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Tuesday, April 16

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Last week's little taste of warmth has me itching for a vacation. You too, I bet. And while my boo and I are jetting off to Pittsburgh this week, we're looking for a more a more rah-rah location. So instead of cruising Expedia or Orbitz looking for hot vacay spots, I'm hitting up the classies -- the vacation swap section.

2br - Desert Falls Country Club
Daily, weekly, monthly rates at this beautiful country club. This is a two bedroom, two bath, second story condo with a view of a pool and the mountains. It is furnished with a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen size in the other.

Jenn had been crying so long that she felt soggy. Her thoughts turned to the Joshua Trees that lined the road on her trip out here, the one she took with him. Maybe, if she went back to the source of it all, she could reverse time and figured out what had gone wrong, and if it was even worth all this sadness.

$175 / 1br - Hotel Alternative -
345 N Canal St.-Modern Furnished Apartment 1 Bedroom Executive apartment on Chicago River with beautiful Italian kitchen, large bathroom with Steam Shower, Jacuzzi Tub, 5" hardwood floors, Washer/Dryer in the unit. Starting at $175/DAY ; $3000/one month. Rates can be negotiated depending on the length of stay. MUSE SEE…. For more information please contact us at 773-XXX-XXXX

Whit sought a refuge from his family, from his cosseted, closeted suburb. But not an everyday home away from home. Just a haven he could visit when his cravings became too much for his stash of pornography. A place where he could entertain the kind of guests that would raise eyebrows on his cul-de-sac, but for Whit raised a whole lot more.

$500 / 1br - Summer Cottage, So.Haven, Saugatuck area
4 rooms including enclosed porch with hide-a-bed & futon, bedroom with queen size bed. Sleeps 4/5. Deck overlooking beautiful wooded property. Quiet, rural community, 5 minute walk to beautiful, uncrowded Lake Michigan Beach. Available for full summer rental, June through September,4 months @ $5,000. Weekly rental @$500. Located 10 miles North of downtown South Haven & 10 miles South of Saugatuck/Douglas. e-mail,, Ph.847-XXX-XXXX

The Bartletts knew it would be their last summer together, all of them. Their kids came home from school and Jim took off three solid weeks. Maris the Matriarch stocked up on all the supplies/drugs she'd need, and got a referral from her oncologist for a doctor near Saugatuck. It was a perfect summer of barbeques, wet dogs leaping through surf, and collecting sea glass. And it was their last summer together. Not because of the cancer, but because of the muscular legs of the physical therapist who got Maris back into fighting shape during her unexpected remission.

$500 / 1br - Quiet and pleasant apartment in Le Marais
Near Place des Vosges, very quiet and pleasant studio, 26 sqm, equipped, bath, kitchen. 400-500 euros/week.

Porter's wife was not the bohemian type. She was tight-jawed and wore sweaters around her neck. Pretty even tried to get him to wear those patchwork Madras shorts from Brooks Brothers, for God's sake. He dreamed of a girl who would wear a beret, sing songs in parks, and seek out life's little gems -- even if they lay in dirty, seedy places.

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