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Member Since 09 Oct 2005
Offline Last Active Aug 30 2015 04:50 PM

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In Topic: Is It Me Or It Is Hard To Find Someone Who Understands Your Condition In A Re...

25 August 2015 - 05:23 AM

Had a similar situation once while dancing with someone I had just met at the dance. We were chatting by way of introductions and the topic of food came up. I mentioned I had celiac disease which I described as an autoimmune disease. My dance partner apparently equated celiac disease with AIDS and she immediately stopped dancing with me and walked off the floor.

Eventually, gave up on dancing anyway. Seemed like women always fell into one of two categories. The first were women who had danced from childhood and were great dancers. They never enjoyed dancing with a beginner like me. The second were women who were just looking for husbands. Never met anyone who just wanted to dance to just have fun.

In Topic: Are You Happy?

25 August 2015 - 04:45 AM

I'm definitely happy. That is despite being 63 and dealing with all the "joys"of creeping old age.


1) I retired early, 6 years ago.

2) I enjoy SCUBA diving and take trips with friends to Belize, Little Cayman, Palau and many other places. Dove the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and spent several hours in Dubai on the return trip. BTW, when we were in Palau, the boat stopped one afternoon at a beach where we had a picnic. The next year, the Ulong tribe on Survivor used that same beach for their camp!

3) Have taken up the piano and, believe it or not, am getting better (OK, OK, a "little" bit better!!). Recently, I've started to toy with learning to play Boogie Woogie style.

4) Took up gardening, over time removed all my grass and created one big garden according to the guidelines of the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification program. I wake up to bird song now and see tons of birds. Yesterday, I enjoyed a 15 minute aerial ballet of 2 hummingbirds. There are lots of butterflies too and I eagerly watch for their caterpillars.

5) I have time to read and do so widely. We have a great library here so it's all free. They have e-books so some I can download to my iPad.

6) Have a Netflix account and stay up-to-date with films and some TV shows. Cut the cable and stream everything now.

7) Like photography and have taken some fairly good wildlife photos.

8) Swim at the Y on a regular basis for exercise.

It does tend to be a grind at times but it is great.

In Topic: Cuba !

12 August 2015 - 11:45 AM

Are you back from your trip yet? If so, I hope everyone had a great time. Were there any issues eating gluten-free? Was Cuba celiac-friendly?

Also, are you a U.S. citizen? If so, I'd be interested in knowing if there were any hassles either leaving or re-entering the country.

The reason I ask is that I am getting older and would like to dive Cuba before I get too old to SCUBA dive. There is a package available but the catch is that you have to attend 2 days of seminars in a hotel before the diving begins. That is required to meet the U.S.-imposed travel restrictions. My experience on dive trips has always been that once on the dive boat everything is OK but hotels are always iffy.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance! And, once again, I hope you and your family had a great trip!

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