Day 86 This is a big ocean
Have just returned from watching a new age juggler, Mark Nizer, perform in the Vista Lounge. Lots of standard stuff but some unusual special effects with lasers and computer graphics. He had a quirky sense of humour and gave us an overall entertaining show. On board ship, the range of performers is great and the quality is excellent. Today was very busy (slightly tongue in check) with the re-learning of the Jive / Swing, singing O Sole Mio in correctly pronounced Italian and playing a one hour chess game which ended in a thrilling draw. Dear readers, I hope you can contain your excitement! Conversations at dinner are lively with one particularly interesting exchange being a German born Australian explaining to our new American table companions the meaning of “Bless your cotton socks” when one of the American sneezed. Our delightful American lady had us amused with her professed love of Opera and her confession that she always went to sleep during performances. An interesting story from LA. A woman recently widowed had just purchased a pair of earrings from a street vendor who then asked her how she and her husband were enjoying the Cruise. When she informed him of her state, he replied “Don’t worry. You’ll soon be with him!” She retorted: “ Well, here are your earrings, I won’t be needing them. I would like my money back please.” Another big thank you to all my writers back in Australia who continue to produce such excellent educational content for our schools. VCE Trial Examinations are ready again for distribution and it is an interesting exercise organizing all this from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My goods friends at The Write Response, Faxmate, Dropbox and Google facilitate the sending and receiving of faxes, emails and orders to and from Australian schools. It all originates from a MacBook Pro laptop computer in a cabin on the Dawn Princess. (Bill) PS Barbara is having the night off. Happy birthdays to all the Tim Healy family with birthdays in August.