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Phebe – that is wonderful. To live out your dream and what a wonderful one at that.



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DH and I both decided, before we had even met each other, that life was meant to be lived to the fullest - so we both followed our individual dreams, ended up working on St. Thomas, and met in synagogue. Neither of us ever wanted to raise a family, own a house or business, any of those things. We're both free spirited, and love travelling - so this is our dream. (Although a friend in Seattle, who is building a gorgeous dream house on an island in Puget Sound, does rouse some envy in me............)

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Phebe, you are living the dream. I'm in awe of you. I also love that you improvised with birthday candles and a bar of soap. The desire to celebrate and its charm are heartening.

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Photos and stories are in our ongoing blog - please check it out!

http://rollingluggagers.blogspot.com

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It sounds like a wonderful adventure!! Please post pictures.

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Nomi, I taught for 25 years (with summers off when I travelled) - retired in Sept. so DH and I spent the summer packing what we wanted to save, sold our cars and furniture and household goods, and we've taken off to travel the world. We spent 2 months crossing the USA visiting family and friends (the farewell tour) - and we've been in New Zealand for over a month now. We're currently touring around in a rented campervan, then will head to the south island in Jan. Eventually Australia, then some Pacific Islands, then Asia. This has been our retirement dream, to just travel until we're either tired of it, or too old to keep up with travelling! Took a lot of organizing - and planning my wardrobe to cover weather from hot tropics to cold mountains!

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Phebess - what exactly do you do that you are traveling so extensively?

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Everyone - please excuse me for "hijacking" the thread - but posting the answer here just seems to fit better.

Julia - I have a medium rolling bag from REI - and I use those packing cubes (from Eagle Creek) - color-coded (one color for warm weather clothes, one weather for cold weather, and a third pattern for clothes that can be either, i.e. undies, blouses, etc. Clothes are rolled tightly or folded flat. Then the top section is toiletries, sketching stuff, asthma meds, shoes, camping towel, etc. - and small stuff goes into attractive bags that can be used as a purse for evening (i.e. jewelry in a little red bag, sketching pens/pencils in a black clutch, etc.) Backpack is just the average day pack and has all my electronics (MacBook air, Kindle, iPod, chargers, etc) plus camera and batteries, flashlight, carrying case for laptop - all that stuff you don't want to lose.

So - you won't believe what I have, I think it's a LOT:
One pair each: jeans; black slacks; black cropped pants; black knee-length shorts; brown shorts; three knee-length skirts (two solid, one print)
One very heavy sweater, two light sweaters, two long sleeve heavy Ts
One rain jacket, one light jacket, one foldable windbreaker
Shirts: Two long sleeved shirts; five short sleeved shirts; five tank tops - colors mostly white, black, blue, red - coordinate with all the bottoms
6 pair socks, all white - one pair white (with design) walking/running shoes
One pair river rafting shoes (work for hiking)
One pair Birkenstock sandals (red)
One sun hat; one wooly beret; one pair mittens; three scarves
Three bras, and undies for about 3 weeks

That's it. I know, it sounds like a lot of clothes! But it all fits into seven packing cubes (well, one is a shirt folder) - so it fits into about 2/3 of the space in the bag, and the top 1/3 is the extra stuff and the shoes.

And, of course, the menorah!


Oops, forgot to add that there are a few lightweight dresses in there too - at least one grey sundress, I think maybe a black sundress, and a green sundress - it's going to be hot if we get to the Pacific Islands, plus it'll be hot in Australia.

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Just two small bags... ?? Can I ask what all you bring with you on travels? When we go on vacay during Sukkoth I'm like multiple bags of heaviness...can't decide what to bring. The clothes not so much as I have a lot of mix-an-match, layers, similar colors so they are interchangeable. But... still too much. This is traveling by vehicle. It really drives me nuts when I have to fly (Sept 11 has taken a lot of the fun of flying...).

