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Hi, everyone...or anyone, small lol.
This board is still here though it seems to be in a coma. My apologies to everyone and to A.B. in particular for not being around for so long.
Julie and I have been very busy for quite some time. We had a chance to spend over a month together without her having to work and we gladly took it.
We had a great one week vacation in the UK at a caravan vacation site called Combhaven in Hastings. We took Billy and his best friend, Kieron with us...and Danny joined us for the weekend. We all had a ball playing golf, shooting pool, going to the shows and spending a day at the beach, too. Also, one of Julie's best friends and her family were campling nearby and they dropped by for a visit one day. Julie and I also had a chance to be alone sometimes in a beautiful place with no distractions from work, etc.
Then we had a week at home to get ready for the rest of our vacation. That also was a great week, no work for Julie and lots of time to be together, too. At the end of that week we took our bags and went to Heathrow and flew to Seattle, USA! I wish I could say it was solely because we wanted to go there, but actually it was because my latest visa ran out and i had to come back to renew it..but we turned that sad necessity into a great time.
We spent the first night at a motel 6-hey, I told you baby, stick with me and the world is your oyster, lol. Then we took a Greyhound Bus to Las Vegas where we were to meet up with my son Andy and two of my grandkids, Alex and Melissa. There was a bit of a change of plans there since the bus broke down in St. George, Utah...but it seemed fitting since Julie is a Brit. We all planned to go to my step-mum's in Mesquite, Nevada so we didnt have too long of a wait afterall since Andy and kids were headed that way already. They met us in St. George and Julie finally met Andy, Alex and Melissa and they met her..and that started a fantastic three days plus together. We got to my step-mum's, Donna and had a great evening together there and later at the Virgin River Casino.
We went to Zion National Park, had some great meals together-one of which Julie cooked, checked out Mesquite and it's casinos, played games, took pix and chatted our heads off about this and that. Julie got to hear a lot of things about my younger days...to her delight and my occasional slight embarassment, lol. Everyone had a wonderful time and we were very sorry to see Andy and the kids off. But we rented a car and I drove back to Mesquite because we still had five more days there with Donna, who is a wonderful woman-Julie and her hit it off great I'm so happy to report.
Then Donna surprised us with a flight back to Seattle, knowing we weren't totally thrilled about another bus trip, since the first one had been a bit of a disaster. That was so nice of her, but that is Donna. So, we drove to Vegas and started a three-day weekend there and that was a barrel of fun, too! Though Julie's coming departure home was hanging over our heads, sigh.
And so the sad day came when we had to face reality once more and fly back to Seattle. We had one more night together and then we went to Sea-Tac to wait for Julie's return flight to the UK. We dawdled around the airport, hugging and kissing and talking until the time arrived and we said our very reluctant 'bye's etc and she disappeared through the security checkpoint and we went our separate ways, both of us crying and hoping that this time the UK visa people would be kind and quickly okay my visa application.
Then as had been arranged my Aunt Babe picked me up and we went to her home in Kent, not far from the airport. My Aunt Babe has always been my favorite Aunt and I've always been her favorite nephew, though when I was little I was sometimes a bit of a pain in the neck...she's got some stories about me that fortunately she's always found humorous, lol.
Anyway, I've been here for 11 days now and Julie and I are back to phone calls and the internet, trying to stay in touch and not go crazy while we miss each other so damn much. I have had some great times though with Babe and seeing my cousins again...Barbie, Holly and Christie. And some of Babe's grandkids and the partners of my cousins,too. Tomorrow I'll see my cousin Scott for the first time in years, soon after I hope to see Leslie, too. I also have made some new pals, Gypsy the dog and Puff the cat. Gypsy is a ball-chasing nutter and Puff is a ball of fur that loves people, unlike my former cat, Baby who I still miss but who only loved me, everyone else was to be avoided at all costs.
I hope all of you are well, if you are still around? A.B. I'm sorry I didn't see your post, thank you for all that you do and for your friendship. I hope we can meet someday in the UK...or Sweden, maybe?
Bob and Julie, too
hi my baby, i am missing you so very much and i am hoping you will be home asap, we have done everything right this time so it should all go smoothly (everything crossed).
we did have a wonderful vacation didn't we baby, i love your family and they love me (phew) lol. we had such fun, i loved our games of bowling with andy and the kids, they are all so funny, they get that from you darling, . i also loved meeting donna, she is a wonderful, kind and beautiful woman, i hope i am like her at that age! we had great breakfasts together, some of which when you was still asleep, we would talk endlessly about you and your dad, i wish i could have met him, in the pics she showed me of him he looked the life and soul of the party, lol.
hi also to everyone here (if youre still there...
sorry), i hope you are all well and that you had a good summer, it would be nice to hear some of your summer vacation stories
i love you my darling bob and i miss you with all of me, come home soon
love your julie XXXX
No apology. I know all too well, first hand, how things outside the computer may keep one busy.
Sounds as you had an indeed very enjoyable time while in USA together. Well, except for that part with the bus breaking that is.... Personally, I never liked going by bus to begin with myself. Much due to getting "car-sick" in my youth.
I hope that the UK imigration-service, or what ever its "official name" is, will grant you permanent resident status. This going back and forth between Europe and USA, is not exactly "free of charge".... Something both you and I know by now, after several times of flying across the Atlantic ocean. By how long intervalls do you have to go back to USA, in order to renew your UK-visa each time?
By the way.... As it happens, I am currently in the still early stage of planning a possible trip to UK, by autum of 2010 however. The destination within UK is however Scotland, with the areas of "Loch Lomond", "Isle Of Skye" as main goals to visit. It may be that the cheapest way to fly to Scotland however is directly to the airport of between Glasgow-Edinburgh, and not via London. But if going via London turns out to be better and/or cheaper, I will let you know. The "subject" of the Scotland-visit, is Single Malt Whisky. Out on Isle Of Skye, we (a collegue to me and I), want to visit the distillery of Talisker, together with just driving around on the island to enjoy the truly very scenic nature specifically the island of Isle Of Skye has to offer. (Have done quite some "image-research" about this). Talisker is also a single malt, which has a very high reputation in Sweden, in the Swedish "whisky-community". And personally, I keep Talisker as 1 of my favourite distillerys!
Wife says "about time" regarding my plan of travelling over to Scotland. She has been somewhat annoyed for some time now, over my steadily growing stock of single malt whisky, which has now grown to 71 seperate kinds (not counting "doubble purchases" of a few bottles), with the 72nd expected to arrive by next week, after having placed a special order for it. I do not really drink all that much, which is partly why my "stock" has managed to be this "numerous" in amount. I rather see choosing a single malt whisky, for each specific occassion, just as important as choosing "the right" whine for a dinner. If not having "the right" single malt for a specific occassion, I rather do not have one at all, instead of one which does not fully "fit the moment" tastewise. This does however, rather early during the task of creating a "presentable collection", tend to create a slight "lack of space in the cabinet". Wife has been on my case for a long time now, to go and buy a new cabinet, as where they are now is way beyond the level of "crowded".
Again, I hope that the UK imigration-department will come to their senses, and issue a "permanent resident"-status for you! This going "back and forth" in order to renew a temp visa, is just plain silly.... And if I have my way via London, I most certainly will let you know. Would very much enjoy meeting both you and Julie in person! After having known eachother for around some 8 years now, it strikes me as being about time we did, would you not say?
T G C!