Leaving On A Jet Plane


Well folks, in just two more days I will be getting on a plane and heading down to South Florida, where for the next two weeks I will be basking on white sandy beaches; donning a tight blue Speedo and slathering Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil all over my body, while checking out the stud muffins on surfboards over the rim of my mirrored aviator sunglasses.

Yeah, and if you believe that you also believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

NOT!

Yes, I AM going to Florida for two weeks but have no intention of sunning myself because my skin tanning days are over. After 20 years of living in Florida, I really don’t enjoy lying in the sun anymore. I still like the beach, but more so at dusk. However, I will be using a self-tanner because I don’t want to appear too conspicuous as one of those ‘up northerners’ whose skin looks like homogenized milk – so I’m going to FAKE it. Like an ORGASM.

Oooo….and do you remember me telling you last month how afraid I was to fly?

Well, I’m STILL afraid, but not as bad as I thought I would be.

Actually, what I’m more afraid of is that my flight is SO EARLY in the morning on Monday, I fear not hearing my clock alarm and missing the plane. I figured out that I have to get up at 4:30AM to catch an airport shuttle at 6:00AM, which will take me to the Philadelphia Airport to make my 8:00AM flight. And those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. I was actually thinking of asking those of you who live in Europe to ring my apartment with a wakeup call at 4:30AM because it will already be 10:30AM where you are. Anyone interested? If you are, I promise to mail you one of those of tacky souvenirs like, Florida Canned Sunshine, as a thank you gift.

Honestly though, I am BEYOND happy to be taking this 14-day holiday right now, that I could simultaneously blow bubbles and whistle “Stars and Stripes Forever” out of my ass through a plastic straw!

Not only am I looking forward to spending quality time with my mother and brother after not seeing them in FIVE years, but I’m also looking forward to spending time just BEING. I have no plans other than just taking each day as it comes and playing it by ear. I want to be void of any schedule.

Therefore, for the next two weeks my blogging will be off-sync. I will definitely be posting and sharing some highlights (and photos) of my vacation, but it will be erratic. I also don’t know how much time I will have to respond to comments and visit your blogs, but I will do my best to stop by and say Hi when I can in the evenings. Thank you for understanding.

I’ll miss you guys like hell, but will be thinking of you while I’m in South Beach and dancing with my close friend, Madonna, to Vogue at a hot gay night club.

*insert vogue hand movements*

Anyhow, I would like to leave you with various images I have captured over the past few months.

Please enjoy….

 Blue lights
 Church door
Kick line
Jewelry store window - *I edited this photo by adding the gold background color in the display to block out part of my reflection.
A door in Rittenhouse Square
 A mansion in Rittenhouse Square
A moo-moo oil painting
 Retro chairs
Shadow puppet



Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
See you in Florida!
X

54 comments

  1. Hi Ronnie,
    So, it's time! OMG; I know how anxious that I can feel before a big departure so, I can understand you. Yes, you an an early bird special out of Phila In'tl.
    I would be very happy to ring you up but, horribly afraid if I screwed up and called too late. You are either going to have to trust your alarm! It will be fine; that is just anxiety kicking in.

    I know that you are not a sun worshiper. When I was away, I did take in some sun but, sat like lump on a log in the shade while someone I know splashed in the water... he got more sunburnt than I did depite the sunscreen(I think that the UV was not high enough).

    As to your blogging, enjoy your vacation and with pleasure to read any posts you might make from FL. You have a great time; I will be missing ya.
    Have a safe journey. You can do it, Ronnie! You will ace those flights.

    xoxoxo
    Barb

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  2. AkelamaluJune 22, 2012

    Oooooh I'm so excited for you! You're gonna have a great time I just know it. Can't wait to see what you get up to and of course I will miss you. Bon voyage Ron. x

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  3. 'I have no plans other than just taking each day as it comes and playing it by ear. I want to be void of any schedule.'

    Isn't that the best way to enjoy a vacation?

    Aaww I shall miss you, my friend. Isn't it strange how we can miss folk we've never met? Strange, but nice. I hope you have a wonderful time and don't forget to give your mother hugs from all of us. Just thinking about all that sun makes me envious... I'd swap anything for our continuous rain.

