Guess I'm the official holiday greeting thread starter LOL. Hope everybody has a great and safe New Year.
Just wanted to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas.... we have a SINGLE room for the price of a double... no we've not had too much eggnog but we do want to help you ring in the NEW YEAR DIVING!!! We love Little Cayman Beach Resort and Brac Beach resort (yes we run one of our amazing Single's Week at one or the other annually) and we know you love them too! So if REALLY want to start the new year off DIVING but want to avoid most of the New Year Rush... consider the following:
At Little Cayman:
Travel: Jan, 1, 2 or 3 until Jan 6, 7 or 8
Stay: 5-8 nites
Book by: Dec 25th - (to book call 8645576079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Price Starting at: $1451*
SAMPLE PRICING FOR A WEEK... (email email@example.com for pricing on 6 nites 5 days diving or other configurations including non-divers)
POOL: 7 nites 6 days diving (17 dives) + Breakfast Lunch & Dinner + 2 drinks nightly + transfers & taxes NORMALLY $ 2681 NOW $1995 double occupancy price but single occupancy room!
OCEAN: 7 nites 6 days diving (17 dives) + Breakfast Lunch & Dinner + 2 drinks nightly + transfers & taxes NORMALLY $ 3172 NOW $2240 double occupancy price but single occupancy room!
POOL: 7 nites 6 days diving (12 dives) + Breakfast & Dinner + transfers & taxes NORMALLY $ 2433 NOW $1695 double occupancy price but single occupancy room!
OCEAN: 7 nites 6 days diving (12 dives) + Breakfast & Dinner + transfers & taxes NORMALLY $ 2961 NOW $1959 double occupancy price but single occupancy room!
*1451 is for 12 dive pkg 6 nites and 5 days
OR at Cayman Brac:
Travel: Jan, 1, 2 or 3
Stay: 6-7 nites
Book by: Dec 24th - (to book call 8645576079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Price Starting at: $1275*
SAMPLE PRICING FOR A WEEK... email email@example.com for pricing on 6 nites 5 days diving or other configurations
OCEAN: 7 nites 6 days diving (17 dives) + Breakfast Lunch & Dinner + 3 drinks nightly + transfers & taxes NORMALLY $ 2264 NOW $1725 double occupancy price but single occupancy room!
OCEAN: 7 nites 6 days diving (12 dives) + Breakfast & Dinner + transfers & taxes NORMALLY $ 2104 NOW $1490 double occupancy price but single occupancy room!
*1275 is for 12 dive pkg 6 nites and 5 days
1. Larry aka Orcaman - Little Cayman
2. Butch aka Cajun Diver - Little Cayman
Hey Big "D".... its time to get Happy! Well of course everyone is happy...but its time to have another DALLAS AREA HAPPY HOUR!!! We've scheduled Friday Dec 16, 2016 in Addison our NEXT HH aka Happy Hour!!! Why? Cuz the Wench (that's me) can be there and because we are going to reconnect with some peeps from our early days...YEP...all the way back to when we were born!
So come check us out... never met anyone from the club? PLEASE COME SAY HI!!!
Haven't seen anyone from the old days? Then check in and catch up! We'd love to have EVERYONE JOIN US!!!
The Appetizers are FREE and Dinner has great affordable options! Yeah the time is a bit tough but hopefully you can get out a bit early and join us! We won't leave at 7...we just need to clear the party room so will move to the bar area.
You can always text me at 8645576079 to see if we are still there! So come by and join the fun! - Kamala aka WreckWench
WHEN: Friday Dec 16, 2017 in Addison, TX
4440 Belt Line Road | Addison, TX 75001
P (972) 661-1019 | F (972) 661-1075
Sun - Thurs 11am to 10pm | Fri - Sat 11am to 11pm
WHERE: Chuy's in Addison (directions here)
TIME: 4:00pm - 7pm in Event' s Room and until ?? in the regular bar area
RSVP'S: (RSVP by posting in THIS forum topic)
NOTE: Since SingleDivers.com was born in Dallas, we have invited some of our early friends to join us one of whom is a dear friend of mine Tami who now has a cool non-profit helping people obtain affordable housing, and has offered to co-host the HH. We are excited to meet our NEW members wanting to check us out and reconnect with some of our ORIGINAL members from 13 years ago when we first started! Cool! Please come hang out and say 'hi'!
THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND
1. Kamala aka WreckWench
2. Tami aka TamiG
3. Butch aka CajunDiver
4. Buz aka Airhead
5. Karen aka KSue44
6. Rona aka Dubber (Brand New Member!)
7. Mike aka aireater
8. Vickie aka oldladydiver (recently joined, hopes to make it, possibly arriving with aireater)
9. Susan aka scubasu
November 24 is good for me :-)
December 25 would be perfect if we can find some place open.
I remember years ago we met in Ft Lauderdale. So maybe this time we go north ? Jupiter?
Suggestions, please ! ! ! ! ! ! !
So if you travel any amount beyond say 1-2 times a year, the first time you show up at the wrong airport or have a hard time finding where your new gate is or which baggage claim to tell someone to meet you at, you'll be thrilled with the features and functionality of today's flight and travel apps. So which ones have you used and which do you like best and why?
Hey gang...I will be in Houston before the Bonaire trip so we are hoping to do a Houston Happy Hour! We are juggling dates now, but let us know if you can join us! Kamala
Houston Happy Hour!
Date: Nov 4th Friday before the Bonaire trip!
Time: START TIME! - WE WILL DO the traditional 7pm since it is Friday after work! BUT I WILL TRY TO GET THERE BY 6 PM since some people will be able to arrive early. I'll have an SD.com shirt on to help make it easier and we'll have a TABLE reserved as well with either a SD sign on it or a Dive Flag!
The Happy Hour will be held at Sam's Boat in Seabrook on Nasa Rd. http://www.samsboat.com/locations/seabrook/
From Scubapunk: I just want to add a note about the location of Sam's Boat. It is on Nasa Pkw, and sits off the the street behind a Marina. It is on the water, and not easy to see from the road. There is a Hampton's Inn across the street and a Specs. Drive into the Marina parking lot and you will see Sam's boat to the left behind the marina.
Planning to attend:
1. Kamala aka WreckWench
2. Butch aka Cajun Diver
3. Dan aka ScubaTooth
4. Sandy aka Scubapunk
5. Ron aka Punk's +1
6. Phyllis aka Stingray1
7. Kent aka scubadiver4u
8. Lori aka lolieb
9. Roger aka Roger G
Hoping to attend (aka Maybe):
1. Kelly aka Bait for sharks
2. Sissy aka Scubasis
South Florida Happy Hour now Sat Oct 29th!
Date: Oct 29th
Time: We are looking at 4:00 PM till 6:00 PM (or thereabouts) to facilitate diving on Sunday and/or other plans that evening and/or longer driving distances.
Location: NOW OCEAN 234 on A1A by Hillsboro. Which is Deerfield and halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Delray basically.
Location isn't set yet so I'm looking for suggestions. Here's what I'm looking for:
Post your recommendations to this thread and I'll update this post when we have a location and date. (I"m still working with the Wench so she can attend!)
1. Twisted Fish Boynton you can order from the bar there are high tops as well at the bar.
2. Two Georges Boynton there are high tops as well as the bar.
3. JB'S in Deerfield on the ocean and super cool.
4. Ocean 234 on the ocean and super cool. you can order from the bar
5. Brass Ring Pub in Riveria Beach
Planning to attend:
1. Mark aka DiveGeek
2. Alan aka Racer184
3. Kamala aka WreckWench
4. Holly aka RideNdive
Hoping to attend (aka Maybe):
We all know to hand carry our meds but what else should be know about traveling with meds or packing them? Thank you!
We all know what happens when we are less than successful in this endeavor...but what can we do to better pack liquids we do need to travel with?
According to TSA:
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.
Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
You may carry duty free liquids in secure, tamper–evident bags, more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml in your carry-on bag if:
Liquids more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml not in a secure, tamper-evident bag must be packed in checked baggage.
How can I get the most out of my frequent-flyer points?
Ok so everyone recommends the following canned replies.... BUT HOW DO OUR REAL MEMBERS REALLY GET THE MOST OUT OF THEIR FREQUENT FLYER/FREQUENT STAY POINTS?????
