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Dec 18th 2007 11:25AM We have cruised a few times and actually took three of them this year, one on Carnival, one Royal Caribbean and then Norwegian. We are planning an Alaskan cruise for May on Princess. All of these lines have their good and their bad. But, cruises need to be savvy when it comes to planning their cruises. If you go on line and click on any of the cruise links you will see varying prices throughout the year on cruises. A lot of the specials offered are during hurricane season so buyer beware! If you know you are traveling in the Atlantic between June and November, you could encounter some bad weather and ports of call can be omitted or diverted to other ones. So far, we have just been diverted other than cancelled on any ports. However, if you read the terms of agreement, the ship promises you nothing! They hold the right to change or alter your cruise at their discretion and they tell you that upfront. Also, as far as mechanical breakdowns, etc., you can purchase an insurance package which is realitively cheap, before you cruise that covers lost baggage, refunds due to trip cancellations, etc. Also, if you get ill during a cruise and have to be life flighted to land by helicopter, it is wise to make the investment, as your own personal health insurance probably won't cover it and you will be charged to your on board account!! That helicopter ride alone could cost $1000! So be savvy, be prepared and plan your cruises according to the safest times and purchase the insurance. But, if you get lousy service on the ship, rude staff, etc., complain and then come home and write your own review. Just go to that cruise line's web site. People do read those! We had a bad excursion in Samana, which by the way is a poor place to visit, and all it was for $49 per person was a bus ride through an impoverished area to a beach where we sat on a log for thirty minutes and then got back on the bus. We did complain and got some taken off the price. But you have to let the ship know. Be polite and to the point. If things still aren't to your liking, write a review and don't use the line again. Simple. Complaining can only go so far sometimes. Getting the word out has more affect in the long term. Avoid ships, however, that charge you an upfront "service charge" of so much per person per day unless it is an "adjustable" amount. This goes to the staff and we found that when they know they're getting it, they are very less likely to even give you the time of day. If you can "adjust" the amount, then do so if it is warranted.
Oct 16th 2007 10:27AM It doesn't surprise me that most women, not just Egyptian as in the article, fear their husbands leaving them. Men "love" superficially. They also can't handle or are equipped with what it takes to deal with a castastrophic illness in a spouse. I worked in a heart surgeons office for eight years and saw this first hand. Men could have serious heart disease and had a wife standing by him, making sure he was taking his meds, etc. A woman have an MI or surgery, and within the first year of follow up exams, she was alone. For you men who stand my your woman, I commend you, but you are very few and very far between.
Oct 11th 2007 7:27PM As usual, as DON so accurately put it, he and other backward, knuckle dragging, conservative males just like him, think she is hot. That's all they care about. I think she looks like a guy in drag and not a very pretty one at that. Obviously her momma and daddy didn't tell her as a child that she can't just go around calling people stupid, imperfect and putting her two bit judgement on people like the rest of us really give a flying crap! She's just trying to keep her seat in the "good ol boys" club.
Oct 11th 2007 4:51PM I am almost 58 and leggings look the best on me as long as the top is long and loose. I am very big in the chest, in fact, I carry most of my weight there. My butt is not as big as my chest but it aint small either. When I get tops to fit me, I need a 1x or 2x. Then it is cut too big in the belly and makes me look pregnant. I wear a sixteen to eighteen jean or pants or extra large tall. Men's cut clothes seem to fit me best, like t shirts and lowcut jeans. It is agony to try to buy clothes. I could loose about 50 pounds and that would put back down in chest size where I would be out of the pluses, then the tops would fit better at least, but loosing weight at this age is easier said than done, especially in the breasts for me. Perhaps a surgical reduction would be my answer but I don't particularly want to go under the knife.
Oct 10th 2007 11:27PM Heart disease is still the number one killer of women over breast cancer. I realize this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I believe the hype about breast cancer is fear based due to women being more concerned about their appearance, losing a breast, than it is losing their life.
Oct 8th 2007 10:37PM Jupiter - You just proved the point of the article. Fat people are more intelligent, at least more so than people who think they know it all and accuse fat people of being lazy. I am very active during the day. I've never been a size six, never will be. But my weight has always been an issue. You and I metabolize food differently. That's the key. I was a very active child and teen. As I approached adulthood, the weight continued to creep on. My parents were both skinny and I attributed that to their nicotine addiction. I do over consume soda. It is my weakness but at only one can a day, for most, that is not over-consumption. I bet you drink more than that. So don't judge people based on what the media depicts. It makes you look so dumb!
Oct 8th 2007 4:50PM Raffaele Zuccaro - Sounds like you know George personally. How do you know his sex life? Don't just set claims that a person is doing something just because you suspect that they are. That's tacky.
Oct 8th 2007 4:46PM My favorite attire is a t shirt and jeans. I am showered, teeth brushed and hair brushed. If I went out with someone, male or female, I have the respect for myself and the person I am with, to "guzzy up" a little. I can slob it around the house. Any person, male or female, who looks like they slept in their clothes, hair combed with a pork chop and smell like the underside of a out house, has no regard for any one, including themselves. Contrary to what some women say on this board, women like "clean" men, not slobby pigs. Body odor is not sexy on males or females. For you guys that think it is, your on dope. The women that like it may just be the ones that are willing to settle for the old "any man is better than no man" syndrome. In that case, you all belong together.