I've thought I could make a menorah even out of tiddly winks - just count them out, maybe glue 2 or 3 together to make the one taller, and melt & stick candles to each one! Then scrape them off and clean up after Hannukah. ..

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LOL - yes to Girl Scouts, no to the lemon zester! (But we are in a camper van.) I actually have a much smaller rolling bag than DH, and a much smaller pack. Just those two pieces of luggage, and I'm set for our travels.

But I love Chanukah, and I knew I'd want to light candles. (One year I was away from home, my luggage was delayed, and I lit birthday candles that I stuck in a bar of soap. Turns out soap burns too!)

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Phebe, why do I get the feeling you also packed a lemon zester? And that you were a Girl Scout?

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Have I mentioned that I schlepped a menorah, from St. Thomas, across the US and have it in my luggage here in NZ - bought a box of Chanukah candles in Auckland - and now we're set to light candles in the campervan?

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Naomi, "...the older I get...?" You're way too young to be grinchy-scroogy.

The over-long stuff is the doing of commerce.

The leaders of one of my SP teams post a "question of the day" about four times weekly. The topics range from members' food or workout routines to shoe size. The last several questions have been of the "What will you cook for Christmas dinner?" to "Have you finished decorating for Christmas?" variety. The lastest, today's, hit me over the head: Putative adults are consumed with gibberish questions -- and responses -- that amount to a hill of beans (ha! "Casablanca" just came to mind, a la "Of all the gin joints..."). The silly attitude has already burned out the holiday season for me. The 25th will be anti-climactic for me.

We'll always have Paris.

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i think the season is way too long and people who celebrate can't understand why others don't. The older I get the less I like it.

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I have no problem with the party aspect of Christmas. I like it, it's fun and pretty, indeed, and presents are terrific. Some of the music -- the lyrics, really -- is damned irritating, some is offensive and others are unnecessary according to my tastes and way of thinking. I do Christmas.

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I agree about the melodies... and when I was younger, we used to make up goofy words to the melodies... some were already made up by other irreverent types (like "PDQ Bach" and his twisted Xmess songs....)...

One that I remember (at least some of the words) from grade school:

We three kings of Orient-all (or could have been "...Orient are" - never could tell and different kids sang different interpretations.)
Tried to Smoke a Rubber Cigar
It was loaded and exploded...
Now we wonder
Where we are?

We three kings of Orient all
Riding in a broken down car
Fenders shaking windows breaking
Now we wonder
Where we are?

There was a third version but I don't remember it...

Then there was
Rudolph the Red Nosed Cowboy

Rudolph, the red-nosed Cowboy
had a very shiny gun.
And if you ever saw him,
you would turn around and run.

All of the other cowboys
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any poker games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your gun so bright,
won't you shoot my wife tonight?"

Then all the cowboys loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed cowboy,
you'll go down in history!

(kind of a violent song, to be sure, but the little town I lived in when I heard this version was a cowboys and farmers type of area, and I think nearly all the boys had their hunter safety licenses at a younger age, certainly by the state allowed 12 years of age...).

Anyway.. so that's the kind of insanity I'm thinking of...

Or:

"Deck the halls with books worth reading....
fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaaah"

(I never heard any additional lyrics along that line but I would hear my dad singing that part, at least....)

Or the 60's version of Jingle Bells:
Jingle bells,
Batman smells,
Robin laid an egg.
The Batmobile lost its wheel
and the Joker got away.

I'm finding a few on Internet searches for Christmas Parodies etc but we did sing quite a few of these as kids too - my younger brother and sister would hear them from classmates and then write out the words or recite them to me slowly enough that I could lipread the words...if they weren't laughing too hard while saying them!!

OHHH! This is TOOO cool!! I have this album on vinyl but need to get it dubbed off onto .mp3 (or break down and spend the money to buy a second copy on .mp3) - but I found a website with the lyrics to the above mentioned PDQ Bach's Consortium of Christmas Carols -

www.schickele.com/composition/consor
tc
hristmas.htm

like "Good King Kong Looked Out" and "Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John" (while he's passed out drunk from drinking too much wassail!!) hahahaha I'd almost forgotten how funny these were!!