- Check several itinerary options. Different routes or days traveled can save you points to use for another trip.
- Check airline partners. Many airlines have partnership agreements that will accept frequent flier points from your regular airline.
- Stay in hotels and use rental car companies affiliated with your program. When you charge meals and services to the hotel room, you can earn even more points. You can also use sponsored credit cards to earn extra points.
Is it advisable to buy someone else’s frequent-flyer vouchers or unused tickets?
Ok all you frequent travelers.... what say ye? Can this be done or not?
Is it safe to logon to an airport's wireless internet service?
I saw an interesting discussion on this question. They said....
What do you think???
- Yes, it's okay to surf the web wirelessly, but think twice before entering personal information such as banking passwords or credit card numbers when connected wirelessly.
- Open hotspots are also hotspots for hackers. Here’s how it works: though you think you’re logging on to the Internet through a legitimate wireless hotspot such as an airport’s, cafés or hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi service, wireless hackers are creating look-alike networks to steal your information. The network’s name might be the same as the legitimate name or it might be different.
- For example, when turning on your laptop at the airport you might be asked if you want to join the "Free Airport Wireless" network. It may be the real thing, or it may be a hacker’s network. If it’s the hackers, your laptop is an easy target.
It's 3 years since we've had a Happy Hour, and we have numerous new members who are curious about SingleDivers.com.
The Wench will be here!!!
The date is Saturday, August 20, at a time hopefully late afternoon/early evening - so those of us commuting won't miss their 'bedtime'.
The Wench will be coming from Rockwall, and I'll be coming from Fort Worth. The establishment should be able to accommodate 10-25[?] rowdy divers, and provide nourishment and refreshments.
Okay it's settled - Flying Saucer, Sat., Aug. 20, 4pm in Addison - for directions, a list of beers they serve and a menu, follow the link.
Why so early you ask? We've got to give you time to sample the 200 beers they serve!!!
I hope to see some of the familiar faces from the past, and meet some of the newer members, who have yet to enjoy making a trip with SingleDivers.com
RSVP to this thread
2. Wreck Wench
Are American carriers improving? New in-flight offerings, rising quality ratings and better on-time performance seem to suggest that major U.S.-based carriers are focused on creating a better product, and they are succeeding on some levels.
Better, but still not the best
Do they still lag behind the world’s best carriers? Yes.
According to the most recent ratings from research firm Skytrax, Delta is the US legacy carrier with the best product overall. However, it came in in 35th place in the worldwide rankings. Top international airlines from Europe (Air France, Lufthansa), East Asia (EVA, Singapore Air and Cathay Pacific) and the Middle East (Qatar, Etihad and Emirates) all finished well ahead of Delta, while its legacy peers, United and American, finished well back in the pack at numbers 68 and 77, respectively.
Many people put a lot of stock in the Skytrax ratings because they are based on worldwide passenger surveys. Though Delta finished behind its international competitors, it did improve from 45th place last year, one of the biggest year-on-year improvements in the entire survey. American Airlines has also improved by 12 spots over the past two surveys. These jumps pretty much encapsulates where U.S. airlines currently sit in terms of quality: they are still lagging behind the industry leaders, but they are getting better.
One of the complaints included in a recent letter from American Airlines pilots to CEO Doug Parker was about how they were tired of apologizing to passengers for AA’s “embarrassing" product. Parker responded by saying that improvement after the merger with US Airways would take time and that changes would have to take place from the ground up.
The bad news is that even CEOs like Doug Parker and United’s Oscar Munoz admit that changes will take time. The good news is that they seem to agree that focusing on the fundamentals is a necessary first step. Their goal is to make lasting improvements, not to provide quick fixes.
Earlier this year, American and United both announced that they were offering free snacks on domestic flights. Delta already did this, but the other two airlines had stopped. This was a very small improvement, but it showed that legacy carriers were taking steps to improve in comparison to low cost carriers (who charge for everything) and they were aware that providing certain extra services for all passengers would improve their image.
Delta Airlines has also shown that getting better at the fundamentals is possible. Once one of the industry’s least punctual airlines, Delta now sits near the top of the on-time rankings month after month. It had the fewest cancellations of any U.S. carrier in May, and more than 88 percent of its flights arrived on time (within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time) during that month.
