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Senior Clean Freak Laments: If I Go On a Cruise, I'll see Dirt Everywhere PDF Print E-mail

Q: I’m a 68-year-old retired surgical nurse, and should be able to handle all situations. But when friends invited me to join them on a cruise, I lied about a family visit scheduled. The truth is that after years of supervising hospital medical and janitorial staffs in ERs, I’m still crazily obsessed with cleanliness. Before I leave my house every day I spend an hour vacuuming and dusting. I’d very much like to take that cruise, but how can I do it without being a pain-in-the-neck clean freak?

What About Hot Travel Deals Offered by Telemarketers? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We keep getting phone calls, some of them recorded, about very economical vacation packages to Florida, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Mexico, the Bahamas and other places. The low prices sound just too good to be true? Should we buy one of those packages or at least follow up and call the 800 numbers and get more information?

Traditional vs Freestyle Dining on Cruises PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’ll be cruising soon for the first time in several years. When we sailed before, all dining was with assigned seats at the same table at the same assigned time for all sit-down meals throughout the cruise. For one or two nights, couples had to gussie up in formal dress and suit and tie. Some men wore tuxes. Now, we’ve been told our next trip will have “freestyle cruising”. What does that mean?

How Do We Cope With Grandkids on Road Trip? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re driving more than 400 miles for the holidays, which means at least eight hours on the road. That’s usually OK with us, because we take turns every two hours. One drives while the other naps. However, this year, we’ll have company on our trip, two grandkids, age 4 and 6. How do we keep them occupied, or more important, prevent them from driving us nuts?

What If I Need Help Getting Through the Airport and Boarding? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I fell on the sidewalk recently, and although nothing was broken, my bandaged knee makes walking and standing a bit difficult. For the next two months, I’ll be flying in and out of major cities, and may have problems getting around inside airports. Some flights will be on a no-assigned seat airline. How do I get permission to go through security  without lining up and then get aboard early?


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