Avoid baggage scales

As we were leaving the Hol?land America Westerdam when our blues cruise ended, I accidentally stepped on a baggage scale. That was a mistake as baggage must weigh way more than people do. I couldn?t believe how much weight a person can pack on in a week?s time.

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I spoke with a gentleman who I thought must be quite a bit older than me. I recognized him because he was on the dance floor every night and usually with a different woman. When I asked him how he was doing he said, ?Having a great time is really hard work when it?s done right.?

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I had heard you can eat whenever you wish on a cruise. It really doesn?t become real until you experience it. The ice cream place was something we walked by all of the time. And the person behind the counter would always give you what you asked for with a big smile on his face.

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Deck three was where the walkway was located on this ship and also where the lifeboats were stored. I went walking a few of the days we were at sea. Three laps was two miles. I found myself walking far from the rail, as the water was right over the outside edge. I had unsettling dreams of falling overboard.

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Son-in-law George opened a new pizza place a couple of years ago. It was a two-story building with a patio that has the view of Atlanta?s skyline to the west. He had already covered the patio with a roof and plastic walls to keep out the rain and cold, which most days is quite comfortable and has a couple of heaters for when it isn?t.

Now he has opened a new restaurant concept in that space named the Arcadia; it has a 1970s vibe and decor. The home of period tuners, turntables and vinyl records of the day. Arcadia was the name of the street he grew up along in Omaha.The food is comfort food that everyone will recognize when they see it on the menu.

The soft opening night we all ordered about one of everything to get the taste of it and to the give the kitchen preparation experience.

By the time we left, I needed a floor jack to get me out of my chair. From the tomato soup and grilled cheese to the meatloaf to the chicken pot pies, and much more that we tasted, it was all first rate.

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We stayed in Atlanta long enough to celebrate Alex?s 18th birthday before we hit the road for home. Our next trip to Atlanta will be for his graduation from high school in late spring. He has been taking dual courses at Georgia State and will be a sophomore in college when he finishes high school.

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I was lucky enough to have lunch with high school classmate Ralph Seibel, who lives in the metro Atlanta area. He said he still appreciates his opportunity to grow up in the Hillsboro community.

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