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Retired Navy Officer All At Sea On Finding New Jobs PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m a recently retired Navy physical therapist. I spent most of my 30 years in big military hospitals, and now would like to travel. I feel too young (56) to go sit and vegetate in a retirement community. I’m looking for temporary or regular jobs in resorts or aboard cruise ships, so I can combine meaningful work and fun travel. I’m single and have a very good pension, so salary is not a big issue. What do you suggest?

Is It Full Cuba Libre Yet For U.S. Travelers? PDF Print E-mail

Q: Our parents came from Castro’s Cuba in the 1960s, and all of us were born and educated in Miami, Florida. We don’t feel a strong pull to go back to the old country, but we still have elderly relatives living there. We’d like to visit them, and also try to help financially in any way we can. What’s the latest on U.S. citizens visiting Cuba?

Do We Dump Dear Old Dad At Home While We Go Cruising? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re planning our annual vacation, and have a problem with Dad. He was always the one to honcho it, as well as pay for everything for all his kids and grandkids. Our annual gathering was usually a group of eight to 16 people. Over the past 20 years, we’ve all gone together with Dad to such great destinations as Disneyland, England, Italy, Branson, France, Ireland, Hawaii and Mexico.

However, ten months ago, 80-year-old Dad suffered a stroke, and besides physical limitations, we don’t believe he can be the alert, active, happy leader of our annual vacation gang. There doesn’t seem to be much hope he’ll ever be the same again, and we’re thinking the unthinkable. No Dad with us this year. Some of us are using the guilt-free excuse that he won’t enjoy it anyhow, while others strongly believe he deserves to come along on what could be his last family vacation.

What should we do?

Sinatra meant San Diego in "Love is lovelier, the second time around" PDF Print E-mail

Q: We met at a teachers’ conference in San Diego last year. Now we’re planning to get married. We’re age 56 and 59, and its the second marriage for both of us. We enjoy travel and want to find a romantic destination when the school term ends. Where do you suggest we go for our honeymoon this summer?

A: Why not return to the place where the spark first was ignited? San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and you can find plenty to see and do while you’re there or, if you want to wander a bit, in surrounding West Coast communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

Retiring USN Sea Dog Can't Stay Away from the Sea PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m about to retire after more than 35 years with the Navy. Because I enlisted when I was young, I still feel hale and healthy enough to take on a new career as I’m about to hit age 55. My kids are grown and on their own, and I’ve been widowed for more than a decade. I enjoyed my years of sea duty, and am interested in joining the crew of a cruise ship.

My rate at retirement is Senior Chief Mass Communications Specialist (E9), and I’ve had considerable experience in managing office personnel, correspondence, event planning, graphics, video production, the internet, security, training recruits and other skills. I’ll have good retirement income with no dependents, so salary isn’t that much of an issue. What do you suggest?


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