The Big Apple’s Best Bargain

New York City is expensive! To help with some of that cost we want to pass along the best deal anywhere in the city. How about a boat tour of the harbor and an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty… for free? CONTINUE READING >> 

New York City is expensive!

Not only to live in, but to visit as well. So to help soften some of that cost we want to pass along what we think is the best deal anywhere in the city. How about a boat tour of the harbor and an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty… for free?

We’re not kidding, just climb aboard the Staten Island Ferry any time day or night, since it runs twenty four hours a day seven days a week, and never pay a penny. We’ve done it many times.

While the ferry is free now, it wasn’t always. In the early days it was a nickel a ride, and went up to fifty cents before the fare was waved in 1997 in an election year bid for votes from Staten Islanders by Mayor Giuliani. Since then the route has been fare-free, even though it costs the city over five dollars per passenger for each crossing.

The Staten Island Ferry began in 1817 as a part of the Richmond Turnpike Company, but historical records reveal that the Native American tribes living on Staten Island traveled back and forth by boat to Manhattan and New Jersey long before any Europeans arrived in the New World.

In 1838 Cornelius Vanderbilt bought the company, and his name has been famously associated with the ferry ever since. It was as a young boatman in New York harbor that he was nicknamed Commodore, a moniker which stayed with him for the rest of his life.

During the Civil War the Union used two of the ferries, the Clifton and Westfield, to assist in a blockade against the Confederate Army. After helping to capture New Orleans, they moved on to fight in Texas where the Westfield was sunk and the Clifton captured.

In 1905 the City of New York assumed control of the company and made it a part of the New York City Department of Transportation. This means that the service is considered more like a road than mass transit.

But none of this history lesson matters when looking for a little free fun on the water in the City That Never Sleeps. So for the Big Apple’s best bargain we always head down to the Whitehall Terminal on the southern tip of Manhattan, right next to Battery Park.

For the best view of Lady Liberty choose the starboard, or right hand, side of the boat. It’s not hard to tell where to go, it’ll be where about eighty percent of the other passengers are. On the way out the route first passes Governor’s Island on the other side. This little isle has quite a history of its own.

During the Revolution and War of 1812 it was armed with fortifications for the city, then later as a Coast Guard installation. In between the island was more than doubled in size by dumping the excavations from digging the subways.

Now it serves as a green space getaway for city dwellers, complete with its own faux tropical beach.

By the time the ship gets far enough out in the harbor for a good look at the statue, so many people are usually on that side the boat is listing. The view of the Statue of Liberty is not as close up as the tourist boats, but remember, for the price it can’t be beat.

And it is certainly close enough to get a good photo op. (Don’t forget to zoom in.) Right next to Liberty Island is Ellis Island, certainly not as impressive from afar, but every bit as historically significant, if not more so.

Usually when we reach Staten Island we just disembark and then turn around and get right back on for the return trip. Everyone is required to leave the boat and go inside to get back in line for the next ferry. It’s no big deal because there is never more than a half an hour wait.

Depending on the time of year though, there is another of the city’s best bargains right by the dock, The Staten Island Yankees. This minor league baseball team is often called the Baby Bombers because they are the single A level affiliate to their parent team the Bronx Bombers. They could also be so named for their much smaller admission fee.

As fun as it is to see these young hopefuls striving to make the big leagues, perhaps the most exciting thing about them is their stadium, Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. That may be a mouthful, but the view over the outfield wall is an even more amazing eyeful.

Watching the sun set on the world’s most famous skyline is worth every penny of the dozen or so dollar ticket price, no matter who is on the field.

After the game, or if it isn’t baseball season, the view of the skyline on the return trip is even better. Every time we can’t help but join the groups of onlookers watching the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan loom as we approach the terminal, no matter how many times we’ve done it.

This incredible backdrop has also made the Staten Island Ferry a very popular setting for filming movies, including Working Girl, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming.

We can see why, no set or soundstage could possibly top it, but for us it is just the best cheap date in the city.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

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Our favorite “Saturday Funnies!” Get a laugh!

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LOVE this!

Wow! Tough call!
Wow! Tough call!

Ohhhhh...so THAT's what happened!
Ohhhhh…so THAT’s what happened!

