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At 5:40pm on February 18, 2014, MarianneKT's Mom said…
At 12:36am on August 25, 2011, Thomdent (Dustin's mom) said…
Hi Patty!  Our page actually no longer exists in our world, we're now on facebook since everyone is able to read the string from their phones, pda's etc.  I've asked a few times to delete our page to no avail.  I hope all is well, look me up on fb!  Robin
At 4:18pm on June 6, 2011, Babyryin (Mandy) said…

Hi Patty, I am sorry I was not able to meet everyone at the Meet and Greet. We didn't make it into town until after 10pm. Congratulations to you on your new sailor. A School will be so much nicer for all of us. I did get to meet Mmiles while dropping our men off at RTC so that was really nice. Please stay in touch and thank you for checking on us these last few months.


At 11:36am on June 4, 2011, Paula (was Capricorna) said…

I can only imagine how awesome it is.  I hope you get to spend time with your Sailor.


Have a safe return.

(My turn is 07/01/2011 - can't wait)

At 7:12pm on June 2, 2011, Paula (was Capricorna) said…

Hi PattyB -

Congrats on your new Sailor!  You drove from FL?  Wow.



At 10:05am on May 29, 2011, reenis35 said…
thank you!! have a safe drive and congrats !
At 7:35pm on May 28, 2011, reenis35 said…
My plane lands @ 820 so Im not if anyone will still be @ meet and greet.. I am staying at the Ramada Inn .. My ex and my son will be there thou ..
At 7:31pm on May 28, 2011, reenis35 said…
My daughter will be staying in Great lakes for A school
At 5:58pm on May 26, 2011, Brittany (Dustin's Sister) said…

Yeah for your son passing BS!  Woo hoo, just waiting to hear from my brother in 191 now!


At 9:06am on May 26, 2011, Brittany (Dustin's Sister) said…
Good morning,
You are very welcome. The directions seem like a lot but they are pretty straight forward except the transfer. Tell them to ask someone right away at Ogilvie and they should be ok. Depending on the location you board the train, ticket prices range from $2.00 to $8.50 per person. So the max one way trip from Oak Lawn to GL is $17.00 per person on the train. All the cabs in the city are required to accept credit cards payments for fares but if they are taking a cab from the hotel to the Oak Lawn Metra, I would have cash for that. Good luck!
At 9:09pm on May 25, 2011, Brittany (Dustin's Sister) said…

Part 2 of my message below:

Eventhough the 2 train stations are across the street from one another, I would tell them to give themselves AT LEAST a hour hour to make that transfer.  I hope this helps.  Worst case scenario, they can't figure out the transfer and need to take a cab.  The cab ride will cost a lot but they can ask the cab driver before leaving for a flat rate, most often they will give it to them.

At 9:08pm on May 25, 2011, Brittany (Dustin's Sister) said…

There are many ways to get there via public transportation but I believe this is the easiest and most straight forward.  They can purchase train tickets on the train (must have cash) if there is no attendant on duty.

- From the hotel, walk or take a cab to the Oak Lawn Metra Station about 0.6 miles (9525 S. Tulley Ave, near the intersection of Tulley & 95th Street). 

- Take the Oak Lawn Metra blue line SWS (Southwest Service) toward Chicago - Union Station (about 35 minutes)

- Once they arrive at Union Station (which is bounded by the streets Clinton, Jackson, Canal and Madison) they will walk across the street to Ogilvie Transportation Center (which is bounded by the streets Clinton, Canal, Madison and Randolph - so it is literally right across the street).

- They want to take the Chicago green line UP-N (Union Pacific North) towards Waukegan (about an hour and 5 minutes).

- Depart the Metra at the Great Lakes Metra Station (3355 Illinois Street, Great Lakes, IL 60088)

- Take a cab or walk to the RTC facility (about a half mile, but I'm not exactly sure because I'm not familiar with the RTC campus).


It may sound complicated but it's the least number of transfers.  If they aren't sure what to do, any attendant in the train station at Union or Ogilvie will be able to help.  The train stations are a little overwhelming so I would ask someone for help once they get there!  The train schedule is a little crazy so make sure they time everything correctly.  Use this link to look at the schedules for each line.  There is a pull down menu on the left of the page. 

At 1:29pm on May 25, 2011, Brittany (Dustin's Sister) said…
Hi Patty, yes they can take the CTA train to the Metra and they will be VERY close to the Great Lakes facility.  What airport are you speaking about?  O'Hare or Midway?  If you give me the address of the Hilton Hotel, I can get you an exact round trip with the details for them. 
At 8:32pm on May 24, 2011, Brittany (Dustin's Sister) said…
Hi Patty.  Yes I can help you.  What do you need to know?  :)
At 10:03pm on May 21, 2011, reenis35 said…

Hey Patty for some reason replying to messeges is a problem on this site ..

Yes I am going to graduation I`ll be staying @ the Ramada Inn ...Did I read right your driving from here (Florida?) Thats a long drive.. Hope your not doing it alone..

12 days left Geez I can`t wait .

At 8:30pm on May 21, 2011, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…
yes you can order ribbons and no it is not too late. A few more people put the first name than the last name. Just send me a friend request and I will send you all the info or you can send me an email to my email address:
At 4:19pm on May 21, 2011, reenis35 said…
Hi Patty thanks for friending me !! I live in Ocala .. My daughter is ship 9 div189 PIR 6/3
At 7:48am on May 13, 2011, diannep said…
Accepted your friend request!
At 6:25pm on April 20, 2011, LoriMN - Ship 11 Div 185 said…

I miss the heck out of my son too.  I am so thankful to get three letters today, yes three, all uplifting and good news!   He said everything is rush, rush, rush, he is tired but doing ok.   I am holding up for the most part, I still cant spend much time in his room, it makes me sad...   I hope you get a letter today!


At 10:09am on April 20, 2011, LoriMN - Ship 11 Div 185 said…

Hi Patty,


How are you holding up???   I sure miss my son, and I am like you I cant wait to get a letter and read it over and over and over again....

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