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On 2/18/2020 at 12:07 PM, SteveinSC said:

You ever reach that point where you feel like youve researched all you can, youve set up all your excursions, youve filled out all there is to fill out.....and youre just WAITING. Its agony, and I just want my embarkation day to GET HERE. What do yall do to deal with the agony, the torture, the slow death of WAITING? 

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65 days.... omg I should probably start packing. I feel your pain, brother.

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This is precisely how we became the cruise fiends that we are now !  We started out booking 1 cruise/year.  Then I realized there was no way I could wait an entire YEAR, so we ended up booking another

You ever reach that point where you feel like youve researched all you can, youve set up all your excursions, youve filled out all there is to fill out.....and youre just WAITING. Its agony, and I jus

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I have 3 days and 263 days showing on my countdown clock. 

Vacation starts at 5 pm today. My area of Coastal North Carolina RARELY has snow. Guess what? We're supposed to have a decent one starting later today and overnight. My flight is scheduled to leave Norfolk at 9:13 tonight. Will I kick off my vacation flying to Florida? Will I start it by staying at the LaQuinta in Norfolk near the airport? Who knows? Either way I'm on vacation. 

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13 minutes ago, kilmarlic said:

I have 3 days and 263 days showing on my countdown clock. 

Vacation starts at 5 pm today. My area of Coastal North Carolina RARELY has snow. Guess what? We're supposed to have a decent one starting later today and overnight. My flight is scheduled to leave Norfolk at 9:13 tonight. Will I kick off my vacation flying to Florida? Will I start it by staying at the LaQuinta in Norfolk near the airport? Who knows? Either way I'm on vacation. 

Yeah, im near Charlotte and the rush for bread and milk has begun!!!!  MILK SANDWICHES FOR ALL!!!!! Charlotte-Meck schools are already dismissing 3 hours early, and my kids school system (Rock Hill) has already determined a 2 hour delay tomorrow, but fully intend to make it a whole day if snow actually accumulates. HEAD FOR THE HILLS!!!!! On one hand, it makes the waiting for my cruise (44 days) even harder....but part of me feels like this is just going to make it that much sweeter. 

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19 minutes ago, kilmarlic said:

I have 3 days and 263 days showing on my countdown clock. 

Vacation starts at 5 pm today. My area of Coastal North Carolina RARELY has snow. Guess what? We're supposed to have a decent one starting later today and overnight. My flight is scheduled to leave Norfolk at 9:13 tonight. Will I kick off my vacation flying to Florida? Will I start it by staying at the LaQuinta in Norfolk near the airport? Who knows? Either way I'm on vacation. 

I'm so sorry that this is happening now !!  I know how it feels to worry about your transportation.  It is one of the risks of travel this time of year.  Good luck.  Here's hoping that your flight leaves without incident.

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8 minutes ago, SteveinSC said:

Yeah, im near Charlotte and the rush for bread and milk has begun!!!!  MILK SANDWICHES FOR ALL!!!!! Charlotte-Meck schools are already dismissing 3 hours early, and my kids school system (Rock Hill) has already determined a 2 hour delay tomorrow, but fully intend to make it a whole day if snow actually accumulates. HEAD FOR THE HILLS!!!!! On one hand, it makes the waiting for my cruise (44 days) even harder....but part of me feels like this is just going to make it that much sweeter. 

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I have to be honest. Here in Chicago,  we are just laughing out loud! 🤣

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26 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I'm so sorry that this is happening now !!  I know how it feels to worry about your transportation.  It is one of the risks of travel this time of year.  Good luck.  Here's hoping that your flight leaves without incident.

Prime example of why I don't leave my travel plans for the last day. My cruise doesn't leave Miami until Sunday. I will be on the ship when she sails. 

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@SteveinSC As a Chicagoan this has me literally dead. I love the reaction of cities that don't get snow or cold weather. I remember the light sprinkle of snow that shut Dallas down for 3 days...meanwhile it snowed 3in, rained and dropped to below zero over the course of 2 days and it was business as usual. Also MILK BREAD SANDWICHES???Cat No GIF by moodman

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14 minutes ago, Ampurp85 said:

@SteveinSC As a Chicagoan this has me literally dead. I love the reaction of cities that don't get snow or cold weather. I remember the light sprinkle of snow that shut Dallas down for 3 days...meanwhile it snowed 3in, rained and dropped to below zero over the course of 2 days and it was business as usual. Also MILK BREAD SANDWICHES???

To be fair to many of the southern cities...they don't have a fleet of snow plows and mountains of salt sitting around.....it just doesn't make sense for them to make the capital investment annually for snow events that are so rare.  Just run to the store, know the highways will be a shiitz storm and make french toast 😉

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Yeah....its not economical to prepare for the one, MAYBE, snow "event" we get a year.  So if it snows, even a little, its hysteria. Everything shuts down. Even my employer sends everyone home. Is it excessive? Yes. Is it fun? Yes.