    It was kind of you to leave some pictures for us stay-at-homes to browse through. Love the legs in the window (wish mine were as good) and the mansion (wish mine was a good!).

    Ciao, for now. Have fun.

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  4. Rob LenihanJune 22, 2012

    "I want to be void of any schedule." Now that's my idea of heaven!!! Just freakin' go somplace and do whatever the hell you want!!

    I share your fear of flying, Ron, and I freak out about missing my flight, too! It's so crazy--like a guy on death row who's afraid he'll be late for his own execution. But seriously, Ron, I hope you have the greatest vacation of all time. Enjoy, hang out, see your mom (God bless her!) and brother and vogue until Madonna keels over!

    Btw, when I ogle the bikini-clad girls in Central Park I pretend I'm reading the New York Times. I just thought I'd pass that along in case you decide to scope out some stud muffins!

    Have a great time, buddy!

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  5. GREAT photos! Have a super-de-duper good time, Ron! We will miss you!

    And yeah, the whole early flight thing is a bitch! I might as well not go to bed because I'm awake the whole night worrying that the electric will go off and my alarm clock will not ring and then I'll miss the flight. So I wind up setting a battery clock up too, and my cell phone. And still lying awake all night,...........

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  6. Enjoy every single moment of your time with the people you love. Bask in the love...you'll be so high you won't have to get on an airplane to fly back home!

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  7. Bonjour Barb~

    "I know how anxious that I can feel before a big departure so, I can understand you."

    OMG, I know...it's feelings of excitement, anticipation, fear and joy! Also, I have a list of some last minute things I have to do before Monday. I spent yesterday afternoon running around the city in 100 degree heat shopping for stuff I needed.

    "I know that you are not a sun worshiper."

    NOT! And I'm not even bringing a bathing suit. If I should I decide to do some late in the day swimming in my mothers' condo pool, I'll just buy a bathing suit while I'm there.

    "You can do it, Ronnie! You will ace those flights."

    Thanks so much for your FLYING encouragement, my friend. Actually, I'm not nearly as fearful as I thought I would be :)

    Have a great weekend! I'll see see ya in Florida next week!

    (((( Barb )))))

    xoxoxo

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  8. Hey there Pearl~

    Aw...thanks, m'dear! I truly am so excited about this trip!!!

    And yes, I will sure to keep you ladies and gents updated throughout the next two weeks. And I'll be sure to include photos of some palm trees for you!

    Have a great weekend! See ya in Florida next week!

    X

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  9. Good morning Valerie~

    "Isn't that the best way to enjoy a vacation?"

    It sure is! I told my mother that I just want to hang with her and my brother and just chill; doing whatever we feel like doing each day.

    Aw...I'll miss you too, dear lady. Yes, it's strange, but nice how we can miss folks we haven't met.

    "and don't forget to give your mother hugs from all of us."

    I sure will! I'm going to give her several hugs from everyone here.

    "Just thinking about all that sun makes me envious... I'd swap anything for our continuous rain."

    Yes, it's been raining a lot here too. But what's odd is that it's not as rainy and hot in Florida as it is here. Normally, summer in Florida is excruciating hot, humid and rainy.

    Glad you enjoyed the photos. I saw those legs in the window a few weeks ago and just HAD to take a shot - HA!

    Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you next week in Florida!

    Ciao.....X

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  10. Hey there Suzi~

    "Bask in the love...you'll be so high you won't have to get on an airplane to fly back home!"

    Thank you for you sweet words, my friend.

    I am soooooo looking forward to spending time with my mother and brother. I can't WAIT to see them!

    Have a wonderful weekend! I'll see ya next week in Florida!

    X

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  11. Hey there Rob~

    "Now that's my idea of heaven!!! Just freakin' go somplace and do whatever the hell you want!!"

    You said it, bud! It's going to be so nice not to have do ANYTHING for two weeks except BE.

    "I freak out about missing my flight, too! It's so crazy--like a guy on death row who's afraid he'll be late for his own execution."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Isn't that CRAZY?!?!?

    "Btw, when I ogle the bikini-clad girls in Central Park I pretend I'm reading the New York Times. I just thought I'd pass that along in case you decide to scope out some stud muffins!"

