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RayColey last won the day on July 14 2021

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About RayColey

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  • Birthday November 28

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  • First Name
    Ray Coley
  • Last Name
  • Gender
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  • Country
    United States


  • First Cruise Year
  • Cruises Sailed
  • Days Cruised
  • Favorite Cruise Line
  • Favorite Shipboard Activity
    Ocean watching
  • Favorite Itinerary
    Mediterranean - Eastern
  • Favorite Port of Call
    Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Favorite Port Activity
    Walking & sightseeing
  • Places I've Cruised To
    Belize, Guatemala (first cruise); Stockholm (second cruise, on Baltic); Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Istanbul (third cruise, on Renaissance - now Oceania); Nassau, Key West (fourth cruise, on Royal Caribbean); New England, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia (fifth cruise, again on RCI); Lisbon, Gibraltar, Cartegena, Malta, Split, Venice (sixth cruise, RCI), Cozumel (seventh cruise, on Carnival); Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia (eighth cruise on Royal Caribbean)
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  • Hobbies & Interests
    Music, Woodcarving, Ballroom Dancing, Church, Outdoors
  • Music
    Almost all classical and jazz. I perform some pop music, but I don't listen to much of it myself
  • Movies
    I'm a Trekkie!
  • TV Shows
    I don't do a lot of TV watching... but I did when the Star Trek series were running!
  • Sports
    Most team sports, but especially Nationals' Baseball!
  • Food
    I dote on great seafood. Other than that, I love middle eastern cuisine.
  • Pets
    3 kitties
  • Books
    History or sci-fi
  • Quotes
    All's well that ends.
  • Occupation
    Entertainer / Teacher

