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Monday, February 27, 2012

Bucks In The Belfry

Another day, another chance to meet blogging friends.  Today, we met some special full time RVers, special, because they are a retired Coast Guard family and they drive an almost identical motorhome like ours.  Must be the Coast Guard DNA.  ;c)



We're in Pensacola, Florida and we were invited to lunch with Chuck and Anneke, from  the Goldenshoe RV Trip blog.


They choose a great Irish Pub for our meet-n-meal.  It was hard to miss (even for me) because they have this parked in front.


Their motto?


It was a great meal, Marti had the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage.  (The lighting inside is red, which made for interesting photos).


All over the ceiling are tacked dollar bills.  They started hanging the bills in 1977 when the restaurant opened.  The first dollar tip was hung up and people have been hanging dollars up there ever since.  The waiter said the current value of the bills is $1.2 million!  They know that because they have to count every bill annually for tax purposes with the IRS.



Try to grab one of these bills and you'll be answering to this guy:


It was a great time with Chuck and Anneke, who have been fulltiming for over five years now.  Marti and I sat there like sponges, trying to absorb all the great tips, places to go and stories they shared with us.  Not only was it great to meet them in person, but we enjoyed all the information they freely shared with us.  Yep, the bucket list just got longer.

On our way back to the campground after lunch, we came across these pelicans in downtown Pensacola, each one decorated with the colors of one of the U.S. military branches.  I really liked this one and thought it would look great on the roof of the Journey.  ;c)


Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


16 comments:

  1. Got to meet them last year when i stayed at Emerald Bch. You are in a really great place, Loved my 2 months i spent there! The beaches are to die for!!

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  2. It's always great to meet fellow bloggers and especially those you have a little in common with. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The problem is not being the sponge and absorbing everything. It's hoping it doesn't dry out before you remember everything.

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  3. Oh you just keep meeting up with blog friends I want to meet. What fun!

    I think you must get that pelican for your Journey. Hmmm On the roof? Flying out in front like a hood ornament?? On the back on the ladder???

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  4. With over $1mm dollars hanging from their ceiling, I wonder what their fire insurance costs? How fun to meet up with fellow bloggers with whom you have so much in common.

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  5. I'd have to take notes cause my sponge doesn't work any more. You've really been able to meet some great people on your journey back and forth across the country.

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  6. Interesting dollar bill decor. I sure wouldn't want to be the one that had to count them every year. ;-)

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  7. my goodness..these meet and greets seem to be all over blogville the last few days!!..great to meet some more new/old friends!!

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  8. Just about the best part of this full-timing gig is the people!! What a wonderful way to meet people who like the same things you do. It is like a mobile classroom ;o)))

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  9. Hmmm..are they dusty? I mean the dollar bills..hmmm interesting :)

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  10. How nice that you got to meet Chuck and Anneke. We love the Coast Guard since they most definitely saved our lives once!

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  11. I know you must have had a fun time. Chuck has such a great sense of humor! I'm jealous... :P

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  12. It was great to meet you "in person", I feel sure we will meet again:)

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  13. Great to meet new old friends. Love the pelicans. I like it when a town has "theme" artwork.
    Syl

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  14. Your "have met" list is growing in leaps and bounds.

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  15. It's amazing how the Internet has allowed us to meet new friends with common interests. It seems that full time RV campers stay pretty tight-knit. The Blue Angels campground looks like a nice place to camp. I real enjoy themed campgrounds.

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  16. Now that looks like my kinda place!!!
    If the pelican is somehow missing next time we are through there, I'll know is safely perched upon a Journey somewhere in the U.S.

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