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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?

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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.

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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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Should We Take Our Little Granddaughter To Branson? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re booked for a week in Branson to see all the shows, and have invited our granddaugter to go with us. She’s six and a very bright, active girl. Other than the country and western stage entertainment, what’s there to do in Branson for someone her age?

A: The are kinds of good stuff for kids to enjoy in Branson, especially the water rides. Try the Raging River Rapids at White Water and put on your bathing suits to join your granddaughter for the thrilling slide down 400 feet. Nearby is RainTree Island with even more kiddie (and grannie) water and tube-riding fun at the Bermuda Triangle, Tropical Twister and the Caribbean and Paradise Plunges.

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Bet you'll have an ace-high time on your cruise PDF Print E-mail

Q: My husband and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise. It’s our first one in at least 20 years, and our kids are urging us to spend time ... and money ... in the ship’s casino. We’re retired high school math teachers, and we’ve never before been to a casino anywhere. What are our odds of winning or losing? Faye, Brooklyn NY

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