(an hour later... trying to find particularly "good" performances of these songs on YouTube... but all of them are ...eh not so good...which..... seems oddly appropriate?)..

SO instead, I found this wonderful Channukah song sung in American Sign Language (ASL) for the first pass at the song, and then in Israeli Sign Language for the remainder fo the video.... with English and Hebrew lyrics.....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_SaKLjVRrk

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I actually enjoy the melodies of the xmess songs. I just don't like most of the words. So when they get stuck in my head from hearing them in every store I walk into, I hum them to block out the words. When I was younger the season used to really bother me a lot. Now, I just enjoy it. It's pretty. The lights are pretty. The decorations are pretty. The melodies are pretty. And I get to enjoy it all for free and without going to any trouble. Really, what's not to like? Why should we choose to be miserable just because it's not our holiday? I don't know about you, but when I go to a friend's birthday party, I still have fun, even though it's not my birthday, and I'm not the one getting the presents.

"The reason most people fail instead of succeed is that they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment." οΏ½Anon.

"Joy to the world. All the boys and girls now. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea. Joy to you and me."
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I was merely pointing out that the group swings Jesus over their heads like a banner.

It's unlikely that anyone will think of a name unique in the world. Just think of a name that tickles your fancy or expresses what you want to express or both. "Proverbs 31" just may be the one for you. Without that Jesus stuff.



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Julia - go for it - think out of the box

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Never heard of that group. And it seems everything I think of, someone else has it too. Own name my husband suggested, since I like to drink my water now, and his own personal feelings about me, was and still is "WaterFox" but found out it is the name of some software put out by the Mozilla group that also has the FireFox browser software.

So I don't know. Just have to pick somethig and go...

Julia

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yes I just will remind my co-worker. think he just didn't get it though

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G'night, little Naomi. Unless, of course, that was an editorial comment on 31.

Julia, as I'm not familiar with it, I googled and found an organization for women called "Proverbs 31." It's haute Christian with mentions of Christ peppering the website. They've co-opted your name.

Laurie

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Hahah!
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Yep, I finally ditched that name back a few months ago, late last summer I think before or around Yom Kippur?

You like?????

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What's this? Julia, have you divorced Dr. Pepper?

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Wow, sounds like a great activity!!

Seems like most of the light shows here are about Pink Floyd music and always on the Sabbath. Your show sounds much more inspiring!!

Julia

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Last night I went with a friend to the county arboretum for a lovely light show. It was just beautiful. While driving there I was thinking - hope there won't be a nativity scene. There was not. A lovely tree with a star on top.

The lights were spectacular. Mostly in the form of delicate flowers, other things you might find in a garden, rabbit, grasshopper. The entire display was just beautiful.

This place is a favorite of mine - and I was not disappointed.

The best part it was not "christmassy".

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well if he's polite about his misunderstanding, just let it go till he brings it up again. if not remind him that when the messiah comes, there wont be war and hunger so we believe the messiah hasnt come. you actually can do that politely - i did to an idiot who will continually tell me i'm wrong and i just keep saying that and that we dont pray to anyone but the one not the 3 etc. but at this point i've gotten somewhat rude so now i just say sorry you dont understand that not everyone believes what you do and walking away.
sorry for the prose, run on sentence.

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Eh so to escape all the xmess music, I like to listen on Pandora to the Klezmer music channel, sometimes the Hannukah channel - but have to watch them like a hawk because they try sneaking in Xmess music, and I have to select the thumbs down to stop it.

I know klezmer is technically Eastern European folk music by definition but these days some of the klezmer bands are throwing in some jazzy elements ... I don't get the feeling that (some of ) the bands don't take themselves so seriously that they would turn down "jazzy" as a description... But it is joyful and happy and fun to listen to, and if jazzy is a label that draws new listeners to their music, so much the better!!

