do when you have a bad hotel experience PDF Print E-mail
Q: We recently stayed in a hotel in Rome, and it seemed every member of the staff was deliberately rude to us. We believe we always behaved with courtesy and consideration to them, and expected the same in return. What should you do when you're offended in that way?
Anti-Elvis Senior Visits Graceland PDF Print E-mail

We get many You Ask, We Answer letters, but this unusual one both asks the questions and then makes all the nasty answers. We won’t identify the writer except that he/she is a 70-year-old online author and columnist on a big city newspaper. If Elvis fans ever got the name, murder could happen. Here’s the letter:
Q: Just why is Graceland, this cornpone castle of the late hick squawker, who drank, drugged and gobbled until he exploded at age 42, treated by the flaky faithful as some kind of shrine like those of Lourdes, Jerusalem or Mecca? It isn't as if the former occupant  ever turned water into wine or promised 72 post-mortem virgins to now or never suicide martyrs.

Gay Retiree Looks For New Vacation Experience PDF Print E-mail

Q: There’s a joke that changes lyrics from an old song, “nobody loves you when you’re old and g(r)ay” that describes my situation. This grey-hair just took retirement at age 62, and may celebrate by traveling, possibly with a tour group. I no longer have a partner, and would like to make the trip with fellow gays, as well as hope to begin a new individual relationship. Do you have any suggestions?

To Suite or Not to Suite: That Is The Question? PDF Print E-mail

Balcony suite on cruise ship

Q: We’re taking our first cruise, and our dilemma is: should we book a balcony cabin/suite? The photos in the ad make it look really luxurious, much more roomier and comfier than a cramped cabin. The price is about double. Is it worth it?

A: If your first cruise is for four nights or less, it isn’t worth the double price. Take the cheaper cabin. You won’t spend much time there anyhow, because you’ll be out dining, dancing, watching shows and other stuff in your first-time social whirl at sea. However, if your cruise is for five nights or more, shell out the extra dough for a balcony. The reasons are many: privacy when you want it, room service breakfasts on the balcony in your ‘jammies, great views as the ship approaches port cities, and many other quiet joys experienced by veteran cruisers.


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