    Bwhahahahahahaha! Great one, Rob!!!!! Thanks for the tip!!!

    Have a faaaaaabulous weekend, buddy! And I'll see ya in Florida next week!

    X

    P.S. And I'll try to post some good photos of bikini-clad girls for you, okay?

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  12. Hiya Bijoux~

    I'll miss you guys too!!!!

    "the whole early flight thing is a bitch! I might as well not go to bed because I'm awake the whole night worrying that the electric will go off and my alarm clock will not ring and then I'll miss the flight. So I wind up setting a battery clock up too, and my cell phone. And still lying awake all night,....."

    You're absolutely right! I'm truly thinking about just staying up until 4:30 and sleeping on the plane because I KNOW I won't sleep right Sunday night anyway.

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. And I'll see ya next week from sunny Florida!

    X

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  13. Ron, I am so excited and happy for you. I just know you're going to have such a beautiful reunion with your mother and brother after not seeing one another for so long, and after all that your family has gone through these past months. Be sure to take lots of photos and keep us update when you can. And hug your mom for me!

    I really enjoyed these photos. I love the one of the door in Rittenhouse Square. It's just beautiful!

    Have a wonderful time, Ron.

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  14. Rob LenihanJune 22, 2012

    "And I'll try to post some good photos of bikini-clad girls for you, okay?"

    Hell yes!

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  15. Bwhahahahahahahahaha!

    Will do, buddy!

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  16. Hola Denise~

    Aw...thanks. Yes, I too feel like this is going to be a beautiful reunion with my mother and brother. We are all so EXCITED about seeing each other on Monday!!!! And yes, I will be SURE to hug my mother for you and take LOTS of photos!

    Glad you enjoyed the photos. The one of the door in Rittenhouse Square is one of my favorites because it looks vintage. Rittenhouse has some of the most stunningly old homes that date back to the early 1900's.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Have a super weekend and I'll see ya in Florida next week!

    X

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  17. Hey Ron! I was so happy to see that your Mom is cancer free, yay!!!! I will message you my phone number on FB and if you have time during your trip for a visit I will check my schedule and travel south. Have fun with your family! xoxo

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  18. *jumping up and down*

    Hi Laurel!!!!!!!

    Aw, thank you. My whole family is happy about the news that we could bust!

    Listen, I'm no longer on FB so you won't be able to message me there. If you want, just click my CONTACT page on this blog and you will find my email address there. I think I may already have YOUR phone number (but I'm not sure if you changed it), but I'll take it with me on Monday.

    And YES! I would love to meet up with you while I'm there! I may even be taking a trip to Orlando during my two-week stay, but I'm going to have to see if it works out with borrowing my mothers car for a couple of days. If not, we can at least touch base by phone!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Talk to ya soon!

    XOXO

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  19. Five years! Wow! That will be a great reunion and with something to really celebrate too! Have a fantastic holiday and don't worry about us. Just soak it all up while you're there. Think of us while your soaking up the sun though, with our torrential rain, winds and flash flooding. It's been the most miserable summer I have ever known.

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  20. Hey Babs~

    Yes, can you believe it? FIVE years! Both my brother and mother have come to Philly to visit me a couple of times when I moved back east, but because of my FEAR of flying I have never visited them. However, NOW I'm going to walk through my fear and DO IT!

    "That will be a great reunion and with something to really celebrate too! Have a fantastic holiday and don't worry about us. Just soak it all up while you're there."

    Thank you, yes, it will be something to celebrate and soak up :)

    It's ironic because it has been raining a lot everywhere in the U.S. too, EXCEPT Florida, which is notorious for it's RAIN during the summer. It's also not as hot there this summer as it's been here, so I'm really looking forward to it!

    I'll most definitely be posting photos of my trip on my blog these next two weeks, but not sure how frequent.

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a great weekend and I'll see ya in Florida!

    X to you and Mo!

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  21. Ron, I just put on self-tanner spray yesterday and David was teasing me because I had stripes going down my legs! They are much better today because I evened them out with some self-tanning cream (Jergen’s) before I went to bed (I did let it dry first!).

