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Home again, naturally

Actually, not quite home. Back in Florida, with free Internets.

Words: 23,993 (Yikes. I have to spend the next 8 days writing furiously.)

Countries visited: 4 (Mexico, Belize, Honduras, the Bahamas)

Mayan temples seen: 1

Jaguars seen: 1 (in a zoo)

Things bought: Many

Beaches walked: Two

Freakin' cold days at sea: Two

Chances to log on while on board ship: 0

Food eaten: A whole hell of a lot

Drinks: Many

Fun Ship shows seen: At least six

Insane night of crazy dancing: At least one

Cruise Director crushed on: 1 (more on this in a moment)

Really embarrassing moment: 1 (silver gown, time of the month, put it together)

Massages had: Three (with three different therapists telling me I REALLY need to ease the tension in my shoulders somehow, because they couldn't fix it -- lots of suggestions there. I need to see if I can find the therapy oils that were recommended for less than $60 a bottle)

Key Lime Pies tried: 3 (two good, one very iffy)

Pounds gained: Afraid to check, but will do when I get home (assume approximately 1,000,000); every night was two appetizers, a main entree and dessert (all top-notch, first-class chef preparations). At least with three huge squares I wasn't really snacking at all... *fat*

Opinion of cruise: Marvelous! Even though it was really cold at sea (apparently a cold snap across Florida stretched down all the way to Honduras), the days on the islands were wonderful; and it's really hard to beat living in a big, luxury hotel where everything except alcohol and soda is free for the taking (including room service), at almost all hours of the day and night, and when you wake up in the morning the hotel is in a different exotic local for you to explore. The seas were a little choppy a couple of days (I think Mom actually got a little seasick), but on the whole, I enjoyed the heck out of it. The cute Cruise Director was a plus.

Then we get back and I call my wife and find out my dog has diabetes. How am I supposed to save up for future cruises with these derned aminals? Well, I'll do it somehow. I want to go on a cruise with my wife. Although not specifically a gay cruise, I noticed at least two gay couples and one lesbian couple on board.

Anyway, when we got back, Mom and I went to Sea World again. Mom, who actually was pretty tame on the ship due to the choppy ride (she went to sleep early, even), returned to normal as soon as we hit land and all the lovely relaxing I'd done the last seven days vanished as she dragged me all over creation testing out the new Christmas present she got for me and Barb...



An Olympus SP-550UZ 18x Optical Zoom 7.1 megapixel camera.

Some sample shots from Sea World (I haven't figure out how to get to the shots on the internal memory, which I filled rapidly and then installed the 1-gig memory card she also gave us...):

Manatee:



Orca:



Jellyfish:




Back to the Cruise Director. He was this outgoing, gregarious, smiling beanpole, well over six feet and all arms and legs, who loved to sing and dance, and just looked (and acted) way more like Sean Patrick than David Tennant does. Except for the really pronounced Minnesota accent, of course. It was obvious to me that if Sean Patrick had not been born to wealth in 1863, he would have been a cruise director. Appears to be the perfect job for him.

I know I had more to say, but I'm getting tired now. I suppose I'll have a little jet lag, but heck, it's only two hours difference (the ship stayed on Eastern Time the whole time).

Back to Real Life (tm). I'm happy and sad...

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cornerofmadness
Nov. 23rd, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
sounds like a great time
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
It really was!
nutmeg3
Nov. 23rd, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
That jellyfish shot is amazing! I'm glad you had fun (I need to try a cruise someday), and I'm still bummed we couldn't connect in Orlando.
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I have to work to be as good as you are (and figure out this freakin' camera!), though!

I know, it would have been cool. Maybe if Mom hadn't had such plans! (She gets an idea and she holds onto it - she almost dropped everything and drove south anyway, but I knew it wouldn't be good for her!)

Next time for sure!
nutmeg3
Nov. 23rd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
I still don't totally understand my camera(s), but seriously, they're much better than I am, so they make me look good. And you were doing through-water shots, which are close to impossible, and you did great!
wildrider
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
The main trouble I've been having is that it has a really good auto focus/light adjustment; HOWEVER, while that works terrifically in close situations with good light, it makes for some very blurry distance shots in low lighting. I have to figure out the manual settings (there are several things that it can do) so I can use it in concerts and the like.

When I get my pictures off the old camera, I'll post some of the shots I got of the monkeys in Belize. *g*
nutmeg3
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Oooh, yes please. And concert shots - from a distance, anyway - are tough with any camera. There's just never enough light.
ljs
Nov. 23rd, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
[hugs hugs and yay for the cruise]
wildrider
Nov. 23rd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yay!
evil_little_dog
Nov. 23rd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Is somewhat jealous - I want to do that one day.

Glad you had a wonderful time!
wildrider
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
What astounded me were the number of people on that cruise who were repeat--sometimes MANY multiples--cruisers. Ten or more cruises just with Carnival gets a platinum cruise card.

And I'm trying to figure out how to afford another ONE!
evil_little_dog
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
I am afraid that a great many of the travel things I want to do will remain forever out of my reach, which makes me very sad.
wildrider
Nov. 24th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Well, yes...

evil_little_dog
Nov. 25th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
...at least until that rich uncle dies.

*grin*
framefolly
Nov. 23rd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wow! What a wonderful post -- I feel like I've had a bit of a vicarious cruise!

It will be great to see you again!
wildrider
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
YES! Have a great Thanksgiving trip, BTW!
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