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Not Elvis but

I left the building today! (And if you aren’t old enough to follow that – it is perfectly fine…) As I mentioned, this building is directly across the street from the Pacific Ocean. There is a park, sidewalk, stretch of … Continue reading

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Directionless

Or should I say clueless? Let me start out with a statement of what should be obvious: I have lived in the Northern Hemisphere all of my life. Yes, I have been in Africa, South America, Australia, and New Zealand … Continue reading

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Skypoint

According to their hype, this particular building at 331 meters tall is about the 77/8th tallest building in the world. Of course, there is a website. The three of us went there for breakfast and to give me a chance … Continue reading

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Errands

I went out today. Doesn’t seem like much does it? Prior to the pandemic, I went somewhere, did something every day. Whether it was to San Francisco to class, to Cal more of the same, visiting kids, running errands. Then … Continue reading

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One hassle fixed

First – yes, I did get the issues with USAA resolved. But it took turning on my phone, accepting the AT&T charge and having to spend time wading through the automated menus, speaking with a poor woman in Texas in … Continue reading

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Not fun

Remember in the “old” days – let us say about five years ago – when you had a bank/credit card problem and you were unable to call you could send them a message? And a real, live human being would … Continue reading

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Schlange

(snake, queue, Stau etc) It was an adventure getting off the ship this morning. I can’t even start to imagine what it would be like if the ship was full. We came into Brisbane right on time. that is our … Continue reading

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Witches & Wizards & Skeletons

It is Halloween. (Local Time is 2000) There are a few dressed up, some decorated doors, and a party planned for late tonight.  As you can probably guess, I am not going to stay up for it.  There is also … Continue reading

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Play that funky music

through your headphones please! What is it with people anyway? WHY do they obliviously noise pollute public areas? Tomorrow is the last sea day prior to the end of the cruise. The only thing I can think of is that … Continue reading

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Waited too long

(Just for clarity –  I am at GMT + 11 and my server, located in California is GMT – 7) It was lovely this morning as we sailed into Noumea, New Caledonia. Earlier we passed a number of smaller islands … Continue reading

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Across the DateLine

And here I am, on the other side of the dateline from just about all of you. So for me it is evening on the 28th (Friday @ 1848). I find that it is better that I just don’t do … Continue reading

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Two hour day

Perhaps, if you are from the US, you remember the old TV show Gilligan’s Island?  It was the silly (not reality) show where some passengers and a couple of crew went off for a “Three Hour Tour” and got stranded … Continue reading

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Door Chicken

Remember what I said about the vast majority of passengers on this ship coming from Australia & New Zealand?  Now, think about cars and driving rules/ Got it? Now expand that to walking, stairs, and going through doors. North Americans … Continue reading

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The final hour

Well, as of 0200 the ship made the final time zone change on this side of the International Date Line. I promptly ran into the obvious problem – no way to set my phone etc. The result was spending the … Continue reading

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Flipping the clock back

Or turning it back, or having another time zone change.  Whatever. There were three hours change from the North American west coast to Hawaii. This morning we had another change of an hour to put us on the same time … Continue reading

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The Laundry Challenge

  There are those things, mostly daily household chores, which go away when you sail on any ship that owned/operated by someone else. So I am not speaking about family sailboats, houseboats, or any of the ‘work for a living” … Continue reading

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Not worth an hour

Our “port” today is Raiatea, Society Islands. With a population of around 12000, it has beaches, agriculture, tourism, and a small airport. (that small bit of very flat land right along the shore between the beach and the mountain.) Again … Continue reading

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Just to take a photo

After spending the morning listening to an interesting lecture sponsored by the BioEthics Department of U of MN and stitching, I joined my friends on deck 14. But there were no whales today. There were also remarkably fewer bar staff … Continue reading

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Cheers with an officer

Which, prior to the pandemic, was RCCL’s “Meal with an Officer” This particular benefit kicked in at about 350 cruise points, if I am remembering correctly. It would include a table of passengers with tan officer at each. Often this … Continue reading

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Ignoring Neptune

About 1600 today, we headed south across the Equator. It actually could have been a bit earlier, or perhaps later – I wasn’t paying any attention. As seems to be a tradition shared among the cruise shops and perhaps other … Continue reading

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