    I HATE getting ready for the Airport too! I’m NOT a morning person either so I’m always afraid I’ll be late. Before the TSA strip-searched us I used to arrive fifteen minutes before my flight left! THOSE were the days! Now I have to get up before the damn birds and drink a gallon of coffee, smoke a pack of cigarettes and try to smuggle my lighter somewhere on my body where the TSA won’t find it in the hopes I’ll find a place to smoke when I get to where my lay-over is. By the time I get to my destination, I’m exhausted and need a freaken nap.

    I’m so happy for you, Ron, that I’m doing “Vogue” hand movements too! It’s so funny, my niece was two years old when that song came out and WE did “Vogue” hand movements all the time. When she saw Madonna she would say “Aunt Pammy”!

    I LOVE your photos—AGAIN!

    The Jewelry Store window looks like it has little Barbie chairs!

    Love your headphones (doing the shadow puppet). What music were you listening to? Madonna’s Vogue?

    Have a fantabulous weekend!

    ((YOU))

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  22. *waving*

    Hiya Pam!

    "They are much better today because I evened them out with some self-tanning cream (Jergen’s) before I went to bed (I did let it dry first!)."

    OH. MY. GOD.!!!!! I cannot believe you use JERGEN'S because that's I what I use too!!!!! In fact, I just bought a new tube a few days ago. Don't you love Jergen's? It's natural-looking and very inexpensive. And I like the way it smells!

    "I HATE getting ready for the Airport too! I’m NOT a morning person either so I’m always afraid I’ll be late. Before the TSA strip-searched us I used to arrive fifteen minutes before my flight left!"

    Yes, that's what I'm dreading! Getting there early enough so that I can check in and get FRISKED an hour and half before my flight. My flight is early, so I'm hoping that the airport won't be too crowded with LONG lines.

    "I’m so happy for you, Ron, that I’m doing “Vogue” hand movements too!"

    Don't you LOVE that song? Last night before I went to bed I went over to You Tube and watched it again. That's actually one of my favorite Madonna songs and videos - it's stunning in black and white.

    "The Jewelry Store window looks like it has little Barbie chairs!'

    HAHAHAHHAHAHA! I never thought of that but you're right....they do look like little Barbie chairs!!!

    "Love your headphones (doing the shadow puppet). What music were you listening to? Madonna’s Vogue?"

    Thank you. No, I was listening to a song from K.D. Lang. I took that shot completely spontaneously. I suddenly saw my shadow and decided to make shadow puppet like when I was a kid - HA!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Pam. Hope you had wonderful Friday. Can you believe it's already the weekend? We just got hit with a TON of rain and it cooled every off. It was 100 degrees yesterday and today - UGH!

    Have fantabulous week!

    (((( You ))))

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  23. I need you to teach me photography now that I have a camera!!!!

    Heyyy guys can't fake orgasms, can they??? Learn me learn me! LOLOL!

    Can't wait for the speedo pix.

    In all seriousness, I am so happy you get to see your mom and brother, and I can't WAIT to see the pictures. You will be FINE on the flight. Unless you watched either LOST or the Twilight Zone movie. ha ha!

    xxxooo safe trip!

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  24. whenpigsflyJune 23, 2012

    Have an absolutely wonderful time! Please keep us updated as much as possible. Can't wait to hear how your mom is and everything you do while in beautiful Florida.

    On another note, I'm so in love with your photography. You should think about selling it on Etsy. The 1914 door is fabulous!

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  25. I know you are over-the-moon excited about seeing your mother and brother. Two weeks to do anything, everything, or absolutely nothing sounds just divine! I'm sure your time there will be just perfect.

    As for the early hour, the best thing about it is that you're not losing a day to travel. Even though it's only a 2-3 hour flight, if it were in the middle of the day it just might take longer for everything.

    Love the photos. Something about the red church door and the sexy black stockings right next to each other... I don't know whether to kneel in prayer or perform a song from 'Sister Act'. Haha!

    Happy travels. Hugs to mom for all she's gone through and for how well she's now doing. Enjoy your visit. Oh, how I know you will.