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  1. He's a she (one photo holding a drink with an umbrella - a dead giveaway!)
  2. I will ask about Crazie. I have his brother here, and these bears talk to each other...
  3. The train from Vienna is a very fast train... But yes, it's from Venice, and the station is adjacent to the bus terminal right up a short flight of stairs from a vaporetto stop. (It's real close to the cruise ship terminus - of course, Venice wants that cruise ship facility moved to who knows where?)
  4. Plus, we're scoping out a side excursion to Verona (home of Romeo and Juliet) which is just an hour outside of Vienna!! Cost, about $24 per person round trip...
  5. I got the Cliff Notes version, and my eyes glazed over from just reading that.
  6. Thursday, November 7 2019 Good Morning, Crazies! This morning I have to run down to Easton(bul) to help the music director at another church get his piano back into playing shape. After that is a meeting with the as-of-now-retired Treasurer of the Music Teachers Association in order to straighten out the financials and temporarily take over the books. Fortunately, I only have one lesson this evening, so it won't be a difficult day after all... Shari, There have been conflicting predictions for winter this year - cold or warm? In any event they seem to agree on WET! I sure hope you and Marc don't get a lot of wet snow on the roof! I'm trying to figure out how to keep the roof clear down here. At least the sneau blauer started up quickly! Jackie, Nice to get a cruise in before the tax season starts. Yuki worked for H&R for three years, but she couldn't stand it when she had to tell old people that they owed a bunch of tax when they had always gotten refunds in prior years. I would have less compassion for them - after all, they voted for it!! Poor Yuki, she is loaded with empathy... she'd make a good counselor if they needed sympathy! Gotta head out for Easton... Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  7. Sunday, November 3 2019 Good Morning, Crazies! Sorry I have been AWOL - lots of extra doctors' appointments and staying up too late because of baseball. It's all pretty much in the past now, however, and I will have a bit more time in the mornings before I have to run hither, thither and yon. First, Yuki's tests came back with all great results! They excised the mass and it was well-contained and they removed all of it. We're going to check in with a specialist to see if radiation will be on the table, and if it is, Yuki said I could receive the radiology since she had the surgery - seems fair to me. So the upshot is that we're able to get back to a "normal" life, whatever that is. For all of you - Jan, Shari, Andi, Miranda and Jackie, Thank You so much for your prayers! It has meant a lot to us. I have two recitals coming up in late November and early December, and my students are busy practicing holiday songs and carols. I have three students who are doing "Carol of The Bells" 😮! Oh well, its' what they want... Jan, it's nice to have an autumn with so much celebration! Congrats on all those birthdays, and pass along an ATTABOY to David for his work in the pits - orchestra, that is... Sorry if I'm the hangup on the 2021 cruise - it just seems so perfect to us, with new ports on an old route that we've cruised before... I really don't want to give up that one. Maybe we can take some votes for 2022? Please don't overdo the firewood stuff - backs are touchy things... Andi, it was indeed 100% away wins in the World Series - Houston won here and we won there! Amazing. Yesterday, we had the parade down Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues - I'll bet the President wishes he had such cheering crowds here!! Sorry to hear about your magnolia tree, those old trees are so majestic, even though they litter the driveway with pods!! BTW, I'm tired of winter, too. I always tell people that I get cold at the start of November and I don't warm up until end of May! Shari, thank you so much for your prayers for Yuki. I wish we were next door neighbors, so you two could hang out together - you're both sweethearts! Miranda, I wish you could have been here in Washington for the baseball championship festivities. The baseball crowd sure knows how to par-tay!! Well, Europe gets rain while we get snow. That was a shocking discovery to the pilgrims who came here in the seventeenth century, and they got a load of cold weather that only the hearty New Englanders can understand! Sorry that our cruising choices turn out to be pricey - I wish that Viking would cut single sojourners a break... Jackie, glad you're back safe 'n' sound from South Africa. We are trying to find ways to get that trip moved from our bucket list to our calendars. So many interesting places, and the years are creeping up on us... sigh. Oops! Now I'm late for church! Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  8. Hello, Crazies! This morning, sadly, we head down to Easton for an oncologist appointment. We've been through this before, and it's a long, tiring and depressing road. Fortunately, we make a good team and we'll come out on the other side even closer than we were before. We are encouraged by the way Marc and Shari have handled their challenges... Andi, it looks like the Nats will have to go to St. Louis and try to avenge you. Poor guys have been underdogs the whole way, but they seem to be pretty resilient, so we're hoping for the best... Here in the USA, we're fortunate that the conservatives have not eliminated Medicare as being a "socialist policy." I have followed the trend line, and I definitely think it's a target... Shari, in a word, it's wonderful to see you posting on CC again. As someone who is familiar with working with rehab programs, I know that it's a long and difficult road, but it's one that can be accomplished. I've done it twice. My prayers are always with you and Marc, and will remain so. Jan, sounds like your leaf peeping was more like mountain climbing! We've tried to outwit nature in the north twice - once for a fall foliage cruise (we saw only one tree that had red leaves) and the second time for the aurora in Iceland (that one was interrupted by an arctic ice storm!) Now, we'll take it as it comes, whatever it is. LOL We're back from the oncologist, and unfortunately we are again looking at surgery. Yuki is upset at the assault on her scheduling, so we'll be trying to get it done as soon as practicable. This was caught in the very early stages, so for the most part it's prevention. We'll appreciate prayers...
