Young, retired and bored. Where to go?

Jan 24th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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So Pat is now ~45 years old and his kid ~12. Hopefully they found something to do by now -lol!
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Jan 24th, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Wow... this is an old thread..would love to know as well what happened to Pat and said family...
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Jan 24th, 2008, 05:17 PM
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How do people find these old threads and pull them up? I'm not asking why -- that's probably a mystery -- just how? Is there something I haven't figured out about the search function?
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Feb 17th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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Congrats on your success....Maybe you should buy the book "1,000 things to see before you die"...that should give you some good ideas....and remember...when you retire, you expire.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 12:43 PM
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Oh, wow - that was the most entertaining experience I've had here so far. Agree with southeast being quite boring.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 01:55 PM
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I think it's fascinating the assumptions people made that Pat is a MAN. 9 years ago and still today . . .

Reading comprehension skills anyone?
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 02:00 PM
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Why pull up a thread that is almost a DECADE old?
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Jul 5th, 2008, 02:26 PM
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Hmm, it's a third thread when you search for Yellowstone
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Jul 5th, 2008, 03:39 PM
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I don't know if I dare post this ... well here goes.

I live in Australia (born and educated in England) and yes Americans do have a certain reputation as travellers.

But hey I've met some of the terrible ones and some terrific ones.

It's great to see that the terrific ones post on Fodor's that's why it's such a successful forum I suppose. Not only do you get some great travel hints/suggestions you get some amusement too.

The first thing I check is the date of the post - but that's just me I guess. So when it popped up high on the list with such a hook of a title, just had to read.

Keep the passion coming
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Oct 20th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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How about Gatlinburg Tennessee. There is plenty to do there. Dollywood, restaurants, shows, etc.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 04:00 PM
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People this question was posted nine years ago!
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Oct 20th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Noting that this goes back to 1999, it sounds like something Bunchargum would have posted.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 06:17 PM
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Definitely, amuzing, funny at times, informative and ran the gammit for sure of good, bad and indifferent advice. I even got a great laugh out of the post being almost ten years old. I think that was the best part!!!

And, yes, it would be kind of interesting to see if Pat is still as bored or found the way out of it. Thanks for all the great listings and advice for the ear aches when flying, of which, I was not aware of and will pass along. I have family members who suffer greatly and are not children, so this will come in very handy.

Have a great day/night all!
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Oct 20th, 2008, 07:10 PM
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Well, Key West is not boring. And I think it is still there.
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Dec 9th, 2008, 07:53 AM
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Well, October is over, but hopefully your time to travel with family is not. I live in Asheville, NC and am bringing up a child here. So, I'll offer some specific things to do here that I have enjoyed with my spouse and family.
I work for a wonderful B&B in town that is very family friendly (1 night mins on Sun - Thurs nights, 2 night mins on Fri & Sat nights). They are even connected to a Nannie service that will send a sitter to the B&B to stay with your child when you need those services. Or, if you're more independent and have longer to stay, you might enjoy The BreakAway Cabin (but has 3 night minimums), a bit out of town (12 mi from downtown, but fully furnished with all amenities you would need for a more independent stay. Here's the web addresses for the B&B management company and the Nannie Service: www.VacationInAsheville (Vacation Rentals & Oakland Cottage B&B) , (Asheville Area Nanny Network).
Right now, the Biltmore Estate is doing lots of great seasonal stuff. I enjoy going there over and over again myself. Chimney Rock Park has some great stuff going on as well... this weekend Santa will be practicing his chimney work and Mrs. Claus will be there to answer little kids questions, toy stuff. They have great special events - Rangers, botonists, educational kinds of things and several short trails to waterfalls, etc. Pack Place has lots to do with kids. The Trolley tours are great, I think, but that's cause I love the history of Asheville. LaZoom (bus tour) has some special comedy tours and they are always fun to check the calendar to see what they have available as their offerings are very limited. They have ghost tours on the bus (and allow you to bring your own beverages), comedy tours, lots of stuff that looks fun to me. Also, The Orange Peel has really good music if you like that, and of course, shopping this time of year is always great in Biltmore Village as well as downtown Asheville. And the many craft shops in the area have really special things worth seeing and buying. And, talk about great food. Asheville has a large group of independent restaurants that use local and/or healthy foods and offer fantastic menus. Too many to list here. The North Carolina Arboretum has educational events and a great joy to walk through the gardens and beyond. Young children love the little nature center - not a WOW, but I have discovered kids don't need much WOW (when my son was younger, we went to Disney World and his favorite part was the public transportation). Also, out of Dillsboro is the Great Smokey Mountain Railway. They have special train tours, dinner tours and a special "Polar Express" train tour - great for young children - and the whole Santa thing if you're into that at all. I realize you don't think the Mountains are too exciting, but perhaps if you schedule some specific things to do while you're here, the change in scenery and proximity to your location might be fun. Hope this helps!
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Dec 9th, 2008, 08:42 AM
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Oh why won't this thread die??? Is it like a new member rite of passage that they have to reply to this ten year old thread?
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Dec 9th, 2008, 09:16 AM
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At the risk of topping this again, I must admit my curiosity got the better of me. I clicked on Pat's name and for those who were wondering - she is alive and well and has been doing some serious travelling. From what little I read, she's been on a cruise and to Slovenia and looks to be an active participant in the lounge. There, now this thread should just go away.
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Dec 9th, 2008, 09:29 AM
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I would LOVE to hear back from Pat now that 10 years have passed!

Her child is now entering the teen years. Did he grow up bored like mom, or did he decide to be the opposite of bored and is now a hellion?

The stock market has tanked. Did all of Pat's investments disappear? Has she quit stating "money is no object"?

Did she learn that you can't escape boredom? That it comes from within and will follow you no matter where you go, or did she learn to find excitement in her own back yard.

Are you still here, Pat????
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Dec 25th, 2008, 12:50 PM
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Wasn`t 1999 before registration? I post under the name of Pat, and wish I had some of the original Pat`s problems. I suspect she is long gone from this site.
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