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  26. Hey there Katherine~

    As I shared with you on one of your posts this week, I'm LOVIN' your photography. You have a very natural eye for the camera, my friend. Truly! I just leaned photography by doing and keep on leaning. The best thing I could have done (like you) is purchased a camera because I'm having so much fun with it.

    "Heyyy guys can't fake orgasms, can they??? Learn me learn me! LOLOL!"

    Bwhahahahahahaha! See! I was just testing you. You're right, guys CAN'T fake an orgasm!

    "You will be FINE on the flight. Unless you watched either LOST or the Twilight Zone movie. ha ha!"

    Yeah, I was thinking of watching the movie "Final Destination" on Sunday night before I get on the plane - HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Katherine! Have a great weekend and I'll see ya in Florida next week!

    X

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  27. Hey there Jen~

    Yes, I promise to keep you guys update as much as I can. I'm bringing my laptop, but will also be using my brothers' computer at home, just in case I have any problems picking up wireless.

    Thank you. The 1914 door is one of my favorites. I took that photograph around Rittenhouse Square. It was one of those BIG old houses that sits right off the park, next to the Dorchester Condominiums.

    Thanks for stopping by, Jen! Have a super weekend and I'll see ya in Florida next week!

    X

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  28. Hiya Mary~

    Yes, I AM over-the-moon about seeing my mother and brother. We talked on the phone last night and are so excited about Monday!!!

    "As for the early hour, the best thing about it is that you're not losing a day to travel. Even though it's only a 2-3 hour flight, if it were in the middle of the day it just might take longer for everything."

    You're absolutely right! That's one of the reasons why I booked an earlier flight because I figured there would less of a hassle checking in and less flight delays. Plus, my brother has to go to work Monday morning after he picks me up.

    "Something about the red church door and the sexy black stockings right next to each other... I don't know whether to kneel in prayer or perform a song from 'Sister Act'. Haha!"

    Bwhahahahahhahaha! OMG...that was HILARIOUS!!!!!!! And I didn't even notice that, but you're right....'Sister Act!'

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor! And yes, I will give my mom a hug from all you guys!

    Have a super weekend and I'll see ya in Florida next week!

    X

    P.S. Can you believe the HEAT we're having? It's supposed to get cooler this weekend, thank god!

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  29. Have a great time on your vacation, Ron! I'm really glad to hear that you'll have a whole two weeks to spend with your mother and brother after all you've been through these past few months. Celebrate!

    Really nice photos. The ones of the door and mansion are just beautiful. Brilliant architecture!

    Have a safe journey and I look forward to your updates in Florida!

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  30. Greetings Matt~

    Yes, I too am happy to be spending a whole two weeks with my mother and brother; celebrating! The time will probably fly by too, so I'm going to enjoy every second.

    Thank you. I love the architecture here in Philly. It's really one of the main things I enjoy about this city - it's old and rich in history.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Enjoy your weekend and I'll be seeing ya in Florida next week!

    X

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  31. hey ron, wanted to catch you before you left and say have a safe trip. i TOTALLY love that photo of the door with the number 1914, that is gold, my friend. love it. like the one with the chairs too, very colorful. say hello to your family for me, but not madonna. she knows what she did. ;)

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  32. Hey there V girl~

    Aw...thank you for stopping by. I'm soooo excited to leave on Monday I could faint :) I've just been getting some last minute stuff done today (like laundry) before I go.

    Thank you. So glad to hear you enjoyed the door photo and the chairs. It took me forever to crop the chairs, center, because the original photo was HUGE. The door photo reminds me of a haunted house in a scary movie - HA!

    Yes, I will sure to say hello to my mom and brother for you, but NOT Madonna!

    Bwhahhahahahahaha!

    Hope you're having a faaaaabulous weekend! See ya next week in Florida, girl!

    X

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  33. Katherine KrigeJune 23, 2012

    Your photos are getting very good Ron! Wow! Love the red door.

    I hope that you have a fabulous vacation. I am sure that your family will be absolutely tickled to have you home for a visit.

    As for that wake-up time, I can understand your anxiety there! Oi!! 4:30am is rotten. But well worth the chance to visit.

    Have a blast

    Katherine

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  34. Hey there Katherine~

    Aw...thank you. That red door is on one of the churches close to where I live. I saw the sunlight hitting it that day and was drawn to take a photograph of it.