If im in the house with my family tomorrow, itll just give me more time to over analyze my packing list, order my last few things from Amazon.....44 days!!!!!!  No royal up decision yet. I think I wont get that decision till last minute. 

@kilmarlic enjoy your trip, and while youre sipping that drink by the pool in the sunshine.....think of your Carolina brothers and sisters in the snow/slush. 

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8 minutes ago, SteveinSC said:

Yeah....its not economical to prepare for the one, MAYBE, snow "event" we get a year.  So if it snows, even a little, its hysteria. Everything shuts down. Even my employer sends everyone home. Is it excessive? Yes. Is it fun? Yes.

If im in the house with my family tomorrow, itll just give me more time to over analyze my packing list, order my last few things from Amazon.....44 days!!!!!!  No royal up decision yet. I think I wont get that decision till last minute. 

@kilmarlic enjoy your trip, and while youre sipping that drink by the pool in the sunshine.....think of your Carolina brothers and sisters in the snow/slush. 

Oh the flashbacks!  I went to boarding school in Camden, S.C.  we had one dusting of snow and they shut the campus down and said we had to stay in our dorms!  I was a 14 y.o. from New York City and I was in shock.  How do you shut down a BOARDING SCHOOL?   We literally live here!  We couldn't sneak out to the other dorm to see friends....too funny now. 

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2 hours ago, SteveinSC said:

  So if it snows, even a little, its hysteria. Everything shuts down. Even my employer sends everyone home. Is it excessive? Yes. Is it fun? Yes.

We lived outside of Atlanta for a couple of years. Only 2 years we have lived outside of the Chicago area. Spent the "winters" in sweatshirts while the locals wore parkas. We got 2 in of snow one year and my wife made the long and grueling, 3 mile drive to work to discover she was the only one in the HR dept. to show up for work. Everyone else called out because of the snow. 

The flipside to that was the 95 degree summers with 80% humidity!

As bad as it can get here in Chicago from time to time, I look at those people who live in Northern Canada or Alaska and think to myself, How do they do it? 

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I’m 72 and 589! Definitely going to have to jump on Mariner sometime in between! Good think I’m 2 hours from Port Canaveral. Easier to get my fix! I sound like a junkie! 😂 

The 589 days is Italy/Greece on Odyssey so I literally have tons of research I could do. Already wondering how will I fit so many clothes into 2 suitcases for 9 night cruise plus 3 day tour of Rome. Guess I’ll use RC laundry for the first time. 

72 days is Symphony which will be the 4th year in a row for eastern Caribbean so I already know that drill. Eat, drink, sit by pool/beach. Repeat. 😂 

Seriously considering getting a deposit down on an Alaskan cruise for maybe summer 2021 or 2022. 

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Ugh I just checked cruise planner and I have about 239 for my next RCC. I am 60 days away for my first ever Carnival cruise. I didn't book it, its a birthday cruise my brother's friend planned. But the great thing is that after that all my cruises until 2022 are on RCC and within 104 days of each other.

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3 hours ago, Wendylee said:

We come from cold country and want to get out of these arctic temps.

We had quite an arctic situation in South Carolina, yesterday. There was actual snow falling from the sky....it left a trace of a dusting on everything, but the ground. I think we will be ok. Kids had a school delay this morning. Nothing we couldnt overcome. Keep us in your thoughts, prayers, send some good vibes into the universe....whatever all of yall believe in. #CarolinaStrong  

...and 43 days till Rhapsody out of Tampa. Wife scolded me and told me to quit adding stuff to the Amazon "cruise list". #SteveStrong 

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12 minutes ago, SteveinSC said:

We had quite an arctic situation in South Carolina, yesterday. There was actual snow falling from the sky....it left a trace of a dusting on everything, but the ground. I think we will be ok. Kids had a school delay this morning. Nothing we couldnt overcome. Keep us in your thoughts, prayers, send some good vibes into the universe....whatever all of yall believe in. #CarolinaStrong  

...and 43 days till Rhapsody out of Tampa. Wife scolded me and told me to quit adding stuff to the Amazon "cruise list". #SteveStrong 

Putting the furniture back out on the deck today. Supposed to be 38 today here in Chicago! 😁

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37 minutes ago, SteveinSC said:

We had quite an arctic situation in South Carolina, yesterday. There was actual snow falling from the sky....it left a trace of a dusting on everything, but the ground. I think we will be ok. Kids had a school delay this morning. Nothing we couldnt overcome. Keep us in your thoughts, prayers, send some good vibes into the universe....whatever all of yall believe in. #CarolinaStrong  

...and 43 days till Rhapsody out of Tampa. Wife scolded me and told me to quit adding stuff to the Amazon "cruise list". #SteveStrong 

I'm in the Easley area and yes the county is on a delay! Makes me miss cruising a little more...

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