US Memorial Weekend Activities - What's Yours?

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    May 22, 2015 1:28 PM GMT
    This annual US Monday holiday honors fallen military, and traditionally marks the beginning of the summer season in this country. Weather permitting the weekend is given to outdoor activities like backyard BBQs. In warmer parts of the US beaches, lakes & public outdoor pools become packed, like here in Florida.

    But since we dislike big crowds (and my husband hates the beach anyway), instead of going to the nearby sandy shore the sandy shore will come to us. Courtesy of a local gay bar, called "Rumors" on Wilton Drive.

    Today (Friday) they're having 40 tons of white beach sand trucked to their parking lot, and also setting up a 4-foot-deep swimming pool, in order to hold a beach party on Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to wear swimsuits, Speedos if feasible (not even conceivable in our case, and possibly a felony offense), and I'm presuming the pool will be available for use.

    But we do have board shorts and other beach accoutrement, and since it's so nearby we'll just drive over already dressed. We may also bring our 8-foot rainbow beach umbrella and chairs, since there's some soft soil we could possibly augur into. I'll take pics for posting here as usual.

    Anyone have weekend plans?
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    May 22, 2015 1:32 PM GMT
    I'd be happy to provide veterans with some happy memories....

    We're off to Ft Lauderdale to a gay resort and hang out naked at their pool all weekend long.
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    May 22, 2015 1:39 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidI'd be happy to provide veterans with some happy memories....

    We're off to Ft Lauderdale to a gay resort and hang out naked at their pool all weekend long.

    Great! No doubt we know the resort. Just a few fully naked, most are a hodge-podge of naked corners versus portions requiring clothing. But if you wanna also drive over to Rumors on the Drive you'll see us there on the sand, looking a bit foolish as usual. I won't know until later today what entertainment and other attractions they have confirmed.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 22, 2015 1:47 PM GMT
    If the weather cooperates this holiday weekend, I hope to put more mileage on my road bike and get back into shape. I plan on watching the Buffalo Marathon on Sunday morning since that race passes right through my neighborhood.
  • Svnw688

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    May 22, 2015 2:00 PM GMT
    The plans above sound fun!

    I'm taking it easy this MDW. Working today until 6 or so, then cooking a seafood (broiled/blackened salmon, scallops and shrimp) dinner for my boyfriend. Probably a few glasses of wine and passing out on the couch watching NetFlix.

    Saturday will include exercise of some form (biking, running or tennis), running normal errands (Home Depot, Target, he likes to work on his car so probably AutoZone, who knows) for a few hours, and then he's in charge of dinner Saturday night. Probably grab a movie (he likes to go every couple weeks).

    Sunday we both usually have a quiet brunch (usually at home, sometimes out), we both usually work from home 3 or 4 hours, lay around on the couch, and just generally do NOTHING. Dinner is usually leftovers or ordered in junk (Chinese, pizza, etc.). The big achievement of Sunday is sometimes Church/Mass and a few loads of laundry.

    Sex will be peppered in throughout the weekend icon_cool.gif

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! Thanks to those who serve/have served in the armed forces. We're not a perfect nation, but we're the best in the world.
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    May 22, 2015 2:24 PM GMT
    ^^^^ agree on the road bike. I need to get another before my former ass of steel turns to cotton.

    ButT in other distractions: I got the Wilma Cozart Fine, 50 disk collection of the early Mercury Living Presence (from 1950 - 1964). This has been around for a while but I never got around to purchasing until now. And wow !!!! the performances. And wow, the pieces I've never heard or heard of that's the real thrill.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mercury-Living-Presence-Box-Set/dp/B005XBA9Y8

    Highly recommended for you early Mercury fans.

    And working today or at least this morning because I got so damn busy. That's OK, my office is in the front of the house so I'm also waiting for FedEx to get here with my Koetsu Rosewood Signature. Been waiting for two months for this. I've been running an el cheapo Ortifon Blue on this table until my good cartridge was built and it was wearing on me especially on massed strings such as my old Mercury LPs.

    I haven't yet looked at the car show calendar for the weekend, but weather permitting, I'll get out and do something.

    I hope everyone gets out and has a great weekend, but still keeps in in mind why we call this Monday Memorial Day.
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    May 22, 2015 2:35 PM GMT
    I will be working.icon_sad.gif
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    May 22, 2015 2:47 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    I hope everyone gets out and has a great weekend, but still keeps in mind why we call this Monday Memorial Day.

    Yes. Many think it's to honor veterans in general, but that's Veteran Day in the US in November. Memorial Day is for those fallen in service. Originally established as Decoration Day following the US Civil War, it was used to decorate graves with flowers & flags. Something my own family did when I was young, always a trip to the cemetery.

    We also had a parade down our Main Street, both my parents wearing their WWII uniforms, even my grandmother in a uniform. Of a "Gold Star Mother" which meant she had lost a son in combat, in his case during the Normandy invasion of France.
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    May 22, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said
    I hope everyone gets out and has a great weekend, but still keeps in mind why we call this Monday Memorial Day.