    "I hope that you have a fabulous vacation. I am sure that your family will be absolutely tickled to have you home for a visit."

    OMG...and I will be absolutely tickled to see them too :)

    "As for that wake-up time, I can understand your anxiety there! Oi!! 4:30am is rotten. But well worth the chance to visit"

    UGH! I'm dreading it, but you're right...well worth the chance to visit.

    Thanks so much for stopping, my friend! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see ya in Florida next week!

    X

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  35. Hey Ron! I am BACK!!! So glad to hear that you are going to visit your mom and brother...but I had no idea that it had been FIVE years! Holy Cow! That is a really long time!! Wishing you safe travels my friend and have a blast while you are there!! No doubt in my mind that you will!! In all of my travels...and all the time spent in Florida, I have never been to South Beach! It is on my bucket list though...someday!! I totally LOVE all the pictures you took...AWESOME shots...every single one of them!!

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  36. Safe journey.....and hug the mom for all of us here....lots. Over and over and over and over again. And then again some more.

    The photos are awesome!
    Don't make me pick--cuz I'm a sucker for doors. Seriously so.

    You get to spend time with the mom and the brother!
    I am so glad for all of you. Time for celebrations of TODAY. Cuz it's a treasured gift and there's oodles of reasons to celebrate.
    Beach time won't be bad either.....LOL...though I tell ya, I was four blocks from the beach and never once got there when I was in sunny California. And I don't regret it--not because I don't like beaches, but because it woulda meant being in a place SHE wasn't. And we had miles to do and things to do, as you well know.

    Safe journey......love 'em like crazy.....BE where your feet are and feel the feelings, no matter how uncomfortable some of those might be. It's what's true, it's what's necessary at this point in the journey and it's the loving thing to do.

    (((((((((((( Ron ))))))))))))

    *sending peacefilled, loving throughts to all of you*

    How graced you all are that you GET to have this time together, kwim?

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  37. Hey there Jeanne~

    Welcome back!!! Hope you had a great time on your vacation.

    Yes, can you believe it's been FIVE years?? I'm so looking forward to this visit!

    "In all of my travels...and all the time spent in Florida, I have never been to South Beach!"

    It's a very cool part of Miami that's been renovated into an art deco-style. Lot's clubs and restaurants. I haven't been there since I lived in Florida back in 2001.

    Thank you. Glad you like the pics. I'll be sharing more of Florida while I'm down there.

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady! I'll see ya next week when I blog from Florida!

    X to you and the gilrz!

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  38. Hiya Mel~

    "Safe journey.....and hug the mom for all of us here....lots. Over and over and over and over again. And then again some more."

    Aw, thanks. And YES, I will sure to hug my mother from all you guys and gals!

    "How graced you all are that you GET to have this time together, kwim?"

    You said it! We're all so happy and excited about seeing one another we could BUST!

    "....love 'em like crazy.....BE where your feet are and feel the feelings, no matter how uncomfortable some of those might be. It's what's true, it's what's necessary at this point in the journey and it's the loving thing to do."

    A-MEN!!!!!!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady! Have a great next two weeks and I'll be talking to ya soon from Florida with some stories and photos!

    ((((((( Mel ))))))))

    X to you and the Bug!

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  39. bestieeeee!

    here i come back from my hiatus and you have a brand new look and layout!!! looks like you've finally figured out how to incorporate all the "aspects" of your blog.... well done! love it.

    i've missed you terribly and can't wait to get all caught up. sorry, i've been too busy freaking out about turning THIRTY tomorrow... :/

    if only you were around to eat tiramisu with me and watch SATC!!!

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  40. Hey there Brit!!!!!!

    Thank you. Yes, I changed my blog design back in April. It was a HUGE undertaking but I'm so glad I did it.

    I've missed you too, girl, but I know you've been busy lately so I totally understand :)

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!! And you're gonna love turning 30 because life gets better with age, I kid you not. And it's so funny because my brother's birthday is on Tuesday!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today. It was so FAB to see ya! I'll be posting from Florida the next couple of weeks, so I'll see you there!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  41. Ron -- You'll do well on the plane, I know it. No worries, buddy. Enjoy your time with your family and enjoy NOT being in the sun. You and me on a sandy beach? We'd be the two old farts sitting under a giant umbrella with enormously-brimmed hats and a portable air conditioner. p.s. I love pictures big 'ol doors. Keep 'em coming. Bon voyage!

