I've not seen foxglove on Insiders in quite some time. Seems like after he retired he's left the building so to speak.
Any of you had contact with him and I hope all is well with him and the family?
Yeah, where is that deadbeat? I still owe him a beer sitdown in the nation's capital for his excellent hospitality in Georgia's capital.
It might be time for another That Old Gang of Ours
where we send out a public bolo for some long time players (it brought several back into the fold, including the Dahlia champion, the west coast version of foxglove the gardener). And it's not lost on me about our good friend Al, that's why we're all interested in everyone's whereabouts.
Here's some others that are M.I.A. and missed;
jakeal my beer flight buddy
sg1974 the specialist in European value (and he knew his brew as well - you can see who I hung with)
arkwright The English Gentleman/Scientist
missgee a strong property reviewer
trippin' our cruise specialist
vaboywnder - tech wizard (ha, ha - I'm just bustin' your chops vaboy, I know you're with us )
and of course that devil himself, my doppelganger (who knew how to be outrageous without being disbarred)
Add to the list gang - often the folks will at least give us an update.
Come out, come out, wherever you are and say hello (like before, no salesman will call)
Yup...I'm still here. After the big spring trip to Australia this year eclektech and I didn't have much vacation time left in 2016 so I didn't have as much blogging to do. Hopefully 2017 will be full of adventures and fun.
Glad to hear you are back on the site.
I did spot you in the photos for the Houston gathering.
We've been to few places this year: Athens, New England, Northern Spain and Portugal, Dubrovnik and we will end the year in Texas for Christmas and the New Year.
I hope everyone has been well and enjoying their travels.
i'll keep an eye out for your informative contributions.
Hello...and all beat wishes to all of you.
"Gentleman".....more than a little generous, I think
"Scientist".....in times of yore!
Still travelling, but of late mainly in Europe - though in DC, Philadelphia and Chicago next year.
UK?..Well, a place of considerable uncertainty at present, with political and economic factors often pulling in different directions. Still struggling in its post-colonial role - pace Dean Acherson - with difficulties particularly evident on Indian cricket fields.
Cheers for now
It's great hearing from our pals across the pond arkwright and sg1974 they always have terrific insights. Thinking about Britain, reminded me of another big time contributor, who knew his way around London, zukracer. Drop us a line zuk and let us know what you've been up to.
Hopefully this will pop this thread back up on the Big Board (we're going through some type of admin housekeeping and reposting four year old threads, some which, no doubt, distracted readers will respond to, sending us further down the rabbit hole of lost causes; "I thought award nights counted as elite nights"). Safe travels to all.
ps - to all of you players in the Negative Monthly Activity? game, who continue taking pride in finishing 200th and lower; apparently due to a tech glitch (a rarity in the world of Marriott I.T.) Yours truly has gotten all of your points and remains in , with an astounding 12,594 points. 15,000 points gets me an All I Can Eat certificate at any South American Fairfield Inn breakfast. Thank you for your participation and keep posting .
Hey erc, still around just been off the travel grid slightly. I pegged my AA Exec Plat 100k in June and had tapped out over 130 paid nights around the same time, finishing the year with something close to 200 nights. Once I got back from Italy I really have been home, which honestly has taken some getting used to LOL
Actually, a number of forces conspired to limit my time online: First, retirement, which has allowed me to ponder where we've been and where we're going. Second, razorbackfan's memory's spot-on -- I've spent a good bit of time dealing with family issues: probate court, disposition of properties, etc. Third, we've taken initial steps in a search for property on which to build a home featuring universal design that would allow aging in place, a concept made all the more important by events of the recent past. And finally, immersion in reading for pleasure. After two decades of reading and editing for a living, during which the time to read for pleasure was minimal, I've rediscovered the joy of picking up a book and reading it straight through.
My latest was Trevor Noah's new memoir Born a Crime, in which he describes being born into and growing up in apartheid South Africa, as well as the effects post-Mandela democracy had on the society and its peoples. Anyone who enjoys Noah's work and wit on The Daily Show will surely enjoy this behind-the-curtain look at a government and policies most Americans were aware of but knew little about. It's humorous, poignant, and at times heart-wrenching.
Anyway, in the coming new year, I plan to again be a regular contributor on MRI -- perhaps not as frequently as when I was chained to an office desk, but more frequently than in recent months. I've missed the discussions, camaraderie, and friendships formed here. And thanks to bejacob for alerting me to this thread. Happy holidays, Insiders!
Good stuff, - estate settlement is often a p.i.t.a. at the worse times, so good to hear you're back in the game.
Be sure to stay out of Mrs. Foxglove's way (and give her my regards)
Trippin' is rusty, so everyone forgive her for signing in on the That Old Gang of Ours
Here's her good news update;
Hi everybody!! Still alive and well here in the frozen north. Hope you're all well. Just got back from a cruise out of New Orleans....what an awesome time! I have friends there so we stayed two days pre and post cruise. sigh. Wish I was still there.
So what's up with you all?
Same ol', same ol' for me (erc) full time job keeping IAHFLYR out of trouble. Good to hear from you. We're building good momentum hearing from everyone, (good job IAH )
Great to see you back foxglove, dealing with the estate stuff is hard. i went through it a few years ago and it took a lot out of me, i am still not sure i did everything right in the long run.
I look forward to see you back on MRI when the time is right.
Thanks, peymanagement. You're so right! It's one of those times when the legal system is thrust upon you (rather than you bringing it on yourself ) But fortunately, most of the hardest work is over. I'm looking forward to the new year and once again being an active part of this community.
Well it sure sounds like you have stayed busy despite retirement.
I hope you all have a great time designing and building your home. When I did mine I made sure to incorporate universal design and a ADA friendly floor plan. I have about 40 years before I "retire" maybe more... I wanted my home to be welcoming and usable to all. Besides, you never know what might happen in life AND it will be a great resale point.
Hope to see you back here more often Happy Holidays!
Thank you, SeaTexan. You're wise beyond your tender years. Would that more people had your foresight and strategic know-how. And I promise: I'll chime in more often in the coming year.
Yippie, there you are and it is good to see you back. I did think about the estate issues which I know tied me up in knots for about 18 months dealing with the crazy stuff that probate and the legal system gives us.
Glad to see you're staying busy also doing what retired folks should be doing.....EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT!! Again, as you've learned by now retirement is not overrated.
As much as erc attempts to keep me on the right path it just doesn't happen. A few scoldings along the way and I'm still stirring the pot as much as I'm able even if the wings got trimmed a little.....but fear not they are growing back at a nice pace.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all other Insiders as well.
Glad to have had a small part in bringing a valued contributor like foxglove out of hiding.