  9. Good Morning, Crazies! Today is my go-to-Denton-and-play-for-the-blue-haired-ladies day. There are three gigs there, but the ladies make for a really great audience, and they even like my corny jokes! In the evening, I only have one lesson to teach, so it's a relatively easy day. Jan, we do like smaller ships, not just because the atriums don't look like Times Square, but also because they can get into ports that can't accommodate the huge passenger ships. Especially in the Caribbean, the ports that can handle the large ships are getting more and more alike, year after year. The smaller ships can dock at the less-traveled places and we get to see places that are not row after row of tourist shops with tee shirts. I will check out the UnCruise folks. Also, I've found that Swiss Rail offers several packages to tour all or part of Switzerland, from Lake Geneva to the Eiger and Jungfrau and beyond. Lotsa stuff to look at... Gibber, you're in the right place if you like companionship on a cruise without feeling like a third wheel. We're very much into traveling as a group (with attendant group discounts!) Stay tuned... Andi, I think the Redskins may tell Mr. Gruden to take a hike pretty soon. Oh-and-Four is pretty dismal, don't you think? Now I have to get ready to go off into the wonderful world of entertainment! Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  10. Monday, September 30, 2019 Good Morning, Crazies! Yesterday, after church services and a committee meeting in the morning, I had a couple of gigs at an Alzheimer's group home and a nursing home, followed by three lessons in the evening. Today, it's two gigs at the same type of places and five lessons. (Yes, you were right - I've taken on a heavier workload!) Andi, the Nats are in the playoffs, but they have a lousy record of trying to get past the division. I hope that they'll do well in the wild card game, but playing the Dodgers in LA is a lot to take on... Looks like the Redskins are doing what they usually do - lose! LOL I'm working on some plans for the 2022 cruise; Jan has been encouraging in that regard... Miranda, we are hoping that autumn will come here! This week, temps are supposed to go up into the 90s - not much like summer! The book keeps on getting bigger, as I run into areas where I think that the story line would go better with a different character's POV; so I add a chapter here, and add a couple of pages there... UGH! Jan, I will be doing research for 2022; it looks like there are dozens of different options, all of them breathtakingly beautiful... Gibber, nice to see you on the Dock! Now tell us what you've been up to, your innermost secrets, etc... And now it's time to get ready to head off to work... Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  11. Thursday, 26 September 2019 Good Morning Crazies! We're off to an early start today because Yuki made an appointment with the GP for 7:30 (WOW!) We'll go out for breakfast at Cracker Barrel afterwards, then on to Annapolis to catch the Downtown Abbey movie. Just one lesson this afternoon, so I'll be able to turn on baseball in the evening. Jan, we're not so very much steaming here on the Shore as we are dry; no rain for a month, and lawns are cooking something fierce. I can see that you're doing a lot of hithering and thithering, and I'll try to get caught up on your comings and goings. Andi, it's not that we're only booking Viking (although we do love the line) but rather the ports of call that generally ropes us in. The Adriatic cruise, for example, even though it starts out and ends up in places to which we've been already, includes five new ports for us to explore! Yuki has a thing now about Switzerland's Alpine trains, so the following year we may see about doing a circle tour of Switzerland by train... I'm writing a bunch of music for the 2020 Chamber Music Festival, and in order to get finished on time I started early this year - going for a page a day, so I'd better get a few measures done before we're off to the medico... Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  12. Hello to all my crazie friends on the Dock! I've finally got the fall calendar straightened out - I'm serving on the church Council and keeping their financial accounts up-to-date, I've doubled the number of students that I had two years ago (now at sixteen) and I'm doing seven hours a week playing gigs (income is way up, free time is way down) so that we can afford the cruising lifestyle (that includes no interior cabins!) We're planning on the Adriatic cruise in 2020, and I'll invite a few new people along (no guarantees there.) Everyone here is in good health except my brother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's earlier this year, and is now living in a group home in Winston-Salem. Jan, Andi, Miranda and the rest of the faithful, sorry that I haven't been on the Dock so much this year - it's just been near-impossible to find any free moments on a regular basis. Hopefully, I have everything organized to the point where the day will kind of run itself with me just tagging along... Right now, I'm headed to nearby Denton (Cultural Hub of The Western Hemisphere) to play for the Adult Medical Daycare Center, the Senior Center and the local assisted living group home there... Have a great day, Crazies!
  13. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Good Morning, Crazies! Cruising is so much fun, but it comes with a price - frequently, it turns out that all your friends are scattered around the globe on this sea or that river or the other ocean, and it seems that we are never all around the Dock at the same time!! My summer schedule has toned down a bit, so I only have four days of lessons and four days of gigs, and usually they are the same days of the week. Whatever will I do with all this spare time? Oh, the stress... Andi, the flies are still hanging around, but in a week or so they will move on to the east, where some of the people camping near the ocean will become acquainted with them. So, are you packing for the Adriatic cruise already? Jan, I am going to be gently prodding, so hopefully, we'll have enough of a crowd to take over the Viking Sea somewhere along the way. Avast! I already have my "sea days" planned out, so we won't be too exhausted at the end of the cruise. Now, who's planning 2022? Miranda, in the post-World Cup days are we still friends? HaHa, the Orange girls will certainly be a force to reckon with in 2023, and maybe they'll be the ones to get the gold medals in the Olympic games coming up! Jackie, our heat wave has broken, and we have more spring-like weather here on the Shore. I haven't seen too many Florida license plates up here, are Floridians staying at home this summer? Time to get out to play gigs. Have A Great Day, Crazies!
  14. Saturday, July 6, 2019 Good Morning, Crazies! I didn't realize that it's been so long since I posted on the Dock! I have some sort of schedule for lessons this summer - it looks like they're down about 20%, which is not as much as usual, and there is no dropoff in performing. So we don't go broke this summer! LOL Yuki is spending hours every day sorting through her hundreds of photos of China and Tibet, so we're keeping busy. Andi, hopefully a number of our new cruising friends decide to opt in for the Adriatic cruise on Viking. It really looks like a great cruise at a great price, so although I'm not counting the days yet (my heavens, over 600 of them!) I am looking forward to it - and thankfully there should be room at the spa and all those great onboard restaurants! Miranda, Tuesday is the day! I'll be rooting for the US women, but I won't mind if Orange comes out on top... Jan, I will be nudging our new cruise friends toward the Adriatic cruise in 2021 - perhaps they aren't used to booking so far in advance, but this appears to be such a good deal that it might sell out... Shari, we're always thinking of you... Jackie, the heat wave continues up here in Maryland, with most days getting up into or close to the nineties... That, coupled with the biting flies, is enough to keep me inside most of the time. Yuki and I have become mall walkers!! Time to face the morning before it's gone... Have A Great Day, Crazies!
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