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  42. dianne777June 24, 2012

    have a wonderful trip!!
    you'll be fine on the plane, you have a good sense of humor and that always works for you
    getting through TSA with your virginity intact will be a different matter
    whateve you do don't look ethnic ;)

    xoxox to Mom!!!

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  43. dianne777June 24, 2012

    oh and your photos!!
    love the mansion and the church door and the kick line
    love them all really but those grabbed at me most

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  44. Hey there lady Dianne~

    Thank you.

    "getting through TSA with your virginity intact will be a different matter
    whateve you do don't look ethnic"

    OMG.....that CRACKED ME UP!!!!!!!! Yeah, I am not looking forward to all the 'frisking' going through TSA. Wait, but on second thought....maybe I WILL!

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. And I'll be sure to give my mother a big hug from you! See ya in Florida!

    X to you and the gang!

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  45. *smiling*

    Aw...thank you.

    And it's so funny you mentioned the "kick line" because for some reason I thought of YOU when I posted that photo!

    The Rockettes at Radio City!

    X

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  46. Hiya Kathy!

    "Ron -- You'll do well on the plane, I know it. No worries, buddy."

    OMG...I'm FREAKING out because of the STORMS that Florida is now having because of Hurricane Debbie off the west coast!!!! I'm praying to God Almighty that we don't have a TON of turbulence!!!!

    PRAY FOR ME!!!

    "and enjoy NOT being in the sun. You and me on a sandy beach? We'd be the two old farts sitting under a giant umbrella with enormously-brimmed hats and a portable air conditioner."

    Bwhahahahahahhaaha! EXACTLY!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, girl! I'll be seeing next week from Florida!

    X

    P.S. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the photos :)

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  47. I hope you wake up on time for your flight. I feel your pain as I am so NOT a morning person either. Safe travels, my friend. And I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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  48. Hey the Meleah~

    Thank you, my Libra buddy!

    And yes, I'll be keeping in touch with you guys while I'm in Florida for sure!

    See ya, next week!

    (((( You ))))

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  49. If anyone can rock the Vogue hand movements it's gotta be you, Ron. And I'd be willing to trade you a can of Oregon rain for Florida sunshine, but I won't be giving you a wakeup call because there is no way in hell I'm getting my butt up at 1:30 my time to do so.

    Bon voyage, and don't worry about your flight - it'll be fine! Have a bag of peanuts for me.

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  50. Herman TurnipJune 24, 2012

    Hey man, have a great time on your vaca! Oddly enough, the wife and kid are going to be flying back to Wisconsin to visit her folks this Wednesday, and I too will need to wake up at 4:30am to drive them to the airport. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to function for the rest of the day at work. Argh...

    "A door in Rittenhouse Square" - This looks like an album cover. Love it!

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  51. Hey there Mark~

    "If anyone can rock the Vogue hand movements it's gotta be you, Ron."

    You bet!

    *insert vogue hand movements*

    "I'd be willing to trade you a can of Oregon rain for Florida sunshine, but I won't be giving you a wakeup call because there is no way in hell I'm getting my butt up at 1:30 my time to do so."

    Bwhahahahahhahaha! And you know what? I don't blame you in the least!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! I hope you had a faaaaaaaabulous time on your camping trip. Can't wait to read all about it!

    X to you and Tara!

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  52. Howdy Herman~

    "the wife and kid are going to be flying back to Wisconsin to visit her folks this Wednesday, and I too will need to wake up at 4:30am to drive them to the airport. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to function for the rest of the day at work. Argh..."

    OMG...aren't those early flights HORRENDOUS??? Not only am I not a morning person, but I also fear my alarm not going off!

    Please tell Karin and Tyler I said, have a great trip!!!!

    And thank you. Glad you enjoyed the photo. I would love to live in that whole house!

    Hope you had a stellar weekend!

    X to you and the family!

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