Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Well... there will be no DisneyWorld, at least not this January.
I won't be spending Christmas on the beach, or with my son and daughter-in-law, either.
We ran into a problem before we even left Manchester Airport.
Seems that Himself lacks a certain type of visa - I don't know yet if it's "more than" the one he's used the last few trips, and "less than" a full-blown green-card visa, or what. But point being - he doesn't have the right kind.
He can't be in the US more than 90 days, and in fact isn't supposed to be going in and out at will, at all frequently. He's supposed to have long... gaps between visits.
Because we retired and the house sold we thought we'd take an extra-long trip this time - first time ever in nearly fifteen years - and be over here for four months.
The expenses have been astronomical: we could not adapt the flights we had booked in order to change our return from 6 January to 14 December. Nor could we use our airmiles.
He had to flat-out buy a one-way ticket from Syracuse to Manchester, England. That's the most expensive way to buy airfare - one-way, that is - and that one ticket costs as much as our usual round-trip fare.
So we go back in mid-December, and don't know for sure when he can come back. We will have to start some kind of lengthy - and no doubt expensive - application process.
I know, in the grand scheme of things, this isn't the worst thing that can happen to someone. I know we're lucky that we had the spare money to make it work (if we hadn't, we would not have been allowed to fly at all that day, and would have lost both our multiple-destination airfares).
But this whole episode has not only ruined a very special trip, it has cost us dearly, eating up the travel budget for a year - and thrown a huge monkey wrench into the works for our plans to spend more time in the US, less time in the UK, and live in both places.
So thank you all for your input. You had me convinced it was a good idea, and the time was right, and I was oh-so-looking-forward to a grand finale to seeing the kids and being here for Christmas.
You know what Vonnegut said.
Meanwhile, back in The North Countree, more cans of worms have opened up than I knew existed... my crazy life.
'night, Sparklers, wherever you are...
Friday, September 12, 2014
The house is sold, we're retired, a couple of potentially nasty health issues loom in the next couple of years, so while there's time - we're thinking of doing something that (for us) may be wild and crazy.
We're thinking of going to Disney World for four or five days, possibly a week.
Is this nutz?
We don't have any grandchildren yet (though Lord knows we're old enough, and have kids old enough, that we could well have been grandparents by now, lol), and there are no tag-alongs on this little jaunt, so it would just be the two of us - older, somewhat (ahem) mature couple sans children.
I've never been to DisneyWorld. When I was a kid my parents took us on a long cross-country trip (MD to CA) and we were lucky enough to spend a day at DisneyLand. But that was it. And I love Disney - everything.
Himself has never been to DisneyWorld, but also went to DisneyLand (as a young adult: he was a student on an internship to the US and visited CA for a few days). He's most keen on the Epcot Center, but is happy to go along with whatever I want to do.
Have you been to DisneyWorld? With kids / without kids? Did you enjoy it? Do you think it will spoil the fun if we are wandering around without kids in tow? Will we be viewed with apprehension, as if we were child-snatchers or something? Will people resent a couple of oldsters taking up places in line?
I'd like to think I'm savvy enough (and polite enough!) that if we go to a child-centered place we wouldn't expect it not to be noisy or crowded, that there will be strollers and kids running around. That's a given.
But... I have this yearning for a set of mouse ears. Probably wanted some since I was a tot watching The Mickey Mouse Club (Meeska Mouska Mouseketeer) where all of them - even Jimmy and Roy - had mouse ears.
It's on my bucket list.
But neither do I want to ruin the dream, y'know?
So don't tell me what I (obviously!) want to hear. Tell me what you think. Would YOU do it?
'ave a good 'un Sparklers - carpe diem!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
There are a few - December 7, 1941... November 22, 1963... September 11, 2001... You remember where you were, and the shock as comprehension washed over you.
And when the anniversaries arrive, you run across articles and photographs and film clips. Some of those last can get very elaborate, with carefully sequenced pictures and musical backgrounds and whatnot.
I often glance at such things, especially the photo-essays, but I don't usually pay too much attention. The simplicity of these two juxtaposed panoramas spoke to me, though. I'm posting the link on the chance some of you might enjoy them, too:
'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
...I take it where I find it:
'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
We've been sitting on this for the better part of two months. Practically drove ourselves - and each other - nutz. So sure after that bitter, bitter experience in February that this, too, would fall through, and so reluctant to say anything. Superstitious? Not so's you'd notice. But we were so afraid we'd jinx everything.
But today, today was the day. It's over. It's done. Papers signed, money and keys exchanged. On their part elation and excitement. On our part elation and excitement. For me, a tremendous sense of relief - and for Himself too, along with a few tears.
He's spent 35 years in the house he designed.
It's the end of an era - and a brand-new beginning for us both.
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