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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: October 5, 2012

Vacation 2012

Lorraine and I are planning to go on a 17-day cruise to Europe. All you geography fans can trace our ship entering and leaving the various ports. Our stay at these ports is not very long; we usually arrive early in the morning and leave in the late afternoon or early evening.

We meet the ship in Southampton, England and we are off. Two days later, we arrive in Seville (Cadiz) Spain. Seville is the home of Flamenco dancing, which Lorraine and I both love.

After departure from Seville, two days later we arrive at Valletta, Malta. Malta was bombed heavily by the Luftwaffe during World War II. It was not invaded by the Nazis, but took a lot of punishment.

After a day at sea, the ship will arrive in Venice, Italy on the Adriatic Sea. St. Mark’s Square and Lido are two sights we are anxious to see. Venice was the home of Marco Polo, the great explorer who went to China and brought back spaghetti, gunpowder, and many riches to Venice.

Next we arrive at Split, Croatia. This city was once a part of Yugoslavia, but now Yugoslavia has been broken up into many different areas. Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia are some of the countries formed from the former Yugoslavia. Joseph Broz (Tito) ruled over a disparate conglomeration of religions and people.

Dubrovnik, Croatia is the next port on our journey. I have heard many stories of the beauty of Dubrovnik. Corfu, Greece is an island in the Adriatic Sea. Most Greek islands have an undeniable charm and some characteristic that places them in a solitary and memorable position.

Gibraltar, Great Britain will be our last stop on this cruise. I have always longed to see the Gibraltar Apes. This is a British colony on the European mainland. Then it’s back to Southampton, and finally Jericho.

I am writing this log before we leave but on our return, I will put down on paper some of our findings and experiences. This column is a coming attraction: the next one will be the feature presentation.

News

School zone speed cameras are beginning to gear up in Plainview-Old Bethpage, and though the robot law enforcement tools are not yet fully operational, drivers are beginning to get road weary at the prospect of a surveillance state.

While officials at the Nassau County Traffic Safety board said that only five cameras have been activated, drivers are spotting far more on daily drives through the neighborhood. Michael Dulphin, a Plainview resident who makes a daily commute to a local college, said he has seen school zone speed cameras pop up near Parkway Elementary School as well as Our Lady of Mercy school on South Oyster Bay Road.

A symbol of freedom and expression for many, cars of all shapes and sizes have served as the gateway to adventure for both the young and young-at-heart alike for countless generations.

H. Roy Jaffe has collected and photographed cars for more than 70 years. It’s this lifetime of knowledge that he recently shared with a large audience in the form of an interactive visual presentation held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library entitled “The Rarest and Most Exotic Cars Ever Built.”  


Calendar

Joel Zelnik And Move

Saturday, Aug. 23

Beyond Bereavement

Monday, Aug. 25

Reminiscing With Veterans

Tuesday, Aug. 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com