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Hey guys:

It's been a while and my mind is elsewhere, as I gear up for a new job, a relocation and a lot of unknowns...so my stomach has been kind of knotty. Don't want to say much about the details as I will encounter the obligatory probationary period, but I will post once things settle down. The site was great for me and I was posting a lot as I sat in the library at school at night through last May when I finished a Master's and/or when I sat at work at night at a job and firm I no longer liked, despite being paid fairly well, largely because it didn't hold much in terms of a future. So you guys pulled me through.

I've made some good friends here. I've met 3 members in person while on vacation...all of whom are great people. I've also spoken to about 5 others via phone...again, all people very much worth knowing. (I've also sparred with a few people, but then political correctness has never been my strongest point).

I came to the site when the LaCrosse was in the works. With so many exciting things going on at GM, I've become boring in that I'm STILL contemplating either a LaCrosse (Allure), a Grand Prix or a Monte Carlo, with the latter 2 harder to get in color schemes I like. With all that's going on in my world, I don't need much more adventure and would be happy to get reliable service from one of these cars. So, that being said, it seems my forte has been posting travel pictorials and demographic analyses of the world around me. In short, I'm not contributing as much in the area of, well, CARS. I'm also trying to simplify things overall, dealing with high blood pressure and some other minor health issues. I've also decided to cut WAY back on travel as it has gotten a little tiresome and hasn't necessarily made me any happier.

I'll touch base when my job stabilizes, I buy a car and/or buy a place. In the meantime, if any of you would like to stay in touch, PM me an e-mail or a phone number (I do have flat rate on both the land line and the cell). THANKS for a great tenure on Cheers and Gears!

Here are some Europe pictures from summer I never posted, starting with SICILY:

The proud Air France 747 at Montreal's airport for the ride across:


The treat of sitting upstairs...a first for me:


My rented Smart in Sicily seen at quiet Marina di Ragusa on the south side of the island:


My favorite Sicilian baroque church - San Giorgio in Modica:


View from my hotel in Sicily in the resort of Taormina:


Going around a bend in Messina in my Smart, I see this...kind of a time warp:


Sicily in the foreground and "The Boot" across the Strait of Messina - a mere 1.5 miles:


A quiet beach in the Taormina area of Sicily - warm water and gentle surf:



The beautiful city of Porto with the Douro River meandering through


Viana do Castelo - an incredibly relaxing and scenic coastal town in the north of Portugal



This really ornate dining room in a "pousada" (exclusive historic hotel) in Viana do Castelo


More photos in another post

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Portugal's breathtaking Madeira Island - 600 miles off in the Atlantic:




One day, hiking on these trails on a mountain, next photo, I came across these new and abandoned pups which I fed for about 3 days until meeting a neighbor I befriended who stumbled into them as well and promised to take care of them.





The pups' mother - abandonded, timid and with an infection/blindness in one eye...she kept her distance, growled but seemed to be ok with the fact that we were bringing food


Island hop over to Spain's Canary Islands, specifically to the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:




Back to Italy .... Sardinia with my cousins:


What ruins an Italian beach vacation these days...peddlers selling counterfeit goods that are in the country illegally and pass your towel at the rate of one every 3 minutes, forcing one to look up and say "No, thanks". I told my cousins that would NOT be permissible in Pensacola, South Padre or Santa Barbara where people are looking for a quiet beach experience.



Have a blessed Christmas if you celebrate it or, if not, have a great holiday season!

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Beautiful pics, Bob. I hope all goes well with your move, your new job, your health, and your happiness. Don't be a stranger. You'll be missed.

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very nice pics of the churches and others too.

hope you can make it back here once in a while.

merry Christmas to you.

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Well I tried to post this response this morning during my normal time, but the server wouldn't let me.

Bob, I consider you a "Lifetime Member" of C&G. Yes, we have grated each other like aged romano from time to time, but you'll always be a part of this place.

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Hey Bob,

AWESOME pics ... sorry that you are leaving us for a while. Do come back when you are able!

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Great pics Bob...the one of the peddler is all too familiar for me! Keep in touch and good luck with your job!

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Bob, I have always enjoyed your posts, and I am sorry to see you leave. Thanks for the great pics of Sicily...Did you hit Palermo at all?

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Good luck and Happy newyear Bob, hope all goes great for your new trek.

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