Making employees happy
All three legacy carriers are in the process of giving their employees new contracts. United’s pilots received a record deal earlier this year, and the airline recently agreed to a new contract with its flight attendants. American Airlines has also negotiated new contracts with many of its employees.
United CEO Oscar Munoz has said that having good employee relations is a fundamental building block for his airline. Getting them to buy into what the airline is doing is an important part of getting them to provide good customer service to fliers.
READMORE: American Airlines CEO Promises Big Changes Ahead
Another promising trend is that airlines seem to be reinvesting some of their profits from 2015. American Airlines has been improving its airport lounges, and also has launched a major project in partnership with OTG to improve the terminals at its hubs in Houston and Philadelphia with renovations and free iPads for waiting fliers.
Delta has been segmenting its cabins by adding premium economy class (Comfort +) and also offering no frills economy fares. United has made one of the biggest moves of all, launching a new business class (Polaris) on its wide-body aircraft and also improving the economy class seating on new planes.
Competing on quality, not price
The improvements will probably come faster if airlines continue to make profits in the coming years. However, legacy carriers seem to have realized that adding value to the in-flight experience and getting the fundamentals right will help them compete not only against international heavyweights, but also against low cost carriers, who might be able to match them on price, but who cannot approach them in terms of quality.
U.S. airlines are not quite on par with the world’s best international airlines in terms of overall quality. But they do seem to be improving and they seem to understand that sustainable improvements are going to serve them better than quick fixes.
Had a trip to the UK planned 21 - 27 Sep, but that just fell through.
I thought a week diving would be nice, but need some suggs. Wife won't be coming due to her work schedule so it'll be just me. Got my Solo cert so would be nice if the local dive shop honored that.
The mid week start means liveaboards are out so I'm wondering if anyone has a decent destination in mind. Probably Caribbean and Gulf of Mex. Anything beyond there would be too far to travel.
Non-negotiable: King bed and air con. I'm enjoying my comforts as I get older.
Join us for a South Florida Happy Hour!
Date: August 27th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM till we all leave
840 East Atlantic Avenue,
Delray Beach, FL 33483
Planning to attend:
1. Mark aka DiveGeek - ATTENDED!
2. Kamala aka WreckWench ATTENDED!
3. Brad aka dive_sail_etc ATTENDED!
4. Sylvie aka sylviescuba ATTENDED!
5. Alan aka Racer184 ATTENDED! along with Janice his more beautiful half!
6. Kurt aka brat
7. Michael aka Lutzms
8. Holly aka ?? from Delray Beach -ATTENDED!
Hoping to attend (aka Maybe):
1. Julie aka DiverDiva
Others Attending We Did Not Know Would Join Us:
1. David L and his lovely wife Susan whom we met diving!
2. Lureen - a So Fl member and one of our FB photographers!
3. Rachael - a gal we met diving!
OFFICIAL RECAP FROM THE WENCH'S PERSPECTIVE....
We had a blast at our first SoFL Happy Hour in several years! (True we did an informal one last year before our Best of Florida trip but this was more formal and certainly a blast!!!)
We had friends from the early days come and join us and friends from only 2 days prior come and join us! It was a great mix of new and returning and we were blessed to have several member's better halves join us as well!
The venue was lovely but we never saw the water as we were too engaged in conversation. So our next venue will be more about facilitating conversation than the scenery.
We are already planning the next one for Oct or Nov so stay tuned for details and FOLLOW THIS POST for when and where!
I want to thank several people who have thru the years been so supportive of our club in general an for sure of our efforts in So Florida.
1. Lureen for all the amazing pictures she shares on our facebook page promoting trips we are going on Yes she has been nearly everywhere! She gives so graciously of her time and talents and we her!!!
2. Alan who has helped our club with Happy Hour promotion in his own newsletter for years and helps our members via expert advice from Reef Photo one of our corporate partners! Heck he even provided us tel service back in the day....yeah...we go way back!
3. Brad who helped to organize the HH and managed to keep 2 women on track from airport runs and boat runs and meal runs and even Happy Hour runs and then at the last minute could not join us... . But was there in spirit! Sylvie and I would have been lost without him....
