Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

    •Have you ever noticed how the slowest people will not only just suddenly stop in the middle of things but then, as if they were not a big enough obstacle, plant both hands on their hips to become an even larger impediment?   •I heard the following from a fellow passenger as he exited the elevator on Deck 14 just outside the cafeteria. “Well, once more, off to the trough.”   •I wonder why the Tour Desk is closed when the ship is in port. Wouldn’t that be a time when passengers might need assistance and answers to specific tour questions?   •On the ship, you can tell when the thrusters engage – the whole vessel quivers. There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.    •One evening Ellen and I arrived at...

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

  Three days into our cruise, we docked in the Virgin Islands right about sunrise, shortly after seven a.m. There was a little bit of sprinkle in the air but the clouds were already beginning to scatter and promise a clear day to come. We went to the big cafeteria on Deck 14 for breakfast so we could get off the ship before the day got too hot. Since our snorkeling with the turtles excursion had been canceled, we were free to do whatever we wanted. So, we were going to prowl the shops at the pier. Yeah, I’m a guy and I like to shop. So sue me. Luckily, we got the obligatory shirts-for-kids purchases out of the way pretty quickly, so won’t have to worry about that for the rest of the trip. There were jewelry stores, watch stores, jewelry and watch...

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Visit to Washington, DC October 2011 – Part Two

Visit to Washington, DC October 2011 – Part Two

Our only full day in the DC area, Saturday, was bright and clear, if a little breezy.  After our included-in-the-price breakfast at the hotel, we took their shuttle to the nearest Metro stop, Shady Grove.  This is the end of the line in Maryland, actually one end of the Red Line.  If you’ve ever ridden the subway in NY or London or Paris or Rome you’re familiar with the color coding these services use.  Maps for the Washington Metro are available here: http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm It’s a reasonably priced ride – our tickets were $3 one way for each of us.  Because Washington is newer, it has the cleanest and roomiest facilities.  We had to change trains at Metro Center and catch the Blue Line to the Smithsonian stop, but all...

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Visit to Portland, Oregon August 2011 – Part Four

The next morning we had arranged to meet our financial guy for breakfast at Buffalo Gap, a quaint place a few blocks up the street from my in-laws’ condo. It’s where we go every year to meet with him to discuss investments, the state of the economy and the markets, and just to refresh the relationship. Buffalo Gap is old, sort of dark, sports-bar-ish, but comfortable and dependable. And they offer some breakfast choices that, every time we eat there, last us all day ’til supper. Lots of eggs and cheese and processed meats that fill you up and keep you that way for hours and hours. And the prices are reasonable. All in all, my kind of place. And did I mention that it has a parking lot!? The next morning I was again in the mood to go out for...

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