Hahaha!

Yup! Love it!

LOVE it!

Finally! A video game we could probably be good at!
Finally! A video game we could probably be good at!

Hahaha!

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. - Paul Ehrlich

Hahaha! Yes!
Hahaha! Yes!

 BUSTED! Hahaha!
BUSTED! Hahaha!

Hahaha! And you thought YOUR job was bad!
Hahaha! And you thought YOUR job was bad!

Some people should use a glue stick instead of Chapstick

Ooooopppps!

Yup!


Yup! Done it!

Makes sense to us!

Yeah baby!
Yeah baby!

Yeah!

Yes!

LOVE it!

Saturday Funnies! Super Bowl Edition! What if...

Hahaha!

Saturday Funnies! Hear ya, Mr. Jagger, Hear ya.
Hear ya, Mr. Jagger, hear ya.

Hahaha! Yup!

Hahaha! MORE proof that I'm a great mom! I always turned off the beaters! -Veronica

Yep!

Hahaha!

Hahaha!

Hahaha!

We agree George!
We agree George!

Yup!

The Doctor is in!

Hahaha!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - get your mammograms ladies! Here's a bit of humor to make it easier for you to get through it!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – get your mammograms ladies! Here’s a bit of humor to make it easier for you to get through it!

Funny 'cause it's true!

Apparently, I'm a rat!

For all of our writer friends!

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Yup, it’s us! See the whole story here: http://www.gypsynester.com/fp.htm

The Holidays!

Happy Mother's Day! Hahaha!

Poor guy.
Poor guy.

LOVE this!
LOVE this!

Hahaha!

The perfect Thanksgiving? You betcha!

Saturday Funnies! Ain't THIS the truth! Happy Thanksgiving!

I KNEW it! I KNEW scales did this after Thanksgiving Dinner!
I KNEW it! I KNEW scales did this after Thanksgiving Dinner!

Hahaha! Cackle!
Even pumpkins can be catty!
Even pumpkins can be catty!

Happy first day of fall! This'll work - right?

Hahaha!

Hahaha!
Oooopppps!

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a new job the next day. -Phyllis Diller

I've done this!

Yup!

Seasonal Funnies!

Hahaha!

Hahaha! Need. Warm. Now.

Doing taxes today. UH. Anyone need the room after us?

Nope, it's real!

Seriously? We can DO THIS?
Seriously? We can DO THIS?

Absolutely!

Love this movie!
LOVE this movie!

Right?

Saying this quite a lot this Holiday Season! UGH.
Saying this quite a lot this Holiday Season! UGH.

Is it cold where you are?

Enjoy!

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

In the dimming daylight we observed the structure from every possible angle, most likely with our mouths hanging open much of the time… CONTINUE READING >> 

With heavy hearts we revisit this look at Notre Dame from a few years ago. The good news is that at least the main stone structure was saved, making rebuilding possible. It will take years, and may never be the same, so we are so happy to have seen it and share it.

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Popping out of the Metro in Paris, we found crowded, narrow streets — alive and vibrant — with bars and cafes, and somehow it seemed perfect.

We wandered aimlessly, as curious observers, while bells rang out periodically.

Generally moving in the direction of the peals, eventually we came upon the Square René Viviani and discovered, tucked away and supported by a couple of concrete braces, the oldest tree in Paris.

Square René Viviani in Paris, France

The oldest tree in Paris

The venerable locust tree has been hanging in there since 1601, and still blooms every spring, even after taking a shot from a shell in World War I.

The square is also home to some old stones from Notre Dame Cathedral, which stands just across a small bridge.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

As we crossed the span, the massive church loomed before us.

In the dimming daylight we observed the structure from every possible angle, most likely with our mouths hanging open much of the time.

While the cathedral might be best known to us Americans for the bells we’d been hearing — and the odd little man who rang them — the gargoyles, rose window, and flying buttresses are what most caught our attention.

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Point Zéro des Routes de France sits in front of the cathedral and is the official center of the city.

Backside of Notre Dame in Paris, France

Built over the course of nearly two-hundred years, beginning in 1163, Notre-Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to incorporate the flying buttress as reinforcements for the walls.