In any case, it's much more fun than xmess songs on the radio!!


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had to explain to a co-worker (he was born in India but his family moved to Minnesota at least 15 years ago) that Jews did not believe in Jesus. He just sat there with a blank look on his face --

no one who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

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or of course "explain to people that not everyone celebrates christmas"

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On one of my other teams a new topic was created - what is your favorite Christmas activity. My first thought was ignore it.

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well i would not call Klezmer music Jazz --- its more like EAstern European Jewish folk music

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Maybe we should all get iPods and either docks or monster cables for Chanukah gifts!

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Klezmer is Jewish jazz.

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one time at work we were talking about christmas music on the radio and I said somewhat snidely that I would like to hear 24 hours of Klezmer music on the radio and someone actually loved the idea and agreed with me (and this was a non Jew).

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How many more days do we have to go?

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oh. guess that means there's no point? emoticon

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One year I did write to one of the radio stations. All I can say is I can't wait for the season to be over.

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11/18/12 10:08 A

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eh, not so much. i subscribe and one of the stations i get is called "love" which plays songs from 50's - today about love (i mean, all types) and right now they switched to christmas. i'm about to write them to complain. if i wasn't paying, it'd be one thing..

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11/18/12 6:43 A

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oy oy -- another good reason not to go to star bucks. Guess I have to seriously think about getting sirius radio :)

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11/18/12 12:28 A

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We went to a Starbuck's here in New Zealand, and they had Christmas music going - and it isn't even American Thanksgiving yet! The staff said it was MANDATED by Starbucks to start the Xmas music!!! AGH!

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11/17/12 3:54 P

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SAK,

If I were a customer at a business that supports distasteful, if not repugnant, policies, I'd be grateful that they made it known to me. It seems that, rather than "...throw it in [your] face about what they use [your] profit for...," the chicken purveyor gave you the information you needed to move on. Better that they inform you than withhold.

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11/17/12 10:45 A

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EXACTLY! what, i cant have relations with MY husband (i'm female) because down the street there may be 2 men or 2 women having sex, or OMG getting health care or whatever? c'mon. some of the best marriages i know are not hetero!


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Who was it who recently said that if you are against gay marriage, don't have one?!?

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11/17/12 10:23 A

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Yes, but i PAY sirius radio for the music i WANT to listen to. they removed what i want and put in xmas music. i am going to write and complain. they certainly have places they could ADD so that i dont lose what i want to listen to, and therefore pay for. its one thing when the owner of a company decides to do that on their station. i'm not paying for it. i choose a different station.
its the argument i made when i stopped going to chick fil et. sure i knew they were christian, but other than being closed sundays, that was it. i respected them following their belief, like i do in my reform way the jewish places closed on saturdays. but when they throw it in my face about what they use my profit for, i'm done. (being against gay marriage and other things).

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11/17/12 7:47 A

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SiriusXM usually dedicates a channel to Chanukah, but usually the music tends towards the more secular and silly stuff. As if Adam Sandler is the best representation of Chanukah music

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11/17/12 7:12 A

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Ladies, internet radio.

www.pandora.com

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11/17/12 7:10 A

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So many stations do it - but at least a little later. When my favorite did it for the first time last year - I startede putting the TV on in the morning. Because of that I listen less to the radio than I previously did. Got in the habit of the TV.

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11/17/12 6:56 A

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yes yes i know. one of my radio stations does chriasmast music starting thanksgiving day. kind of stupid in my opinion

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11/17/12 6:53 A

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2 of the radio stations I listen to have already changed over to their Christmas only music. It is not even Thanksgiving yet (though almost).

I just keep thinking what a looong season this is going to be and how I intensely dislike it.

Must give credit to Mark about the 26th. He said that's the day he likes. Ditto.



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