We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A few ideas, while Mrs. BD and I plan our trip to visit the Pupette in Prague this Spring (think we'll use Club ABC to save $ this time. Prague is a hot place these days for the youths.):
VRBO - Vacation Rentals by Owner. It's worldwide. I like to move around on my trips, but it's a cool idea to rent a place, rent a couple of cars, and bring the whole family and your best friends for a week or ten days. When my Dad was slightly younger, he used to do this for the whole family in Tuscany. Kids, their spouses, grandkids, etc. Two weeks, villa with pool and a cook and a ton of bedrooms, spare cars, walk to the village. Nice. What's the point of a little money if you can't enjoy it and share treats with your family? Uncle Sam will take half your money when you croak to buy votes.
Vacations To Go: Discount ship tix. You have to pick a nice ship, however - not one of the tacky mass-market ones which are beneath the dignity of Maggie's readers. The Silver Explorer is a nice one, with only 132 passengers. Here are some pics of her. I am in favor of the cheaper rooms on ships, because you are hardly never in your room anyway. On ships, I like to spend my time up on the deck. My friends at the Holland America line let me hang out on the bridge.
I've rented houses for each of the last ten years on VRBO. All across the country and in the Bahamas.
There is only one listing on VRBO for here in Mauritius. It's here in Flic en Flac, right around the corner from where I'm staying. I think the pictures are a very fair representation of what you can expect here.
If you really want something nice you'll have to stay at one of the resorts.
"What's the point of a little money if you can't enjoy it, and share..."
Just to politicize the post a bit ;^)
Just ask Obama... if you can afford to take a vacation obviously you have enough money to share with those who will not work for it. You need to be on the Buffet plan.
Back on topic. My lawyer's wife rents out her Galveston beach house through VRBO. After a number of years having spotty rentals and disinterest from local real estate offices, they went with VRBO and have been swamped for requests all summer.... whereas before if they rented 25% it would have rated as busy. Makes me wish I had thought of that VRBO. Alas not.
"if you can afford to take a vacation obviously you have enough money to share with those who will not work for it."
Obama is the new Lord John Morton? From Wikipedia:
"A Morton's Fork is a choice between two equally unpleasant alternatives...or two lines of reasoning that lead to the same unpleasant conclusion. It is analogous to the expression "between a rock and a hard place"....
"The expression originates from a policy of tax collection devised by John Morton, Lord Chancellor of England in 1487, under the rule of Henry VII. His approach was that if the subject lived in luxury and had clearly spent a lot of money on himself, he obviously had sufficient income to spare for the king. Alternatively, if the subject lived frugally, and showed no sign of being wealthy, he must have substantial savings and could therefore afford to give it to the king."
Went to the website and was disappointed. You shouldn't have to give all of your contact information just to get a price. How would it go over if a car dealer made you give him all your personal info just to look at the sticker on the car? I'm surprise you folks at Maggie's are cool with that.