Although they were not part of the original design, its size required the additional support.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris - at night!

As night fell we were thrilled by the various views we encountered, especially lit against the darkened sky.

Perhaps a soul with an unfortunate deformity was hiding in the tower under cover of darkness.

As the bells rang out once more, we knew we had to return the next morning for another look… and an assessment of the inside.

The devil is in the detail of the facade of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
The devil’s in the detail

Close up detail of the devil on the facade of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

The morning light allowed us a better assessment of the facade, and the restoration that took place after most of the statues were beheaded during the revolution.

Moving our gaze up toward the spire, we may have hoped to spot Quasimodo climbing along the rooftop, but instead found the twelve apostles, captured in surprisingly whimsical poses. These were also added during reconstruction.

Gargoyles and statues on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Close up of scary images on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Outside of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Walking inside, we experienced the temporary blindness that comes from going directly out of daylight into relative darkness.

But our eyes soon enough adjusted and the sun streaming through the stained glass windows filled the otherwise dimly lit sanctuary with muted colors.

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Rose window in Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris

The glow seemed to be the perfect lighting for such a refuge from the outside world, so we settled into seats to soak it all in for a while. That is our favorite way to absorb overwhelming spaces such as this, by sitting still we are able to observe and process the scope of the building.

Stained glass windows in Notre Dame Catherdal, Paris, France

A tomb in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Doubting Thomas inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Once we were accustomed to both the light and space, we took a lap around the entire interior.

Not to take anything away from the classic cathedral, but we’d have to say we were more impressed with the exterior.

There is no doubt plenty to see inside, but for outstanding artwork we decided we would do better a few blocks away at the Louvre.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Thanks to Paris je t’aime for this adventure that made us exclaim Ooh la la! As always, all opinions are our own.

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A Colorful Collection of Beaches on Hawaii

Those of us from the mainland might be thinking that all sand is basically the same, but out here in the center of the tropical Pacific that is far from the case. These islands are volcanic, and that has made for several varieties of sand… CONTINUE READING >> 

The name Hawaii not only applies to the state and the entire island chain, but also to the largest of those islands.

The Big Island, as it is often called by Hawaiians, is probably best known for its nearly constant volcanic activity, but there are a number of distinctive beaches along the shoreline that are equally intriguing.

The main feature that sets these unique sun spots apart from each other is the color of the sand.

Those of us from the mainland might be thinking that all sand is basically the same, but out here in the center of the tropical Pacific that is far from the case. These islands are volcanic, and that has made for several varieties of sand.

On Hawaii, when the Big Island’s two active volcanoes erupt they make black sand. Any place where the lava flows into the sea brand new land is formed, and when that molten magma hits the water the instantaneous cooling shatters the newly formed rocks into tiny grains. Voilà! Black sand.

There are many good examples of this around the island, but perhaps the best, and best known, is Punaluʻu Beach. It is such a fine specimen that it is generally just called Black Sand Beach.

Another feature of the black sand is its ability to soak up heat. It’s like blacktop on a summer day, and our feet felt like we were walking on a frying pan as soon as the flip flops came off. However, being reptiles, the hawksbill and green turtles love it and can often be found basking on the warm black beach.

Another beach has sand even more unusual than the black, it’s green. In fact, this phenomenon is so rare that there are only four examples in the entire world.

Papakōlea Beach is named for the kōlea bird that is often seen nearby and gets its curious coloring from the mineral olivine, a magnesium iron silicate. The crystals eroded out of the volcanic cone that forms the steep sides to the beach.

But we didn’t care that much about all that, we just wanted to see the famous “Green Beach.”

Turns out that is not the simplest task. Papakōlea is located on the far southern tip of the island, which also happens to be the southernmost spot in the United States, and there is next to nothing around it but open land.

That got us wondering how to get there and when we asked about this unique seashore some of the locals gave us a tip. Word was we could probably snag a ride across the fields in a four wheel drive… for a price.

So we drove our rental car to the parking lot at the end of South Point Road and sure enough, twenty bucks bought us a spot standing up in the back of a 4 Wheel Drive pickup truck. Hiking the two and a half miles to the beach is also an option, but this looked like fun.

