Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Be a ROMEO

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By Jay Lloyd

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PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) — Retired and bored?  Become a Romeo and find some getaway opportunities!

“ROMEO” is Retired Old Men Eating Out.  Romeo groups are springing up all over the country.

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In some, members have a common interest. I belong to two:  local US Coast Guard veterans, and retired broadcasters.

Others just share the same community and an interest in meeting people to schmooze over lunch.

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Bob Dell, who organized the Coast Guard group, recalls a recent Romeo weekend getaway.

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“We went to Cape May and did a tour of the base,” he says, referring to the US Coast Guard Training Center.  Most of us had gone to boot camp there.

(US Coast Guard veterans tour the USCG training center in Cape May as part of a ROMEO getaway.  Photo by Mary Lloyd)

(US Coast Guard veterans tour the USCG training center in Cape May as part of a ROMEO getaway. Photo by Mary Lloyd)

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Ask around among retired friends — or start a group of your own.  That’s what Bob Dell did.

“I put an ad in a local paper and I started getting some replies,” he recalls.  From there it was word-of-mouth.

ROMEO groups provide great camaraderie, hours of compelling yarns, and usually a pretty good lunch.   Delaware Valley area Coast Guard veterans can contact Bob at rbard1@verizon.net.

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