Saturday, 21 October 2017

Back to normal

Ted Copeland, who has also traveled on QM 2 with Judy Copeland warned me that I would have to come back to reality.

Oh yes!


Three loads

80% junk mail

So much  cat hair on the floors after almost five weeks away.

Next Wednesday.

Reality 2

I had a call with Verizon because I believed they had overcharged me for calls made in the U.K.  I could not prove my case (it's all a bit complicated) so I said that if they reduced my bill by $56 or $60 as a goodwill gesture  I would be satisfied.  They agreed to $50. I can live with that.

I tried to be in touch with Great Western Railways (UK) to get a refund for a ticket they had issued for the wrong date.I had not noticed this when I bought the ticket in advance, so I had to pay for another ticket on the train.

The train's ticket collector said that I could get a refund for the unused ticket, but the ticket office in Southampton UK is run by a different rail company, 

The U.K. mailing address for refunds is simply "Freepost GWR", hardly sufficient for a letter from the U.S.A. I  e-mailed GWR to get an address which will work from the U.S.A. 

GWR told me to expect a reply to my inquiry in five days (slower than Amtrak!). 

But the bit is between my teeth, and I will not give up until I get my money back.


I'd love to be pampered again on the QM2, but then again, I paid for that! 😎😎

Monday, 18 September 2017

Up, up and away.

18th September Limo to




Car to Bristol with brother Martyn

Whilst in England

Visiting Seminary friends in Devonshire

Two excursions on MV Balmoral - Bristol River Avon and Severn Estuary with family members

Five days near Pickering, Yorkshire with brother Martyn, Sister in Law Wendy, and Purdy the dog
This (weather permitting)
Visit the pub my niece owns in Downton, Wilsthire (no connection with Downton Abbey) with my sister Ruth and brother-in-law Dennis

Visiting seminary friends Keith and Liz in Codsall, Wolverhampton

Final English day

Southampton Cruise Terminal

A life on the Ocean Waves

Seven days later

Goin' home

Limo to Sarasota.  Oct 20th

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Was it only a week ago?

This time last week (Sunday 6:35 p.m.)  I was at the home of my friends Bill and Pat as we waited out Irma.  Mutual friend Bob was also with us.

We had just had an early dinner of Pasta and Shrimp, with a good side salad.  We ate early in case we lost power.

By 10:00 p.m. we (having played "Mexican Train" dominoes) adjourned  to the Lanai for a glass of Port and some chocolate, daring to believe that we had escaped the worst.

In the event we were fortunate.  We slept "O.K", and we never lost electricity.

Was this seven days ago, or  seven weeks ago?  

It's already seeming like a distant memory.

But I must remember that some of my friends in Sarasota are still without power, and that many place in Florida, in Cuba, in Puerto Rico, and in some Caribbean (Leeward) Islands are still without water, power, sewage and FOOD.


Tomorrow, Monday 18th, I'll embark on a big adventure with an almost five week journey to the U/K. to be with my beloved family members, and with some dear friends.

More about that in the morning.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My first time! (lunch with Deacon Allan Rogers at Chipotle)

Allan Rogers, (the excellent Deacon at St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key, FL)  and I had lunch today.

At my request we went to the Chipotle on Frutville Rd in SRQ  (Fruitville and Honore).

I had never before eaten at at Chipotle restaurant.

This  restaurant chain got a bad rap a few years ago when they served some "contaminated?" meats, and customers got sick.

And I knew that their food is high in calories.

But I wanted to give them a try.

Silly me, I had always thought that Chipotle was a high end chain with servers etc.  Instead  I discovered that it's just another fast food joint with a lot of "take out" customers

I got a Burrito with Chorizo.

It was very good but extremely unmanageable in its wrap..  So I went back to  the counter; got a bowl, and poured the contents out,  eschewing the wrap.

It was pretty darn good in spite of all the calories, and the high price.  I think that my local independent Mexican restaurant could provide  a superior product at a lower price.

But mostly I was glad to spend time with with Allan.  He is a good Deacon.  He is a man of God,.

And he is a trusted friend.

Now I must set my mind  to getting ready for my trip to the U.K., which begins next Monday (Sep 18th.) As we say in the U.K.