Is hanging on for dear life fun?

It can be, like on a roller coaster. So yes, in that sense, the bounding, bucking, bouncing, and bumping all over the bed of that truck was fun. It must have been, because we were laughing our butts off the whole time.

Reaching the beach after the ride still required climbing over and down the steep sides of the volcanic crater, so we were more than ready to just lay out and relax on the sand for a while.

We are also happy to report that our driver was kind enough to take it a little easier on us on the way back.

Afterwards we learned that what we had done is not allowed. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has restricted vehicular traffic through the grassland, so we are not sure if the off-road entrepreneurs are always operating, but our guess would be that they usually are.

Lastly, there is the multi-colored sand of Ho‘okena Beach Park. This more traditional sand formed mainly from coral, but with a smattering of lava in it too so it is sometimes referred to as salt & pepper.

Yet even this so-called normal sand has an interesting back story; it is mostly fish poop.

It’s true. The vast majority of sand on any tropical beach has been run through the digestive tract of a parrot fish. They grind up tiny bits of coral as they scrape algae off to eat.

When we heard this tidbit of trivia we wanted to verify it with our own ears and yes, we have heard it on many occasions while snorkeling. Just be very still under the water near a parrot fish and the unmistakable scraping noise is quite conspicuous.

Now that we are familiar with the sound, it is almost impossible to go snorkeling without hearing the menacing munching.

But we would never let that stop us.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Funny and Inspirational Quotes – GypsyNester Style

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I'd rather regret the things I've done than the things I haven't done -Lucille Ball -
I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than the things I haven’t done -Lucille Ball

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music. George Carlin
Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music. George Carlin

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. Sonya Friedman
The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. Sonya Friedman

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. - Chinese proverb

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. – Chinese proverb

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. Mary Tyler Moore
You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you. Mary Tyler Moore

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it. Jonathan Winters
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. Jonathan Winters

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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person -Brian Tracy
The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person -Brian Tracy

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one -Dolly Parton
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one -Dolly Parton

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. -Albert Schweitzer

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” -Albert Schweitzer

You can only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough -Mae West
You can only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough -Mae West

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused
Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Live was meant to be lived. Eleanor Roosevelt

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Live was meant to be lived. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine. -Whoopi Goldberg
Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine. -Whoopi Goldberg

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. -Robert Bault
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. -Robert Bault

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use in being a damn fool about it. W.C. Fields
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There’s no use in being a damn fool about it. W.C. Fields

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other. Alan Alda
When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other. Alan Alda

Old age is fifteen years older than I am. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Old age is fifteen years older than I am. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The only time to eat diet food is while you are waiting for the steak to cook -Julia Child
The only time to eat diet food is while you are waiting for the steak to cook -Julia Child

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Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician!
Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician!

A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. Muhammad Ali
A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. Muhammad Ali

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at 60, it will be your soul's own doing. -Marie Stopes
You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at 60, it will be your soul’s own doing. -Marie Stopes

It is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. Agatha Christie
It is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. Agatha Christie

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them -Phyllis Diller
I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them -Phyllis Diller

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. -William H Walton
To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. -William H Walton

I'm old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I'd tell them where to put it. -Dolly Parton
I’m old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I’d tell them where to put it. -Dolly Parton

Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball. -Mitzi Chandler
Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball. -Mitzi Chandler

Inside every 70-year-old is a 35-year-old asking, "What happened?" -Ann Landers
Inside every 70-year-old is a 35-year-old asking, “What happened?” -Ann Landers

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Don't let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out!
Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out!

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. - Paul Ehrlich
To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. – Paul Ehrlich

It's my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Lily Tomlin
It’s my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Lily Tomlin

There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother's age. -Dr. Benjamin Spock
There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age. -Dr. Benjamin Spock

The day a child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. Alden Nowlan

The day a child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. Alden Nowlan

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. Marilyn Monroe
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. -Marilyn Monroe

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadsworth
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. -Charles Wadsworth

I still feel thirty, except when I try to run. -Bob Newhart
I still feel thirty, except when I try to run. -Bob Newhart

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. -Katharine Hepburn
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. -Katharine Hepburn

