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post #11 of Old 11-01-2006
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Hayden's quote mentioned above triggered some feelings we had after returning home after 6yrs of full time cruising. We were in shock returning to a culture of extreme materialism. Americans are into their "stuff". Buy, Buy, Buy. From cell phones to HDTV to SUV's etc. And it can be a trap as we have to maintain and support this lifestyle. It's hard to give up "stuff" for a cruising lifestyle where this "stuff" is not available. I am reminded of many places in Central Amer. where a night out is families walking to the town square and socializing with each other and perhaps listening to an impromtu musician playing an instrument and singing. Wow, this was something we really looked forward to when arriving at a new port. Anyway we are home now and I hope we have a better appreciation of what is really important. Take care...Dave&Karen
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