    Yes. Many think it's to honor veterans in general, but that's Veteran Day in the US in November. Memorial Day is for those fallen in service. Originally established as Decoration Day following the US Civil War, it was used to decorate graves with flowers & flags. Something my own family did when I was young, always a trip to the cemetery.

    We also had a parade down our Main Street, both my parents wearing their WWII uniforms, even my grandmother in a uniform. Of a "Gold Star Mother" which meant she had lost a son in combat, in his case during the Normandy invasion of France.


    True, My dad, now deceased, the flag that draped his coffin in his military burial in 2013 now sits framed on my fireplace mantel.

    It serves to remind me of his (half) brother who died in the kamikaze attack on the USS Nashville while dad was up on the tower trying to repair the radar from the previous unsuccessful attack and another brother who died in a POW camp (Japan) in WWII plus of course all the others who lost their lives fighting for this country.

    For those still with us, remember to donate

    http://www.dvnf.org/?gclid=CKj1iuPO1cUCFZOFaQodIUoAWQ
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    May 22, 2015 3:45 PM GMT
    Didn't intend on being a Debbie downer and kill your thread, Bob, But there is a serious aspect to this weekend (and this is also the reason behind my screen name).

    Back to the topic .... have a great, fun filled weekend and get some vitamin D the way we're supposed to in the summer.

    If the gardeners will get finished so they're not blowing dust all over the place, maybe I can get the 63 out for a little detail action and then on the road a little later.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 22, 2015 3:49 PM GMT
    Saturday, we're boating out to the crazy on Crab Island which attracts close to 2,000 boaters, mostly military guys, college students, locals. It also has a live band barge, boiled peanuts, lots of beer.

    Sunday we drive over to the Pensacola Beach circuit party that takes over about a mile of beach, all gay, maybe 20,000 gay guys and girls. It is a crazy scene if you don't mind occasional floppy tits (the lezzies like to go topless) and guys of every shape and size.

    Other than that, make some good food and try to recover on Monday.

  • hebrewman

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    May 23, 2015 11:09 PM GMT
    my partner are actually on our boat right now (wifi at the marina)
    we went for a post dinner cruise with some friends and now we are in the slip enjoying the company of others. with the pups.
    tomorrow it's a morning cruise and maybe a raft up with some friends. then back to the dock and home. we both have to work on monday.
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    May 24, 2015 1:33 AM GMT
    Just relaxing
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    May 24, 2015 11:48 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    We also had a parade down our Main Street, both my parents wearing their WWII uniforms, even my grandmother in a uniform. Of a "Gold Star Mother" which meant she had lost a son in combat, in his case during the Normandy invasion of France.

    True, My dad, now deceased, the flag that draped his coffin in his military burial in 2013 now sits framed on my fireplace mantel.

    It serves to remind me of his (half) brother who died in the kamikaze attack on the USS Nashville while dad was up on the tower trying to repair the radar from the previous unsuccessful attack and another brother who died in a POW camp (Japan) in WWII plus of course all the others who lost their lives fighting for this country.

    Tough things, and I respect your family. I have those family flags, too. I'm entitled to one myself on my own casket, and a full military funeral, the gun salute and taps, the whole 9 yards. I supervised folding the casket flag in military funerals, when I was the Officer in Charge (OIC) numerous times.

    A difficult duty. Worse for me was being the Death Notification Officer, when you visited the next of kin to tell them their loved one, a son or husband, had been killed. That definitely took years out of you. That part of my military service I'm glad is behind me.

    But none of that military burial formality for me. A quick cremation, no services, no anything. I had to supervise or otherwise partake in too many of them myself, that I don't want to be the object of yet another, and subject others to what I experienced.

    And besides, at my age I doubt any of them would know who I was anyway. They'd just be going through the motions, probably appreciate a weekend free with their families more than paying tribute to some stranger they never knew.
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    May 24, 2015 11:54 PM GMT
    Work, food, alcohol, and masturbation.
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    May 25, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
    So, as planned, I set up a lovely rainbow beach umbrella with chairs yesterday. Spent most of the day outdoors on the 40 tons of sand in the parking lot. Lot os pics taken of me, but haven't gotten any back I can post here yet.

    Today that same spot was taken by a steel band, so we were indoors having a wonderful buffet that included all the raw oysters you could eat, plus other good stuff. Then we went to another of our favorite places.

    Tomorrow (Monday, actual US Memorial Day) I think we may return with our rainbow umbrella & chairs again. I'd rather put it up on Sebastian Beach in Fort Lauderdale, but my husband refuses, he has this Bostonian aversion to the shore. So I have to be content with a faux beach.
  • carew28

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    May 25, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
    Nothing really special. I had potluck supper and watched a movie with friends on Friday night, we talked about all the great things we were doing 30 years ago, pretty much the same as usual. Saturday was yard work, and in the evening I watched a horse- show at the local fairgrounds for a few hours by myself.. Breakfast with my son this morning, he's working the rest of the day. In the afternoon I visited my brothers, said hi to my nephew & niece. I'm also taking care of a dog whose owners are away camping for the weekend, I took him out for a walk this morning, and I'm going to let him out in the backyard again in a few hours. A pretty ordinary weekend. Back to work again tomorrow.