I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: Checkout time is eighteen years - Erma Bombeck
I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: Checkout time is eighteen years – Erma Bombeck

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it -Buddy Hackett
As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it -Buddy Hackett

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The purpose of life is not to arrive safely at death
The purpose of life is not to arrive safely at death

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. Erma Bombeck
My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. Erma Bombeck

If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance. George Bernard Shaw
If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance. George Bernard Shaw

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? Milton Berle
If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? Milton Berle

If I had my life to live over again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead
If I had my life to live over again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead

Retirement must be wonderful. I mean, you can suck in your stomach for only so long. -Burt Reynolds

Retirement must be wonderful. I mean, you can suck in your stomach for only so long. -Burt Reynolds

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier -Dan Bennett
Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier -Dan Bennett

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. -Mark Twain
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around… -Mark Twain

You shouldn't compare yourself to others -they are more screwed up than you think!
You shouldn’t compare yourself to others -they are more screwed up than you think!

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you. - Mel Brooks
Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you. – Mel Brooks

Leap and the net will appear -John Burroughs
Leap and the net will appear -John Burroughs

I have everything I had twenty years ago, only it's all a little bit lower. -Gypsy Rose Lee
I have everything I had twenty years ago, only it’s all a little bit lower. -Gypsy Rose Lee

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere -Erma Bombeck
Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere -Erma Bombeck

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"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." -John Wayne
Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. -John Wayne

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight -Phyllis Diller
Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight -Phyllis Diller

Age is not important unless you are a cheese. -Helen Hayes
Age is not important unless you are a cheese. -Helen Hayes

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers -Socrates
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers -Socrates

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? -Satchel Paige
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? -Satchel Paige

We are like tea bags -we don't know our own strength until we're in hot water -Sister Busche
We are like tea bags -we don’t know our own strength until we’re in hot water -Sister Busche

Families are like fudge. Mostly sweet with a few nuts
Families are like fudge. Mostly sweet with a few nuts

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body -George Carlin
Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body -George Carlin

True? Those who boast about being "brutally honest" are usually more brutal than honest. -Lori Palatnik
Those who boast about being “brutally honest” are usually more brutal than honest. -Lori Palatnik

All women have an hour glass figure - it's just that we all tote around different amounts of sand
All women have an hour glass figure – it’s just that we all tote around different amounts of sand

Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true - Brian Tracy
Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true – Brian Tracy

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D, after them. Arnold Palmer
You know you’re getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D, after them. Arnold Palmer

The GypsyNesters made their bucket list dream a reality - Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All - http://goinggypsybook.com #GoingGypsy #books

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life -Kitty O'Neill Collins
Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life -Kitty O’Neill Collins

Love is a game that two can play and both win. -Eva Gabor
Love is a game that two can play and both win. -Eva Gabor

If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. -Regina Brett
If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. -Regina Brett

No one can make you feel inferior without you consent -Eleanor Roosevelt
No one can make you feel inferior without you consent -Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." - Mr. Rogers
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Mr. Rogers

The future ain't what it used to be -Yogi Berra
The future ain’t what it used to be -Yogi Berra

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God, do you learn. -C.S. Lewis
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God, do you learn. -C.S. Lewis

The Holidays!
Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. -Oren Arnold
Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. -Oren Arnold

A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween. Erma Bombeck
A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween. Erma Bombeck

On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me. Rodney Dangerfield
On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me. Rodney Dangerfield

I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween!
I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween!

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My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor -Phyllis Diller
My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor -Phyllis Diller

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves -Bill Vaughan
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves -Bill Vaughan

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going, and the insight to know when you're going too far.
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going, and the insight to know when you’re going too far.

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a new job the next day. -Phyllis Diller
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a new job the next day. -Phyllis Diller

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnices where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies dies of happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. -Erma Bombeck
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnices where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies dies of happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. -Erma Bombeck

There, I guess King George will be able to read that. - John Hancock (after signing the Declaration of Independence)
There, I guess King George will be able to read that. – John Hancock (after signing the Declaration of Independence)

Spring is Nature's way of saying, "Let's Party!" -Robin Williams
Spring is Nature’s way of saying, “Let’s Party!” -Robin Williams

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