4. And last but not least Mark for organizing the Happy Hour and for years of love and support helping the club and who has jumped back in to help get the new So Florida group rev'd up now the wench is coming to town...permanently!
I also want to thank Sylvie for coming in from TEXAS to join our Southern aka Southern Florida that is hospitality! And Holly for reading the Aug Newsletter and signing up for a trip and then coming to the HH that was only a few blocks from her house! And Rachael and Dave L who were dive buddies on the Starfish who met our group and wanted to learn more about us!
From the bottom of my heart I thank you all!
So come and make your own memories at the next HH...I promise you won't be disappointed! Kamala
Hello fellow SDers. It's been quite a while since I've been on this board, but I'm back and ready to get diving again. There are a couple more steps in my diving rehab program that I was hoping to get feedback from the south FL gang:
For #1 I've selected Brownie's Southport Divers mainly because one of my diving friends from Atlanta has used them before and they service Halcyon equipment (and I don't have to schlep to High Springs to get it serviced). I need some help with #2. I don't want to go through a PADI Scuba Review (I think it's called Re-Activate now) mainly because I don't want some random instructor try to overweight me and get me to do the skills while on my knees. What I'm hoping for is to find an instructor I trust and just spend some time in some confined water and get re-acquainted with being under water. Any feedback from the south FL folks on the board?
OK - you've seen the discussions going on in the forums so NOW it's OFFICIAL
AZ HAPPY HOUR
WHEN: Saturday, August 13
WHERE: Uncle Bear's Brewery
4921 E Ray Rd
TIME: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Weigh in on an ARIZONA HAPPY HOUR for Saturday, August 13
OR Sunday, August 14. I know it'll be hot, hot, hot but that makes the frosty adult beverage taste that much better. I'm looking at a couple of venues in the Chandler area since I'm HOPING that we'll have some Tucson members join us! Once I know who's interested, I'll narrow down the locations. Hope YOU can make it!!
SATURDAY, AUG 13
1. Traci aka sqbagal - ATTENDED!
2. Kamala aka WreckWench ATTENDED!
3. Susan aka Resqdew ATTENDED! from Arkansas no less!!!
4. Karin aka MoorishIdol ATTENDED!
5. Shelly aka SassyLilCutie ATTENDED!
6. Nathan aka SeaBoor ATTENDED!
7. Jeannine aka Pedal Pusher ATTENDED!
8. Sally aka SillySally
9. Patricia aka AZDamsel
10. Mark aka Yetters
11. Jenn in Phx (hopefully) ATTENDED!
12/13. Steve aka Desert Fish + better half BOTH ATTENDED!
FROM SQBGAL AND ORGANIZER'S PERSPECTIVE:
What a GREAT time!! Thanks everyone for braving the heat and coming to see us!!
Very lucky to have our special out of state guests join us:
Susan aka Resqdew
Brad aka dive_sail_etc
And Kamala aka the WENCH herself!
Loved seeing familiar faces:
Steve aka Desert Fish and his lovely wife, Laura
Jenn aka Jenn in Phx
Shelly aka SassyLilCutie
Nathan aka SeaBoor
Casey aka Casey
And our brand NEW members:
Jeannine aka Pedal Pusher
Karin aka Moorish Idol
FROM THE WENCH'S PERSPECTIVE:
IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! I think I got to talk to everyone which is ALWAYS the best for me! And we also had Scott aka Dive Scoop come by with his lovely wife and adorable son!
The food was good...the beer was great and the COMPANY WAS FANTASTIC!!!
I'd also like to our special guests Susan aka resqdew from AR and dive_saile_etc from GA for joining in the fun! NOW EVERYONE knows what we've known for years... AZ ROCKS!!!! And that ain't just the grand canyon!
AND EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Traci aka sqbagal for organizing, managing, hosting, and letting Brad & I stay with her in order for us to join in the fun! We truly appreciate ALL she does as one our UBER HELPERS and of course one ot the BEST Happy Hour Hosts in the country!
I can't wait to see you all again SOON!!! Kamala
Join us Aug 27th n Delray Beach 2016! Full details and RSVP HERE! -Kamala
Anybody besides me interested in attending one?